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B.Sc. Education (Mathematics) level 100

 

LEVEL 100

 

Course code             Core courses Credits
UGRC 110 Academic Writing I 3
UGRC 120 Numeracy Skills 3
UGRC 131-136 Understanding Human Societies 3
UGRC 150 Critical Thinking and Practical Reasoning 3
EDTE 101 Introduction to Education 3
MATH 121 Algebra and Trigonometry 3
MATH 123 Vectors and Geometry 3
Minimum credits required 15

 

Second Semester

Course code             Core courses Credits
UGRC 110 Academic Writing I 3
UGRC 120 Numeracy Skills 3
UGRC 131-136 Understanding Human Societies 3
UGRC 150 Critical Thinking and Practical Reasoning 3
EDTE 102 Social Foundations of Education in Ghana 3
MATH 122 Calculus 1 3
MATH 124 Mechanics 3
Minimum credits required 15

**Note: Students to choose any 2 courses (6 credits) of the UGRC that have not been taken already

 

LEVEL 200 COURSES

First Semester

Course code             Core courses Credits
UGRC 210 Academic Writing II 3
UGRC 220-238 Introduction to African Studies 3
EDTE 201 Philosophical Foundations of Education 3
EDTE 203 Introduction to Education and Development 3
MATH 221 Algebra 3
MATH 223 Calculus II 3
STAT 221 Introductory Probability 3
Minimum credits required 18

**Note: Students to choose any 1 courses (3 credits) of the UGRC that have not been taken already.

Second Semester

Course code             Core courses Credits
UGRC 210 Academic Writing II 3
UGRC 220-238 Introduction to African Studies 3
EDTE 202 Psychology of Human Learning 3
EDTE 204 Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Senior High Schools 3
MATH 224 Introductory Abstract Algebra 3
MATH 222 Vector Mechanics 3
STAT 224 Introductory Probability II 3
Minimum credits required 15

**Note: Students to choose any 1 courses (3 credits) of the UGRC that have not been taken already.

 

LEVEL 300 COURSES

First Semester

Course Code             Core Courses Credits
EDTE 319 Research Methods in Education 3
EDTE 303 Assessment & Evaluation in Senior High Schools 3
EDTE 305 Mathematics Curriculum & Classroom Practice 3
MATH 351 Linear Algebra 3
MATH 331 Probability Distributions 3
Students Choose 1
MATH 353 Analysis 1 3
MATH 355 Calculus of Several Variables 3
Electives (Choose 1)
EDTE 309 Introduction to Special Needs Education 2
EDTE 311 Development Education in the Era of Globalization 2
EDTE 313 Introduction to Technology in Education 2

 

Second Semester

Course code             Core courses Credits
EDTE 304 Reflective Practice in Education 3
EDTE 312 Problem Solving in Mathematics Education 3
EDTE 326 Integrated Media Applications for Instruction 3
EDTE 328 Micro – Teaching 3
1 course from the Department of Mathematics
Electives ( Choose 1)
EDTE 316 Education for Sustainable Development 3
EDTE 318 Video games and Learning 3

Single Major: Minimum of 24 credits by the end of the year. This should be made up of THREE core courses and at least ONE elective offered in each semester.

Combined Major: Minimum of 15 credits by the end of the year

Minor: Minimum of 6 credits by the end of the year

 

LEVEL 400 COURSES

EDTE 401 (Internship) is a 6-week practicum in a recognized senior high school, educational NGO or other institution. Students will gain a hands-on experience in daily activities in their contexts. Students shall be evaluated by mentor teachers/assigned mentors in partnership with course instructors. This is a required course for all B.A. and B.Sc. in Education students.

 

First Semester

Course code             Core courses Credits
EDTE 401 Internship 6
EDTE 403 Action Research 3
EDTE 409 Multimedia Tools in Education 3
EDTE 204 Law, Ethics, and Regulations in Schools 3
Electives ( Students choose at least 1)
EDTE 413 Gender and Curriculum 3
EDTE 415 General Pedagogy 3
EDTE 417 Introduction to Education Policy 3

 

Second Semester

Course code             Core courses                 

Credits

EDTE 402 Teaching Mathematics with Technology 3
EDTE 404 Teaching as a Professional 3
EDTE 406 Seminar in Mathematics Education 3
EDTE 418 African Indigenous Education 3
Electives ( Students Chose at least 1)
EDTE 414 Music and Dance in Education 3
EDTE 416 Teaching Gifted Students 3
EDTE 400 Project Work 3

 

Single Major: Minimum of 24credits by the end of the year. This should be made up of THREE core courses and at least ONE elective offered in each semester. Combined Major: Minimum of 15 credits by the end of the year.

