ERDISTON TEACHERS’ TRAINING COLLEGE
POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN EDUCATION – SECONDARY (PGDES)
Criteria/Requirements for Admission from academic year 2023
Participants must possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in the specialisation for which they apply.
- Participants must teach in the specialisation for the full duration of the programme. During the in-service training period, the teacher must be timetabled for at least 12 periods in the area of specialisation.
- Applicants must, at the time of their application, arrange for the submission of official transcripts of their university record to Erdiston Teachers’ Training College. (email@example.com). Transcripts should be sent from the granting institution to Erdiston Teachers’ Training College by mail or email. Transcripts will not be accepted directly from applicants. Transcripts should reach the College no later than 14 April 2023.
- Each application must be accompanied by the required application processing fee ($50.00) which is non- refundable. Applications will not be considered unless the application fee has been paid.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) programme, is an In-Service programme for teachers at secondary schools who possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in the subject specialisation.
This programme prepares participants to teach effectively in the classroom through exposure to a range of relevant theories, experiences, processes and methodologies. Equal emphasis will be placed on helping the teacher to develop as a discerning professional who recognises the importance of reflective practice, problem solving approaches, life-long and life-wide learning as well as continuous professional development. Integration of theory and practice will be emphasised in this programme. Attention will be paid to the teaching/learning challenges evident in the national educational system and an action research project will be conducted.
The following principles also undergird the programme:
- Emphasis on a diagnostic and individualised approach to teacher preparation;
- Attention to the social conditions of schooling and emerging developments, globally and regionally, which are likely to influence the teachers' performance in the classroom.
This programme helps participants:
- demonstrate an understanding of critical philosophical, sociological and psychological factors which affect the learning and development of children and adolescents;
- develop pedagogical skills needed to be effective subject teachers
- use a variety of learner-centred instructional approaches which promote conceptual understanding and critical thinking and develop social skills on the part of students;
- develop the skills necessary for interpreting research data and conducting action research;
- design instructional programmes relevant to the instructional needs of individuals;
- integrate technologies in teaching at the secondary level;
- develop the skills necessary for conducting formative and summative assessments in classroom settings;
- develop a reflective and reflexive attitude to teaching and to their own learning, as evidenced by a predisposition to constructive self-analysis and openness to feedback from peers and supervisors.
Participants will complete the courses outlined below.
Classroom Assessment: Principles & Procedures
Introduction to Curriculum Theory & Practice
One of the following Methods Courses:
- The Teaching of Art & Craft
- The Teaching of Business Studies
- The Teaching of Clothing & Textiles
- The Teaching of English
- The Teaching of Geography/History/Social Studies
- The Teaching of Home Economics
- The Teaching of Mathematics
- The Teaching of Modern Languages
- The Teaching of Music
- The Teaching of Physical Education
- The Teaching of Religious Education
- The Teaching of Science
- Each application must be accompanied by the required application fee ($50.00) which is non-refundabl Applications will not be considered unless the application fee has been paid.
- Once admitted to the programme, participants are required to pay an Amenities Fee ($475.00).
Invitation to apply to the programme
This programme is offered to graduate teachers at the secondary level who teach Art and Craft, Business Studies/Information Technology, English, Geography/History/Social Studies, Home Economics, Clothing and Textiles, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education, and Science.
Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university. Participants must have secured a place at a secondary school and be timetabled for at least 12 periods a week in the area in which they wish to be trained.
This one year programme begins in July of the current year and includes a four-week compulsory summer component. Participants attend classes two evenings a week (Mondays and Wednesdays) from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. during the academic year.
The programme will be delivered in both online and face to face modes.
The fees identified below are for Barbadian students. Non-Barbadian students should contact the College for information on the fees, which apply to them.
Application Fee: BDS $50.00 (non-refundable)
Amenities Fee: BDS $475.00
A late payment fee of $50.00 will be added to amenities fees not paid by the due date.
Documents to be uploaded to support the application
- Birth certificate (certified)
- Marriage certificate (certified)
- Degrees/Certificates/Diplomas (certified)
- Passport photo
- Medical certificate verifying the applicant’s ability to pursue the programme
- Proof of citizenship
You will be required to bring the original documents to the College for verification