The mode of training teachers requires that the student teacher be attached to schools for a period of one year. At the schools they are mentored by mentors for the greater part of the year. It was observed that these mentors lacked supervisory and ICT skills. The college then came up with an intervention in the form of a Diploma programme in Supervision and ICT. The programme runs for four school terms and at the end students sit for exams which lead to the award of the Diploma. Initially, the programme was offered in association with UNESCO but later UNESCO weaned the college off and the college managed to continue the programme successfully because of its sustainability.The idea behind the programme is to enable mentors who host our student teachers on Teaching Practice to supervise the interns effectively relying on the expert power base gained from the diploma programme.
Nature of Programme
- Theory of Education with major components of Psychology of Education, Philosophy of Education, Sociology of Education.
- Professional Studies Syllabus ‘A’ Methodology
- Professional Studies Syllabus ‘B’ Applied Education Language, Humanities, Sciences and Practical subject.
- Professional Studies Syllabus ‘C’ – Research Methods and Curriculum Depth Study. (CDS)
- Professional Studies Syllabus ‘D’ – Contemporary issues i.e Health and Life Skills, NASS and ICT
- Main subject – students choose one subject to specialize in for enrichment up to first year degree level in the following: English, ChiShona, Social Studies, Religious and Moral Studies, Mathematics, Science, Music, Physical Education and Sport, Art and Design.
- Teaching Practice – Under the 3-3-3 model, students spend 3 terms practicing in primary schools.