Thoughts on Promoting the Cultivation of Free Normal Graduates for the Professional Master’s Degree of Education in China



The year 2015 is the fourth year since the six normal universities directly under the Ministry of Education in China enrolled free normal graduates for the professional master’ degree of education, which means a full round of “Enrollment - Cultivation - Graduation” mode has been completed. During the past four years, Southwest University of China has been continually exploring and summarizing, from which we have summed up the following five problems in the cultivation of free normal masters of education. First, the enrollment requirements are not demanding; second, the teaching effects are not satisfying; third, teaching practice is not sufficient; fourth, the quality of academic dissertations varies; fifth, the current management lacks professionalism and intensity. To cope with the above problems, we propose the following three coping strategies. First, we should be strict in the enrollment requirements; second, we should be strict in teaching management; third, we should be strict in assessing the quality of graduation dissertations.


Free normal masters of education; The quality of cultivation; Thought

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