Philosophy of the Educator’s Licence

In light of the current challenges educators are facing and the recent technological advances, it is imperative to rethink about the ways in which educators’ input can be optimized.  Knowledge of the subject content only is no longer sufficient for educators to perform their school duties efficiently and effectively. In-service and prospective educators need to develop an up-to-date repertoire of competencies and skills related to the following broad categories:

(i)   Knowledge of the meaning of education and teacher’s role in the current context

(ii)  Knowledge of didactics

(iii) Knowledge and skills related to pedagogy

(iv)  Knowledge of learners

The Educator’s Licence Programme has thus been designed to meet the training requirements of the Secondary Education sector.

The Educator’s Licence is a fee paying course and the responsibility of attendance and participation rests fully on the trainees. By assigning the full responsibility to the trainees, it is expected that only those with the required level of motivation and commitment to the profession will apply for the Licence.  Trainees will be eligible for exemption of selected modules if they join the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Programme after having successfully completed similar modules of the Educator’s Licence (EL), subject to the MIE rules governing exemptions

aims

The aims of the Educator’s Licence are to:

(i)   Provide graduates with an overview of the teaching profession.

(ii)  Introduce graduates to the basics of subject didactics.

(iii) Assist graduates in developing an understanding of their learners.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

1. Cambridge School Certificate with Credit in at least five subjects, including English Language obtained at not more than two sittings or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the MIE

2. A Cambridge Higher School Certificate or Passes in at least two subjects obtained on one Certificate at the GCE ‘Advanced Level’

3. A relevant degree from a recognised university in the required discipline

4. Personal and reliable access to computer and Internet facilities

Programme Structure and Delivery Mode

Programme Duration

The Educator’s Licence Programme runs over one semester, that is, 15 weeks.

Programme structure

The programme comprises of three modules that run over a period of 15 weeks. It also involves a placement of two weeks in a secondary school (School Based Experience).  An orientation session is conducted prior to the start of the modules in order to familiarize registered applicants with the online learning environment (e-learning platform) used for the delivery of the modules mentioned in Table 1.

MODULE CODE MODULE TITLE No. of Credits School/Departments Duration
EL 101-2 Developmental and Educational Psychology 2 School of Education/Department of Education Studies Week 1 – 10
EL 101-1 Educational Theory, Policy and Practice 1 School of Education/Department of Education Studies Week 11 – 15
EL 102 Subject Didactics 3 Subject Area Week 1 – 15

Mode of Delivery

A blended mode of delivery is used as follows:

• 7 or 8 weekly sessions of 3-hours duration being face to face and the remaining sessions online.

• Use of an online learning environment to support learning through learner-content interaction, learner-learner interaction and learner-tutor interaction.

• Use of the Mauritius Institute of Education online learning platform (ecampus.mie.ac.mu) for the delivery of the online sessions.

• Face to face sessions for ALL modules – 1st, 4th, 7th, 11th and 15th

• Additional 2 or 3 face to face sessions per module as indicated in the module time table.

While a face-to-face session runs over 3 hours, for an online session, trainees are required to devote more than 3 hours over the week as the online session includes readings and learning activities (discussion forum, wiki, blogs, online quizzes amongst others).  Trainees are expected to regularly log on to the e-learning platform to access notes, readings, and complete specific online activities.  Marks will be allocated for participation in selected online discussions and the completion of other online activities as specified in the module.  Trainees’ involvement in the various online activities will be monitored through the MIE online learning platform.

school based experience (SBE)

Besides the three modules (EL 101-1, EL 101-2 and EL 102), the programme involves a placement of two weeks duration in a secondary school. The purpose of the SBE is to provide trainees with the opportunity to observe a variety of classroom interactions and practices and reflect upon them. Placement in secondary schools is a collaborative endeavour involving inputs from the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, the Private Secondary Education Authority (PSEA), the Loreto Institute of Education, the Mahatma Gandhi Institute (MGI) and the SeDEC (Service Diocésain De L’Education Catholique). They act as facilitators by providing access and assistance to EL trainees (pre-service). During placement, trainees will be under the supervision of either the Rector, the Deputy Rector or a mentor. Further information regarding the SBE is provided in Appendices I and II.  At the end of the placement, trainees will have to submit a report to the MIE subject area course coordinator. Pre-service teachers will also need to include the EL Placement Attestation (see Appendix III) in their report.  Award of the Licence will be contingent upon submission of a satisfactory School Based Experience report as per the criteria given in Appendix II.

support for el trainees

• For content-related queries or administrative issues regarding the modules, contact the respective Course coordinator and/or module tutor(s).

• For technical problems and issues with the online learning platform, contact:

Mr Parwez Neeamuth, parwezneeamuth@mie.ac.mu, Tel: 401 6555 Ext 157

• For information and queries regarding examinations, contact:

Mrs R. Azaree, Deputy Registrar, Exams, Section

Tel: 401-6555, r.azaree@mie.ac.mu

• For problems/issues of general nature, contact:

Programme Coordinator              Ms Anuradha Gungadeen

a.gungadeen@mie.ac.mu

Asst Programme Coordinator      Mr Navin Hurreeram

n.hurreeram@mie.ac.mumailto:n.hurreeram@mie.ac.mu

• To withdraw from the course, you need to write to:

Registrar

MIE

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