Departmental Aspirations

Vision

The vision of the Academic and Professional Studies Department is to be the bedrock in the development of a primary school teacher who is professionally and academically empowered for socio-economic transformation.

Mission

The Academic and professional Studies Department is committed to the production of a scientifically and technologically competent primary school teacher for socio- economic transformation.


Core Values

• Professionalism
• Patriotism
• Integrity/ Unhu/Ubuntu
• Creativity
• Responsiveness

Vision

To be pacesetters in the development of caregivers who are responsive and abreast of current and emerging trends in Early Childhood Development.

Mission

The Early Childhood Development Department is committed to the production of caregivers who are responsive and abreast of current and emerging trends in Early Childhood Development.

Core Values

• Professionalism
• Patriotism
• Integrity/ Unhu/Ubuntu
• Creativity
• Responsiveness



Vision

To be the leading department in the provision of educational principles as they relate to educational practices in Zimbabwe and beyond.

Mission

To produce a highly qualified and competent teacher who is capable of relating theoretical principles of education to classroom practice.


Core Values

• Professionalism
• Patriotism
• Integrity/Unhu/Ubuntu
• Responsiveness
• Innovativeness



Vision

To be the leading department in the development of primary and secondary school teachers who are scientifically and technologically empowered for socio-economic transformation

Mission

The Teaching Practice and Distance Education Department is committed to the production of competent primary and secondary school teachers for socio-economic transformation

Core Values

• Professionalism
• Patriotism
• Integrity/Unhu/Ubuntu
• Responsiveness
• Creativity




Departmental Overviews

Mandate
The mandate of the Academic and Professional Studies Department is to produce an academically and professionally sound primary school teacher through teaching of Main Subject and Professional Studies.

The Early Childhood Department is one of the vibrant departments at Masvingo Teachers’ College striving for production of quality specialist teachers capable of handling young children in the 0-8 year age threshold. The department offers a comprehensive 3-3-3 teacher training programme which seeks to develop Early Childhood Development caregivers who would promote total development of young children. During the first three terms of their residential phase at college, the students are equipped with knowledge on theories of learning, child development and pedagogies of teaching young children. The second three term phase is a practicum where students put into practice what they would have learnt in the first three terms. During their practicum, the students experience the actual teaching getting assistance from qualified ECD mentors already in the schools. The last three terms mark the final lap of the training programme with assessment in theoretical and practical aspects of caregiving in ECD.

The department offers an integrated programme to student teachers specialising in 0-6 years old and grades 1-3 curriculum. Curriculum for 0-6 year old children is embedded in Professional Studies, Mathematics and Science, Language Arts, Expressive Arts, Social Sciences and Theory of ECD which covers Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology of ECD. Grades 1-3 curriculum is a full package of eleven subjects as done in Primary Education for infant grades.

The ECD department has highly qualified personnel who explicitly articulate issues in Early Childhood Development including research and inclusive education. The department staff includes the Head of Department (HOD), two Lecturers in Charge (LICs) of Professional Studies and Teaching Practise, seven Heads of Subject (HOS) and several lecturers.

This is a department in the General Course Programme. It covers three subject areas which are compulsory to all those doing the General Course. These three subject areas are Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology of Education where the students explore the historical, philosophical, psychological as well as sociological foundations of education and how they inform and relate to contemporary shaping and practice of education.

Teaching Practice

This is an integral component of the teacher training curriculum where the trainee teachers embark on a practicum for twelve months applying the learnt theory in the real practice of teaching in the schools. Students only proceed on teaching practice having passed the requirements of the first residential phase in college. In order to qualify for Teaching Practice, the students have to pass the promotion tests given at the end of their first residential phase which is the first three terms of their course (first twelve months).

The trainee teachers are deployed to six educational districts for their teaching practice. These are Bikita, Chipinge, Chiredzi, Gutu, Masvingo and Mwenezi districts. In their practising schools, the students are attached to qualified teachers who will mentor them throughout their teaching practice period. Meanwhile the college will be visiting them to supervise their work as well as monitoring their progress. Each student is to be visited by college at least once per term throughout the teaching practice period. Towards the end of their teaching practice, the students are then subjected to external examination conducted by the University of Zimbabwe’s Department of Teacher Education after which Teaching Practice results are released. Students only qualify to proceed for their final residential phase after passing Teaching Practice.

In terms of the Teaching Practice Policy, student teachers are attached to all grades of the primary school except Grade Seven. College also discourages attaching student teachers to mentors who have administrative responsibilities in the schools such as the School Head and Deputy Head. Masvingo Teachers’ College uses two distinct Teaching Practice supervision instruments. There is one that applies only to those students manning Early Childhood Development classes A and B and another that applies to those practising in the rest of the primary school grades.

Follow these links to see the Teaching Practice supervision instruments for ECD A and B, the General Course. and the STEP Course

Distance Education

Distance Education is one of the integral arms of the Department of Teaching Practice and Distance Education at Masvingo Teachers’ College. Its primary mandate is to coordinate the academic affairs of students while they are on Teaching Practice. Among other things, Distance Education coordinates Distance Education assignments, that is, distributing them to students and collecting them for distribution to lecturers for marking. Distance Education also coordinates the writing, production and distribution of Distance Education materials such as modules for use by students while on Teaching Practice. It is also the arm responsible for all communication between the college and students while they are on Teaching Practice.







