Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research

About Us

The Centre for Education Innovation and Action Research (CEIAR) is an independent research centre at TISS Mumbai. It was established in February 2015 to engage with and promote innovation in school curriculum, teacher education and higher education curriculum and pedagogy. The Centre provides incubation and promotion of innovations that address the needs of Indian education, and engages with innovative use of new technologies and media to raise relevance, quality and standards of education. Towards this, the Centre collaborates and engages with research, development, teaching and field action.

A new initiative, the Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education in partnership with TATA TRUSTS proposes to engage with teaching, research, policy advocacy and collaboration to revitalise the sector of teacher education in India.

The Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) is a flagship field initiative of the CEIAR, seeded by Tata Trusts and led collaboratively by TISS and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. CLIx has been created to provide young people from under-served communities opportunities for participation in quality education offerings through the meaningful integration of technology. It works in four Indian states, namely Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Telangana in government high schools of select districts. Research activities and collaborations around CLIx aim to nurture a pool of professionals from the fields of education, technology and science. (http://clix.tiss.edu).

Teaching Programmes 2019:

  • MA Education.   (NEW!). Full time two- year programme offering coursework in areas of education foundations, education studies and practice., And opportunities for specialisations in the areas of curriculum and pedagogy (science, social sciences, language, mathematics), governance and policy, education technology and new media. 

    Eligibility: http://admissions.tiss.edu/view/6/admissions/ma-admissions/eligibility/

     Link: http://admissions.tiss.edu/view/10/admissions/ma-admissions/master-of-arts-education 

            Last date to apply: 10th December 2018

  • Integrated BEd-MEd.*(NEW!)  Full time three- year integrated programme with course work to develop critical perspectives in education and holistic professional formation, offering teaching specialisation in language (English), science, social science and mathematics, and advanced specialisations in curriculum pedagogy, etc.  Preparation for teaching and teacher education.
    Eligibility:  Post Graduate degree
    Link: http://admissions.tiss.edu/view/10/admissions/ma-admissions/integrated-bed-med-three-years
    Last date to apply: 20th December 2018

          (*The programme is in final stages of recognition from NCTE-WRC)


  • MPhil (full time) in Education. Two- year full time programme with taught courses in research and specialised areas.  Eligibility: Post Graduate degree
  • PhD (direct) in Education. Campus based or modular course. Suitable for working professionals.
    Eligibility: MPhil or five years experience
    Link (Mumbai, CEIAR): to be update shortly
    Link (Hyderabad): to be updated shortly
    Last Date to apply: 10th January 2019

MPhil and PhD research can be pursued in areas of specialisation of faculty including curriculum studies, pedagogic studies, teacher development, classroom studies, childhood, cognition and learning, evaluation, governance and policy, social inequality, indigenous education, history of education, ICT and new media in education, etc. Compulsory coursework is offered in research methodology, research and design skills, and specialisation areas. Those wishing to engage with reflective development of aspects of practice or educational resource design may wish to consider pursuing the practice-based route in MPhil and PhD. Full time students applying to the programme at the CEIAR, Mumbai are eligible for teaching and research assistantships through a process of selection, to be announced after admission process is complete. Compensation will be commensurable with UGC-JRF.

Short Term Certificate Programmes (blended and online): to be announced later on the TISS website

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Reflective Teaching with ICT (RTICT): 17 credits with compulsory course in ICT, pedagogy specialisation and a variety of electives, and action research. Suitable for inservice teachers, resource persons, and teacher mentors.
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Education Perspectives (PGCCEP): 16 credits with research methodology, optional subject specialisations, and optional thematic specialisations including teacher education, inclusive education, policy and practice. Suitable for faculty of teacher education programmes, and education resource persons.
    Individual courses may be taken separately and flexibly.
    For information contact 022-25525003 pratima.zore@tiss.edu
  • Post Graduate Certificate Course in Contemporary Education Perspectives and Research (blended mode)
    The 16 credit course is offered in partnership with the state governments for teacher educators, education administrators and education practitioners for teacher educators and education administrators in Karnataka.


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