Bachelor of Education (Primary Education)

Entry Requirements

(a) Applicants with a Diploma in Primary Education or equivalent shall enter at Level 300 of the degree programme. Relevant work experience in an educational setting shall be an added advantage.
(b) Holders of a Certificate in Primary Education or its equivalent plus BGCSE with at least three grades at a minimum of grade C shall be admitted into Level 200 of the programme. Relevant work experience in an educational setting shall be an added advantage.
(c) Holders of a Certificate in Primary Education or its equivalent who do not meet the requirements above but who have experience in an educational setting will be admitted into Level 100 of the degree programme. Applicants seeking admission through this route shall submit recommendation letters and proof of experience in teaching and evidence of prior learning.

Programme Structure

Level 100

Semester 1

Major: Primary Education (15-18 Credits)

ENV101 Introduction to the Physical & Human Environments I (2)
EPE100 Introduction to Algebra (3)
EPE102 Introduction to Science (3)
EFP100 Introduction to Educational Psychology (3)
COM161 Communication and Academic Literacy Skills (Education) (3)
ICT121E Computer Skills Fundamental I (2, Credits)

Semester 2

Major: Primary Education (15-18 Credits)

EPE101 Algebra and its applications (3, pre-req. EPE100)
EPE103 Principles of Science (3)
EPE114 Introduction to Education in Botswana (3) 1 Elective Course (3)
COM 162 Communication and Academic and Professional Communication (Education) (3)
ICT122E Computer Skills Fundamentals II (2, GEC)

In Level 200-400, in addition to the major Primary Education, choose one of the following areas of concentration to make the second major:

  1. Languages concentration
  2. Maths & Science concentration
  3. Social Studies /Religious Education concentration
  4. Special Topics concentration
  5. Practical Subjects concentration

Level 200

Semester 3

Major I: Primary Education (15-18 Credits)

EPE215 Fundamental Issues in Developmental Psychology (3)
EPE211 Language across the Curriculum (3) OR
EPL212: Introduction to Language Arts (3) (For student who have chosen the language Concentration)

Major II: Choose one of the following areas of concentration. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme:

1. Language concentration

ALL141 Introduction to African Oral and Written Literature (3)
ALL121 Introduction to the study of language and linguistic (3)
ENG211 The pronunciation of English (3)
Elective Course (3)

Optional Course (choose ONE from the following)

EFA100 School Organizations (3)
ALL151 Short Story Theory and Practice (3)
ALL152 Style in Writing(3)

2. Maths & Science concentration

EPM226 Algebra and trigonometry I (3, Pre EPE101)
EPM229 Foundations of Biology and Earth Sciences (3)
1 Elective Course (3)

Optional Course (choose ONE from the following)

EFA100 School Organizations (3)
EPA203 Theories of Leadership & Supervision (3)

3. Social Studies/Religious Education Concentration

ELC202 Social Studies and Nation building (3)
EPS200 Introduction to Social Studies Education (2) 1 Elective Course (3)

Optional Course (choose ONE from the following)

EFA100 School Organisations (3)
EPA203 Theories of Leadership & Supervision (3)

4. Special Topics Concentration (take ONE of the following areas as a teaching subject)

English

ENG211 The pronunciation of English (3)
Elective Course (3)

Setswana

ALL121 Introduction to the study of language and linguistics (3)
ALL141 Introduction to African Oral Literature (3)

Mathematics

EPM226 Algebra and trigonometry I (3)
Elective Course (3)

Science

EPM229 Foundations of Biology & Earth Sciences (3)
Elective Course (3)

Social Studies

EPS200 Introduction to Social Studies Education (2)
Elective Course (3)

In addition choose any 2 special topic areas from the following list:

Guidance/Counselling

EFH201 Counselling over a life span (3)

Infant Education

EPI228 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (3)

Environmental Education

EPI224 Foundations of Environmental Education (3)

Special Education

EFS101 Introduction to Exceptional Children (3)

