University Of Ghana School Of Education And Leadership Programmes

Course Descriptions
PESS 101 Sport in the Making of the Modern World I
This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and knowledge in the
multi-disciplinary subject of sport and physical education. It will discuss the enormous dimensions
of sport and provide students with the essential underpinning knowledge and understanding for the
degree course and career in sport. Topics include the making of sport cultures; the modern city
and the making of sport; sport and history on the ground and the middle class colonisation and the
making of sport.
PESS 102 Sport in the Making of the Modern World II
This course involves the study of the historical forces, institutions and personalities that have
shaped sport and physical activities and traces the growth and development of competitive sport
from ancient civilisation to the present. Topics include the historical, philosophical and global
perspectives of sport and physical activity; sport and historiography; primary sources in sport
history; philosophy of leisure; leisure in modernity and leisure in the middle ages.
PESS 201 Physical Activity and Life-Long Skills
This course will examine the concept of fitness and wellness as they apply to students’ personal
lifestyle in the continual journey of life. It will discuss how to overcome fitness and wellness
barriers, make healthier choices and modify behaviours. Lifetime health benefits related to proper
nutrition and exercise will also be examined. Topics include philosophy of life and leisure;
recreational theory; selected lifetime fitness activities; components and development of physical,
mental and spiritual fitness; stress management and dimensions of life.
PESS 202 Sport for Development
This course critically examines sport as a means to achieving global development goals to the
benefit of individuals, communities and nations. This course will examine the United Nations’
advocated and supported strategy of using sport as a tool for development. Topics include the
history, origins, perspectives and practice of this strategy; the cost effective strategy of using sport
as a development strategy; sport NGOs; sport policy; Millennium Development Goals and post
development agenda; life skills; inclusion and youth development through sport.
PESS 203 Introduction to African Physical Cultures
This course examines African cultures and the long traditions of physical activities and sporting
practices which pre-date colonialism and imperialism. Topics to be discussed include African
sporting traditions; the impact of colonialism on African physical cultures; the impact of
globalisation and economic development on the resurrection and expansion of such practices; the
internationalisation of indigenous games; Western views of African physical cultures and the
different forms of Ghanaian play and physical activities.
PESS 204 Contemporary Sport Management
This course examines the emergence of sport management as a professional activity and the
parameters of the field and professional occupations therein. Unique features of the sport industry
will be discussed. Topics include managing human resource in sport organsiation; theoretical
approaches and practical strategies for change management; corporate social responsibility in
sport.
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PESS 210 Sport Industry Practicum 1
In this course students are presented with a supervised work experience opportunity in the sport
industry in Ghana. This will be an opportunity to begin to apply the skills learnt in the classroom
to the professional setting. Initial seminars will discuss professional practice and students will
present a reflective discussion of their experience at the end of the course.
PESS 301 Introduction to Sport Policy and Governance
This course will explore the politics of sport policy processes at both national and international
sport arenas. The course also examines organisational structures of national and international sport
federations. Topics include introduction to local, organisational governance and policy
development; organisational structures of sport federations and Ghana sport policy and
governance.
PESS 302 Introduction to Sport Management and Administration
This course examines the history of Ghana and international sport management and administration
and the basic functions and principles of management and administration. The course will also
examine the Ghanaian and global structures of sport management and administration and career
opportunities in the global sport industry. Topics include the history of sport management and
administration; management, marketing, legal, ethical, financial and economic principles applied
to sport management and administration.
PESS 303 Sport and Society
This course is aimed at introducing students to the conceptual and analytical explanation of the
relationship between and among individuals, groups, society and sport. It will also examine the
effect of gender, disability, ethnicity and class in sport participation. Topics include sociological
theories; functionalists, conflict and critical theorists’ perspectives of sport; commercialization in
sport; sport and the media; discrimination in sport; doping in sport; the relationship between sport
and tourism; sport and religion; violence, hooliganism, bribery and corruption in sport and the role
of stakeholders in sport.
PESS 304 Introduction to Facility and Event Management
This course reflects on the key issues in planning and managing memorable and successful sport
events and other leisure activities. It will also examine facility and events theory, policy and
practice, along with business and project management. The topics include strategic planning and
management; components of facility management; event scheduling and management; budgeting,
finance, promotions, marketing and sponsorship for sport events; operations and production;
health, safety, and risk management.
