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UTT Programmes - Bachelor of Education

 


The Bachelor of Education programme offered at The University of Trinidad and Tobago is designed to prepare teachers for all levels of the education system, early childhood, primary and secondary. It is a four year programme which combines professional training and disciplinary knowledge. It is a pre-service programme for full time students and also provides an evening and vacation programme for in-service teachers with a Teachers' diploma to upgrade their qualifications to degree level.

Entry requirements:
For students who wish to pursue a specialisation in early childhood education, primary education or special needs education the minimum entry requirements are five CXC subjects at Grades 1 and 2, and grade 3 from 1998 onwards. These must include English language, mathematics and a science subject.
Students wishing to pursue a specialisation at secondary level must have A-levels or CAPE 1and 2 in the subject areas in which they wish to specialise. Particular subject areas may have specific subject requirements.

Year 1 courses.
All students are required to follow common year one courses after which they choose their area of specialisation. The core areas covered in year 1 are:
Foundations of Education, Psychology of human development, History of education in Trinidad and Tobago, Educational technology, Psychology of learning, Survey of exceptionalities, Visual Arts education, Dance/Drama education, Music education and Physical Education. Students also start their practicum experience by going into schools for observation.

In years 2 3 and 4 students have three or four specialisation courses each semester in their chosen area but all students continue to have general education and pedagogy courses each semester as well as practicum preparation and school experience
The specialisations currently offered are:
  • Early childhood care and education
  • Primary education
  • Language and literature (secondary)
  • Mathematics (secondary)
  • Integrated science (secondary)
  • Agricultural science (secondary)
  • Social science (secondary)
  • Special needs education.
All courses are assessed by coursework and examination with each counting towards 50% of the final mark.
In the primary specialisation all students are required to take four semesters or 10 credits of Spanish and the teaching of Spanish which prepares them to teach conversational Spanish in the primary school. This has been included as the Ministry of Education has indicated its intention of introducing Spanish into the primary school curriculum.