5. Practical Subjects Concentration (take ONE of the following areas as a teaching subject)

English

ENG211 The pronunciation of English (3)
Elective Course (3)

Setswana

ALL121 Introduction to the study of language and linguistics (3)
ALL141 Introduction to African Oral Literature (3)

Mathematics

EPM226 Algebra and trigonometry I (3)

Science

EPM229 Foundations of Biology & Earth Sciences (3)

Social Studies

EPS200 Introduction to Social Studies (2) Elective Course (3)

In addition, choose ONE practical subject area from the following:

Art and Craft

EPP201 Introduction to Art, Craft and Design (4)

Music

EPP217 Introduction to Philosophy of Music Education and Fundamentals of Music (4)

Physical Education

PHR138 Foundations of Physical Education Sport and Recreation (2) Plus
1 Elective Course (3)

Optional Courses (Choose One):

EFA100 School Organisations (3)
EPS200 Introduction to Social Studies(2) Plus 1 Elective Course (3)

Level 200

Semester 2

Major I: Primary Education (15-18 Credits)

EPE217 Human Growth and Development (3)
EPE214 Theory and Practice of the Project Method (3)

MAJOR II: AREAS OF CONCENTRATION:

Students shall continue with the area of concentration chosen in Level 200, semester1. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme.

1. Languages Concentration

ALL142: The Study of Drama in Indigenous Languages (3 Credits)
ENG221: English Linguistics (3 Credits)
Elective Course (3 Credits)

Optional courses (Choose One):

EPA201: Classroom Management (3 Credits)
ALL153: Introduction to the African Novel (3 Credits)

Maths & Science Concentration

EPM227: Introduction to functions and the domains (3 Credits, prerequisite EPM 226)
EPM228: Foundations of Chemistry and Physics(3Credits)

Optional courses (Choose One):

EPA201: Classroom Management (3 Credits)
EPM230: Technology in Teaching Primary Mathematics (3 Credits)

Social Studies/Religious Education

EPS203: Indigenous People and their Environment (3 Credits)
EPS201: Theories & Practice of Values in Education (3 Credits)

Optional courses (Choose One):

TRS107: African Traditional Religion (3 Credits)
HIS202: Africa in the Era of the Atlantic Slave Trade (3 Credits)
ENV102: Introduction to the Physical and human environment (2 Credits)

Special Topics Concentration:

Students shall continue with their teaching subject chosen in Level 200, semester1. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme.

English

ENG221: English Linguistics (3 Credits)
Elective Course (3 Credits)

Setswana

ALL142: The study of Drama (3 Credits)
Elective Course (3 Credits)
EPM227: Introduction to functions and the domains (3 Credits, prerequisite EPM 226)

Science

EPM228: Foundations of Chemistry and Physics (3 Credits)

Social Studies

EPS201: Theories & Practice of Values in Education (3 Credits)
Elective Course (3 Credits)

In addition to the teaching subject, students shall continue with the TWO special topic areas chosen in Level 200, semester1. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme.

Guidance/Counselling

EFH200: Group Work in Counselling (3 Credits)

Infant Education

EPI229: Theories and Principles of Early Childhood Education (3 Credits)

Environmental Education

EPI225: Environmental Issues and Education for Sustainable Development (3 Credits)

Special Education

EFS104: Introduction to Procedures for Assessment of disabilities(3 Credits)

1. Practical Subjects Concentration:

Students shall continue with their teaching subject chosen in Level 200, semester1. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme.

English

ENG221: English Linguistics (3 Credits)

Setswana

ALL142: The study of Drama (3 Credits)

Mathematics

EPM227: Introduction to functions and the domains (3 Credits, prerequisite EPM226)

Science

EPM228: Foundations of Chemistry and Physics (3 Credits)

Social Studies

EPS201: Theories & Practice of Values in Education (3 Credits)
Elective Course (3 Credits)

In addition to the teaching subject, students shall continue with ONE practical subject chosen in Level 200, semester1. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme.

