Master of Education Degree in Primary Education

1.0 Preamble

Subject to the provisions of General Regulations 40.0 and 41.0, the following Departmental Special Regulations shall apply:

2.0 Entrance Requirements MEd Programme in Primary Education

The normal minimum entrance requirements for admission to the MEd programme shall be:

a) A relevant BEd degree from this or any recognised university or equivalent institution with at least a 2(ii) or it’s equivalent, or:

b) A relevant Bachelor’s Degree from this university with at least a second class, second division plus at least a credit in the concurrent Diploma in Education or pass in the Post Graduate Diploma in Education. Equivalent qualifications from other recognised academic institutions shall be considered, or:

c) A relevant Bachelor’s degree of this university at pass level with at least a credit in the Post Graduate Diploma in Education; At least two years of appropriate professional experience; at least two satisfactory professional references; a satisfactory interview may be required; evidence of potential to perform successfully in a graduate level programme.

With the approval of Senate, equivalent qualifications and experience may be ac-cepted. Such candidates may be required to perform successfully on an admission examination or satisfy other requirements as deemed appropriate by the Department of Primary Education. MEd work in any specialization must be preceded by sufficient undergraduate work in that field or a related one to satisfy the Board of the Department of Primary Education that the candidate is likely to be successful.

Candidates may be required to take and pass pre-requisite courses, which are deemed necessary or desirable. Such prerequisites may be required prior to admission to the MEd programme or prior to commencing a particular course or prior to the granting of the degree. Pre-requisite courses will not ear credit towards degree requirements.

3.0 Student Advising

Upon admission, each student shall be assigned an Advisor. The Advisor shall consult with the student regarding coursework and other issues related to the programme of study and may or may not serve as the Research Supervisor. During the first year, a Research Supervisor shall be appointed for each student.

4.0 Programme Structure

Subject to the provisions of General Regulation 41.5 the following Departmental Special Regulations shall apply:

4.1 The Primary Education Department offers two MEd specialisations: MEd (Language Education)and MEd (Early Childhood Education).

4.2 The degree shall be a course-based MEd offered as coursework and Dissertation OR coursework and Research Essay. The degree shall be offered through full-time or part-time study.

4.3 A taught course should be of one semester in duration and carry three credits. Each course shall comprise lectures, group work, seminars, discussion and individual research writing.

4.4 On satisfactory completion of a minimum of 24 credits, students shall progress into the Dissertation route or the Research Essay route.

4.5 All students must take three Faculty core courses (EFF640, EFF641, EFF642). Students following the Dissertation route must complete a further five specialisation courses while students following the Research Essay route must complete a further nine specialisation courses. Students may take one course during the long vacation, subject to the availability of staff. With the consent of the Head of Department offering the specialization and agreement with the cognate department, a maximum of two courses may be taken from another MEd specialisation, from another Master’s programme at the University of Botswana, from an approved Master’s programme of another university or as specified in Departmental Special Regulations.

4.6 Course Work and Dissertation

Subject to the provisions of the General Regulations, the following Departmental Special Regulations shall apply:

4.6.1 The Dissertation proposal must be approved by the Board of the Department of Primary Education.

4.6.2 The subject of the Dissertation shall be within the general field of specialisation and must reveal independent and original investigation and knowledge of methods of scholarship.

4.7 Course Work and Research Essay

Subject to the provisions of General Regulation 41.5, 41.10 and 41.11, the following Departmental Special Regulations shall apply:

4.7.1 The type of Research Essay shall be selected using the Faculty of Education Guidelines for the MEd Research Essay Option and have the mutual agreement of the student and the research supervisor.

4.7.2 The subject of the Research Essay shall be within the general field of specialisation.

5.0 Programme Structure MEd (Language Education)

Level One

All students will be required to take the following core courses:

EFF 640 Integrated Foundations of Education

EFF 641 Educational Research I

EFF 642 Educational Research II

EPL 640 Language in the Curriculum

ELE 641 Introductory Linguistics

EPL 642 Reading and Writing Disabilities

Plus any two of the following optional courses:

EPL 643 Developing Children’s Literature

EPL 644 The African Novel

EPL 645 The African Drama

EPL 646 Advanced Study of Morphology and Semantics

EPL 647 Drama in Education

With the consent of the Head of Department and agreement with the cognate department, a maximum of two courses may be taken from another MEd specialisaton, from another Master’s programme at the University of Botswana or from an approved Master’s programme of another university.

Level Two

In level two of the programme, students shall take the Dissertation route or the Research Essay route.

Dissertation Route - The Dissertation route shall be in accordance with General Regulations 41.9 and 41.11.

EPL 761 Dissertation

Research Essay Route - The Research Essay route shall be in accordance with General Regulations 41.10 and 41.11.

EPL 751 Research Essay

plus four optional courses from the following:

EPL 740 Language in Education Policy and Planning

EPL 741 Bilingual Education

EPL 742 Teaching Language and Literacy

EPL 743 First and Second Language Acquisition

EPL 744 Acquisition of Speaking and Writing

EPL 745 Advanced Setswana Syntax

EPL 746 Botswana Languages

EPL 747 Languages and Professions

EPL 748 First and Second Language Teacher Education

EPL 750 Special Topics in Language Education

6.0 Programme Structure MEd (Early Childhood Education)

Level One

All students will be required to take the following core courses:

EFF 640 Integrated Foundations of Education

EFF 641 Educational Research I

EFF 642 Educational Research II

EPI 640 Learning Strategies in Infant/Primary Education

EPI 641 Research Method and Design in Infant/ Primary Education

EPI 642 Trends and Issues in Early Childhood Education

EPI 643 Socio-cultural Context of Early Childhood and Primary Education

EPI 644 Planning and Financing of Infant/Primary Education

EPI 645 Educational Diagnosis and Assessment of Pre-school Exceptional Children

With the consent of the Head of Department and agreement with the cognate department, a maximum of two courses may be taken from another MEd specialisation, from another Master’s programme at this university or from an approved Master’s programme of another university.

Level Two

In level two of the programme, students shall take the Dissertation route or the Research Essay route.

Dissertation Route - The Dissertation route shall be in accordance with General Regulations 41.9 and 41.11.

EPI 761 Dissertation

Research Essay Route - The Research Essay route shall be in accordance with General Regulations 41.10 and 41.11

EPI 751 Research Essay Plus four optional courses from the following:

EPI 740 Detailed Study of Preschool Programmes

EPI 741 Developing Curricular Materials for Exceptional Children

EPI 742 The Infant/Primary School Teacher

EPI 743 Teaching and Learning of Core Subjects at the Infant/ Primary School Levels

EPI 750 Special Topics in Primary Education

7.0 Assessment

Subject to Academic General Regulation 41.7, the following Departmental Special Regulations shall apply.

7.1 Each course shall be assessed by continuous assessment.

7.2 Courses taken in Faculties other than Education shall be examined in accordance with the regulations of the Faculties within which the work was undertaken.

7.3 The cumulative GPA for each semester shall be computed on the basis of equal weighting for all courses.