 

SINGLE MAJOR: Minimum of 24 credits by the end of the year. This should be made up of all core courses and at least ONE elective offered in each semester.

COMBINED MAJOR: Minimum of 15 credits by the end of the year.  

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Course Descriptions
EDTE 101: Introduction to Education

This course explores the role of education in the world. Students will be introduced to the
implications of schooling in the Ghanaian context, West African sub-region, and Africa as a
whole. In addition to readings and discussions, there will be opportunities for hands-on
experience and interactions with students in schools. Topics to be addressed include principles
of learning; the role of schools in student achievement, and the changing nature of literacy in
the world. .

EDTE 102: Social Foundations of Education in Ghana

This course introduces students to education in Ghana as a social process and a social
institution. It will explore classical and contemporary theories in the sociology of education.
Particular emphasis will be placed on examining the relationship between educational
institutions and processes and the reproduction of social inequality; and the competing visions
of educational reform that have been offered in recent years. Topics to be addressed include the
social functions of education; social foundations of schooling within the Ghanaian context; the
school as a formal organisation and social system; social factors affecting the educational
process.

EDTE 201: Philosophical Foundations of Education

This course examines some major theories of the meaning and function of education and its
role in reshaping society. The course addresses how historical influences, settings and ideas,
have influenced and continue to influence education today. Topics to be studied include
seminal works by Plato, Aristotle, Dewey, and Piaget, idealism in education, realism in
education, pragmatism, postmodernism and behaviourism in education.

EDTE 202: Psychology of Human Learning

This course provides an overview of the fundamental theoretical concepts, phenomena, and
principles of learning in different contexts and for adolescents in particular. These include
reinforcement, Pavlovian conditioning and retention/forgetting, problem solving, reward and
punishment. Traditional views of learning, biological and cognitive constraints, the role of
animal models, and the utility of learning theory will also be addressed.

EDTE 203: Introduction to Education and Development

This introductory course will focus on theories underpinning perspectives on development
including modernisation, domination and exploitation, and as change for the better. It will pay
particular attention to the strengths and limitations of these theories in relation to education and
how they help explain development and underdevelopment and the current status of key issues
in education and development. Topics include development theory; aid and development;
economics of development, and poverty and development.

EDTE 204: Teaching and Learning of Mathematics in Senior High Schools

This course will examine a variety of methods, materials, activities, and content important to conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas such as geometry, algebra, probability and
statistics at the senior high school level, implications for lesson development, differentiated
instruction and evaluating student learning.

EDTE 206: Adolescent Literacy Development

This course examines effective ways to address the literacy needs of adolescent learners.
Topics to be studied include adolescent learner characteristics, stages of literacy development,
baseline assessment techniques and its impact on instruction, interactive comprehension
engagement, dynamic vocabulary explorations as well as the role and value of technology in
multiple literacies in the 21st century.

EDTE 208: Education in a Multilingual Society

This course examines how educational practice in school settings in the Ghanaian context
influence and are influenced by the local language within the school context. Topics to be
explored include language use and positioning, family dynamics within school contexts,
influences on other languages within the same context.

EDTE 212: Explaining Science

This course provides an analysis of science from a philosophical and historical perspective. It
will explain what science is, what it does, and how it works. Writings by Popper, Kuhn and
Lakatos will be covered and related topics such as logical positivism, empiricism, conjectures,
refutations, normal science, and rationalism will be discussed.

EDTE 301: Quantitative Research Methods in Education

This course provides an introduction to quantitative methods in education. It emphasises how
educationists use simple quantitative techniques to investigate research questions coming from
education theory, prior research and applied problems. The course also introduces statistical
software for simple quantitative analysis. Topics include scale and sample types, inferential
statistics, normal curve, relations, and interpreting test scores.

EDTE 302: Qualitative Research Methods in Education

This course introduces students to basic qualitative research methods within the educational
context. The types, uses, theoretical underpinnings, and relevant examples of qualitative
research in different educational settings will be discussed. The course will discuss the
traditions and influences of educational research such as grounded theory, audio and video data
collection and analysis, focus group discussions, and ethnographic analysis.