Art and Craft

EPP202: Practical Art, Craft & Design Skills for the Classroom Teacher (4 Credits)

Music

EPP218: Listening, Composing and Performing (4 Credits)

Physical Education

PHR142: Organisation and Administration of Physical Education and Sports (2 Credits) PLUS 1 Elective Course (3 Credits)

Optional courses (Choose One):

EPA201: Classroom Management (3 Credits)
EPI225: Environmental Policies, Issues & Education for Sustainable Development (3 Credits)
EFA100: School Organisations (3 Credits)

LEVEL 300: SEMESTER 1(15-18 CREDITS)

MAJOR I: PRIMARY EDUCATION

EPA302: Introduction to Educational Research (3 Credits)
EPE316: Assessment in Primary Schools (3 Credits)

MAJOR II: AREAS OF CONCENTRATION:

Students shall continue with the area of concentration chosen in Level 200, semester1. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme.

1. Languages Concentration

ALL221: Sound systems in African Languages (3 Credits)
ENG351: Phonology of English (3 Credits)
Elective Course (3 Credits)

Optional courses (Choose One):

ALL152: Style in Writing (3 Credits)
ALL241: History and structure of the Setswana Novel (3 Credits)
ENG341: Introduction to Socio Linguistics (3Credits)
ENG415: Readings in Literary Theory I (3 Credits)
ENG441: Introduction to Pragmatics (3rd years only) (3 Credits)

2. Mathematics/Science Concentration

EPM326: Introduction to probability and statistics, (3 Credits), prerequisite EPM 227
EPM328: Principles of Chemistry and Physics (3 Credits)
EPM330: Science Education (3 Credits)
Elective Course (3 Credits)

3. Social Studies/Religious Education

EPS322: Social Studies and Curriculum Development (3 Credits)
EPS331: Teaching social studies in the primary school (3 Credits)
Elective Course (3 Credits)

4. Special Topics Concentration:

Students shall continue with their teaching subject chosen in Level 200, semester1. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme.

English

ENG311: Modern English Grammar (3 Credits)
Elective Course (3 Credits)

Setswana

ALL221: Sound systems in African language (3 Credits)
Elective Course (3 Credits)

Mathematics

EPM326: Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3 Credits)

Science

EPM328: Principles of Chemistry and Physics (3 Credits)
EPM330: Science Education (3 Credits)

Social Studies

EPS322: Social Studies and Curriculum Development (3 Credits)

In addition to the teaching subject, students shall continue with the TWO special topic areas chosen in Level 200, semester1. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme.

Guidance/Counselling

EFH303: Multicultural Counselling (3Credits)

Infant Education

EPI320: Learning Experiences and Material Development (3 Credits)

Environmental Education

EPI334: Curriculum Development in Environmental Education (3 Credits, pre-requisite EPI 224 or EPI 225)

Special Education

EFS250: Diagnostic Teaching in Basic Skills for students with Learning Disabilities/ Difficulties (3 Credits)

5. Practical Subjects Concentration:

Students shall continue with their teaching subject chosen in Level 200, semester1. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme.

English

ENG311: Modern English Grammar (3 Credits)
Elective Course (3 Credits)

Setswana

ALL221: Sound systems in African language (3 Credits) Elective Course (3 Credits)

Mathematics

EPM326: Introduction to probability and statistics (3 Credits)

Science

EPM328: Principles of Chemistry and Physics (3 Credits)
EPM330: Science Education (3 Credits)

Social Studies

EPS322: Social Studies and Curriculum Development (3 Credits)

In addition to the teaching subject, students shall continue with ONE practical subject chosen in Level 200, semester1. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme.

Art and Craft

EPP301: Appropriate Art, Craft & Design Methods and Materials for the Primary School (4 Credits)

Music

EPP327: Introduction to Ethnomusicology (4 Credits)

Physical Education

PHR269: Motor Learning and Human Performance (2 Credits) PLUS 1 Elective Course (3 Credits)

Optional courses (Choose One):

PHR210: Psychology of Sports (2 Credits)
HEE347: Curriculum Development in Early Childhood Education (3 Credits)

LEVEL 300: SEMESTER 2(15-18 CREDITS)

MAJOR I: PRIMARY EDUCATION

EDT310: Instructional Materials (2 Credits)
EPA304: Advanced Investigation in Education (3 Credits, pre-requisite EPA302)

MAJOR II: AREAS OF CONCENTRATION:

Students shall continue with the area of concentration chosen in Level 200, semester1. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme.

