Master with specialization in Computer Science for teaching

This master is a joint program between EPFL and HEP-VD aiming at the education of high school teachers in Computer Science in Switzerland.

It spreads over 120 + 9 ECTS credits, with a first year corresponding to a Computer Science (IN), Communication Systems (CS) or Data Science (DS) master, and a second year comprising the master project, as well as specialization courses at HEP.

Please note that all courses at HEP are taught in French, and that students will be required to teach in French during their 2nd-year internship in a high school.

At the end of their studies, students obtain a Computer Science, Communication Systems or Data Science master, accompanied with a teaching diploma in Computer Science at the high school level.

Detailed program

Year 1

equivalent to the Master cycle in IN, SC or DS:

  • 30 ECTS courses from group I – core courses
  • 12 ECTS courses from group II – options
  • 6 ECTS SHS courses, replaced by a course at HEP:
    Apprentissage, développement et enseignement (MSENS31 – 6 ECTS during the autumn semester – possible time slots Monday or Tuesday afternoon) – this course is intended in priority for students doing the practical teaching internship, therefore it is also possible to attend it in year 2
  • 12 ECTS semester project

At least 50 ECTS, including the course at HEP and the group I – core courses, must have been obtained in order to start the specialization in year 2.

Year 2

Consisting of the PDM (30 ECTS) and the specialization courses at HEP (30 ECTS), with for each semester:

 

  • 6 ECTS computer science didactics courses at HEP (MSINF21 during the autumn semester and MSINF22 during the spring semester – possible time slot Friday afternoon)
  • 9 ECTS practice courses (internship & integration seminar)
  • In parallel, 15 ECTS PDM part-time at EPFL (preceded by a summer internship in the industry) or in a company
It is possible to postpone the internship in the industry and the PDM to year 3. In this case, year 2 is dedicated only to the practical teaching internship and HEP courses, as well as EPFL courses still to be completed.

The 9 additional ECTS correspond to the balance of the education sciences modules and are taken the following year at the HEP, outside the EPFL Master’s program. Here is the list of these HEP courses:

  • Relation pégagogique et climat de classe (MSISO31 – 6 ECTS during the autumn semester – possible time slots Monday or Tuesday afternoon)

and one optional course (3 ECTS) among the following:

  • Le développement de l’adolescent (MSDEV33 during the spring semester – possible time slot Monday afternoon)
  • Evaluation des apprentissages (MSENS33 during the spring semester – possible time slot Tuesday afternoon)
  • Altérités et intégrations (MSISO33 during the spring semester – possible time slot Monday afternoon)
  • Systèmes éducatifs, organisations, acteurs, savoirs (MSSYS33 during the spring semester – possible time slot Tuesday afternoon)

The optional course taught during the spring semester may be attended in year 1.

Please note that the Teaching Diploma for High Schools will be awarded by the HEP only after the successful completion of the Master Degree at EPFL.

Registrations and deadlines:

Similar to the other masters, the registration deadline (for students from other sections or outside of EPFL) is April 15 of the academic year preceding the beginning of the master.

Prior to that, please refer to the admission criteria for the Master in Computer science, Communication systems or Data science.

The registration deadline with the section is June 30 of the academic year preceding the beginning of the master. Please send an email to [email protected] and [email protected]

Furthermore, students must register to the HEP-VD programme in January during their first year of master. All the information regarding this registration can be found here. When registering be sure to mention that you belong to this special program, which allows you to register without the completed master.

For any further information, please contact [email protected] and [email protected]