Bachelor of Education (BEd)

Bachelor of Education (BEd)

The Bachelor of Education is offered within three specialties: Educational Psychology, Educational Administration and Curriculum Studies and Instruction.

 

Program Objectives

The main objectives of this program are: To develop skills and knowledge in the processes of education, including such topics as learning, motivation, human growth and development, individual differences, evaluation of achievement, personality, and techniques of studying; To enable candidates develop various theories of learning, both purposive and mechanistic in educational settings; To enable students develop their own learning abilities, be more strategic in their learning, and increase their motivation;  To provide the students the skills and competences necessary for guidance and counseling. Each student must demonstrate in teaching at the secondary school level in his area of specialization; Undergo a period of supervised practice (practicum) in teaching; Produce a supervised project on a chosen topic based on his experience; Become professionals in their field of studies.

 

CORE COURSES (32 Credits)

EDU 210: Foundations of Education

EDU 220: Instructional Methods

EDU 310: Measurement, Assessment and Evaluation in Education

EDU 320: Professional Ethics in Education

EDU 330: Educational Technology

EDU 340: Issues and Trends in Special Education

EDU 350: Psychology of Learning

EDU 360: Research Methods in Education

 

 

EDU 210: Foundations of Education

This course provides a definition of philosophy and its relationship with education. It deals with the educational implications of Idealism, realism, pragmatism, existentialism, democratic education and philosophical analysis. Significant factors will include the curricula emphasis, preferred methods, ethics, and aesthetics stressed by each philosophy. The course equally provides a definition of sociology and its relationship with education. It deals with social theories that relate with education. Significant factors will include the curricula emphasis, preferred methods, ethics, and aesthetics stressed by each aspect of sociology.

 

EDU 220: Instructional Methods

This course deals more with the method (how) of teaching than with the content or knowledge (what). It deals with the skills, methods, and techniques that enable the educator or agent to interact with the learner and the content. It shall deal with the didactic skills, didactic materials, methods, techniques, objectives and evaluative tools for didactic action to be effective and efficient. It enables student-teachers plan and organize their lessons on a more practical angle.

 

EDU 310: Measurement, Assessment and Evaluation in Education 

It involves an analysis of diverse methods and approaches to program evaluation and principles of continuous assessment in schools, various test instruments and methods of data collection. Workshops will examine evaluation specifications, plans and reports to identify methods and options for critical evaluation serving the needs of program managers, sponsors and publics. Methods and approaches will be placed in the context of the contemporary politics of innovation and change. A key focus is how we establish public value.

 

EDU 320: Professional Ethics in Education

This course deals with ethical ideas and morality which form the foundation of the educational process. It aims at preparing trainees to tackle problems of teaching in a knowledgeable and responsible manner. This course stipulates professional ethical codes and moral standards for teachers and enables them know their rights and privileges.

 

EDU 330: Educational Technology

This includes internet safety, critical analysis of educational web sites and software, issues involved in using ICT in homes and schools and participation in online class work. This course requires basic computer literacy only; it provides some computer skill development but has a principal focus on appropriate educational use of computers. Instruction and laboratory experience in the use of computers and computer software relative to the best techniques and practices in classroom uses are explored.

 

EDU 340: Issues and Trends in Special Education

This course deals with education for the mentally retarded: the blind, the deaf, the emotionally and socially maladjusted, those with speech defects and others with orthopedic problems. It involves special education facilities and equipment, methods of treatment, management and rehabilitation of the handicapped. It also has to do with understanding the cognitive, linguistic, motor, behavioral, and learning characteristics of exceptional learners. The instructional focus is on inclusion of special populations into society in addition to issues of educational equity, modifications, and accommodations of students’ needs.

 

EDU 350: Psychology of Learning

This course examines the various principles, issues and theories of learning. It approaches learning from a universal yet contextual and cultural variations in the learning process. It situates learning within developmental stages and seeks to highlight developmental learning tasks that are appropriate for each psychological stage of development.

 

EDU 360: Research Methods in Education

The course examines the various paradigms, designs, instruments, procedures and data analysis methods in Education. The course examines the philosophical and sociological foundations of educational research and how educational research can be carried out in order to help inform policy.

 

Bachelor of Education Concentrations

The Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree is offered under three specialties: Education Psychology, Educational Administration and Curriculum Studies and Instruction.

 

BACHELOR OF EDUCATION (BEd) IN EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

 

Program Objective

This program is designed to enable students acquire in-depth psychological knowledge and how their knowledge in Psychology can help inform educational policy. The basic focus of the program is geared towards how principles, issues, theories in Psychology can shape educational values and policies.

