This programme is offered to teachers who have professional qualifications in their own specialist field but who do not possess a teaching qualification (i.e. qualified teacher status). UniSey offers this programme for practising teachers on both a full-time and part-time basis and has been designed specifically for those working in the secondary and post-secondary education sectors.
The minimum entry requirement for the ADE is:
- an academic and/or technical qualification at Higher National Diploma (HND) level;
- minimum IGCSE grade C or equivalent in English Language and Mathematics;
- professional conduct and a positive attitude to learning.
A qualified teacher at ADE level is one who is well-informed; competent, both academically and technically; understands the key concepts and principles of effective teaching and learning; and can teach at a secondary or post-secondary education institution in a professional manner. To be awarded the ADE, graduates should have gained the competency standards required by all trained teachers as stipulated in the Competency Handbook for Qualified Teachers Status (Ministry of Education, 2012).
Programme rationale and structure
The ADE programme provides the opportunity for participants to enhance their professional competence, which, in turn, benefits their students, their educational institution and Seychelles in general.The ADE is a programme designed to equip participants with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become effective practitioners.
The ADE course aims to provide focus and direction related to:
- learners and learning;
- professional practice in education and training;
- quality and practice in educational professional development.
One principle that is an integral part of the programme is that of ‘reflective practice’, with an emphasis on the ‘reflective practitioner’. This principle is designed to enhance practice through insight, understanding, and skills development, within the context of reflective teaching.
There are two major components to the ADE programme: theoretical and practical. The former is achieved through lectures and tutorials while latter involves a series of work-based experiences (WBE) in educational institutions.