BEd Educational Leadership & Management (Major)


The BEd Educational Leadership and Management (Major) provides learners with an introduction to the core content, knowledge and skills in the field of educational leadership and management. The programme offers learners the opportunity to focus on core courses that are complemented by a choice of elective courses to meet the individual needs of educational leaders and managers at different levels of the education system. The courses are designed to enhance leadership and management skills, knowledge, and competencies to meet the new requirements advocated through educational reform for the Caribbean.

The programme is built on three main pillars:

  1. A work-based practical approach to facilitate integration of work-based learning and experience with theories of leadership and management
  2. Reflective practice including use of an electronic portfolio to facilitate self assessment of practical leadership and management skills
  3. A constructivist approach to knowledge and learning that emphasizes integration of skills, attitudes, knowledge and experience across courses, and collaboration within a community of learners

The assessment structure will be practice-driven and will include an emphasis on case studies, research projects that are grounded in authentic work-based settings, and group cooperation and collaborations for both oral and written reflective presentations.


Who is this programme for?

This programme targets the following categories in the education sector:

  • Qualified staff in ministries of education (with or without teacher training) e.g. curriculum officers, guidance officers, school supervisors, administrative staff
  • Staff within schools e.g. school principals, vice principals, senior teachers, subject teachers, deans, department heads, team leaders
  • Other educational leaders, managers and professionals involved in instructional design and management at schools and institutions of higher education


Programme Structure

Learners will be expected to complete a total of 90 credits normally equivalent to 30 courses structured as follows:

  • Thirty (30) credits or ten (10) compulsory CORE courses at Level I
  • A minimum of thirty (30) credits or at least 10 CORE compulsory courses over Levels II and III
  • A maximum of thirty (30) credits or 10 ELECTIVE courses over Levels II and III

Courses will be delivered using blended learning modalities, including online tutorials, web conferencing and audio conferencing technologies. Learners must have access to a computer and the Internet. Online orientation is conducted before the start of the programme.

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 can be completed in a minimum of three academic years.


Entry Requirements

Currently, to take this professional, work-based programme the candidate must be employed in an education-related institution – a ministry of education, an institution at the early childhood, primary, secondary or tertiary level – in one of the Caribbean countries serviced by the UWI to ground their courses in practice and to conduct their field experience and Practicum. The UWI Open Campus Country Site (OCCS) facilitates examinations for courses assessed through a traditional face-to-face examination.

In keeping with the work-based approach to this programme, new entrants:

1. Must have a minimum of one year of working experience in an educational institution; and

2. Must be employed in an educational institution – public or private, ministry of education - for the duration of the  programme. Proof of employment is required.

These are essential requirements as the instructional design of the programme and course assessments will be integrated with the work place experience.

Applicants should also meet normal or lower matriculation AND have an acceptable pass in the CXC-CSEC (General Proficiency) Mathematics or its equivalent.


Normal Level

Applicants should meet normal or lower matriculation AND have an acceptable pass in CXC-CSEC (General Proficiency) Mathematics or its equivalent. For entry into Economics or Accounting degree options, a minimum of a Grade 2 pass in CXC-CSEC (General Proficiency) Mathematics is mandatory.

Applicants should meet normal or lower matriculation AND have an acceptable pass in CXC-CSEC (General Proficiency) Mathematics or its equivalent.

An acceptable pass in English A in an examination of the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC-CSEC), or an acceptable equivalent AND one of the following minimum qualifications:

1.       Holders of CXC-CSEC Certificates, General Certificates of Education (GCE) (or the approved

           equivalents) who satisfy either Scheme A or Scheme B as stated below:

                Scheme A: They possess FIVE (5) subjects of which at least TWO (2) must be GCE

                Advanced Level (A’ Level)* passes, while the remainder may be acceptable passes

                in the CXC-CSEC or GCE O’ Level examinations.

