Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Development and Education)

Entry Requirements

Four (4) year Programme for Teachers (education specialization), the applicants must have:

  • at least Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE), Cambridge holders or its equivalent with at least a C or better in English Language and shall enter at Level 100 for preservice.
  • a teaching Certificate to enter at Level 100
  • a Diploma in Primary Education to enter at Level 200/300 and relevant work experience in an educational setting would be an added advantage.

Programme Structure

All Specializations

Level 100

Semester 1 (15 Credits)

Core Courses

EPI228 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3)
EFP100 Introduction to Educational Psychology (3)
EPP201 Introduction to Art, Craft and Design in Education (3)
ICT121 Computing & Information Skills Fundamental I (3)
COM161 Communication & Study Skills I (3)

Semester 2 (15 Credits)

Core Courses

ECD100 Health and Safety of Young Children (3)
FCS103 Prenatal and Early Childhood Development (3)
EPI229 Theories and Principles of Early Childhood Education (3)
ICT122 Computing & Information Skills II (3)
COM162 Communication & Study Skills II (3)

BECDE Education Specialization

Level 200

Semester 3 (15 Credits)

Core Courses

ECD200 Language Development and Literacy in Early Childhood (3)
ECD201 Early Childhood Education for Environmental Sustainable Development (3)
ECD202 Play and Creativity in Early Childhood (3)

Optional Courses

EFA100 School Organisations (3)
EFS250 Diagnostic Teaching in Basic Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities/Difficulties (3)
FCS102 Introductory Nutrition (3)
EPI224 Foundations of Environmental Education (3)
EPP301 Arts, Methods and Materials for the Classroom Teacher (3)
EPE 316 Assessment in Primary Schools (3)

*Choose only ONE Optional Course.

Semester 4 (15 Credits)

Core Courses

ECD203 Manipulation and Discovery In Science and Social Science (3)
ECD 204 Concepts of Early Numeracy And Mathematics (3)
ECD 205 Behaviour Problems and Guiding Young Children (3)
FCS 210 Foundations of Food Preparations (3)
Elective (3)
Teaching Practice – ETP 200 (3)

Level 300

Semester 5 (15 Credits)

Core Courses

ECD301 Educator and Professional Development (3)
EPE319 ICT Applications in Schools (3)
EPI320 Learning Experiences and Material Development (3)

Optional Courses

EPE211 OR
EPE 212 Language Across the Curriculum (3) OR Introduction to Language Arts (3)
EPP217 Introduction to Philosophy Of Music Education and Fundamentals of Music (3)
EFS251 Remediation Techniques in School Subjects with Learning Disabilities (3)
EPL411 Teaching Reading in Primary Schools (3)
EPL414 Literature for Primary Schools (3)
Elective (3)

*Choose only ONE Optional Course.

Semester 6 (15 Credits)

Core Courses

ECD 303 Learning Through Play (3)
EPI 321 Curriculum Development in Early Childhood Education (3)
EPA 304 Introduction to Educational Research (3)
EFS 242 Early Intervention Programmes for Young Children (3)
Elective (3)
Teaching Practice – ETP 300 (3)

Level 400

Semester 7 (15 Credits)

Core Courses

ECD400 Child Protection, Advocacy and Children’s’ Rights (3)
ECD403 Music, Movement and Drama (3)
EPE442 Research Project (3)
GEC247 HIV/Aids Education Prevention and Control (3)
Elective (3)

Semester 8 (15 Credits)

Core Courses

ECD402 Culture and Indigenous Knowledge in ECE (3)
ECD404 Guidance and Counselling in ECE (3)
EPI431 Management of Early Childhood Programmes (3)
EPI432 Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education (3)

Optional Courses

DSW105 Social Services with Families and Children (3)
FCS304 Meal Management (3)
ECD405 Child Study (3)
EPS300 Culture and Citizenship Education (3)
Teaching Practice – ETP 400 (3)

*Choose only ONE Optional Course.

BECDE Extension (Non-Teaching) Specialization

Level 200

Semester 3 (15 Credits)

Core Courses

ECD202 Play and Creativity in Early Childhood (3)
ECD206 Infant and Toddler Development Programming (3)
FCS 208 Foundations of FCS Extension (3)
BIO 122 Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry (3)

Optional Courses

ECD200 Language Development and Literacy In Early Childhood (3)
FCS101 Foundations of Family Studies (3)
FCS205 Introduction to Textiles (3)
EFS101 Introduction to Exceptional Children (3)
PHR 267 Teaching Physical Education in Pre-Primary School (3)

*Choose only ONE Optional Course.

Semester 4 (15 Credits)

Core Courses

ECD205 Behaviour Problems and Guiding Young Children (3)
ECD207 Curriculum and Programme Development in ECD (3)
FCS102 Introduction to Nutrition (Pre-requisites Bio 122) (3)
FCS212 Group Processes and Dynamics (3)

Optional Courses

FCS209 Technology and Creative Sewing (Pre-requisites FCS 205) (3)
FCS210 Foundations of Food Preparations (3)
FCS211 Introduction to Interior Design (3)
FCS313 Human Development Across the LifeSpan (3)
ECD208 Technology in ECD (3)
EDT310 Planning and Producing Materials for Primary Teachers (3)

*Choose only ONE Optional Course.

Level 300

Semester 5 (15 Credits)

Core Courses

ECD300 Professionalism and Ethics in ECD (3)
FCS352 Theory and Practice when Interacting with Young Children (Pre-requisite FCS 103) (3)
FCS301 Methods of Teaching FCS Extension (3)
FCS317 Developmental Assessment and Intervention with Young Children (3)

Optional Courses

FCS314 Textile Design and Product Development (Pre-requisite FCS 205) (3)
FCS407 Human Development Seminar (3)
FCS409 Management of Family Resource (3)
FCS418 Family Health Education (3)
MGT202 Small Business Management (3)
PHR407 Motor Development and Movement Experiences for Young Children (3)
GEC247 HIV/AIDS Education Prevention and Control (3)

*Choose only ONE Optional Course.

Level 300

Semester 6 (15 Credits)

Core Courses

ECD304 Cognitive Stimulation of at Risk Children (3)
FCS308 Programme Planning and Evaluation in FCS Extension (Pre-requisite FCS 208) (3)
FCS309 Research Methods in FCS (3)
FCS316 Parenting and Socialisation Process in the Family (3)
Elective (3)

Level 300

Winter Semester (8 weeks)

FCS312 Field Attachment (3)

Level 400

Semester 7 (15 Credits)

Core Courses

ECD400 Child Protection, Advocacy and Children’s Rights (3)
ECD401 Family Development and Interpersonal Relationships (3)
FCS402 Management of FCS Extension Programmes (Pre-requisite FCS 208, 308) (3)
FCS417 Risk and Resiliency in Child Development (3)
Elective (3)

Semester 8 (15 Credits)

Core Courses

FCS403 Research Project in FCS (Pre-requisite FCS309) (3)
ECD402 Culture and Indigenous Knowledge in ECD (3)
ECD406 Pre-schooler Development and Programming (3)
FCS427 Public Policy for Children and Families (3)

Optional Courses

FCS411 Community Mobilization (3)
FCS304 Meal Management (3)
FCS424 Housing and Environment for Children (3)
FCS426 Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Development (3)
FCS428 Development and Administration of Early Childhood Programmes (3)

*Choose only ONE Optional Course.