Sections and Subject Areas

This section houses the two languages offered at Masvingo Teachers’ College and the humanities subjects. The subjects in this section are ChiShona, English, Religious and Moral Education and Social Studies. Below is a summary of the mode in which the subjects are offered and the entry requirements for those wishing to take up these as their main subjects.

Key
1. Main subject: a subject which is meant for personal enrichment and each student has to choose to do one of the fourteen that are currently being offered.
2. PSB: Subjects that are taught on the primary school curriculum and are all mandatory.

Subject Mode of offer Entry Requirements
ChiShona Optional Main Subject
Mandatory PSB
5 O' Level Passes including Maths & English
A’ Level ChiShona or a B grade or better at Ordinary Level is an added advantage for those aspiring to take up ChiShona as Main Subject.
English Optional Main Subject
Mandatory PSB
5 O' Level Passes including Maths & English
A’ Level Literature or a B grade or better at Ordinary Level is an added advantage for those aspiring to take English as Main Subject.
Religious & Moral Education Optional Main Subject
Mandatory PSB
5 O' Level Passes including Maths & English
A’ Level Divinity or a B grade or better at Ordinary Level is an added advantage for those aspiring to take R.M.E as Main Subject.
Social Studies Optional Main Subject
Mandatory PSB
5 O' Level Passes including Maths & English
A’ Level History or Geography or a B grade or better at Ordinary Level is an added advantage for those aspiring to take S.S as Main Subject.

This section comprises all subjects that are practical in orientation such as Art and Design, Home Economics, Music and Physical Education. The table below summarises the mode in which the subjects are offered and the entry requirements for those wishing to take up these as their main subjects.

Key
1. Main subject: a subject which is meant for personal enrichment and each student has to choose to do one of the fourteen that are currently being offered.
2. PSB: Subjects that are taught on the primary school curriculum and are all mandatory.

Subject Mode of offer Entry Requirements
Art and Design Optional Main Subject
Mandatory PSB
5 O' Level Passes including Maths & English
A’ Level Art or any relevant qualification in Art or a B grade or better at Ordinary Level Art is an added advantage for those aspiring to take Art and Design as Main Subject.
Home Economics Optional Main Subject
Mandatory PSB
5 O' Level Passes including Maths & English
A recognised qualification in Food and Nutrition or Textiles Technology or a B grade or better at Ordinary Level Fashion and Fabrics or Food and Nutrition is an added advantage for those aspiring to take Home Economics as Main Subject.
Music Optional Main Subject
Mandatory PSB
5 O' Level Passes including Maths & English
Musical interest and acuity is highly recommended for those aspiring to take Music as Main Subject.
Ability to play at least one musical instrument is an added advantage
Physical Education & Sport Optional Main Subject
Mandatory PSB
5 O' Level Passes including Maths & English
A recognised qualification in P.E and Sport, a sporting acumen or A’ Level Biology is an added advantage for those aspiring to take P.E.S as Main Subject.

This section houses all subjects with a scientific flair. Such subjects include Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Agriculture and Computer Science. The table below summarises the mode in which the subjects are offered and the entry requirements for those wishing to take up these as their main subjects.

Key
1. Main subject: a subject which is meant for personal enrichment and each student has to choose to do one of the fourteen that are currently being offered.
2. PSB: Subjects that are taught on the primary school curriculum and are all mandatory.

Subject Mode of offer Entry Requirements
Sciences
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Optional major in any one of the three 5 O' Level Passes including Maths & English
A’ Level Physics, Chemistry or Biology or a B grade or better at Ordinary Level is an added advantage for those aspiring to take a Science Main Subject.
Agriculture Optional Main Subject
Mandatory PSB
5 O' Level Passes including Maths & English
A recognised qualification in Agriculture or a B grade or better at Ordinary Level is an added advantage for those aspiring to take Agriculture as Main Subject.
Computer Science Optional Main Subject 5 O' Level Passes including Maths & English
Strong passes in Advanced and or Ordinary Level Mathematics and Science are an added advantage to those aspiring to take up Computer Science as Main Subject
Mathematics Optional Main Subject
Mandatory PSB
5 O' Level Passes including Maths & English
Advanced Level Mathematics or a B grade or better at Ordinary Level is an added advantage for those aspiring to take Mathematics as Main Subject.

This is a consortium of subjects that seek to inculcate in the trainee teacher the professional values and etiquette of a professional teacher, appreciation of contemporary issues as well as pedagogical requisites for teaching the various subjects on the school curriculum. The table below summarises the various syllabi in Professional Studies and their scope.

Subject Mode of offer Entry Requirements
Syllabus A
(PSA)
Mandatory subject 5 O' Level Passes including Maths & English
Syllabus B
(PSB)
Mandatory subjects covering all subjects on the primary school curriculum 5 O' Level Passes including Maths & English
Syllabus C
(PSC)
Mandatory subject that introduces students to research methods 5 O' Level Passes including Maths & English
Mathematics Mandatory subjects for enrichment and contemporary issues 5 O' Level Passes including Maths & English

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Zimbabwe


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