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BEd Secondary English (Untrained/Model B)

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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

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?

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 without a Teachers’ College Diploma, this programme of study consists of a minimum of 90 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  four (4) years (not 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:


Four-year programme - MODEL B  [Not Teacher-Trained] (Minimum of 90 Units)


    •    At least 2–two unit CAPE/‘A’ Level subjects, one in the subject to be taught or an acceptable equivalent, 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 
Introduction to Prose Fiction
Introduction to Language Structure
Psychological Issues in the Classroom
Planning for Teaching
Introduction to Language and Linguistics
Introduction to Teaching and Learning
Introduction to Poetry
English for Academic Purposes
Level 2 
Motivation and the Teacher
Language Acquisition
The Literature Content of English Teaching
School Based Experience I
Introduction to Curriculum Studies
Introduction to Computer Technology in Education
The Language Use Content of the Teaching of English
Law, Governance, Economy & Society
Level 3 
Structure of the English Language
West Indian Novel
Writing in the Secondary School
Introduction to Drama
West Indian Poetry
Content and Pedagogy for CXC
Teaching of Literature
Issues and Perspectives in Education
Classroom Testing and Evaluation
Introduction to Sociolinguistics
The Teaching of English Literature in Secondary School
Investigating Our Teaching
Caribbean Civilisation