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UCC Sandwich: Differences between the 3 Semester Course and the five Semester Course

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UCC Sandwiches: Differences between the 3 Semester Course and the five Semester Course

UCC Sandwiches: Differences between the 3 Semester Course and the five Semester Course

The University of Cape Coast (UCC) is one of the best institutions in organizing sandwich programmes for students. The institution has two most famous sandwich courses which seek to upgrade teachers to the Bachelor of Education status. But, many do argue about which among the two is the best. UCC has the five (5) semester-based and the newly introduced three (3) semester sandwich programme.

Sandwich teacher education refers to education where learners (mainly teachers) move into institutions of study during vacation when the regular or full-time students are not in residence and teachers themselves are on holidays.

Let’s take a look at the courses under each of the sandwich programmes mentioned above;

FIVE-SEMESTER SANDWICH PROGRAMME

This programmes is mainly to cater for persons who wish to teach at the Senior High School (SHS) level. These are second-cycle courses. A bachelor of education certificate is awarded upon completion. A student will have to spend five semesters before completing.

COURSES OFFFERED

Bachelor of Education (Science)

Bachelor of Education (Mathematics)

Bachelor of Education (Arts)

Bachelor of Education (Social Sciences)

Bachelor of Education (Social Studies)

Bachelor of Education (Home Economics)

Bachelor of Education (Management)

Bachelor of Education (Accounting)

Bachelor of Education (Information Technology)

Bachelor of Education (Information Technology)

THREE-SEMESTER PROGRAMME

The three-semester programme is a newly introduced sandwich course, as a result, to upgrade all Diploma in Basic Education (DBE) holders in the basic school. This is to ensure that every teacher has a degree qualification by the year 2022. Do not forget that the first batch of teacher training colleges will be producing the first degree-holding graduates in 2022. This course lasts for only three semesters after one has enrolled. Without resits and deferment after the said period is awarded Bachelor of Education (basic) certificate. This qualifies and limits you to the basic school.

COURSES OFFERED

  • B.ED. (Post-Diploma) in Early Childhood Education
  •  B.ED. (Post-Diploma) in Primary Education
  •  B.ED. (Post-Diploma) in Junior High School (JHS) Education

The truth is that, none of them is the best or the worst. Someone will choose to do the 3semester one and it will be the best choice for him but it will be the worst choice for you. We all have different needs, interest and aspirations. The question, whether it is best or not depends on those three indicators.

By default, right from college, we are all eligible to teach only at the basic school level. That’s the leveled playing field. Whatever you do or becomes next depends on you as a unique individual.

You have various career paths you can follow. But, Which ever path you wish to chart should be guided by your passion and aspirations.

  1. One person may wish to read a course to increase his impact still at the basic level. In this case, the 3semester course is good for him. In less than two years, he’s done. There are other post diploma courses Which serve same purpose.
  2. Another person may also wish to teach at the Senior high school or is interested in increasing his legibility to reach the SHS level. For such a person, the five semester course is good. There are some distance and regular courses that offers the same opportunity.
  3. Another person may choose to serve at administrative position, may SISO, Head, HR, Counselor etc To that person, non of these two programs would interest him because, the courses available may not meet his needs.
  4. In the same vein, another person may want to leave GES altogether or increase his chances of getting employment elsewhere. That person won obviously sign up for the Education courses. Even if he will, he will read a course that is a requirement to read what he intends to read.

So you see, there’s no one size fit all. You need to know yourself and choose what works for you.

CREDIT:

Mr. Ralph & Hon Jerry Akporhor- Lead Educator@ Informed Teachers Network (ITN)

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