Certificate in Education
The Certificates in Education are short professional development programmes designed for teachers and other educational professionals.
More specifically, targeted participants in these programmes are mostly school-based practitioners, whether teachers, heads or aspiring heads, whilst others are educational leaders in school systems, teacher educators, inspectors, education officers and others in educational leadership roles.
Certificates run over a period of three to six months with special emphasis on field-based components. Areas of focus include: Teacher Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Early Childhood Education and Development, Research and Evaluation and Educational Leadership and Management.
AKU-IED, EA offers Certificates in Education Programmes in a number of areas and some of them are given below:
Certificate in Education: Curriculum Areas
The Certificates in Education: Curriculum Areas offer teachers or teacher educators an opportunity to improve both their content and pedagogical content knowledge in one of the core curriculum areas (English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies).
They are field-focused programmes that offer teachers or teacher educators an opportunity to improve both their content and pedagogical content knowledge in a specified curriculum area.
The programmes aim both at increasing knowledge of relevant content and at skill and knowledge development in non-traditional teaching methodologies, curriculum development, reflective practice and relevant current educational issues.
Importantly, these programmes make extensive use of local curriculum and address real-life issues in the participants' schools or classrooms. A fundamental tenet of the programmes is their effort to integrate theory with sound educational practices. Thus, large components of the programmes are based in the participants' workplaces where the course participants actually apply their learning in real settings and can reflect on their experiences.
Certificate in Education: Primary Education or Early Childhood Education and Development
The Certificate in Education programmes in either Early Childhood Education and Development or in Primary Education offer teachers, careers or facilitators pedagogical knowledge and approaches to child-centred or early years education with content knowledge appropriate to either primary or early years.
These certificates are field-focused programmes that introduce participants to best practice in either of these two levels of education and focus particularly on holistic, child-centred education and on children's development that best characterises these stages of education.
The programmes aim both at increasing knowledge of content, where relevant, and at skill and knowledge development in non-traditional teaching methodologies and approaches to early years education. A fundamental tenet of both programmes is their effort to integrate theory with sound educational practices. Thus, large components of the programmes are based in the participants' workplace settings where the course participants actually apply their learning in real settings and can reflect on their experiences.
Certificate in Education: Monitoring and Evaluation
The Certificate of Education in Programme and Evaluation is designed to cater for and have direct relevance to the needs of those in organisations who are seen to be under heavy and perhaps increasing pressure to produce rigorous, credible and authentic programme evaluations and associated reports. The specific target beneficiaries are those charged with managing and evaluating programmes in the following sectors and may include, among others:
- Government Ministry personnel in the fields of education, including Inspectors and Education Administrators;
- Educational organization managers;
- Government Ministry of Health personnel;
- Social Service professionals;
- Non-governmental organization personnel.
Certificate in Education: Teacher Education
This certificate (both general and curriculum areas-specific) offers serving or aspiring teacher educators opportunity to upgrade their content and pedagogic knowledge and introduces them to best practices in teacher education and professional development.
Certificate in Education: Educational Leadership and Management
This certificate offers educational leaders and managers opportunities to upgrade their leadership and management skills and knowledge.