EDTE 303: Assessment and Evaluation in Senior High Schools

This course examines the development and use of standardised psychological and educational
tests in general educational use. Emphasis will be placed on the criteria for critical evaluation.
Students will be introduced to the different forms and features of school assessment at the
senior high school level. Students will explore the differences between testing, measurement
and evaluation and will construct different types of assessment tools designed for the different
cognitive levels.

EDTE 304: Reflective Practice in Education

This course is developed on the premise that teaching is a practice to be studied. It is designed
to expose students to the different protocols for studying teaching. It introduces a basic model
of reflective practice and then explores several further models relevant to teaching in the
lifelong learning sector, offering guidance on the application of each model in practice.
Protocols such as Tuning, Friends, Thinking Through a Lesson, Video Clubs, Bansho, Lesson
Study and Critical Friends will be discussed and used. Other topics include democratic
classrooms, critical reflection as a tool for personal development, and understanding classroom
dynamics.

EDTE 305: Mathematics Curriculum and Classroom Practice

This course uses the Ghanaian senior high school Mathematics curriculum documents as a
focus example to explore the general guidelines, issues, and other foundations for
curriculum development at the senior high school level. Topics to be addressed include
strands, objectives and evidence for their attainment, instructional strategies, and formative
evaluation procedures for each subject, curriculum articulation and instructional
improvement.

EDTE 306: Teaching English Clause Structure and Pronunciation

The course examines the various English clauses and punctuation marks. It seeks to equip
students with relevant knowledge and skills that will enable them to use English clauses and
punctuation marks with ease. It also exposes students to relevant techniques and strategies for
teaching English clauses and punctuation marks. Topics include finite and non-finite clauses,
verbless clauses, relative clauses adjectival clauses, nominal clauses, adverbial clauses,
coordination, subordination, and punctuation.

EDTE 307: English Language Curriculum Design

The course reviews the major steps involved in the curriculum design process and provides
students with tools and techniques for analysing and assessing language syllabuses. The
description of the steps will be done at a general level so that it can be applied in a wide range
of situations. Topics include environment analysis, needs analysis, content sequencing,
approaches to curriculum design, adopting and adapting an existing textbook, and curriculum
change.

EDTE 308: Second Language Learning

This course surveys prominent theories and current research findings in the field of Second
Language Learning. Emphasis is given to the ways these theories and research shape
pedagogical practices in the language classroom. Major theoretical concepts and methods of
analysis in the field are discussed. Topics include behaviourism and contrastive analysis,
strategies, and personality factors influencing SLA are investigated.

EDTE 309: Introduction to Special Needs Education

This course will explore aspects of psychology relevant to the education of adolescents and
adults with learning problems or learning disabilities. Topics such as diagnosis, remediation,
integration, and types of support within schools will be addressed. Development of
Individualised Educational Plans (IEPs) will be a core component of this course.

EDTE 311: Development Education in the Era of Globalisation

The course will examine concepts and meaning of globalisation and the influences of
globalisation on education, particularly in low-income countries. Students will examine how
international and regional assessments of education performance are influencing policies and
practices of education worldwide. The course content will include Education for All (EFA);
global analysis of educational access and quality; International aid and education development
in sub-Sahara Africa; the role of non-governmental organisations and post Millennium
Development Goals. Students will also examine how globalisation agendas on education
influence national policies on education, and the biases involved in international assessments.

EDTE 312: Problem Solving in Mathematics Education

Alternative approaches to solving mathematical problems and incorporating problem solving
into senior high school mathematics teaching. This course teaches mathematics in the
connected sense-making way that future teachers need and is consistent with the national
curriculum requirements as well as other recent national and international reports on school
mathematics. The course also prepares students in the selection, appraisal, and uses of
problems in the mathematics classroom.

EDTE 313: Introduction to Technology in Education

This course is designed to introduce students to different types of instructional technologies
that can be effectively used in teaching secondary school students. This hands-on class will be
focused on web-based applications and tools used in teaching at the basic and senior high
school levels. Students will experiment with the different tools such as geogebra, Google apps
for education, Teaching with Technology video library, Power of Minus Ten: Bone, Virtual
heart, TD Brain, Sakai, TedTalks, Kahn Academy, and Essential Skeleton.

EDTE 315: Integrated Science Curriculum and Classroom Practice

This course critically examines how integrated science is reflected in the school curriculum
and recent curriculum initiatives and developments in Ghana and other international contexts.
Topics to be treated include formal and informal science education, science and literacy
connections, assessing science understanding and demonstrations, science laboratory practices
and safety, the impact of policy on science education, the transition from primary to secondary
school, girls in science, language and communication in the classroom, world science and local
science.