PESS 305 Practice of Fitness Training
This course will describe the basic principles, techniques and methodology of fitness training. It
will also examine the appropriate fitness training and safety measures for different age groups and
sexes as well as persons with disabilities. The courses will involve both classroom work and
practical work in the gymnasium, on the playing fields, parks, roads and in the swimming pools.
The main activities will include aquatic aerobics, gym and open-air aerobics, weight training,
walking and dance exercise. Safety measures and maintenance of different fitness equipment will
also be examined.
PESS 306 Practice of Hockey and Racquet Games.
This course will examine the basic skills, techniques and tactics in hockey and racquet games. It
will involve both classroom and practical work on the playing fields and courts. The topics include
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rules and regulations; basic skills, techniques and tactics; governing bodies at national and
international levels; organisation of competitions and officiating.
PESS 307 Basic Care and Prevention of Sport Injuries
This course will examine the anatomy and physiology associated with sport injuries. The course
will also examine the basic concepts of injury management and prevention. The topics include
common sport injuries; prevention of injuries; management of injuries; heat stress; muscle
soreness and tendonitis; lower back pain and injuries to lower extremities.
PESS 308 Introduction to Sport Law and Ethics
This course examines the increasing array of legal issues that sport authorities have to deal with
and the basic laws that govern the structure of sporting organisations. It will also discuss the
concept of equal opportunity and anti-discriminatory legislation in sport participation. Topics
include basic law structures; issues arising from commercialisation of sport; international sport
law and labour migration; ethical behaviour; ethics of doping; code of ethics and moral behaviour
and moral philosophy that governs behaviour.
PESS 309 Basic Anatomy in Sport
This course presents a systemic approach to the study of the human body in stand and in motion.
It introduces students to the anatomical terminologies and an overview of cellular processes and
tissue classification. Topics include introduction to the history of anatomy; anatomical positions;
general constitution of the human body and its shape and the body systems.
PESS 310 Sport Industry Practicum II
This module builds upon the initial practicum experience as students are presented with additional
supervised work experience opportunity in the sport industry in Ghana. This will be an
opportunity to apply the skills learned in the classroom to the professional setting. Initial seminars
will discuss professional practice and students will present a reflective discussion of their
experience at the end of the course.
PESS 311 Research Methods in Sport
This course is designed to introduce students to the different qualitative and quantitative research
tools used in sport. It explores research methodologies by studying topics such as research design
field, case-study, correlational, experimental and quantitative methods, descriptive and inferential
data analysis, measures of central tendency and their implication within diverse sport contexts.
PESS 312 Introduction to Sport Marketing
This course examines the role of marketing and sales in sport management and the operation of
sport related businesses. It will also examine the basic marketing principles, procedures practices
of operations in the sport industry. Topics include the nature of sport marketing; sport marketing
mix; sport branding; market segmentation, targeting and positioning; electronic sport marketing
and sport marketing and information systems.
PESS 314 Sport in the Global Marketplace
This course examines the role globalisation plays in sport and business throughout the past century
to contemporary times with particular focus on the emergence of global sporting competitions,
businesses and migration of athletes. Topics include commodity chain flows; the sporting
migration flows; global sports, politics and identities; celebration capitalism and case studies two
mega events and North-South interaction in sport.
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PESS 400 Project Work
This course is spread over two semesters. Students will conduct an independent research-based
study on a topic relevant to sport studies with implications for the sport industry. The topic must
be approved by the Department. Students will be expected to appropriately apply their
understanding of research methods within their selected area(s) of study.
PESS 401 Leadership in Contemporary Sport
This course examines various approaches to leadership in sport. It gives students the knowledge,
effective communication skills and critical thinking abilities essential for leadership positions in
sport. Topics include definition of leadership; ways of conceptualising leadership; traits versus
emergent leadership; leadership skills set assessment; competencies in leaders; principles of
leadership; ethical and moral values of leadership and professional preparation and leadership.
PESS 403 Principles of Coaching
This course examines the major principles and methods of sport coaching and life coaching. It will
also involve practice of training and performance to demonstrate each principle and method of
sport coaching and life coaching. Topics include coaching philosophy and ethics; safety and injury
prevention during practice of games; office ergonomics; methods to improve skills and tactics;
organisation and administration of games and events and ways to evaluate performances.
PESS 405 Practice of Athletics, Football and Swimming.