1. Languages Concentration

ALL222: The structure of words(3)
EPL300: Theory and Practice of Second Language Teaching (3)
ENG311: Modern English Grammar (3)
EPL312: Breakthrough to Literacy (3)

Optional courses (Choose One):

ENG321: Usage in English (3)
ENG361: Morphology of English (3)
EPA301: Leadership styles & organizational behaviour (3 Credits)
ALL253: The sociology of literature (3)
EPA300: Action Research (3)

2. Mathematics/Science Concentration

EPM331: Teaching School Mathematics (3)
EPM327: Introduction. To Limits & Tangents (3 Credits, pre-requisite EPM 326)
EPM329: Principles of Biology and Earth Science (3)

Optional courses (Choose One):

EPA301: Leadership styles & organizational behaviour (3 Credits)
EPA300: Action Research (3)
EPM301 Special Issues in Math education (3 Credits)
EPM302 Geometry for Primary school teachers (3)

3 Social Studies Education Concentration

EPS323: Social Studies and Pedagogy (3 Credits)
EPS300: Culture & Citizenship Education (3 Credits)
ELC311: Multicultural Education (3 Credits)
Elective Course (3 Credits)

4 Special Topics Concentration:

Students shall continue with their teaching subject chosen in Level 200, semester1. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme.

English

EPL300: Theory and Practice of Second Language Teaching(3)
ENG321: Usage in English Language (3)

Setswana

ALL222: The structure of words in African Languages (3 Credits)
EPL312: Breakthrough to literacy (3)

Mathematics

EPM331: Teaching School Mathematics (3 Credits)
EPM327: Introduction. To Limits & Tangents (3 Credits, pre-requis ite EPM 326)

Science

EPM329: Principle of Biology and Earth Science (3) Elective Course (3)

Social Studies

EPS323: Social Studies and Pedagogy (3)
Elective Course (3)

In addition to the teaching subject, students shall continue with the TWO special topic areas chosen in Level 200, semester1. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme.

Guidance/Counselling

EFH305: Teaching Guidance and Counselling in Schools and other Settings (3 Credits)

Infant Education

EPI321: Curriculum Development in Early Childhood education (3)

Environmental Education

EPI335: Evaluation and Monitoring in Environmental Education (3 Credits, pre-requisite EPI334)

Special Education

EFS251: Remediation Techniques in school subjects with learning Disabilities (3 credits, pre-requisite EFS250)

5 Practical Subjects Concentration:

Students shall continue with their teaching subject chosen in Level 200, semester1. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme.

English

EPL300: Theory and Practice of Second Language Teaching (3 Credits)
ENG321: Usage in English Language (3 Credits)

Setswana

ALL222: T he structure of words in African Languages 3 Credits)
EPL312: Breakthrough to literacy (3 Credits)

Mathematics

EPM331: Teaching School Mathematics (3 Credits)
EPM327: Introduction to Limits and Tangents (3 Credits, Pre-requisite EPM326)

Science

EPM329: Principle of Biology and Earth Science (3)

Social Studies

EPS323: Social Studies and Pedagogy(3)

In addition to the teaching subject, students shall continue with ONE practical subject chosen in Level 200, semester1. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme.

