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BEd Secondary English (Teacher Trained/Model A)

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This programme is offered in collaboration with the School of Education, UWI, Mona and is designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning at the secondary schools.  It uses the blended learning approach which is ideal for in-service teachers to make use of training opportunities while continuing with their careers.  The BEd Secondary offers majors in:

    •    Language Education: English/Literature

    •    Mathematics Education

    •    Literacy Studies

Currently, to take this professional programme the candidate must be employed in a school at the Secondary level in one of the Caribbean countries serviced by the UWI. The programme involves a Field Study/Practicum and requires the candidate to teach at the secondary level. Courses are assessed through a traditional face-to-face examination 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?

This programme is specifically designed for Caribbean secondary school teachers who wish to upgrade their academic qualifications using flexible methods and accessible technology.


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. 


For candidates with a Teachers’ College Diploma, this programme of study shall consist of a minimum of 66 units.


Each programme of study includes the following:

    •    Courses in Foundations of Education and Educational Theory

    •    University Foundation courses

    •    Courses in Subject Teaching or such other specializations as may be prescribed

    •    Courses outside the School of Education

    •    Practicum or Fieldwork

    •    A written report in the area of the professional specialization

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 three (3) years (teacher-trained) 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:


Three- year Programme  - MODEL A [Teacher-Trained] (Minimum of 66 Units)

    •    A 3-year Secondary Teachers’ College Diploma in the relevant subject area, or

    •    Certificates in relevant area [including English Language]

    •    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 Prose Fiction
The Literature Content of English Teaching
Introduction to Language Structure
Introduction to Language and Linguistics
Introduction to Poetry
The Language Use Content of the Teaching of English
Law, Governance, Economy and Society
English for Academic Purposes
Level 2 
Writing in the Secondary School
Introduction to Drama
West Indian Poetry
Language Acquisition
Content and Pedagogy for CXC
Teaching of Literature
Issues and Perspectives in Education
Introduction to Computer Technology in Education
Level 3 
Introduction to Sociolinguistics
The Teaching of English Literature in Secondary School
Structure of the English Language
West Indian Novel
Investigating Our Teaching