School of Education
Diploma in Education (Primary)

Diploma in Education (Primary)


This programme is designed to hep teachers implement the new curriculum effectively and meet the needs of learners in relation to local, regional and global demands. As in the case of the Diploma in Education Programme (Secondary), it provides the equivalent level of professional training for graduate teachers.  The programme seeks to provide participants with a sound foundation in the theory and practice of education and enhance their personal and professional growth.  This programme is therefore critical, since no other programme currently exists that is designed to meet the training needs of the target group.  The Diploma in Education (Primary) is an in-service, part-time training programme for University graduates teaching at the primary level who have had no previous professional training



The programme seeks to help teachers:

  1. practice at the primary level
    Develop an understanding of Caribbean education systems and procedures and their implications for classroom
  2. Develop a clear understanding of the philosophical, sociological and psychological underpinnings which impacts significantly on the delivery of education at the primary level
  3. Identify the instructional needs of individuals and groups of children, including those with special needs, and design instructional programmes to cater to these needs
  4. Acquire an understanding of, and practise with competence, a variety of child-centred techniques which make for effective teaching at the primary level
  5. Devise and deliver instruction that fosters the development of critical thinking, problem-solving and decision making 
  6. Design programmes to meet the social and emotional needs of students
  7. Devise strategies and approaches which will make the curriculum more relevant to the local culture
  8. Improve their understanding of self and others and develop communication and interpersonal skills
  9. Explore, in collaborative contexts, the various approaches which can be used in order to integrate technologies across the curriculum at the primary school level
  10. Employ feedback strategies appropriately and develop the basic understanding and skills necessary for improving the quality of educational assessment
  11. Appreciate the need for continuous learning as indicated by an openness and receptivity to self evaluation, peer feedback and appraisal by supervisors
  12. Appreciate the need to enhance professional functioning by familiarizing themselves with current trends and practices in education
  13. Analyse the values and implications of current educational practices and develop a rationale for action in the classroom, school and education system
  14. Conduct action-based research to inform professional practice.


The Diploma in Education (Primary) programme is divided into the following components: Education, Foundations, Teaching Methods, Practice of Education:

  •  Education Foundations

The courses in this section include Introduction to Sociology of Education, Curriculum, Foundations in Educational Psychology, Research and Measurement, Planning and Instruction.

  • Methods in Education 

The Teaching of Social Studies, and The Teaching of Language Arts, The Teaching of Mathematics, The Teaching of ScienceThe Methods section assists the teacher in acquiring pertinent knowledge, desirable attitudes and relevant skills that would facilitate the practical application of teaching methods in their respective classrooms. This section, therefore, includes

  • The Practice of Education 

Participants must demonstrate their ability to deliver instruction in a range of subject disciplines taught at the Primary level.  Therefore, it is essential for them to engage in a supervised Teaching Practicum.  This exercise affords them the opportunity to apply theory to practice.

  • Credits

All course will be for 39 hours and will each be awarded three (3) credits.  In the case of the Teacher, School and Community, the course will be for 78 hours and 6 credits will be awarded.

  • Method of Delivery 

To be awarded the Diploma in Education (Primary), participants must achieve a satisfactory standard of performance in both the theory and practice of education.  There will be no formal examinations.  Student performance will be assessed on a continuous basis.  Each assignment must be submitted by the date required.  The specific dates for the submission of assignments will be set in due course.

  • Assessment Procedure 

A variety of teaching-learning strategies will be utilised during the delivery of the programme and will include lectures, discussions, group work, problems solving exercises, microteaching (videotaped), debates, panel discussions, case studies, seminars and the integration of a range of technologies. 

REGULATION: A candidate must pass each course in order to be awarded the Diploma in Education (Primary)  


  • Participants will be exposed to 6 hours of instruction per day during each term and 5 hours during the summer.  The programme will be offered on a one-day-a-week release on Wednesdays for one year, including four weeks in the summer preceding the year of study.‚Äč
  • Teachers will also be released for the last week of each of the three terms with 6 hours per day during that period.
  • The first five (5) courses will be done with the teachers pursuing the Diploma in Education (Secondary).


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