Certificate in Education
The Certificate in Education Programme at AKU-IED was earlier called Visiting Teacher Programme (VTP). It aims to improve the content knowledge of teachers while introducing them to non-traditional teaching methodologies, curriculum development and relevant educational issues.
Currently, the eight to ten week programmes are offered in curriculum areas and educational leadership and management. These include: Teaching of Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, English language, and primary education, educational leadership and management, health education, inclusive education, citizenship education, environmental education, early childhood education and development, and Information and Communications Technology. The programmes are offered through face-to-face and distance learning modes.
As of December 2011, 5,416 teachers and others completed the certificate programmes in curriculum areas, while 1,693 completed the programme in educational leadership and management.
The Institute’s certificate programmes have been offered not only in Pakistan but also in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Syria and Central Asia.
Several impact studies show that upon returning to their respective systems, these teachers have been instrumental in introducing innovative practices and focus on the ‘child’ in their classrooms, which has brought about improved student learning outcomes.