The MIE is pleased to offer a PGCE Full Time programme that has been developed based on feedback from academics and former trainees as well as other stakeholders. This PGCE FT programme targets mainly fresh graduates who wish to embrace a career in the teaching profession at secondary level. This course, which spans over three semesters, aims at addressing the needs of trainees by providing ample opportunities for the latter to familiarise themselves with the school context and culture, while at the same time developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes required in the field of teaching. The structure of the course is meant to empower trainees with best practices and to enable them to critically reflect on their own practices as a means to prepare them to meet the challenges of teaching in a constantly changing environment. The innovation in this programme is the autonomy provided to trainees to choose from a wide range of electives, which allows them the possibility to delve further in areas of personal and professional interest, such as Educational Leadership and Management, Special Education Needs, Educational Technology, amongst others.
Another major innovation that this programme offers is the opportunity for trainees to opt for assessment of selected modules at Master’s level, so that they would, after completion of the PGCE, be eligible for exemption towards a Master’s programme in Education with the University of Brighton. This has been made possible as our training has international recognition and we are now in a position to ascertain ourselves as one of the leading institutions in the provision of teacher education in the region. We are fully aware of the high standard expected by our trainees; we are certain that the latter will recognise and appreciate the opportunity offered to them by the MIE through the PGCE.
Aims of the PGCE Full Time Programme
The PGCE (FT) Programme extends over a period of three semesters. It has been designed to provide fresh graduates with the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes for the development of professional competence in order to carry out their teaching responsibilities in a variety of classroom and school contexts in a professional and committed manner.
The aims of the PGCE FT Programme are to:
• assist trainees in the development of core competencies as per the Professional Standards of the MIE [refer to Appendix I(a)];
• assist trainees in developing knowledge and understanding of the social context of schools;
• assist trainees in developing knowledge and understanding of the cognitive, emotional and moral development of adolescents;
• sensitize trainees to the diversity of intrinsic and extrinsic factors that impact upon the teaching and learning process;
• equip trainees with appropriate pedagogical content knowledge for effective teaching;
• enable trainees to enhance their communication and interactive skills required to function effectively in classrooms and the professional set up of the school;
• help trainees develop a repertoire of teaching strategies as well as ICT skills which will enable them to adapt their teaching to the needs of students;
• assist trainees in developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes to develop their skills in school-based and classroom research, assessment and evaluation;
• initiate trainees into a research culture that will lead to lifelong learning;
• assist trainees in developing an understanding of their role and responsibilities in the wider life of their school; and
• develop in trainees a strong sense of professionalism and commitment which corresponds with the expectations that the profession has of its members.
Guidelines for Implementing Quality in the Programme
• Quality Assurance for the PGCE Programme will be managed and maintained through the following:
• the Academic Board;
• the Teacher Education Committee (TEC);
• the Quality Assurance Unit; and
• the PGCE Programme Committee.
The Academic Board
The MIE Academic Board gives the final approval for the running of the programme. The Academic Board is the Supreme Academic Authority of the MIE. The committee is chaired by the Director of the MIE.
The members of the committee include the Deputy Director, the Registrar, Heads of Schools and Centre, one Academic staff from each School, Librarian, Representatives from the Tertiary Institutions, the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Private Secondary Schools Authority (PSSA), Mauritius Examination Syndicate, Primary and Secondary School Unions, Representatives of students’ organisation of the Institute.
The Teacher Education Committee
Before going to the Academic Board, the programme is carefully scrutinized by the Teacher Education Committee (TEC). The Members of TEC are:
i Chairperson nominated by Director
ii Heads of Schools (4)
iii Head of Centre for Open and Distance Learning
iv Head of Pre-Primary Unit
v Head Librarian
vi Officer responsible for the Examinations Section
vii Quality Assurance Division Coordinator
viii 2 Associate Professors nominated by Director
The Quality Assurance Unit (Module and Programme Evaluation)
For each module, trainees are given a Student’s Feedback Questionnaires (SFQ). The Student’s Feedback Questionnaire falls under the responsibility of the Quality Assurance (QA) Division. This unit develops, administers, collects and processes these questionnaires. The individual reports are then sent to the Heads of School, Quality Assurance Division Coordinator, Chairperson of Quality Assurance Division and the lecturers concerned. The feedback received is used for reviewing/ re- designing the module.
At the end of each programme, a programme evaluation covering all the different aspects of the programme, namely administrative and organisational issues and the overall relevance of the programme to the needs of the trainee is carried out. The data thus obtained are fed back into the programme.
The PGCE Full time Programme Committee
The PGCE FT Programme Committee, chaired by the Programme Coordinator and assisted by the Assistant Programme Coordinator, is responsible for the review, design, development, implementation and evaluation of the programme.
The other members of the committee are the Course Coordinators from each subject area in which the course is offered, as well as officers from administration and examination section as and when the need arises.
Members of the PGCE Programme Committee Team
Programme Coordinator : Dr R Bholah
Assistant Programme Coordinator : Dr S Padaruth
This committee is responsible for the smooth running of the programme as well as monitoring the trainees’ progress and welfare throughout the programme. It looks into all aspects of the running of the programme and seeks to promote the development of the programme in ways that are beneficial to the professional needs of the trainees.
The committee meets regularly to discuss the progress at the various levels of the programme and takes action/s, if necessary. The information obtained is fed back into the programme to be responsive to the needs of the trainees.
CONTACT PERSONS (in order of priority)
Trainees are advised to initially contact the Lecturer concerned and/or the Course Coordinator from their respective department if they need assistance regarding their studies.
(Note that no request will be entertained if the proper channel of communication is not respected).
For Component I – Professional Studies (MIE/MGI based Modules):
The Lecturer concerned.
The Course Coordinator of the respective departments.
For Component II – Professional Practice
Same as component I, above.
For information regarding examinations:
Mrs R Azaree, Deputy Registrar, Old Building, Block A, 1st floor
In case of problems of general nature:
Dr R Bholah, PGCE FT Programme Coordinator, Room 5L5 (5th floor), MIE Complex.
Dr S Padaruth, PGCE FT Assistant Programme Coordinator, 3rd floor, MIE Complex.