Bachelor of Education: Primary

PROGRAMME DETAILS

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The minimum entry requirements for admission to the primary programme of the Bachelor of Education are five subjects in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) at General Proficiency Grades I, II or III, or five subjects at the General Certificate in Education – Ordinary (GCE “O”) level. These subjects should include:

·         English A

·         Mathematics

·         Social Studies or History or Geography

·         Science – Integrated Science or Human & Social Biology or Agricultural Science or Pure Science

·         One additional subject

EXEMPTIONS

If an applicant already possesses an Associate Degree in Education or an equivalent qualification at the tertiary level, he/she may request to be exempted from selected courses in the B.Ed. programme.  For exemptions to be considered, the applicant should have passed the course(s) with at least a grade of B or the equivalent. The transcript and course outlines must accompany the request for exemption. Persons who are granted exemptions will be required to complete the additional credits of the B.Ed. programme to be awarded the degree.

ANNUAL FEES

  • Registration Fee:BDS $150.00
  • Tuition Fee BDS $2,500.00
  • Guild Fee BDS $120.00

 

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

The Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) programme is designed to cater to the initial training needs of untrained teachers or persons who are desirous of entering the teaching profession.  The programme is also structured to facilitate the professional development of trained teachers who do not possess a Bachelor’s Degree.  Hence, the B.Ed. programme makes provision for credits to be awarded for courses successfully completed in other programmes of study such as the Associate Degree in Education (ADE), the Two-year In-service Teachers’ Certificate or their equivalent.

The programme will provide participants with a sound foundation in the theory and practice of education to enhance their personal and professional growth.  Additionally, it will assist teachers in implementing the curriculum in a manner that caters to the diverse needs of learners.  A wide range of issues related to education at the national, regional and global levels will be addressed.

GENERAL OBJECTIVES

  • Use a plethora of student-centred approaches to deliver instruction in varied environments
  • Use technology to enhance teaching and learning
  • Encourage intellectual curiosity among students
  • Reflect on pedagogical practices objectively
  • Use research to monitor and evaluate teaching and learning in the classroom
  • Apply strategies to cater to the needs of diverse learners
  • Value the importance of lifelong learning and continuous professional development
  • Demonstrate attitudes and behaviours consistent with the teaching profession
  • Guide students in developing multiple literacies
  • Use a variety of appropriate assessment strategies to guide and support instruction
  • Address contemporary issues in education
  • Provide educational experiences that will develop citizens who can meet the demands of the digital information age
  • Demonstrate the qualities of an effective teacher

CREDIT HOURS

Each course is of 45 hours duration and is worth 3 credits. The time will be distributed over a 15 week period at 3 hours per week.

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The structure of the programme to be followed by students pursuing the Bachelor of Education- Primary is outlined below.

 The programme will consist of a total of 120 credits outlined as follows:

  1. Fundamentals of Education (27 credits)
  2. General Education (18 credits)
  3. Core Subjects (48 credits)
  4. Teaching Practicum (21 credits)
  5. Electives (6 credits)

 

GRADING SCHEME

GRADE

GRADE POINTS

PERCENTAGE RANGE

A+

4.3

90-100

A

4.0

80-89

A-

3.7

75-79

B+

3.3

70-74

B

3.0

65-69

B-

2.7

60-64

C+

2.3

55-59

C

2.0

50-54

FAIL

0.0

0-49

 Under this grading scheme, the pass mark is 50% and the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) required for graduation is 2.0. Outright failure will correspond to the 0-49% range, which is zero grade point. Students who fail a course may retake the course when it is offered by the College again, or they may pay a fee and take the course out of semester.  The resits must attend at least four sessions before they are allowed to rewrite the course or examination.

Assessment

 

Assessment Item

Weighting

Group Project

30%

Group presentation-Teaching of Life Skills Lesson

20%

Course Completion Portfolio

50%

Total

100%

   

Resources

Texts:

Drakes, G., Fuller, M., Graham, C., Jenkins, B., & Eastland, C. (2011). Health and family life education teacher's guide. USA: Macmillan Publishers Ltd. 

Duncan, F., & Goddard, W., H. (2011). Family life education: Principles and practices for effective outreach (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 

Fisher, A., Seamons, S., & Cresswell, R. (2009). GCSE Health & social care: Student book for  OCR.      (2nd ed). London: Folens Ltd.

McGinnis, Ellen and Arnold P. Goldstein (2003) Skill streaming in early childhood: New strategies and perspectives for teaching prosocial skills. Revised ed. Champaign, IL: Research Press. 

McGinnis, Ellen and Arnold P. Goldstein (1997) Skill streaming the adolescent: New strategies and         perspectives for teaching prosocial skills. Revised ed. Champaign, IL: Research Press.

 

Websites

 Department of Mental Health World Health Organisation. Geneva. Life Skills Education in Schools. 1997. http://www.asksource.info/pdf/31181_lifeskillsed_1994.pdf

World Health Organisation (2001). Regional Framework for Introducing Life skills Education to Promote the Health of Adolescents      http://203.90.70.117/PDS_DOCS/B3352.pdf 

Health and Life Skills Guide to Implementation. http://www.education.alberta.ca/teachers/program/health/resources/k-9health.aspx

 

 

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