Art and Craft

EPP302: Practical Skills in the planning and Teaching of Art Craft & Design (4 Credits)

Music

EPP328: Teaching Methods in Music Education (4 Credits)

Physical Education

PHR267: Teaching PE in Pre-Primary and Primary Schools (2 Credits) PLUS 1 Elective Course (3 Credits)

Optional courses (Choose One):

EPA301: Leadership styles & organizational behaviour (3)
EPA300: Action Research (3 Credits)
PHR261: Introduction to Skills and Techniques of Soccer (2 Credits)
HEE218: Fundamentals of Clothing Production (3)

LEVEL 400: SEMESTER 1(15-18 CREDITS)

MAJOR I: PRIMARY EDUCATION

EPE419: Computer Applications in Primary Schools (3)
EPE442: Research Project (3 Credits, pre-requisite EPA304)

MAJOR II: AREAS OF CONCENTRATION:

Students shall continue with the area of concentration chosen in Level 200, semester1. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme.

1. Languages Concentration

EPL411: Introduction to Reading Process (3 Credits)
EPL414: Literature for Primary Schools (3)
ENG421: Approaches to Syntax (3 Credits)
ALL321: The structure of the sentence (3Credits)

Optional courses (Choose One):

EFS240: Curriculum and instructional methods for students with mild to moderate Mental Retardation (3 Credits)
ALL331: Introduction to Translation (3 Credits)
EFP301: Adult-Child Interaction and Cognitive Development (3 Credits)

2. Mathematics/Science Concentration

EPM426: Introduction to Derivatives and their Application (3 Credits, pre-requisite EPM 327)
EPM429: Advanced Concepts in Biology and Earth Science (3 Credits)
Elective Course(3)

Optional courses (Choose One):

EFS240: Curriculum and instructional methods for students with mild to moderate Mental Retardation (3)
EFP301: Adult-Child Interaction and Cognitive Development (3)
EPM430: Mathematical Applications for Primary Teachers (3)
EPM431: Science Applications for Primary Schools (3)

3. Social Studies/Religious Education Concentration

EPS401: The Role of Democracy in the Teaching of Social Studies (3 Credits)
ELC421: Global Perspectives and Materials in Social Studies (3)
Elective Course (3)

Optional courses (Choose One):

HIS201: African Cultures & Civilizations (3 Credits)
ELR301: Theories of Religious Education (3 Credits)
EPI442: Environmental Conservation Strategies I (3)
EFP301: Adult-Child Interaction and Cognitive Development (3)

4. Special Topics Concentration:

Students shall continue with their teaching subject chosen in Level 200, semester1. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme.

English

ENG421: Approaches to Syntax (3 Credits)

Setswana

ALL321: The Structure of the Sentence (3 Credits)

Mathematics

EPM426: Introduction to Derivatives and their Applications (3 Credits, Pre-requisite EPM327)

Science

EPM429: Advanced Concepts in Biology and Earth Science (3)

Social Studies

EPS401: The Role of Democracy in the Teaching of Social Studies (3)

In addition to the teaching subject, students shall continue with the TWO special topic areas chosen in Level 200, semester1. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme.

Guidance/Counselling

EFH400: Substance Abuse Counselling (3)

Infant Education

EPI431: Management of Early Childhood Programme (3)

Environmental Education

EPI442: Environmental Conservation Strategies I (3)

Special Education

EFS350: Developmental Approach and Behavioural Management of Students with Learning Disabilities (3 Credits, pre-requisite EFS101)

Optional courses (Choose One):

EFS240: Curriculum and instructional methods for students with mild to moderate Mental Retardation (3)
EFP301: Adult-Child Interaction and Cognitive Development (3)

5. Practical Subjects Concentration:

Students shall continue with their teaching subject chosen in Level 200, semester1. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme.

English

ENG421: Approaches to Syntax (3)
Elective Course (3 Credits)

Setswana

ALL321: The Structure of the Sentence (3)

Mathematics

EPM426: Introduction to Derivatives and their Applications (3 Credits, Pre-requisite EPM327)

Science

EPM429: Advanced Concepts in Biology and Earth Science (3)

Social Studies

EPS401: The Role of Democracy in the Teaching of Social Studies (3)

In addition to the teaching subject, students shall continue with ONE practical subject chosen in Level 200, semester1. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme.

