Background, Programme Philosophy and Objectives

The Ghana Government’s commitment to improve quality education through the introduction of Capitation Grant, School Feeding Programme, Free Textbooks and Free School Uniforms has resulted in increased enrolments in basic schools. This situation calls for adequate number of well-qualified, highly competent and motivated teachers. There is no doubt that teachers form the pivot of any education system. However, half way through the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and Education for All (EFA) timeline, the lack of teachers in classrooms, especially in rural classrooms continues to be a common obstacle to the provision of education at the basic level. The quality and quantity deficits in teacher training and deployment are major factors in quality and access to basic Education in Ghana. Currently, according to the Minister of Education, about 60,000 teachers are needed to fill vacant positions in the school system in the country. Even more challenging is the concomitant teacher leverage required to ensure that the over 80,000 primary school children, most of whom are in the rural areas get access to quality Basic Education (MOE, 2008).

The current teacher education policy in Ghana provides for pre-service preparation of teachers and this training is located in the Universities and the Colleges of Education which offer full-time Degree and Diploma Courses in Education, respectively. In addition, some of the Colleges of Education offer Diploma programmes for Untrained Teachers. Others also offer Post Certificate “A” Diploma programmes to teachers on Sandwich basis. These programmes are, in fact, not enough to absorb the teeming applicants. The two public teacher education Universities, namely the University of Cape Coast and University of Education, Winneba, are not able to absorb interested SSS graduates who are eager to be trained as qualified professional teachers. In addition, there is a huge number of teachers with Diploma in Basic Education being turned out every year by the Colleges of Education who may want to upgrade themselves academically and professionally to the degree level.

The situation, arguably, requires private participation in the provision of teacher education and this should be encouraged to fill the perpetual deficit in the provision of professional teachers at the basic level.

The Evangelical Presbyterian University College, Ho has, therefore, positioned itself competitively to offer a Two-year Post-Diploma and a Four-year Degree programme in Basic Education to prospective applicants.

Entry Requirements

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 (Grades E and F in any subject is not accepted).

However, in competitive selections, preference would be given to candidates who offered and have credit passes in English Literature, Government or History, Economics, Geography, Christian Religious Studies and, or any additional European language especially French with grades adjudged to be at Credit levels.

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 (Grades D7 and E8 are not accepted).  However, in competitive selections, preference would be given to candidates who offered and  have credit passes in English Literature, Government or History, Economics, Geography, Christian Religious Studies and, or any additional European language especially French with grades adjudged to be at Credit levels.

General Certificate Of Education (GCE) ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level: Candidates must have five (5) credits passes (Grade 6) including English Language, Mathematics and a Science subject (for non-science students and Arts subject (for Science students) at the GCE ‘O’ level and at least three (3) passes at the GCE Advanced level in relevant subjects. 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 with any of the following qualifications are admitted at level 200:

  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) holder or Teachers Diploma holders from a recognized institution with at least 2nd Class Lower Division will be admitted at level 300. 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. (Basic Education) programme is to produce well qualified and competent professional teachers, to teach in the Basic Schools and work in other sectors of the educational system in Ghana.