BRAC Institute of Educational Development

The BRAC Institute of Educational Development, BRAC University has been involved in the field of education since its establishment in 2004 as a part of BRAC and BRAC University. Since its inception it has been contributing to the overall improvement of the national education system in Bangladesh. Over the years it has been flourishing by taking on new challenges and opportunities in fulfilling the overarching societal goals of fighting poverty, building human capital and enabling people to realize their potential.


BIED, BU aims to improve quality, equity and efficiency in the education system through research and development, capacity-building and training, policy dialogue  and advocacy.

Academic Programs

BIED has a multi-pronged approach to their mission. BIED runs two academic programmes, the Masters of Education (MEd)/ Post-Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Educational Leadership & School Improvement as well as the Masters in Science (MSc)/PGD in Early Childhood Development. BIED also runs short courses for government officials who share our vision of bringing positive changes to classroom teaching, learning, and management.

Masters of Education (MEd)/ Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Educational Leadership & School Improvement

EDU 501: Educational Theories and Practices: A critique

This course introduces the participants to key theories and concepts related to global and local education (and development). Learners engage themselves in critical analyses of present educational practices and issues in different contexts.

EDU 502: Leading Improvements in Education: Ongoing Work in Bangladesh

Different educational models- formal, non-formal and 'popular'- will be analysed to understand how these frameworks shape various educational projects and programmes. Students will engage in policy analyses and debates around policies and programmes.

EDU 503: Creating Learning Organisations: Leadership, Planning and Management

This course enables participants to understand the process of creating a learning organisation and developing a collaborative management structure. It redefines the role of teachers, supervisors and students so that they contribute actively to create a learning organisation.

EDU 504: Research Methods 1: Reading Research and Writing Reports

Research approaches, methods, and tools- both quantitative and qualitative- will be considered, including surveying, designing incisive questionnaires, observing and interviewing. Students will also gain knowledge of literature review and report writing.

EDU 505: Principles of Curriculum and the Development of Learning Materials

This course provides a basic understanding of curriculum concepts, models, basic principles, and the interrelated components and steps pertinent to important in the material development process.

EDU 506: Leaders as Learners: Leading People in Educational Institutions

This will help participants understand school and programme management processes and develop skills to improve a work place situation. It will focus particularly on collective decision making and progress monitoring.

EDU 507: Leaders as Learners: How Children and Adults Learn

Understanding learning theories and new research about how the brain functions and shapes children and adults’ learning and growth is the key focus here. It will help participants integrate theories and research into teaching and management practices.

EDU 508: Educational Measurement and Evaluation

This course will help participants understand the process of measurement and classroom assessment, and design effective tools, including alternative assessment techniques.

EDU 509: Whole School Improvement Approach: How Can We Make It Work?

Here participants analyse the factors that contribute to the overall improvement of a school, understand the relationship between reform and school improvement, and develop plans for pedagogy, supervision, and infrastructural development. It focuses on the actions that can be taken to improve learning and efficiency of the school.

EDU 601: Improving Outcomes in Bangladeshi Schools: A Case Study

This course is for PGD candidates and requires 10 days worth of placement at an active school environment instead of seminar-and-lecture based learning.

Participants undertake a systematic inquiry/observation at the school and prepare a case study, identifying good practice in school leadership and suggest improvements at the school.

EDU 602: Research Methods 2: Planning and Preparing Research

This course is for Masters candidates and aims to develop their skills of planning and preparing research. Learners learn to identify educational problems, formulate research questions, select appropriate methodology and develop a research design. This course will result in the development of a research proposal for the Masters thesis by the participants.

EDU 603: Masters Thesis

This will provide the participants the opportunity to conduct independent research and write a dissertation. As part of the requirements for the MEd degree, the candidates will conduct research based on a research proposal and submit a written thesis.

Master of Science in Early Childhood Development (MSc in ECD)

ECDRC: Where Adults Learn About Children

A limitation of human resources in the field of Early Childhood Development (ECD) and the huge demand for strengthening the knowledge-base of its practitioners led to the need for an academic professional degree programme.

IED became a pioneer in the area of Early Childhood Development by launching the first academic ECD MSc. course of its kind in Bangladesh. A PGD programme is also offered.

Classes are all conducted in the evenings and its uniqueness lies in its smooth blending of classroom and in-field learning opportunities.

What can you expect?

• Postgraduate Certificate Program consisting of 5 courses
• Diploma (5+4 courses)
• Masters (5+4 courses and Dissertation)
• 39 credits
• Each course unit combines 42 hours face to face and 66 hours for individual study and assignment
How we differ from other institutions offering a similar course:

• We are the pioneers of ECD by being the first to offer an academic programme in Bangladesh
• Participants will take part in active learning methods designed to bring the latest in ECD pedagogy to you
• Develop yourself through co-facilitation and widen your skill set
• You won’t stay in one place thanks to the innovative blend of classroom and field learning opportunities
• Take a look at ECD through different angles through the combination of Global and National ECD perspectives
• The 15 month time frame gives you chances to explore the world of ECD and enhance your understanding of it
• Finding jobs will be so much easier with a Masters degree, and
• Flexibility - this program is offered 3 days a week from 5:30-8:30 pm

Course Content

• ECD 521: Foundation of Early Childhood Development
• ECD 523: Play and Creativity
• ECD 524: School Readiness
• ECD 527: Individualized Teaching and Learning
• ECD 525: Working with Families
• ECD 526: Contemporary Issues in ECD
• ECD 520: Program Design and an Introduction to Research
• ECD 529: Research Methods: An Introduction to Basic Principles
• ECD 528: Policy Development and Advocacy
• ECD 530: Research Methods: Project Proposal Development
• ECD 531: Advanced Seminar
• ECD 532: Dissertation