Track description: 

Within this programme you can choose between three tracks:

  1. Youth Policy, Education and Prevention (YEP)
  2. Pedagogy and International Development (PID)
  3. Education for Inclusive Societies (EFIS) 

The YEP and PID track follow the same study programme, while the EFIS track follows partly a different study programme. 

The YEP track prepares you for pedagogical work in the broadest sense mostly directed at (Western) welfare economies, while the PID track prepares you for this work with a focus on underdeveloped communities and international collaboration. With the EFIS track you focus on pedagogical work in the education sector, specialised on issues of inclusion, polarisation and democratic citizenship (although these themes are not exclusively addressed in the EFIS track).

How does your track choice influence your study?

  • Depending on the track choice, you attend different courses as indicated at the study program for either YEP/PID or for EFIS.
  • For the courses that are the same, you specialise in certain assignments according to your track choice.
  • The thematic focus of your thesis and internships will match with your track.
  • In the course Practical you will work with a challenge according to your track choice.
  • For all tracks: in the course Academic Professional you have certain options according to your track choice.

To read more about student experiences from each track, take a look at the Testimonial page. 

Track title: 
Track 1 - Youth Policy, Education and Prevention (YEP)

Track description: 

Within the Youth Policy, Education and Prevention (YEP) track, you will complete an internship and focus your research on contemporary social issues in the area of childrearing and being raised within the current policy context in the Netherlands. The new Youth Law, the Suitable Education law and the recent transition of youth policy to the municipalities play an important role here.

In addition to the evaluation of policy, you will also focus on developing, implementing and evaluating (preventative) programmes. Internship institutions include knowledge centres such as:

By attending the YEP masterclasses, you will get to know professionals who work in this field, you will learn to critically analyse relevant YEP practical issues by applying scientific knowledge and you will learn to contribute to potential solutions.

Track title: 
Track 2 - Pedagogy and International Development (PID)

Track description: 

Within this track, your internship and thesis will be focused on the pedagogical aspects of international humanitarian cooperation. This includes international aid that is geared towards improving the living conditions, care and educational environment of children.

You will complete an internship and thesis study in an international cooperation organisation. This is usually abroad, but occasionally also in the Netherlands. To this end, we work with various partners including;

The masterclasses and practical assignments help familiarise you with this field and teach you to critically analyse how scientific knowledge can contribute to solving problems in situations marked by pedagogical underdevelopment.

Track title: 
Track 3 - Education for Inclusive Societies (EFIS)

Track description: 

The EFIS track is a collaboration between the Youth Education and Society programme, the Graduate School of Teaching, and Educational Sciences. It will prepare you to design inclusive pedagogical interventions, curricula, didactics, collaborative learning models, relational/teaching models and education policies that are needed to address increasingly diverse schools and classrooms as related to the (diverse) communities and settings they are situated in. It provides you with conceptual-analytical as well as practical skills to deal with multicultural schools and classrooms as part of multi-cultural neighborhoods and societies.

The track pays attention to the analysis of diversity and divergence/polarisation, inequality and social justice at a variety of levels: from the micro-educational processes in classrooms to issues of multiculturalism, the politics of diversity in democratic societies and the role of education therein, including: 

  • learning interactions
  • classroom dynamics
  • teacher-student relationships
  • school management
  • family-school relationships
  • education and social policy

Analytical tools and hands on methodologies are offered to deal with and overcome polarisation and segregation that is related to different backgrounds, identities and competing claims to truth. The masterclasses and practical assignments help familiarise you with this field.

You will be challenged in this track to work directly with practitioners in the educational field and co-design new interventions and methodologies, as well as design new policies. You will do your internship and thesis in an organisation that addresses these issues such as research programs, policy organisations, educational support and expertise centres. Examples are:

  • To evaluate educational programmes to reduce prejudice at the Anne Frank Foundation
  • To advise on how you can counter hate speech at Inclusive Works.
  • To research how to promote inclusive education at ISOTIS

This track will have 2 courses that are unique compared to the other two tracks in the YES programme. Please see the study programme.