This course provides students with the ability, skills and knowledge to swim and teach swimming
lessons to beginners as well as gain advanced knowledge in the skills and techniques of track and
field events and football. The topics include rules and regulations; basic skills, techniques and
tactics; governing bodies at national and international levels; organisation of competitions and
officiating.
PESS 406 Sport for Development and Peace in Action
This course will introduce students to the implementation and conceptualisation of strategies
within the realms of Sport for Development and Peace on the ground. Topics to be examined
include sport as a tool to address community and social issues; community and youth development
through sport; contemporary issues and perspectives (North-South interactions, partnership,
human resource in sport plus activities) vis-à-vis organisations and outfits using sport as a tool for
development especially in Ghana and Africa.
PESS 407 Test and Measurement
This course focuses on the basic assessment principles, and the nature of tests used in talent
identification and fitness assessment. Students will also gain practical experience with a variety of
testing equipment to prepare them for the fitness and wellness industry. Topics include the history
of measurement; social and ethical issues in testing; statistical concepts of measurement and
content, administration, scoring and interpretation of tests frequently used in the sport and fitness
industry.
PESS 408 Practice of Hand Games and Cricket
This course will examine the basic skills, techniques and tactics in the various hand games and
cricket. It will involve both classroom work and practical work on the playing fields.
The topics include rules and regulations; basic skills, techniques and tactics; governing bodies at
national and international levels; organisation of competitions and officiating.
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PESS 409 Sport Nutrition
This course examines the concepts in nutrition and diet such as energy balance and nutrient
balance in relation to Body Mass Index (BMI). It will also examine sport nutrition products
available to fulfil the requirements of the physically active, ranging from the everyday exercise
enthusiast to elite athletes. Topics include introduction to sport nutrition; nutrition essential for
sportspersons; nutrition and exercise; nutrition and body weight management.
PESS 411 Practice of Hand Games and Racquet Games
This course will examine the basic skills, techniques and tactics in the various hand games and
racquet games. The course will involve both classroom work and practical work on the playing
fields. The topics include rules and regulations; basic skills, techniques and tactics; governing
bodies at national and international levels; organisation of competitions and officiating.
PESS 412 Sport Psychology
This course leads students to understand how personality, self-concept, self-esteem, self-efficacy and
other psychological characteristics relate to participation and performance in sport and physical
activity. It also helps students analyse and understand motivational basis for sport as well as barriers
to participation and special motivational issues in competitive sport. Additional themes will include
career advice, team cohesion, flow states, exercise adherence, injury and recovery, need assessment
and social psychology.
PESS 414 Sport Communication
This course examines the theories and concepts of communication and skills necessary for success
as a sport participant and/or manager. The course provides an opportunity for students to learn
principles of effective communicative behaviour in sport to reinforce skills needed to develop
confidence in both spoken and written communications. Topics include the concept of
communication and communication theory; barriers to effective communication in sport;
interviewing skills, writing press releases; verbal and non-verbal communication in sport and
communication ethics in sport.
PESS 416 Economics of Sport
This course will examine the economic impact of sport on national economies and on the global
sport industry. The course will also explore the economic implications of professional sport and its
impact of team owners and sport organisations. Topics will include opportunity cost; demand and
supply; profit and revenue maximisation; competitive markets and monopoly power and design
and implementation of sport programme budget.
PESS 420 Sport Industry Practicum III
Students will work closely with a sport organisation or business on a particular project such as
marketing to new spectators, embarking on a sponsorship campaign, developing virtual
communication capabilities, or facility and event management. Students will then write a report
and present to the sport management team on that project and reflect on their learning both
experiential and theory-based. Students will be supervised and evaluated by a qualified faculty
member and also by an on-sight professional.
PESS 430 Practice of Emerging Sport
This course presents an introduction to popular sporting activities to both young and old sport
enthusiasts. The course will involve both classroom and practical work on the playing fields and
courts. Sport such as surfing, skateboarding, beach soccer, popular dance as a physical and
sporting activity, aerobics, beach volleyball and paragliding would be considered.

Course Description:
EDTE 101 Introduction to Education
This course explores the role of education in the world. Students will be introduced to the
implications of schooling in the Ghanaian context, West African sub-region, and Africa as a
whole. In addition to readings and discussions, there will be opportunities for hands-on experience
and interactions with students in schools. Topics to be addressed include principles of learning; the
role of schools in student achievement, and the changing nature of literacy in the world. .
EDTE 102 Social Foundations of Education in Ghana
This course introduces students to education in Ghana as a social process and a social institution.
