Programme Philosophy

The subjects taught in secondary schools in Ghana include the General Arts that entail subjects such as English Language, French, History, Religious Studies, some Ghanaian Languages and others. The policy of the Ministry of Education is to have about forty percent of students to pursue subjects in the humanities in the universities in the country. At present, only two universities namely, University of Cape Coast (UCC) and University of Education, Winneba (UEW) train teachers in this area in the country. As government continues to establish more secondary schools to provide access to all students from the Junior High Schools that qualify to attend Senior High School, more and more professional teachers are needed in the area of General Arts to ensure effective teaching of the subjects at the secondary schools. This programme is intended to lay solid foundation in the provision of General Arts teachers for the secondary schools.

The B.Ed. (Arts) programme is designed to address the competing claims of reason and emotion, language and experience, the integrity of the disciplines and the relativism of all knowledge. It offers opportunity to students and professionals who are desirous of positioning themselves as academics in the various Arts subjects such as English Language, French Language, History, Religions and the various Ghanaian Languages at the secondary schools.

The various courses under the B.Ed. (Arts) programme provide insights, and perspectives that will equip prospective teachers to provide guidance and leadership in the teaching/learning process in schools and enable them to draw up curricula for the secondary level of education in the country.  Courses run under the programme lay the foundation for the preparation of qualified teachers dedicated to helping students attain high academic standards in the discipline. It provides opportunities for trainees to practice professional knowledge, skills and attributes.

 

Entry Requirements

Admission requirements for the various categories of applicants are as follows:

Level 100

Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE):

Applicants must have Aggregate 24 or better. Candidates must have Grade D or better in six subjects; three of the six subjects must be core subjects: English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science or Social Studies and the other three must be Elective subjects. Applicants offering B. Ed. (Arts) English option must have credit pass (D) in Literature in English and any other two of the following: French, Government, Music, History, Ghanaian Language, and CRS. Applicants who will offer B. Ed Arts in French, History, Music and Religion must have credit passes (D) in French, History, Music and Religion respectively in addition to any two of the General Arts subjects (Grades E and F in any subject is not accepted).

West Africa Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSSCE):

Applicants must have aggregate 36 or better. Candidates must have Grade C6 or better in six subjects; three of the six subjects must be core subjects: English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science or Social Studies and the other three must be Elective subjects. Applicants offering B. Ed. Arts, English option must have credit pass (C6) in Literature in English and any other two of the following: French, Government, Music, History, Ghanaian Language, and CRS. Applicants who will offer B.Ed Arts in French, History, Music and Religion must have credit passes (C6) in French, History, Music and Religion respectively in addition to any two of the General Arts subjects (Grades D7 and E8 are not accepted).

General Certificate Of Education (GCE) ‘O’ and ‘A’ Levels

Candidates must have five (5) credit passes (Grade 6) including English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject (for non-science students) and an Arts subject (for Science students) at the “O” Level AND at least three (3) passes at the GCE Advanced level one of the subjects at “A” levels should be Literature in English or French or History or Music or Religion for candidates who will offer B.ED. Arts English, French, History, Music and Religion respectively.

One of the ‘A’ level passes must be at a grade not lower than Grade D.

Mature Candidates:

Mature Candidates must be at least 25 years old at the time of application and must show proof of age with birth certificate or any legitimate documentary proof of birth which is at least five years old at the time of application. Candidates are expected to pass an entrance examination in General Paper and either English and or Mathematics and a Paper in the elective subjects area. Successful candidates at the entrance examination may be required to attend a selection interview. The Mature entrance examination shall be moderated by University of Cape Coast, the Mentor institution.

Level 200

Applicants admitted at level 200 must have any of the following:

  1. Three-Year Certificate “A”, Post-Secondary.
  2. Diploma in Basic Education (DBE) with third class or pass

Level 300

Diploma in Basic Education (DBE) or Teachers Diploma holders from a recognized institution with at least 2nd Class Lower Division will be admitted. In addition, candidates may be required to attend a selection interview.

International Students

Admission requirements and procedures for international students are the same as outlined above. In addition, every international student must:

  1. complete a Financial Statement that clearly demonstrates ability to pay all expenses associated with his/her study at EPUC,including tuition, accommodation, books, food, health care, and other expenses.
  2. pay tuition, hostel and all other fees in full and in advance, for each academic year, before course registration.
  3. submit passports and other travel documents for verification.
  4. submit a Police Clearance from home country.
  5. reside in the University College-operated hostels.
  6. register with the local Ghana Police Service in Ho.

Proficiency in English Language

All students whose native language or previous language of instruction is not English (such as students from Francophone countries) must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, comprehending and speaking English. All students applying for admission whose previous language of instruction is not English may present TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) results, or will be required to write an English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) and pass it. Candidates will have to arrange with TOEFL/ELPT for their transcript to be transferred to the EPUC for processing. The University College is not obliged to make such arrangement or register with any such bodies.

It is the responsibility of all International students to obtain the necessary immigration documents and visas required to study in Ghana. International students are required to show evidence of appropriate entry and permission to study in Ghana before they can be admitted or registered into programmes. Immigration documents must be continuously updated or renewed and not allowed to elapse at any time during the International Student’s academic career at EPUC. Information on residence permit application procedures may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.

Job Prospects

The goal of the B. Ed. (Arts) programme is to produce well qualified and competent professional teachers, to teach in the Basic and Second Cycle Schools and be able to work in other sectors of the economy in Ghana and beyond.