                Scheme B: They possess passes in FOUR (4) subjects of which at least THREE must

                be GCE A’ Level** passes, while the fourth may be an acceptable pass in the CXC-CSEC or

                GCE O' Level examinations.

2.       Holders of Certificates and Diplomas awarded by this University

3.       Holders of an Associate Degree from the UWI, or from approved Caribbean tertiary level

           institutions with a minimum GPA of 2.5

*        Candidates who have passed two two-unit courses in a particular subject area fall

          within the two ‘A’ Level matriculation standard (Reference Scheme A).

**      Six CAPE units, including the two single-unit courses – Caribbean Studies and

         Communication Studies will be accepted under normal matriculation

         (Reference Scheme B)

Lower Level

The following are eligible for lower level matriculation for admission to degree programmes:

1.       Holders of five (5) CXC-CSEC or GCE O’ Level passes or equivalent, not necessarily obtained at the same sitting, as follows:

           (i)      English (A), and

           (ii)     Mathematics or a foreign language, or an approved science (not Health Science),

                    or additional Mathematics or Geography

           (iii)    Three (3) other approved subjects not already counted above.

2.       Persons over the age of 21, who have been out of school for at least five years, on the basis

          of their overall academic and professional attainments.

3.       Holders of one of the approved certificates from the School of Continuing Studies with an

           acceptable pass in English Language


NOTE:     The same subject cannot be counted at both CXC-CSEC General Proficiency and

                  GCE O’ Level.


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

The following courses do not provide credits for your programme of study but will give you the added benefit of preparing for your academic studies at the UWI Open Campus:

OOL1001     Orientation to Online Learning

IYMS1001    Improving your Math Skills (if applicable)

ECON0001  Remedial Mathematics (if applicable)


Course of Study

LEVEL I (30 credits)
ACCT1006  Introduction to Accounting        
ECON1003 Mathematics for Social Sciences
EDLM1002 Foundations of Reflective Practice (Compulsory Core in Semester 1)
PSYC1004 Introduction to Social Psychology
EDLM1000 Theory and Practice in Educational Leadership and Management (Compulsory Core in Semester 1)
EDLM1001 Responding to Diversity through Educational Policy and Practice
SOCI1006 Developing Practical Research Skills
FOUN1001 English for Academic Purposes
FOUN1301 Law, Governance, Economy and Society
FOUN1210 Science, Medicine and Technology in Society
LEVEL II (30 credits)
EDLM2000 Instructional Leadership and Curriculum Management I
EDLM2001 Human Resource Management for Educational Leaders and Managers
EDLM2004 Learning Communities in Educational Leadership and Management
EDLM2003 Financial and Operational Management in Education
EDLM2008 Reflective Practice in Action I
LEVEL II Electives - Any five (5) of the following:
EDTK2030 Information and Communication Technology in Education
EDLM2002 Strategic Planning and Leadership in Education
MGMT2006 Management Information Systems I
MGMT2021 Business Law
EDLM2005 Gender and Educational Leadership
OESH1005 Occupational Safety and Health Management
EDLM2007  Education Marketing and Public Relations       
EDLM2006 Social Psychology and Educational Leadership in Practice
MGMT2008 Organizational Behaviour
MGMT2023 Financial Management I
LEVEL III (30 credits)
EDLM3000 Instructional Leadership and Curriculum Management II
EDLM3003 Education Policy – International and Caribbean Perspectives
EDLM3001 Change Management and Organizational Development in Education
EDLM3004 Practicum
EDLM3007 Reflective Practice in Action II
LEVEL III Electives - Any four (4) of the following:
MGMT3024 Business Communication
EDLM3002 Principles and Practices of Law and Ethics in Educational Leadership and Management
EDLM3005 Contemporary Issues in Educational Leadership and Management
EDLM3006 Diversity Leadership and Management in Education
MGMT3104 Principles and Practices of Corporate Governance
MGMT3011 Management Information Systems II
MGMT3048 Financial Management II

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