It will explore classical and contemporary theories in the sociology of education. Particular
emphasis will be placed on examining the relationship between educational institutions and
processes and the reproduction of social inequality; and the competing visions of educational
reform that have been offered in recent years. Topics to be addressed include the social functions
of education; social foundations of schooling within the Ghanaian context; the school as a formal
organisation and social system; social factors affecting the educational process.
EDTE 201 Philosophical Foundations of Education
This course examines some major theories of the meaning and function of education and its role in
reshaping society. The course addresses how historical influences, settings and ideas, have
influenced and continue to influence education today. Topics to be studied include seminal works
by Plato, Aristotle, Dewey, and Piaget, idealism in education, realism in education, pragmatism,
postmodernism and behaviourism in education.
EDTE 202 Psychology of Human Learning
This course provides an overview of the fundamental theoretical concepts, phenomena, and
principles of learning in different contexts and for adolescents in particular. These include
reinforcement, Pavlovian conditioning and retention/forgetting, problem solving, reward and
punishment. Traditional views of learning, biological and cognitive constraints, the role of animal
models, and the utility of learning theory will also be addressed.
EDTE 203 Introduction to Education and Development
This introductory course will focus on theories underpinning perspectives on development
including modernisation, domination and exploitation, and as change for the better. It will pay
particular attention to the strengths and limitations of these theories in relation to education and
how they help explain development and underdevelopment and the current status of key issues in
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education and development. Topics include development theory; aid and development; economics
of development, and poverty and development.
EDTE 204 Teaching and Learning of Mathematics in Senior High Schools
This course will examine a variety of methods, materials, activities, and content important to
teaching and learning mathematics. Topics to be studied include developing students’ conceptual
understanding of mathematical ideas such as geometry, algebra, probability and statistics at the
senior high school level, implications for lesson development, differentiated instruction and
evaluating student learning.
EDTE 206 Adolescent Literacy Development
This course examines effective ways to address the literacy needs of adolescent learners. Topics to
be studied include adolescent learner characteristics, stages of literacy development, baseline
assessment techniques and its impact on instruction, interactive comprehension engagement,
dynamic vocabulary explorations as well as the role and value of technology in multiple literacies
in the 21st century.
EDTE 208 Education in a Multilingual Society
This course examines how educational practice in school settings in the Ghanaian context
influence and are influenced by the local language within the school context. Topics to be
explored include language use and positioning, family dynamics within school contexts, textbooks
and school curricula’s integration or use of language and dominant language influences on other
languages within the same context.
EDTE 212 Explaining Science
This course provides an analysis of science from a philosophical and historical perspective. It will
explain what science is, what it does, and how it works. Writings by Popper, Kuhn and Lakatos
will be covered and related topics such as logical positivism, empiricism, conjectures, refutations,
normal science, and rationalism will be discussed.
EDTE 301 Quantitative Research Methods in Education
This course provides an introduction to quantitative methods in education. It emphasises how
educationists use simple quantitative techniques to investigate research questions coming from
education theory, prior research and applied problems. The course also introduces statistical
software for simple quantitative analysis. Topics include scale and sample types, inferential
statistics, normal curve, relations, and interpreting test scores.
EDTE 302 Qualitative Research Methods in Education
This course introduces students to basic qualitative research methods within the educational
context. The types, uses, theoretical underpinnings, and relevant examples of qualitative research
in different educational settings will be discussed. The course will discuss the traditions and
influences of educational research such as grounded theory, audio and video data collection and
analysis, focus group discussions, and ethnographic analysis.
EDTE 303 Assessment and Evaluation in Senior High Schools
This course examines the development and use of standardised psychological and educational tests
in general educational use. Emphasis will be placed on the criteria for critical evaluation. Students
will be introduced to the different forms and features of school assessment at the senior high
school level. Students will explore the differences between testing, measurement and evaluation
and will construct different types of assessment tools designed for the different cognitive levels.
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EDTE 304 Reflective Practice in Education
This course is developed on the premise that teaching is a practice to be studied. It is designed to
expose students to the different protocols for studying teaching. It introduces a basic model of
reflective practice and then explores several further models relevant to teaching in the lifelong
learning sector, offering guidance on the application of each model in practice. Protocols such as
Tuning, Friends, Thinking Through a Lesson, Video Clubs, Bansho, Lesson Study and Critical
Friends will be discussed and used. Other topics include democratic classrooms, critical reflection
as a tool for personal development, and understanding classroom dynamics.
