BACHELOR OF EDUCATION (BEd) IN EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION

Program Objectives

This program trains Principals, assistant principals, deans, and chairpersons who help to determine whether an institution fulfills its educational mandate. They are largely responsible for the overall management of their facilities and are frequently in charge of many diverse and unrelated tasks. Perhaps most importantly, they set academic standards for their establishments by selecting, evaluating, and improving their faculty.

 

Career Prospects

More than 81 percent of all educational administrators in worked in public or private educational institutions. Most of the rest worked in child day care centers. With expected retirements and increasing enrollments on the horizon, the job prospects for educational administrators are deemed to be excellent. Professionals with advanced educational administration degrees make excellent candidates for these positions. Education administrators can attract other potential high-level opportunities with their advanced degrees. Some educational administration graduates hold positions as:

  • community education directors
  • business managers
  • school system superintendents
  • curriculum coordinators
  • administrators at post-secondary schools

Many graduates also serve as leaders on local school boards and in government organizations.

 

 

Concentration Courses (32 Credits)

 

Students are expected to do 8 of the following concentration courses.

EAD 370: Educational Planning

EAD 375: School Organization

EAD 380: School Leadership

EAD 410: School Legislation

EAD 415: Educational Supervision

EAD 420: Comparative Education

EAD 425: Changes in Educational Systems

EAD 430: Special Topics in Education

EAD 435: General Pedagogy

 

Course Description

EAD 370: Educational Planning

This course aims at planning education and education policy for a sustainable and balanced development. It will deal with the planning of books for teachers and students and also support staff for effective teaching-learning. It brings out the relation of educational plans to economic and social planning. Learners are exposed to understand the approaches and fundamentals of educational planning as well as the quantitative methods, techniques and models of educational planning.

 

EAD 375: School Organization

It’s aimed at preparing students for active and intelligent participation in school organization and the components of the school environment. It deals with curricular and extra-curricular activities of the school.

 

EAD 380: School Leadership

It focuses on line and staff relationship, principalship and heads of departments. The roles and functions of the Headmaster, principal, staff and student personnel in the management of discipline and school community relation.

 

EAD 410: School Legislation

This course deals with the legislation that governs education in Cameroon and the general introduction to the political, legislative systems of teaching and learning. School legislation refers to norms and laws that guide and protect the organization of education in a given territory.

 

EAD 415: Educational Supervision

The need for supervision for continuous improvement of instruction. It deals with contemporary concepts of the role of the supervisor, methods and practices as they relate to educational goals.

 

EAD 420: Comparative Education

The concept of comparative education and the description and critical examination of the educational philosophies of different societies and how they have influenced changes in their educational systems.

 

EAD 425: Changes in Educational Systems 

This course is a kind of comparative study intended to highlight the different changes, description and critical analysis educational systems of developed countries in Europe and the USA and how these changes affect developing countries like Cameroon, Nigeria etc. within in the context of teaching and learning processes. It deals with the factors and traditions that determine the character and development of national systems of education with a closer look at the Cameroon educational system.

 

EAD 430: Special Topics in Education

Education and HIV/AIDS, education and development, education and ICTs, and issues of globalization. This course would critically investigate the interplay between globalization and education by using theoretical perspectives from critical childhood studies, the sociology of childhood and early childhood education. The course addresses questions such as: How is globalization affecting concepts of childhood? How is childhood changing? How do changing understandings of childhood affect children’s lives? How does globalization affect curriculum in early childhood education?

 

EAD: 435: Staff Development Issues and principles

Includes discussion in relation to needs assessments of teachers, goals for staff development programs, models and strategies, obstacles to implementation and evaluation of such programs

 

In addition to the concentration courses, students are expected to do the following courses

EAD 480: Entrepreneurial Project    (4)

EAD 493: Educational Administration Internship (8)

EAD 498: Educational Administration Project    (4)

 

EAD 480: Entrepreneurial Project

This entails a practical project written by the student. The project should have practical plans on how a business can be established and sustained in Educational Administration. This is geared towards self-employment.

 

EAD 493: Educational Administration Internship      

There will be a full-time involvement at the public school site under the guidance of experienced teachers and supervisors. This experience includes observation, full-responsibility planning and teaching, and involvement in the culture of the school setting. Unit and work sample preparation, lesson notes, instruction and assessment will be required.

 

EAD 498: Educational Administration Research Project

A program of study on an approved research topic in Educational Administration will be followed up by a supervisor. This supervised individual study provides an opportunity for in-depth reading and research on a topic selected by the student and supervisor. Students in this program of study may carry out a pilot project in preparation for a thesis or dissertation

 

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