School of Education
Education: Course Descriptions

Level I Level II Level III


Level I

EDFA1024 Social Foundations of Education
This introductory course is designed to provide students with an overview of the inter-relationships between education/schooling and the society/community that it serves. More specifically, the course seeks to engage students in constructing a critical understanding of [i] the difference between such basic concepts as education and schooling, [ii] the multi-faceted relationship between education and society, [iii] the historical context and development of Caribbean education, [iv] some of the topically pertinent issues in Caribbean education as they relate to society and social change.

EDPS1001 Introduction to Human Development
This course will enable students to understand some of the major conceptual and theoretical bases underlying Western psychological approaches to the study of human growth and development as well as to understand, use and evaluate techniques for the scientificstudy of human growth and development. (Not for Psychology majors).

EDPS1005 Introduction to Educational Psychology
This course will enable students to understand some of the major conceptual, theoretical and research bases which inform
past and present educational practices with regard to teaching, learning, counselling, management and discipline as well as to explore a variety of techniques for the systematic examination of individual and group functioning in the classroom. (Not for Psychology majors).

EDPS1010 Introduction to the Psychology of Learning and Teaching
This course includes an introduction to Psychology with a focus on learning and teaching. It explores the concepts of learning and development within the classroom and implications for effective learning and teaching within the context of the Caribbean.




Level II

EDCU2101 Introduction to Curriculum Theory, Planning and Practice
This course introduces students to models of curriculum planning; the skills necessary to participate in curriculum planning,
implementation and evaluation; problems of curriculum management and implementation; assumptions underlying current
curriculum practices.

EDEA2304 Introduction to Educational Administration
This introductory course will enable students to understand key concepts in educational administration, examine the various concepts, organizational, social and economic, which influence the practice of educational administration in the region and explore and evaluate some critical processes and functions which are associated with managing and leading schools in order to promote successful student outcomes.

EDLA2112 The Structure and Nature of Language Arts
This course is designed to give students a conceptual overview of the language arts and the instructional implications thereof, to encourage the development of critical awareness of how the general curriculum process might be applied to the various teaching and learning concerns in language arts, and to enable students to develop knowledge of as well as skills in using different theoretical perspectives in designing language arts units.

EDMA2111 The Structure and Nature of Mathematics
This course seeks to develop students’ awareness of the characteristics of Mathematics knowledge, skills and activity to
inform their teaching at both the Primary and Secondary levels as well as to improve students’ knowledge of basic mathematics content and to develop their ability to teach the subject in a meaningful and enjoyable way.

EDME2211 Testing, Measurement and Evaluation I
This course examines the nature and purpose of educational assessment in the classroom and school contexts; the importance of feedback in assessment, learning and teaching; the use of a variety of means in determining pupil attainment; and the meaning, uses and limitations of marks and grades.

EDPH2016 Philosophy of Education
In this course, the objective is to introduce students to some distinctive ways of philosophical thinking in general, and
philosophies of mind and psychology in particular, with reference to education concerns. An important aspect of the course is to encourage students to apply the course content to their own educational settings and issues.

EDPS2011 Principles of Educational Psychology
This course will enable students to understand some of the major conceptual, theoretical and research bases which inform past and present educational practices with regard to teaching, learning, counselling, management and discipline as well as to explore a variety of techniques for the systematic examination of individual and group functioning in the classroom.

EDRS2201 Introduction to Research Methods in Education
This course is focussed mainly on qualitative aspects of educational investigation. Students will be introduced to the following: the difference between quantitative and qualitative methods; the summarising of the main findings of research reports and articles; the definition of a research problem and the proposal of a suitable design for dealing with it; the application of research techniques appropriate to educational problems; the factors likely to affect the validity and quality of research studies; the construction of suitable data-gathering instruments; data collection procedures; the analysis of data obtained; and how to present the findings in a written report.

EDRS2202 Basic Data Analysis with the Computer
This course is focussed mainly on quantitative aspects of educational investigation. It seeks to develop the ability to use the
personal computer in the analysis and presentation of research data as well as a critical understanding of the advantages and limitations of the use of this technology in the research process.

EDSC2110 The Structure and Nature of Science
The students should be able to describe the structure and nature of science; Explain the implications of its structure and nature for the teaching/learning situation; Outline the various processes of science, and their implications for the teaching/learning situation; Critically appraise various curriculum patterns in science education. Plan and implement a teaching/learning unit/module for a selected science topic at a specific age level.

EDSE2924 Introduction to Special Education
This course is designed to introduce beginning special and non-special education students to rudiments of exceptionalities.

At the end of the course, students will:

1. understand the concept of special education, exceptionalities, handicap, disability and inclusion.
2. be familiar with various forms of deviations among schoolchildren.
3. be equipped with basic knowledge of classroom management of children with special needs and counselling of their parents.
4. be knowledgeable about teams of professionals involved in education, treatment and rehabilitation of disabled children.
5. be equipped with methods of teaching, identification and educational programmes for individuals with disabilities.


EDSS2113 The Structure and Nature of Social Studies

This course enables students to understand the nature and structure of curriculum and instruction in the social studies. More specifically, it introduces students to the goals, predominant curriculum patterns, methods of instruction and evaluation, and models of planning in contemporary social studies education, particularly with respect to the Caribbean pedagogical context.