EDTE 305 Mathematics Curriculum and Classroom Practice
This course uses the Ghanaian senior high school Mathematics curriculum documents as a focus
example to explore the general guidelines, issues, and other foundations for
curriculum development at the senior high school level. Topics to be addressed include strands,
objectives and evidence for their attainment, instructional strategies, and formative evaluation
procedures for each subject, curriculum articulation and instructional improvement.
EDTE 306 Teaching English Clause Structure and Pronunciation
The course examines the various English clauses and punctuation marks. It seeks to equip students
with relevant knowledge and skills that will enable them to use English clauses and punctuation
marks with ease. It also exposes students to relevant techniques and strategies for teaching English
clauses and punctuation marks. Topics include finite and non-finite clauses, verbless clauses,
relative clauses adjectival clauses, nominal clauses, adverbial clauses, coordination, subordination,
and punctuation.
EDTE 307 English Language Curriculum Design
The course reviews the major steps involved in the curriculum design process and provides
students with tools and techniques for analysing and assessing language syllabuses. The
description of the steps will be done at a general level so that it can be applied in a wide range of
situations. Topics include environment analysis, needs analysis, content sequencing, approaches to
curriculum design, adopting and adapting an existing textbook, and curriculum change.
EDTE 308 Second Language Learning
This course surveys prominent theories and current research findings in the field of Second
Language Learning. Emphasis is given to the ways these theories and research shape pedagogical
practices in the language classroom. Major theoretical concepts and methods of analysis in the
field are discussed. Topics include behaviourism and contrastive analysis, mentalism and creative
construction, learner errors and error analysis. Also, Schumann’s acculturation model, Krashen’s
monitor model, Bialystok’s model of SLA, language learner strategies, and personality factors
influencing SLA are investigated.
EDTE 309 Introduction to Special Needs Education
This course will explore aspects of psychology relevant to the education of adolescents and adults
with learning problems or learning disabilities. Topics such as diagnosis, remediation, integration,
and types of support within schools will be addressed. Development of Individualised Educational
Plans(IEPs) will be a core component of this course.
EDTE 311 Development Education in the Era of Globalisation
The course will examine concepts and meaning of globalisation and the influences of globalisation
on education, particularly in low-income countries. Students will examine how international and
regional assessments of education performance are influencing policies and practices of education
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worldwide. The course content will include Education for All (EFA); global analysis of
educational access and quality; International aid and education development in sub-Sahara Africa;
the role of non-governmental organisations and post Millennium Development Goals. Students
will also examine how globalisation agendas on education influence national policies on
education, and the biases involved in international assessments.
EDTE 312 Problem Solving in Mathematics Education
Alternative approaches to solving mathematical problems and incorporating problem solving into
senior high school mathematics teaching. This course teaches mathematics in the connected sensemaking
way that future teachers need and is consistent with the national curriculum requirements
as well as other recent national and international reports on school mathematics. The course also
prepares students in the selection, appraisal, and uses of problems in the mathematics classroom.
EDTE 313 Introduction to Technology in Education
This course is designed to introduce students to different types of instructional technologies that
can be effectively used in teaching secondary school students. This hands-on class will be focused
on web-based applications and tools used in teaching at the basic and senior high school levels.
Students will experiment with the different tools such as geogebra, Google apps for education,
Teaching with Technology video library, Power of Minus Ten: Bone, Virtual heart, TD Brain,
Sakai, TedTalks, Kahn Academy, and Essential Skeleton.
EDTE 315 Integrated Science Curriculum and Classroom Practice
This course critically examines how integrated science is reflected in the school curriculum and
recent curriculum initiatives and developments in Ghana and other international contexts. Topics
to be treated include formal and informal science education, science and literacy connections,
assessing science understanding and demonstrations, science laboratory practices and safety, the
impact of policy on science education, the transition from primary to secondary school, girls in
science, language and communication in the classroom, world science and local science.
EDTE 316 Education for Sustainable Development
This course is designed to prepare students to implement environmental education opportunities in
formal and non-formal education settings. It will provide students with the skills, knowledge, and
inclinations to make well-informed choices and exercise the rights and responsibilities of members
of a community. Some of the topics to be addressed in this course include history and philosophy
of environmental education, environmental laws and regulations, curriculum integration and
environmental education teaching methodologies.