EDTE 316: Education for Sustainable Development

This course is designed to prepare students to implement environmental education
opportunities in formal and non-formal education settings. It will provide students with the
skills, knowledge, and inclinations to make well-informed choices and exercise the rights and
responsibilities of members of a community. Some of the topics to be addressed in this course
include history and philosophy of environmental education, environmental laws and
regulations, curriculum integration and environmental education teaching methodologies.

EDTE 318: Video Games and Learning

This course will utilise a variety of video games as texts for studying about learning in the
digital age.It provides a critical perspective on learning, interactive media and games in the
Ghanaian and other contexts. The underlying assumptions about and implications of social
positioning in games and their relationship to teaching and learning will also be addressed.
Topics to be studied include learning and identity, situated meaning and learning, the social
mind, cognitive consequences and the value added approach.

EDTE 319: Research Methods in Education

This course is designed to introduce prospective teachers to different qualitative and
quantitative research tools used in education. It explores research methodologies by studying
qualitative
research interest. Topics to be studied include research design such as case-study, correlational,
and experimental, and quantitative methods such as descriptive and inferential data analysis,
measures of central tendency and their implications within diverse educational contexts.

EDTE 322: Teaching Senior High School Integrated Science

This course focuses on scientific teaching practices that mirror authentic scientific practices. It
utilises available research on how students learn science to discuss relevant case studies,
appraise student work, and learn about existing best practices as well as a variety of teaching
practices to teach authentic science within the Ghanaian context. Topics to be covered include
determining and adapting appropriate teaching methods, promoting enquiry, fostering
dialogue, meeting national standards, using technology to promote learning, and assessing
students’ learning.

EDTE 323: School Assessment and Evaluation in Ghana

This course investigates the development and use of standardised psychological and
educational tests in general educational use in the Ghanaian context. Students will be
introduced to the different forms and features of school assessment at the basic level. Students
will explore the concepts of testing, measurement, evaluation, functional assessment and will
construct different types of assessment tools designed for the different cognitive levels at the
basic level.

EDTE 326: Integrated Media Applications for Instruction

This course is designed to provide students with the relevant ICT knowledge and skills of
teaching. It provides students with diverse uses of media applications in the instructional
environment. Emphasis will be placed on proper curriculum integration based on sound
curriculum design principles and professional standards within the changing Ghanaian context.

EDTE 328: Micro-Teaching

This practicum course is designed to provide students with a supervised opportunity to engage
in peer teaching. It will simulate authentic teaching environments and students will rehearse
different dimensions of teaching practice. It involves classroom techniques, instructional
procedures, and teacher/learner behaviors that emerge when a variety of senior high school
subjects are taught.

EDTE 400: Project Work

This course is spread over two semesters. Students will conduct an independent research-based
study on a topic relevant to education and approved by the Department. The thesis will have no
more than 10,000 words. Students will be expected to appropriately apply their understanding
of research methods within their unique areas of study.

EDTE 401: Internship

This course introduces students to a Ghanaian school, educational setting, or NGO where
observation, enquiry, and participation in the processes of teaching and learning or other
educational endeavours within the Ghanaian context are possible. It provides opportunities for
the development of practical skills including instructional strategies, teaching practices or
educational assessment within the education industry as well as for enquiry into the contexts of
classrooms and schools and the improvement of education more broadly.

EDTE 402: Teaching Mathematics with Technology

This course examines mathematics teaching in a technology-intensive environment. Students
will utilize a variety of applications, websites, games, scientific calculators, computers, and
other mobile technologies to explore different mathematical concepts. Topics to be covered
include history and types of technology and the boundaries of use. Software and applications
such as Geogebra, MATLAB, Maple, graphing calculator, iFormulas, NumberLine, Sudoku,
and virtual manipulatives.

EDTE 403: Action research

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and protocols to
generate and evaluate research relevant to various areas of professional education in their own
contexts. Students produce a major action research and writing project designed to address an
identified need in their local school context. The size and scope of the research will be codetermined by the student and supervisor.

EDTE 404: Teacher as a Professional

This course will explore the notion of a teacher as a professional, and the extent to which the
teaching profession is viewed as a vocation or occupation requiring advanced education and
training and involving intellectual skills. Topics to be covered include different notions of
professionalism in teaching, evaluation of teacher professionalism in the Ghanaian context,
teacher management and accountability, lessons for school improvement.

