AA Primary Education

Associate of Arts Degree Programme in Primary Education

Programme Description

The Associate of Arts Degree in Primary Education is designed to meet the needs of persons who are desirous of teaching in the primary school, but particularly at the upper levels.  It will involve having students meet the General Education requirements in Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural and Health Sciences (41 credits), and the major courses in education (37 credits). The latter include studies in child development, introduction to teaching, issues related to education, inclusive education, literacy, oral communication skills for the teacher, classroom management and field experiences.  Students may pursue studies full time or part-time.

Programme Objectives

The programme is designed to provide students with the following:

  • a sound general education foundation in the areas of humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and computers
  • the skills to examine the theories surrounding child growth and development from birth to the middle years
  • an understanding of the principles of teaching and the application of these principles to the upper level primary classroom environment
  • the communication skills to utilize to the fullest the human, material and technical resources available in the primary school community
  • knowledge of literacy and the development of these skills in the upper primary classrooms
  • the ability to cope with special needs children in the inclusive classroom
  • knowledge of  the English Language and its applicability to the classroom
  • opportunities to observe and participate in actual teaching situations
  • the skills to engage in life-long learning for advancing academic and personal growth
  • the knowledge and skills to pursue additional and higher qualifications in education at local and international institutions of higher learning

Programme Outline

ENGL 112 College English Skills I
COMP 102 Principles of Computing
SDSM 100 Student Development
HLTH 100 Health & Wellness
MATH 122 Fundamentals of Mathematics
EDUC 100 Understanding Child Growth & Development
SCIN 101 Integrated Science
SCIN 102 Integrated Science Lab
ENGL 113 College English II
ARTA 101 ART Appreciation
  Foreign Language Elective
HIST 110 Aspects of Bahamian History
EDUC 111 Introduction to Teaching 
EDUC 103 Field Experience I
RELG 100 Level Religious Studies Elective
GEOG 111 Principles of World Geography
PSYC 110 Introduction to Psychology
BIOL 113 Environmental Biology
BIOL 114 Environmental Biology – Lab
MATH 125 College Math
LITR 201 Pleasures of Children’s Literature
EDUC 202 Issues in Education
EDUC 211 Literacy in the Primary School
ENGL 204 Oral Communication Skills for Teachers
EDUC 205 Technology in the Classroom
EDUC 207 Inclusive Education
ENGL 201 Study of Language 
EDUC 206 Classroom Management 
EDUC 291 Early Childhood Field Experience K-6


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