EDTE 318 Video Games and Learning
This course will utilise a variety of video games as texts for studying about learning in the digital
age.It provides a critical perspective on learning, interactive media and games in the Ghanaian and
other contexts. The underlying assumptions about and implications of social positioning in games
and their relationship to teaching and learning will also be addressed. Topics to be studied include
learning and identity, situated meaning and learning, the social mind, cognitive consequences and
the value added approach.
EDTE 319 Research Methods in Education
This course is designed to introduce prospective teachers to different qualitative and quantitative
research tools used in education. It explores research methodologies by studying qualitative and
quantitative analytical methods and techniques in light of students’ current research interest.
Topics to be studied include research design such as case-study, correlational, and experimental,
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and quantitative methods such as descriptive and inferential data analysis, measures of central
tendency and their implications within diverse educational contexts.
EDTE 322 Teaching Senior High School Integrated Science
This course focuses on scientific teaching practices that mirror authentic scientific practices. It
utilises available research on how students learn science to discuss relevant case studies, appraise
student work, and learn about existing best practices as well as a variety of teaching practices to
teach authentic science within the Ghanaian context. Topics to be covered include assessing
students’ knowledge before instruction, designing curriculum, planning lessons, determining and
adapting appropriate teaching methods, promoting enquiry, fostering dialogue, meeting national
standards, using technology to promote learning, and assessing students' learning.
EDTE 323 School Assessment and Evaluation in Ghana
This course investigates the development and use of standardised psychological and educational
tests in general educational use in the Ghanaian context. Students will be introduced to the
different forms and features of school assessment at the basic level. Students will explore the
concepts of testing, measurement, evaluation, functional assessment and will construct different
types of assessment tools designed for the different cognitive levels at the basic level.
EDTE 326 Integrated Media Applications for Instruction
This course is designed to provide students with the relevant ICT knowledge and skills of
teaching. It provides students with diverse uses of media applications in the instructional
environment. Emphasis will be placed on proper curriculum integration based on sound
curriculum design principles and professional standards within the changing Ghanaian context.
EDTE 328 Micro-Teaching
This practicum course is designed to provide students with a supervised opportunity to engage in
peer teaching. It will simulate authentic teaching environments and students will rehearse different
dimensions of teaching practice. It involves classroom techniques, instructional procedures, and
teacher/learner behaviors that emerge when a variety of senior high school subjects are taught.
EDTE 400 Project Work
This course is spread over two semesters. Students will conduct an independent research-based
study on a topic relevant to education and approved by the Department. The thesis will have no
more than 10,000 words. Students will be expected to appropriately apply their understanding of
research methods within their unique areas of study.
EDTE 401 Internship
This course introduces students to a Ghanaian school, educational setting, or NGO where
observation, enquiry, and participation in the processes of teaching and learning or other
educational endeavours within the Ghanaian context are possible. It provides opportunities for the
development of practical skills including instructional strategies, teaching practices or educational
assessment within the education industry as well as for enquiry into the contexts of classrooms and
schools and the improvement of education more broadly.
EDTE 402 Teaching Mathematics with Technology
This course examines mathematics teaching in a technology-intensive environment. Students will
utilize a variety of applications, websites, games, scientific calculators, computers, and other
mobile technologies to explore different mathematical concepts. Topics to be covered include
history and types of technology and the boundaries of use. Software and applications such as
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Geogebra, MATLAB, Maple, graphing calculator, iFormulas, NumberLine, Sudoku, and virtual
manipulatives.
EDTE 403 Action research
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and protocols to generate
and evaluate research relevant to various areas of professional education in their own contexts.
Students produce a major action research and writing project designed to address an identified
need in their local school context. The size and scope of the research will be co-determined by the
student and supervisor.
EDTE 404 Teacher as a Professional
This course will explore the notion of a teacher as a professional, and the extent to which the
teaching profession is viewed as a vocation or occupation requiring advanced education and
training and involving intellectual skills. Topics to be covered include different notions of
professionalism in teaching, evaluation of teacher professionalism in the Ghanaian context,
teacher management and accountability, lessons for school improvement.
EDTE 405 Techniques and Principles of Second Language Teaching
The course discusses the major language teaching methods and focuses on uncovering the
thoughts that guide language teachers in the course of teaching the syllabus contents. It introduces
students to a variety of language teaching techniques. Methods such as the classical, direct, and
audio-lingual will be covered. Other language teaching methods that will be treated include
Communicative Language Teaching (CLT), Community Language Learning(CLL), Total Physical
Response(TPR), and the Silent Way.
