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BEd Literacy Studies (Untrained Teachers Model B)

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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

This option (Model B) is for candidates without a teaching Diploma/Certificate who are working as a pre-trained teacher.  In order to qualify for this programme candidates must have A levels/CAPE or its equivalent. On acceptance candidates must identify a school at the Secondary level in which they will be able to teach and conduct their Field Study/Practicum during their field experience. Courses assessed through a traditional face-to-face examination will be conducted in the UWI Open Campus Country Site. This part time programme allows teachers to work, study and apply knowledge gained immediately. Part-time students are not allowed to take more than 9 credits in each semester.

Who is this programme for?

The Literacy Studies programme is designed to assist untrained 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 (Model B) will require the completion of at least 90 credit hours of study beyond initial teacher training. It is envisaged that the programme will be four (4) years part time. Normally, the minimum number of credits to be taken per semester is six and the maximum, nine.

Award of the Degree

To be awarded an undergraduate degree you must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0. This means that it is possible to pass all the courses in your programme and not receive your certificate because your GPA is under 2.0.


When will the programme start?

This programme starts in August and normally runs for four (4) years including summers.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to have an acceptable pass in English Language CXC-CSEC or GCE ‘O’ Level, or an acceptable equivalent AND satisfy ONE of the following requirements:

  • At least 2-two unit CAPE/ 'A' Level subjects, one in the subject to be taught and
  • Associate Degree in relevant area, or
  • Certificates in relevant area
  • Minimum of five (5) CXC-CSEC General Proficiency (Grades I-III) or GCE O Level subjects or an acceptable equivalent.

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