PIASS • Department of Applied Pedagogy

Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences

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Department of Applied Pedagogy

Programmes specifications

The Applied Pedagogy Department  is divided into four teaching specializations including Business Studies with education, History with Education (minor subject: geography), Geography with Education (minor subject: mathematics) and Languages - Kinyarwanda with Education (minor subject: English). Programmes in applied pedagogy aim at teacher preparation in specific matter subjects and place great emphasis on the mastery of content knowledge. A high value is also placed on preparing students to become effective teachers in both primary and secondary schools. Programmes are designed in a such way that they provides teacher candidates with the opportunity to gain critical knowledge and skills needed to teach all children and are constantly done in the light of both new knowledge and new insights into the struggles faced by teachers and school administrators in today’s schools. They further effectively prepare students in professional skills like lesson planning, student discipline, education administration and psychology of learning. Class micro-teaching and internships are also provided to empower students with practical skills while they are still in classes.

Programme of Business Studies with Education

At the completion of this program, graduates are expected to be able to:
  • Exhibit a deep understanding of accounting, economics and entrepreneurship content and of methods for teaching Business related courses (accounting, economics and entrepreneurship)
  • Teach business course curriculum  at all levels of basic education for classroom teaching and for other forms of instruction
  • Use appropriate instructional strategies and educational media effectively to promote business courses learning
  • Interpret, implement and evaluate business related courses curriculum in the learning environment for various levels of school system
  • Plan and organize learning environment for business related courses
  • Demonstrate technical skills in managerial and financial functions in business organization
Programme of History with Education (minor subject Geography)

Graduates of this programme are expected to be able to:
  • Teach history curriculum at all levels of basic education for classroom teaching and for other forms of instruction and geography courses at lower levels of basic education.
  • Use appropriate instructional strategies and educational media effectively to promote history  and geography learning
  • Interpret, implement and evaluate history curriculum in the learning environment for various levels of school systems
  • Plan and organize learning environments for history and geography courses
  • Conduct action research in the field of history as well as history teaching
Programme of Geography with Education (minor subject Mathematics)

At the completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Exhibit a deep understanding of geography content and of methods for teaching geography and mathematics
  • Teach geography curriculum  at all levels of basic education for classroom teaching and for other forms of instruction and teach mathematics at lower levels of basic education
  • Use appropriate instructional strategies and educational media effectively to promote geography and mathematics learning
  • Interpret, implement and evaluate geography curriculum in the learning environment for various levels of school system
  • Plan and organize learning environment for geography and mathematics courses
 
Programme of Kinyarwanda with Education (minor subject English)

Graduates of this programme will be able to:
  • demonstrate a deep understanding of the content of the Kinyarwanda language and of methods for teaching Kinyarwanda
  • Teach Kinyarwanda curriculum at all levels of basic education for classroom teaching and for other forms of instruction
  • Use appropriate instructional strategies and educational media effectively to promote Kinyarwanda language learning
  • Interpret, implement and evaluate Kinyarwanda curriculum in the learning environment for various levels of school system
  • Plan and organize learning environment for Kinyarwanda and English courses
Programmes organization

All programmes are taught within five levels (four years). At the beginning of the program (Level I and Level II) students are prepared to teach at least 2 subjects in Rwandan lower secondary schools as well in other African countries. Micro-teachings and teaching practice are used at level II to enable students practising to acquire subject matters teaching methodology.
During the remaining three levels (3rd, 4th and 5th levels), teachings focus more on content knowledge and on practices in one subject of specialization: more attention is given to theories and exercises and professional practicum (organizing micro-teaching, seminars, study trips, and so on). More specifically, at Level V, students have an internship of 3 months and write and present a research paper (memoir) in her/his domain of study.

Programme Entry requirements
  • To be admitted to the first year of an undergraduate programme, it is necessary to have an Advanced General Certificate of Secondary Education with at least two principal passes permitting entry to higher education or a qualification or other evidence of ability to study in the programme which is considered equivalent.
  • Applicants must also demonstrate sufficient competence in English to study at the Higher Education level 1.
  • To be allowed to attend lectures or other teaching/learning activities or examinations or other assessments, students must be registered in the appropriate programme. Students must register individually at Registry Services at the beginning of each semester year before the beginning of teaching.
 

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