Program Description

The need for this program has been identified and approved by the Board of Directors of the institution. They have taken consideration of the specified needs of the Secondary Education sector in Rwanda[1] and specifically of the Western province of Rwanda. There is a critical need to develop expertise in teaching of each science and mathematics to meet needs of secondary schools. Given the expense of building, equipping and staffing laboratory, this option is not always offered by private HLIs therefore there is a national imbalance in the development of teachers of languages and humanities compared to science teachers.In addition this program will develop expertise in pedagogy and science subjects which may be applied outside secondary education – as subject experts, researchers, laboratory staff, trainers, and forensic experts.The program will prepare some students to take higher degrees in this domain, in taught Masters and in research degrees, expanding both the pedagogical and subject expertise.

It is also critical that graduates from this domain remain in the Province after graduating, hence the importance of running this program at Kibogora Polytechnic. Graduates will be the change agents, the young teachers with appreciation of modern teaching and learning approaches, clear vision and expertise who can carry forward the secondary schools of the region to international standards of excellence.

They are also the prime source of entrepreneurial endeavour, setting up the new businesses in on which the future growth of the region depends, and all the service industries which will support these primary endeavours. There is unlikely to be any significant shortage of job opportunities for graduates from the program. Some forward-looking employers will take the opportunity of filling professional roles with graduates rather than lower skilled individuals for the enhancement of their organisation. The net benefit to growth in the region will be the clear indicator of the success of this program.

The design of the program has been informed by best international practice. The program is planned with a core of generic , pedagogic and fundamental mathematics material together with a range of four science options:-

  • Phyisics 
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Biology

Two options will be taken by each student. While the options Physics+Maths and Biology+Chemistry are likely to be the most popular there is no difficulty in taking any other combination if the subjects can be timetabled. This will depend on demand.

Therefore a student program will have the following shape:-

Faculty Core modules (induction, research methods)  30 Credits
Pedagogic modules          170 credits
Fundamental Mathematics          30 credits
Generic modules tailored to subjects(inc dissertation, internships) 140 credits
Modules for  subject 1 50 credits
Modules for subject 249frr 50 credits
Total 480 credits

Program Content

Graduates should have completed two  placements with action research (total 60 credits), a dissertation (20 credits) and successfully completed the following taught modules.

TWO SUBJECT OPTIONS are selected by each student and all the modules in that subject must be completed:

Intro to Phil Ethics & Rw culture  
Communication Skills & IT Advanced Real Analysis
Initiation to Research Differential equations
  Analytical and Differential Geometry
History & Philosophy of Education Function Analysis
Educational Technology Group theory
Principles & Practice of Teaching  
Child Friendly Concepts & Practices  
Educational Measurement & Evaluation SUBJECT BIOLOGY
Intro to Educational Psychology Cytology & Genetics
Secondary School Curriculum & Instruction Animal Diversity
Deontology of Teachers Plant Diversity, Community & Distribution
School Administration Plant & Animal structure & function
Entrepreneurship for Educators Ecology & Human Biology
Sociology of Education Entomology & Developmental Biology
Comparative Education Microbiology, parasitology & economic biology
Class Management  
Research Methodology SUBJECT CHEMISTRY
Economics of Education General Chemistry
Subject Teaching Methods (tailored to options) Inorganic Chemistry
Organic & fundamentals of biochemistry
Introduction to Statistics Biochemistry & Transition Metals
Algebra Polymer & organic chemistry
Real Analysis Environmental & industrial Chemistry
  Analytical Chemistry
Introduction to Physics  
Properties of Matter  
Electricity & Magnetism  
Modern Physics  

Key Facts

Award Type: Bachelor of Education/Diploma in Education (Secondary) in [options]
Level: Undergraduate Honours
Study mode: Daytime, Evenings, Weekends or Holidays
Delivery Method: Standard
Course Length:  BEd (Hons) – 3-4 years
Start Month: September, March
Entry requirements: Successful completion of secondary L6; Two principal passes; ability to study in English and the Options selected



*:Subject to approval