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BEd Literacy Studies (Trained Teachers Model A)

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Refine your approach to teaching and reinforcing literacy with the BEd Literacy Studies.  This programme is offered in collaboration with the School of Education, UWI, Mona and prepares participants to:

•        Develop knowledge and expertise in literacy learning and instruction.
•        Understand how to organize and apply their knowledge to work with students in a
         Creole-speaking environment.
•        Develop the knowledge, attitudes and willingness to engage in ongoing professional
         development to support literacy programmes.
•        Engage in self-reflection and assessment to enhance their roles in literacy development.

Who is this programme for?

The Literacy Studies programme is designed to assist trained teachers to understand the content process of exemplary literacy practice and the theory to organize, apply, modify and assess literacy practices in the context of their professional role.

Programme Structure

Courses are delivered online and students must have access to a computer and to the Internet.  Online orientation is conducted before the start of the programme.

A degree in Literacy Studies will require the completion of at least 66 credit hours of study beyond initial teacher training. It is envisaged that the programme will be three (3) years part time. Normally, the minimum number of credits to be taken per semester is six and the maximum, nine.

When will the programme start?

This programme starts in August and normally runs for three (3) years including summers.

Entry Requirements

1.   Successful applicants:

•     MUST hold a Teacher’s Diploma from a recognized Teachers’ College as well as satisfy the
      basic University matriculation requirements.

•     Applicants are required to have an acceptable pass in English Language CXC-CSEC or
      GCE ‘O’ Level, or an acceptable equivalent

•     Must hold a minimum of five (5) CXC-CSEC General/GCE ‘O’ Levels, or an acceptable equivalent

      [including English Language]

English Language Proficiency Examination

The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) is used to assess whether persons applying to pursue

undergraduate degree programmes at the UWI Open Campus possess a satisfactory level of writing

and reading proficiency in English for university academic purposes. For detailed information on the

ELPT, see English Language Proficiency Test.

Academic Preparation


Course of Study
Level 1 
Introduction to Poetry
Issues and Perspectives in Education
Introduction to Computer Technology in Education
Language Structure Content of the Teaching of English
Adults as Learners
Language, Learning and the Acquisition of Literacy
Learner Processes, Teacher Processes and the Development of Literacy
English for Academic Purposes
Level 2 
Advanced Study of Assessment of Literacy
Management Information Systems in Educational Administration
Writing as Literacy Development in the Primary School
Introduction to Curriculum Studies
The Language Use Content of the Teaching of English
Texts, Analysis of Discourse and the Acquisition of Literacy
Introduction to Sociology
Law, Governance, Economy and Society
Level 3 
Introduction to the Learner in Difficulty
Investigating Our Teaching
Information Literacy
Literature for Children and Young Adults
Caribbean Culture Information