Art and Craft

EPP405: Integrated Arts Education in Cultural Context (4)

Music

EPP447: Basic Instrumental Skills (4)

Physical Education

PHR313: Nutrition and Sports performance (2) PLUS 1 Elective Course (3)

Optional courses (Choose One):

EFS240: Curriculum and Instructional methods for students with mild to moderate mental retardation (3 credits)
PHR309: Adapted Physical Education (2 Credits)
EFP301: Adult-Child Interaction and Cognitive Development (3 Credits)

LEVEL 400: SEMESTER 2 (15-18 CREDITS)

MAJOR I: PRIMARY EDUCATION

GEC441 Special Education (3 Credits) -for students who have not chosen EFS101
EFS404: Education of Children with Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder (3 Credits) -for students who have chosen EFS101
EPE442: Research Project- continues from Semester 1- (3 Credits)
EFF410: Philosophy of Education (3)

MAJOR II: AREAS OF CONCENTRATION:

Students shall continue with the area of concentration chosen in Level 200, semester1. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme.

1. Languages Concentration

ENG411: Form, Function and Variation (3 Credits)
EPL412: Teaching Reading in Primary Schools (3)
ALL342: African Oral Narratives (3 Credits)

Optional courses (Choose One):

ENG435: Readings in Literary Theory 2 (3)
EFS351: Career Education for students with Learning difficulties (3 Credits, pre- requisite EFS101)
EPA300: Action Research (3)
EPE411: Educational Management And Curriculum Development (3)
ALL354: The Contemporary Setswana Novel (3)
EFS402: Strategies for Helping Families of Students with Disabilities (3)

2. Mathematics/Science Concentration

EPM427: Calculus II (3Credits, pre-requisiteEPM426)
EPM428: Advanced Concepts in Physics and Chemistry (3 Credits)
Elective Course (3)

3.Social Studies/Religious Education Concentration

EPS400: Contemporary Issues in Teaching Primary Social Studies (3)
EPS403: International Organisations & Governance (3)

Optional courses (Choose One):

TRS315: Sociology of Religion (3 Credits)
EPA300: Action Research (3 Credits)
HIS414: Chiefs, Commoners and the Impact of Colonial Rule on Botswana, Lesotho & Swaziland (3)
ENV316: Agricultural Development (2)

4. Special Topics Concentration:

Students shall continue with their teaching subject chosen in Level 200, semester1. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme.

English

ENG411: Form, Function and Variation English (3)

Setswana

ALL342: African Oral Narratives (3)

Mathematics

EPM427: Calculus II (3 Credits, pre-requisite EPM426)

Science

EPM428: Advanced Concepts in Physics and Chemistry (3)

Social Studies

EPS400: Contemporary Issues in Teaching Primary Social Studies (3)

In addition to the teaching subject, students shall continue with the TWO special topic areas chosen in Level 200, semester1. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme.

Guidance/Counselling

EFH407: Consultations in Schools & Community Settings (3)

Infant Education

EPI432: Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education (3)

Environmental Education

EPI443: Environmental Conservation Strategies II (3)

Special Education

EFS351: Career Education for Students with Learning Difficulties (3 Credits, pre-requisite EFS101)

5. Practical Subjects Concentration:

Students shall continue with their teaching subject chosen in Level 200, semester1. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme.

English

ENG411: Form, Function and Variation English (3)
Elective Course (3)

Setswana

ALL342: African Oral Narratives (3)
Elective Course (3)

Mathematics

EPM427: Calculus II (3 Credits), pre-requisite EPM426
Elective Course (3)

Science

EPM428: Advanced Concepts in Physics and Chemistry (3)
Elective Course (3)

Social Studies

EPS403: International Organisations & Governance (3)
Elective Course (3)

In addition to the teaching subject, students shall continue with ONE practical subject chosen in Level 200, semester1. This choice will be followed throughout the course of the degree programme.

Art and Craft

EPP406: Contemporary Issues in Art Education (4)

Music

EPP449: Movement in Music (4)

Physical Education

PHR308: Scientific Basis of Coaching and Officiating (2)
PHR317: Sports & Culture (2).