BEd Secondary English (Teacher Trained/Model A)


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

  Year I  
 EDLA2106 The Language-Use Content of Teaching of English  
 EDLA2107 The Literature Content of English Teaching  
 LING1401 Introduction to Language and Linguistics  
 LING1402 Introduction to Language Structure  
 LITS1001 Introduction to Poetry  
 LITS1002 Introduction to Prose Fiction  
FOUN1001 English for Academic Purposes  
FOUN1301 Law, Governance, Economy and Society  
 Year II  
 EDLA2103 Teaching of Literature  
 EDPH2024 Issues and Perspectives in Education  
 EDLA3106 Content and Pedagogy for CXC  
 LING2101 Language Acquisition  
 LITS2503 West Indian Poetry  
LITS1003 Introduction to Drama  
EDLA3110 Writing in the Secondary School  
EDCE2025 Introduction to Computer Technology in Education  
 Year III  
LITS2504 West Indian Novel  
EDTL3026 Investigating our Teaching (6 credits)     
LING2402 Structure of the English Language  
EDLA3103 The Teaching of English Literature in Secondary School  
Introduction to Sociolinguistics