 

Career Prospects

The field of Educational Psychology is fast gaining a lot of grounds in the Educational market. Students who graduate with this degree can work as educational psychologist, academic and social counselors, school psychologists, teachers of educational psychology in any educational establishments.

Students are advised to further their studies to Master and PhD levels to be more eligible for Job opportunities. But this can be done through work-study programs

 

Concentration Courses (32 credits)

 

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

EPY 370: Principles of Educational Psychology

EPY 375: Introduction to Counseling

EPY 380: Child Psychology

EPY 410: Adolescent Psychology

EPY 415: Abnormal Psychology

EPY 420: Mental Health and Well-Being in the Classroom

EPY 425 Social Psychology in Educational Contexts

EPY 430 Approaches to Classroom Management

EPY 435 Learning and Behavioral Problems in Education

EPY 440 Adult Development and Learning

EPY 445 Psychological Consultation in Schools

 

EPY 370: Principles of Educational Psychology

This course would include an examination of core aspects of educational psychology that include thinking, learning, and behaving. An analysis of relevant theory and research within psychology in education: topics include behavior analysis, measurement and assessment, cognition, socialization, and individual differences. Students will explore these in relation to different educational settings and contexts, for example, culture, community, school, and classroom.

 

 

 

EPY 375: Introduction to Counseling

This deals with the general field of guidance and counseling, the concept and psychological foundations of guidance and counseling, the need for guidance services in institutions, the characteristics, rules and functions of the school counselor, theories of counseling and the organization of school guidance services. This also includes the application of basic principles of counseling to the needs of individual children, peers and other groups.

 

EPY 380: Child Psychology

It deals with a behavioral growth of children. This course shall study contemporary ideas and research in child learning and instruction. Topics will include the analysis of child and adult behavior in school, home and residential settings.

 

EPY 410: Adolescent Psychology  

The course includes selected aspects of adolescent psychology including theories of development and an examination of contemporary issues in development such as positive youth development, cognitive transitions, family and peer contexts, sexuality, identity, psychosocial problems, cultural, and media influences on typical and atypical development. An advanced study of the theories of adolescent development and a critical examination of research dealing with issues which affect adolescent development.

 

EPY 415: Abnormal Psychology   

In abnormal psychology, emphasis will be laid on the progress in the treatment of the severe mental disorder, dementia praecox and medical lines of shock therapy. The students will be taught how to force patients back into more normal contact with their environments. The students should be involved in research that will help find modifications of the treatment which can attain the same results with less severe means.

 

EPY 420: Mental Health and Well-Being in the Classroom

Basic principles of mental health as they apply to the entirety of the educative enterprise. Focus on causative factors relating to the mental health of teachers and students, and ways of arranging classroom environments which maximize learning and minimize threat and self devaluation.

 

EPY 425 Social Psychology in Educational Contexts

Students in this course learn to apply social psychological perspectives when interpreting educational situations and events. Through reading and discussion students map the influence of self-definition, motivation, relationships, and familial, school, and neighborhood contexts to educational outcomes. Students evaluate interventions based on social psychological principles and consider their role in educational and social transformation.

EPY 430 Approaches to Classroom Management

Strategies and processes designed to create and maintain classroom management intended to nurture the atmosphere leading to increased academic achievement and personal development of adolescent students.

 

EPY 435 Learning and Behavioral Problems in Education

Learning and behavior problems of students with focus on issues of identification, etiology, assessment, developmental changes, and intervention including consideration of personal, social, cultural, historical, and economic contexts. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

 

EPY 440 Adult Development and Learning

Overview of individual development from young adulthood through middle adulthood. Emphasis is breadth and range of individual growth and development during the adult years. Focus on psychological issues associated with social, emotional, and cognitive development, and adult learning and teaching. (Variable)

 

EPY 445 Psychological Consultation in Schools

Overview of major theoretical models of consultation (including systems level consultation), an in-depth opportunity to develop behavioral consultation and intervention skills through an authentic referral, and an emphasis on professional accountability through monitoring the effects of intervention. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MAE in Educational Psychology with Context and Techniques of Assessment Emphasis (School Psychology program). (Spring)

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

EPY 480: Entrepreneurial Project    (4)

EPY 493: Educational Psychology Internship (8)

EPY 498: Educational Psychology Project    (4)

 

EPY 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 Psychology. This is geared towards self-employment.

 

EPY 493: Educational Psychology Internship      

This involves the observation and collection of data in relation to the cognitive, social and personality behaviors in schools and the classroom.

 

EPY 498: Educational Psychology Research Project

A program of study on an approved research topic in Educational Psychology 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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