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Early Childhood Education

Overview

The course teaches you how to teach, prepare and handle children during learning. It explores typical and uncommon social, emotional, mental and physical development of children from infancy to pre-adolescence. Students will discover how the science of early learning is essential for building a strong foundation for (children) learners. This course is also designed to offer working professionals in early education an opportunity to deepen their core knowledge, hone their skills and add to their leadership experience through a flexible, mostly sandwich learning experience.

Entry Level

  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • PhD

Entry Mode

This programme is widely taught as full time, part-time, distance or sandwich at most levels.

General Entry Requirements

WASSCE Entry requirements:

Core: Credit passes (C6) in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science & Social Studies Electives: Credit passes (C6) in any three elective subjects

American High School Grade 12

An applicant for admission to a degree programme in Ghana must have a Final Grade Point of at least 3.0 *Admissions will be to Level 100.

GCE (Cambridge) – ‘A’ and ‘O’ Levels

Applicants must have three relevant subjects at the Cambridge ‘A’ Levels. In addition, they must have at least five (5) passes including English and Mathematics at the Cambridge ‘O’ Level. *Most universities in Ghana welcome applications from students who follow the IB Diploma Programme and meet the following college requirements. Admissions will be to Level 100.

International Baccalaureate

Applicants must have at least Grade 4 in any Three (3) HL subjects. In addition, they must have at least Grade 4 in English Language/Literature (SL) and Mathematics (SL).

Mature

• Must be, at least, 25 years by (*certain date). • Should have a minimum of GCE/SSSCE/WASSCE Certificate or an equivalent qualification. - Must pass a University Entrance Exam or aptitude test in Math and English.

Postgraduate

Masters (MPhil, MA, MSc) A good first degree (at least a second class lower division) in a relevant field of study at any recognised University. 

PhD

Normally a Master’s degree with research in the relevant field will be required for admission to this programme. Where an applicant is judged to have any deficiency, this may be remedied by requiring the applicant to make up as appropriate either by course work or mini-project or both. 

How Programme Is Assessed

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: quizzes/interim/mid-semester tests, and project works completed throughout the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between universities, subject areas, years of study and individual courses. Most degree projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation during your final year of study.

Where This Degree Will Take You?

A degree in early childhood studies is an excellent foundation for caregiving and there are great opportunities in many sectors, including health, education and social care. Checkout the following;

  • Early years teacher
  • Education consultant
  • Family support worker
  • Primary school teacher
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Special educational needs teacher
  • Social worker
  • Youth worker
  • Community development worker
  • Counselor
  • Educational psychologist

Please remember that many employers accept applications from graduates of any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

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