Teaching Programmes Unit

University Teaching Programmes Unit

This unit primarily handles the university teaching and learning activities of IEPA.  The unit creates awareness of new programmes and places its M.Phil students on internship/attachment with link agencies.

University teaching has been an important function of the Institute since its establishment.  Lecturers of the Institute were attached to other departments of the then Faculty of Education before the establishment of the Institute and they trailed their teaching responsibilities to the Institute.  Others who were later appointed to the Institute were assigned teaching roles within the Faculty. In 1985, the Institute began to run its own Masters degree programmes in the following areas:

M.Ed. in Educational Administration
M.Ed. in Educational Planning
M.Ed./M.A. in Administration in Higher Education

The redesignation of the then researched M.Ed./M.A./M.Sc. programmes as M.Phil programmes in the 1992/93 academic year by the University of Cape Coast resulted in some modification in the Institute’s Masters programmes.  From the 1992/93 academic year onwards, enrolment in the regular Masters programmes leads to certification for the M.Phil degree in the three areas.  There is also a sandwich programme in Educational Administration.

The IEPA introduced a Qualitative Research Methods-Based PhD in the year 2010 with six (6) students.Currently, the IEPA runs the following teaching programmes:

  1. PhD (Qualitative Research Methods-Based)  (Full-Time/Part-Time)
  2. M.Phil (Educational Planning) (Full-Time/Part-Time)
  3. M.Phil  (Educational Administration) (Full-Time/Part-Time)
  4. M.Phil (Administration in Higher Education) (Full-Time/Part-Time)
  5. M.Ed Top-Up leading to M.Phil (Administration in Higher Education) (Sandwich)
  6. M.Ed (Educational Administration) (Sandwich)

Target Groups/Admission Requirements for the University Teaching Programmes

(i) PhD (Qualitative Research Methods-Based):

Holders of M.Phil degree in an appropriate field of study from a recognised University; those with education have an advantage

(ii) M.Phil (Educational Planning)
     M.Phil (Educational Administration)
     M.Phil (Administration in Higher Education)

Holders of a good first degree (at least a Second Class) in B.Ed, or  any area with Diploma in Education, Postgraduate Diploma in
Education (PGDE) or Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

(iii) M.Ed Top-Up leading to M.Phil (Administration in Higher Education):
Holders of M.Ed degree

(iv) M.Ed (Educational Administration) (Sandwich):
Holders of a good first degree in B.Ed, or a good first degree in any area with Diploma in Education, Postgraduate Diploma in
Education (PGDE) or Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

For the M.Phil (Administration in Higher Education) candidates, having some working experience as administrators in higher educational institution will be an advantage, while knowledge
of Economics at the first degree level will be an advantage for candidates for M.Phil in Educational Planning programme.
Selection of candidates for admission to any of the programmes may be by interview. The possibility of the Institute asking candidates to undertake a written paper may also not be ruled out.

Rationale of the Programmes
The IEPA programmes provide broad-based professional training in educational management and administration and equip students with requisite skills for meeting the leadership
challenges facing educational institutions in Ghana and elsewhere. It explores the intellectual and practical problems facing educational management in contemporary times, with a
view to increasing students’ understanding of and skills in management of resources and decision-making within the context of education. The Educational Planning and Educational
Administration programmes are designed primarily for practitioners in Educational Management and Administration in the GES and Ministry of Education including Directors of Education,
District, Municipal and Metropolitan Directors, Assistant Directors, Principals, Headmasters/Headmistresses and aspiring Heads of both private and public educational institutions.

Duration of the Programmes
The duration for the PhD programme is three years and four years for full-time and part-time students respectively. The M.Phil programmes cover two years for full-time and three years
for part-time students, while the M.Ed programme extends over two sandwich semesters.  The duration for the M.Ed Top-Up Programme is one year.

Course Offering
Full-time M.Phil students are required to offer a minimum of five 3-credit courses per semester, that is, ten 3-credit courses per academic year, making a total of 30 credit points for the
course work.  Part-time M.Phil students will be required to offer two or three 3-credit courses per semester but not less than five 3-credit courses per academic year.

Scheme of Evaluation
There are at least two assignments and one in-class test besides a final examination.
Assignment 1              10% of grade
Assignment 2              10% of grade
In-class test                 20% of grade
Final examination        60% of grade

 Teaching/Learning Strategy
   Lectures and hand-outs
   Group discussions
   Case Studies

Self instruction through the reading of recommended books and articles