Criteria/Requirements for Admission
The minimum entry requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Education Primary programme are five (5) Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects at General Proficiency Grades I, II or III, OR five subjects at the General Certificate in Education – Ordinary (GCE “O”) level. These subjects MUST include:
- English A
- Social Studies or History or Geography
- Science – Integrated Science or Human & Social Biology or Agricultural Science or Pure Science or Computer Science
- One additional subject
Applicants should be available for two eight-week blocks of full-time immersive teaching practice from Year 4 of the programme.
The Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) Primary programme provides participants with a sound foundation in the theory and practice of education to enhance their personal and professional growth and hone their teaching skills. Additionally, it assists teachers in implementing the primary school 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 are addressed throughout the programme.
- Identify the tenets of educational theories that undergird effective teaching and learning
- Display thorough knowledge of the relevant curriculum
- Use a plethora of student-centred approaches to facilitate learning in varied environments
- Demonstrate an understanding of the developmental stages and characteristics of learners
- Demonstrate creativity in developing and utilising a variety of culturally relevant technologies and resources to enhance teaching and learning
- Reflect objectively on pedagogical practices
- 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 evaluate, guide and support teaching and learning
- Demonstrate an understanding of the historical context and 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
- Demonstrate leadership for learning in the context of a professional learning community
- Function professionally and ethically, and inspire others to perform effectively
The B. Ed. can be pursued as a four-year full time, or a six-year part-time course of study. Each course is of 45 hours duration and is worth 3 credits. The time will be distributed over a fifteen (15) week semester at three (3) hours per week. 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 as follows:
- Fundamentals of Education (27 credits)
The Fundamentals courses comprise the professional core of the programme and include courses in the areas of Early Childhood, Planning and Instruction, Psychology, Special Education, Curriculum, Research and Classroom Assessment.
- General Education (18 credits)
The General Education courses are designed to enhance teacher competencies in the areas of language use, professionalism, self-knowledge, technology integration, and the social issues which are important to the development of education in Barbados and the Caribbean.
- Core Subjects (48 credits)
These courses comprise the essential principles which must be covered by all students in the core subject areas. They include content and teaching methods for Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.
- Electives (6 credits)
These courses allow students to broaden their scope of study and deepen their understanding of an area of interest. Elective courses in the B. Ed. Primary include Physical Education, Health and Family Life Education, Spanish, Content Area Literacy, Teacher Toolbox for the Century and Science, Technology and Society. The course offerings in this area are expanding with areas such as Coding and Robotics and Mandarin to be offered shortly.
- Teaching Practicum (21 credits)
The Supervised Teaching Practicum (TP) will spread over the duration of the programme. It comprises of five (5) Novice Practicums, an Intermediate practicum, and an Advanced practicum. During the Novice Practicum, participants will be required to spend five hours weekly, observing classroom practice and engaging in reflective journaling on their observations and experiences. In the Intermediate and Advanced Teaching practicums, student-teachers plan and implement lessons in classrooms, whilst being guided and coached by experienced supervising tutors.
Application Fee: BDS $50.00 (non-refundable)
Amenities Fee: BDS $475.00
Who may Apply
Application to the Bachelor of Education Primary programme is open to the following categories of persons:
- non-graduate, untrained individuals who are desirous of entering the teaching profession at the primary level.
- non-graduate, untrained teachers in the primary system
- trained teachers in the primary system who do not possess a bachelor’s degree