EDTE 405: Techniques and Principles of Second Language Teaching

The course discusses the major language teaching methods and focuses on uncovering the
thoughts that guide language teachers in the course of teaching the syllabus contents. It
introduces students to a variety of language teaching techniques. Methods such as the classical,
direct, and audio-lingual will be covered. Other language teaching methods that will be treated
include Communicative Language Teaching (CLT), Community Language Learning (CLL),
Total Physical Response (TPR), and the Silent Way.

EDTE 406: Seminar in Mathematics Education

 

Action research projects. Students will utilise available tools of presentation to report to the
class and to the members of the School of Education and Leadership and the College as a
whole. A written report will be due at the end of the semester.
EDTE 407: Designing Science Learning Environments
This course will focus on issues related to the design of scientific problems within scientific
learning environments. Students will also be exposed to various strategies of teaching and
learning science though enquiry. Concepts of design, affordances and challenges of different
scientific learning environments will be discussed with particular reference to the Ghanaian
context.

EDTE 408: Seminar in English Education

 

research projects. Students will utilise available tools of presentation to report to the class and
to the members of the School of Education and Leadership and the College as a whole. A
written report will be due at the end of the semester.

EDTE 409: Multimedia Tools in Education

 

variety of multimedia tools in instruction and explore the use of software applications in the
teaching of specific content. It will focus on the roles of ICT in education, how ICT influences
the access, generation, evaluation and utilisation of information in multimedia learning
environments.

EDTE 411: Law, Ethics, and Regulations in Schools

This course is an introductory course in education law and ethics in different contexts. Topics
to be studied include education law and statutes, codes, regulations and their application in preuniversity school contexts, intended and unintended consequences of school policies for senior
high school students, practical applications of the law for different populations of students will
be also addressed.

EDTE 412: Seminar in Education

Students will utilise available tools of presentation to report to the class and to the members of
the School of Education and Leadership and the College as a whole. A written report will be
due at the end of the semester.
EDTE 413: Gender and Curriculum
This course offers a multifaceted, interdisciplinary introduction to thinking about school
curricula, policies, and practices as gendered. It extends the identification of the problems to
examine various efforts to create gender-sensitive curricula and programs. Topics to be
covered include concepts and theories of gender within the curriculum, learning organisations
and relationships among body, identity, knowledge, language and power.

EDTE 414: Dance and Music in Education

This course introduces students to dance and music as repositories of indigenous knowledge. It
will look at dance and music as windows to explore the culture of different ethnic groups in
Ghana. Topics to be covered include African conception of human nature, African
epistemology, definitions of African music and dance, modern/contemporary African music
and dance.

EDTE 415: General Pedagogy

This course introduces students to the general theories of teaching in the Ghanaian school
context. Students will study instructional methods of different subject areas such as
Mathematics, English Language and Science. Topics to be studied include characteristics of
effective and intentional teaching; student diversity, social justice, planning for instruction;
creating effective lessons using a variety of approaches and technologies; classroom
management; assessment of student learning; and professional development.

EDTE 416: Teaching Gifted Students

This course examines the nature and needs of giftedness within the Ghanaian society. Students
will explore topics such as the psychological, personal and social factors affecting
identification and development of gifted children and youth, implications for education,
counselling and guidance, learning theory and styles, creativity and metacognition.

EDTE 417: Introduction to Education Policy

This course is designed to introduce students to educational policy debates, with a particular
focus on the major issues and challenges facing policymakers in Ghana and the West African
sub-region. It will examine standards-based, market-driven, professionally-led, and networked
models of reform, looking at their theories of change, implementation challenges, and the
critiques levelled against these approaches. Topics include policy analysis, history of
schooling; the school systems today; thinking about power; growth, critical thinking; achieving
social justice.

EDTE 418: African Indigenous Education

This course provides a deeper understanding of African indigenous worldviews and an
appreciation of how this knowledge can enhance teaching, learning, and research. Students will
examine philosophical views shared by different African groups while honouring a diversity of
identities, culture, language, and geographic locations. It will also promote an understanding
and appreciation of different ethnic perspectives and explore strategies for integrating this
knowledge into the work of educators and researchers. The course content includes indigenous
cognitive styles, values and ethics, African traditional teachings and indigenous
methodologies.

EDTE 422: Seminar in Science Education

This seminar series will showcase research findings from prospective integrated science
to the class and to the members of the School of Education and Leadership and the College as a

  

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