Master in Pedagogy and Education

Prior education

You are eligible for admission to the programme if you have obtained a relevant Bachelor’s or undergraduate degree from a research university in the following fields of studies:

  • Child development;
  • Education;
  • Pedagogy;
  • Psychology.
  • Students with a Bachelor’s in other related fields of social and/or behavioural sciences may also be eligible to apply if they have a well-balanced combination of various credentials.

Considering the different understanding and treatment of pedagogy-related concepts and in attempt to provide an indication of the required background, a potential candidate is expected to have obtained:        

  • At least 10 ECTS in courses in statistics / advanced research methodology and at least basic SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) skills. You are expected to be familiar with the following statistical techniques (and be able to apply them in SPSS): descriptive statistics, correlation, hypothesis testing, between-subjects versus within-subjects designs, multiple regression, 1-factor and 2-factor ANOVA, repeated measures-ANOVA, MANOVA, GLM, psychometrics, non-parametric testing.
  • at least 15 ECTS in courses related to education, pedagogy or child development – depending on your choice of specialisation/ track;
  • ethical and professional knowledge and skills. 

Please have a look here for additional information on your prior education. If you are in doubt about whether your qualification are suitable, don’t hesitate to contact us.  

Proof of proficiency in the English language

Please note that the test may not be older than two years at the time of application. Also note that it takes several weeks before the results of the tests are known. Take this into consideration when you think of applying. Without the results, we will not be able to assess your application.

Language Test

Minimum Score

Minimum Sub-scores

TOEFL (our TOEFL ID Code 5971)*

90 (internet based)





CEF (Common European Framework)



Cambridge EFL (English as a Foreign Language) Examinations

CAE level B
CPE level C


* Please note that Institutional TOEFL tests are not accepted.

Would you like to take a language test at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)? The language test, based on CEF, organised by the Language & Training Centre of EUR and tailored specially for our applicants can be found here. One of the tests is taking place in May, another one - in June, and the information on the page is only updated in spring. 


You might be exempted from presenting the proof of English proficiency if:

  • You are a native speaker of English (i.e. a national of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States of America) and you have obtained a diploma of secondary education in English for at least 2,5 years in one of the above countries and/or
  • You have obtained a diploma of International Baccalaureate (valid for 5 years) and/or
  • You have obtained your diploma of higher education in English (the entire programme).

Please mind that in case you believe that you qualify for exemption you need to present a proof thereof. If you have obtained your diploma of higher education in English we need to see a written proof of it in the form of either a passage in the diploma, grade list, or a letter from the university stating that the language of instruction was English for the entire programme

Academic performance 

In addition to the credentials mentioned above, the Admissions Board will also take into account your academic performance, i.e. your grades. Please note that there is no minimum score or average grade mentioned; your application will be assessed against the pool of applicants of the given year.   

Additional information

Should the admissions criteria mentioned above be too concise, please refer to additional information on this topic.