Education is a large field, and topic ideas for a Master's thesis can be hard to narrow. Choose a topic related to your specialized interest or area of education. Focus on a problem in your field, and find a scientific and practical solution to that problem. Use books, journals, other thesis, libraries, surveys and other materials for research. Keep it as interesting and relevant to readers as possible.
Special Education Topics
Consider general special education issues like a specific disorder or disability. Before writing, research how the "No Child Left Behind" act affects the inclusion classroom and children with special needs. In this topic, you might cover how children with autism, mental or emotional disorders function in the general classroom as compared to placement in a separate special needs classroom. Interview teachers who work with these children receiving special education services in inclusion and special ed settings. Within a thesis focusing on special education, another option is discuss and analyze the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process and service delivery of special education services within a school or district. Further research options in the special education thesis topic area include looking more closely at inclusion, mainstreaming and self-contained classroom placements.
Education Methods and Pedagogy
Teaching methods vary from state to state and district to district. Assessments, best practices, cooperative learning techniques and inclusion policies are as diversified as the various schools. Write a paper on how these methods can be used in the classroom, how they differ from campus to campus, or how these differences might affect students who relocate often during a school year.
Educational Psychology Ideas
Educational psychology concerns how people learn and the differences in learning by those with disabilities or gifted learners. Specific methods of teaching are required for these different learning styles. A thesis paper could delve into the aspect of instructional design, multiple intelligences, Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning Domains and organized learning. Any of these topics can be turned into an interesting thesis paper.
Alternative Methods of Education
Alternative settings for education can include charter schools, independent schools, and home-based learning. Topic ideas include how these alternatives are accomplished, how students can benefit from the smaller-based classrooms as compared to more personal instructional support, or how students fare in different environments. Explore comparisons between public, charter, home and private schools by interviewing and speaking to students, teachers and parents from each of these education methods and settings.
Jackie Castle has been writing stories and devotions since 1998 and has contributed to the Focus on the Family magazine. Castle holds a Bachelor of Science in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She also holds a teaching certification.