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School of Education


Diploma in Education (Secondary)

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About the Programme

The Diploma in Education is an in-service programme for secondary teachers who possess a first degree but have not been exposed to any professional training in teaching. It is designed to ensure that teachers, through exposure to a range of relevant experiences and processes, function with a high degree of effectiveness in the classroom in the context of rapidly changing global, regional and school environments. 


What Will I Study?

This programme is designed to help teachers:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of critical philosophical, sociological and psychological factors which affect the learning and development of children and adolescents
  • Analyse the values and implications associated with current educational practices and, on the basis of this analysis, develop a philosophical platform for action in the classroom, school and educational system
  • Improve their understanding of Caribbean educational systems and their organisation, as well as their implications for teacher functioning at the secondary level
  • Develop the basic skills necessary for reading and interpreting research data and for conducting Action Research
  • Appropriately diagnose the instructional needs of individuals within a class setting 
  • Develop a critical and inquiring attitude to teaching and to their own learning as evidenced by a predisposition to constructive self analysis and reflection, as well as openness to feedback from peers and supervisors.


Action Research Project

A critical component of the portfolio will be the Action Research Project. The planning and execution of the Action Research Project will begin early in Term II. Data collected will inform unit planning, lesson planning and evaluation.

Participants would have already completed relevant modules pertaining to the conduct of Action Research. The exposure to these modules would equip them with skills to conduct an Action Research Project with a clearly delimited scope.

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Postgraduate
  • Qualification: Diploma
  • Duration: 1 year


Programme Details

  • Three (3) core courses
  • One (1) course in the area of specialisation
  • A Practicum 

Each course, with the exception of the Practicum, extends for 39 hours. All courses are worth 5 credits. The practicum is worth 10 credits. Candidates must therefore obtain a total of 30 credits to complete the programme.

Core Courses:
EDIP 6000 Introduction to Curriculum Theory & Practice
EDIP 6001 Classroom Assessment Principles & Procedures
EDIP 6002 Education Foundations Specialisation

Specialisation Courses:
EDIP 6003 The Teaching of English
EDIP 6004 The Teaching of Geography/Social Studies/History
EDIP 6005 The Teaching of Mathematics
EDIP 6006 The Teaching of Modern Languages
EDIP 6007 The Teaching of Science
EDIP 6008 The Teaching of Art & Craft Education at the Secondary Level
EDIP 6009 The Teaching of Business Studies Compulsory

EDIP 6090 Practicum

Applicants must have a university degree or its equivalent in the specialisation which they teach with a G.P.A of at least 2.0. This specialisation must be clearly identifiable (based on official transcript details) and would be evidenced by proof of successful completion of at least eight courses, (equivalent of 24 credits) in the specialisation.

The candidate MUST TEACH IN THE AREA OF SPECIALISATION for the full duration of the programme.

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