EDTE 406 Seminar in Mathematics Education.
This seminar series will showcase research findings from prospective mathematics teachers’
action research projects. Students will utilise available tools of presentation to report to the class
and to the members of the School of Education and Leadership and the College as a whole. A
written report will be due at the end of the semester.
EDTE 407 Designing Science Learning Environments
This course will focus on issues related to the design of scientific problems within scientific
learning environments. Students will also be exposed to various strategies of teaching and learning
science though enquiry. Concepts of design, affordances and challenges of different scientific
learning environments will be discussed with particular reference to the Ghanaian context.
EDTE 408 Seminar in English Education.
This seminar series will showcase research findings from prospective English teachers’ action
research projects. Students will utilise available tools of presentation to report to the class and to
the members of the School of Education and Leadership and the College as a whole. A written
report will be due at the end of the semester.
EDTE 409 Multimedia Tools in Education
This course enhances students’ ICT knowledge and skills. Students will assess the impact of a
variety of multimedia tools in instruction and explore the use of software applications in the
teaching of specific content. It will focus on the roles of ICT in education, how ICT influences the
access, generation, evaluation and utilisation of information in multimedia learning environments.
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EDTE 411 Law, Ethics, and Regulations in Schools
This course is an introductory course in education law and ethics in different contexts. Topics to
be studied include education law and statutes, codes, regulations and their application in preuniversity
school contexts, intended and unintended consequences of school policies for senior
high school students, practical applications of the law for different populations of students will be
also addressed.
EDTE 412 Seminar in Education.
This seminar series will showcase research findings from students’ action research projects.
Students will utilise available tools of presentation to report to the class and to the members of the
School of Education and Leadership and the College as a whole. A written report will be due at
the end of the semester.
EDTE 413 Gender and Curriculum
This course offers a multifaceted, interdisciplinary introduction to thinking about school curricula,
policies, and practices as gendered. It extends the identification of the problems to examine
various efforts to create gender-sensitive curricula and programs. Topics to be covered include
concepts and theories of gender within the curriculum, learning organisations and relationships
among body, identity, knowledge, language and power.
EDTE 414 Dance and Music in Education
This course introduces students to dance and music as repositories of indigenous knowledge. It
will look at dance and music as windows to explore the culture of different ethnic groups in
Ghana. Topics to be covered include African conception of human nature, African epistemology,
definitions of African music and dance, modern/contemporary African music and dance.
EDTE 415 General Pedagogy
This course introduces students to the general theories of teaching in the Ghanaian school context.
Students will study instructional methods of different subject areas such as Mathematics, English
Language and Science. Topics to be studied include characteristics of effective and intentional
teaching; student diversity, social justice, planning for instruction; creating effective lessons using
a variety of approaches and technologies; classroom management; assessment of student learning;
and professional development.
EDTE 416 Teaching Gifted Students
This course examines the nature and needs of giftedness within the Ghanaian society. Students
will explore topics such as the psychological, personal and social factors affecting identification
and development of gifted children and youth, implications for education, counselling and
guidance, learning theory and styles, creativity and metacognition.
EDTE 417 Introduction to Education Policy
This course is designed to introduce students to educational policy debates, with a particular focus
on the major issues and challenges facing policymakers in Ghana and the West African subregion.
It will examine standards-based, market-driven, professionally-led, and networked models
of reform, looking at their theories of change, implementation challenges, and the critiques
levelled against these approaches. Topics include policy analysis, history of schooling; the school
systems today; thinking about power; growth, critical thinking; achieving social justice.
EDTE 418 African Indigenous Education
This course provides a deeper understanding of African indigenous worldviews and an
appreciation of how this knowledge can enhance teaching, learning, and research. Students will
examine philosophical views shared by different African groups while honouring a diversity of
identities, culture, language, and geographic locations. It will also promote an understanding and
appreciation of different ethnic perspectives and explore strategies for integrating this knowledge
into the work of educators and researchers. The course content includes indigenous cognitive
styles, values and ethics, African traditional teachings and indigenous methodologies.
EDTE 422 Seminar in Science Education.
This seminar series will showcase research findings from prospective integrated science teachers’
action research projects. Students will utilise available tools of presentation to report to the class
and to the members of the School of Education and Leadership and the College as a whole. A
written report will be due at the end of the semester.