EDSS2910 Teaching Social Studies in the Primary and Secondary School
This course is designed to introduce participants/candidates to an understanding of the nature and essence of social studies education (including its various definitions, theoretical orientations, frameworks, approaches, conceptualisations, origins and histories) and to the critical aspects of the teaching and learning of the subject at the primary and secondary levels (including planning, instructional strategies and methodologies, and assessment). Particular attention is paid to the critical skills that are important to and in the learning of social studies—skills that are important to academic success (at both the primary and secondary levels) and to success in the role of citizen.




Level III

EDCU3103 Curriculum Development: Implementation and Evaluation
This course enables students, inter alia, to identify, describe and appraise critically the various strategies that are used to initiate and install curriculum innovation in Caribbean educational systems and critically examine the strengths and weaknesses of schoolbased and centralised curriculum planning.

EDCU3104 Issues in Curriculum Theory and Practice
This course enables students to develop a sound understanding of the concept of curriculum theory in general; be familiar with existing curriculum theories; devise strategies for establishing effective curriculum theory and practice in Caribbean systems; and understand and apply research methodologies in curriculum theory and practice in Caribbean educational systems.

EDEA3504 Creating an Excellent School
This course is designed to help students understand the key characteristics associated with high performing schools and
explore, through activities such as school visits, literature searches and interviews, factors which contribute to school excellence. Key factors which promote school excellence, from a Caribbean as well as from an international perspective, will be examined. These include the nature and quality of leadership, approaches employed for developing positive cultures, building community and enhancing school-parent relationships.

EDEA3601 Issues, Concerns and Problems in
The major objective of the course is to identify and confront problems, issues and concerns in educational administration,
devise strategies for managing them and develop, wherever possible, solutions to them.

EDLA3005 Selected Pedagogical Issues in Language Arts
Prerequisites: EDCU2101 OR EDLA2112
The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop a conceptual framework and practical skills with reference to teaching and learning in the English Language Arts and with attention to speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing, and representing. The course content focuses on appropriate pedagogies, the design and implementation of Language Arts curricula, content area reading and critical issues and research in these areas

EDLS3004 Curriculum and Instructional Issues in Literacy Studies
Prerequisites: EDCU2101
The purpose of this course is to enable the students to develop a conceptual grasp of the key issues and concerns in literacy curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

EDME3813 Testing, Measurement and Evaluation II
Prerequisite: EDME2211
The purpose of this course is to help students (a) understand the characteristics of educational measurement; (b) understand the need for a variety of ways of assessing school attainment and progress; and (c) improve their ability to set, administer and analyse school examinations.

EDME3814 Testing, Measurement and Evaluation III

Prerequisite: EDME2211
The purpose of this course is to help students recognize the importance of assessment in non-cognitive domains; become
aware of the instruments, techniques and skills used in appraising attitudes, personality traits, personal skills; to understand the need for and ways to carry out teacher appraisals; to understand the importance of and ways of monitoring pupil progress and attainment; and to consider alternatives to conventional reporting practices.

EDPS3804 Principles of Social Psychology
Prerequisite: EDPS2011
This course enables students, inter alia, to understand some of the major conceptual and theoretical approaches to the study of interpersonal behaviour and the development of social roles; to understand, use and evaluate research techniques for the scientific study of social attitudes and behaviour.

EDRS3501 The B Ed Study - (6 credits) - Semester I & II
Students are required to undertake the supervised study of an educational problem. The text should be between 8,000 and
10,000 words

EDSE3100 Working with Exceptional Learners
Prerequisite: EDSE2924
This course considers the needs of exceptional learners in regular classrooms. At the end of the course students should be able to (i) identify factors that make learning difficult for exceptional learners; (ii) identify alternative pedagogical practices that can be utilised to teach exceptional learners; and (iii) assess the relevance of these
pedagogies for Caribbean classrooms.

EDSE3901 Education of Children with Physical and Health Impairment
This course has been designed to familiarise education students with various physical disabilities and health problems that are present among school children and how to manage them in the classroom. Students will:
1. identify physical disabilities and health problems in school children.
2. be knowledgeable about causes, prevention and management of such problems.
3. be equipped with adequate experience of high and low technology that can assist children with such conditions.
4. be familiar with appropriate strategies of educating such children.

EDSO3102 Social Context of Education
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the study of education as an institution which affects and is affected by other major institutions in society by providing students with an understanding of the major theoretical perspectives in the Sociology of Education; the concept of education and national development; the determinants of academic achievement; and teaching as a ‘profession’.

EDSS3200 Issues in Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction
The purpose of this course is to address issues in social studies education that are not currently covered in existing courses and, at the same time, to capture current thinking and areas of emphasis in social education. The course attempts to bridge the current more theoretical offerings of the social studies program with more practical areas related to the  teaching of social studies.

EDTE3404 Issues in Teacher Education
The purpose of this course is to enable the students to examine critically the basic issues, assumptions, and problems in teacher preparation programmes in the Eastern Caribbean; to develop the skills and competencies necessary for the planning, implementation and evaluation of teacher preparation programmes; and to administer aspects of pre-service and in-service teacher preparation programmes in a Caribbean context.

EDTK3304 Media and Technology in Education
Students need opportunities for experiences that promote visual competency. To achieve this, teachers must recognize the
increasing role of technology in out-of- school communication and embrace a wider range of technologies in fostering active student learning in the classroom. The activities in this course will raise the level of comfort of teachers with different media.





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