NAZARENE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
BRIEF HISTORY OF NAZARENE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
Teacher Education was started in 1936 at the Nazarene Mission, It offered a one – year programme known as the Elementary Vernacular Teachers’ Course (EVTC). Completing students of that course were qualified to teach the first four grades in the Primary Schools. In 1940, the course was improved by extending the training from one year to two years. In 1953, a two-year, post Standard VII course called “Primary Lower Course” (T4) was introduced. As schools began to produce more Junior Certificate graduates, the demand for higher qualified teachers increased. As a result, the College introduced an upgraded course in 1961, the Primary Higher Teachers’ course (T3). While this course was being launched, the lower course EVTC was phased out. For quite some time the College offered two courses; the Primary Higher (T3) and the Primary Lower (T4). In 1974 the Primary Lower course was discontinued. This made increased enrollment possible in the Primary Teachers’ Course (PTC) which was offered up to 1986. Current developments have led the College to offer the Primary Teachers’ Diploma (PTD) which is the post “O” level course. The College is affiliated to the University of Swaziland.
Nazarene College of Education delivers high quality training through the combination of Christian faith and learning.
Our mission in partnership with parents, communities and His Majesty’s government is to provide solid training in a Christian environment and thus produce teachers with high moral values and integrity.
To guide the attainment of the mission, vision and mandate, the following values are adopted:
Equal fair and just treatment
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
Provide a quality academic programme
Produce Primary School Teachers
Deliver high quality training
Provide opportunities for part time programmes
Produce Christian – oriented teachers
Contain / control the effects of HIV/AIDS
1.0 ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
1.01 A minimum of six passes at school leaving examination
including English Language, three (3) of which must be credits in subjects taught in Primary Schools which are, Mathematics, SiSwati, History, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Physical Science, Combined Science, Integrated Science, Biology, Human and Social Biology, Home Economics, Food & Nutrition, Fashion & Fabrics, Agriculture, Religious Knowledge and English Literature. French, ICT, Life skills, entrepreneurial ship
1.02. Subjects that will not be recognized as falling into the category of those taught in the Primary Schools are Accounts, Commerce, Technical Drawing, Metal Works and Woodwork.
1.03 A Primary Teachers’ Certificate plus a minimum of five (5) passes at school leaving examination including English language, three (3) of which must be credits in subjects taught in primary schools as mentioned in Primary Schools as mentioned in 1.01. These students will enter at Year 2 at the Diploma Programme.
1.04 Any other equivalent qualification approved by the Board of Affiliated Institutions, Exemptions
Students, who have passed some courses in other Institutions of higher learning, may be exempted from taking that course once again. Course such as:
• Academic Communication Skills
• Introduction to Computers for Education.
2.0. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
2.01. The duration of the programme shall be three academic years.
2.02. The programme of training shall comprise the following groups of subjects:
GROUP A: Is Teaching Practice, which is the main professional component.
GROUP B: Are core subjects that are taught at the Primary School level.
GROUP C: Are support subjects.
2.03. LIST OF SUBJECTS IN GROUPS
GROUP A: Teaching Practice
Science and Health
Social Studies (History, Geography and Religious Education)
Special and inclusive Education
Art and Crafts
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Students in Year 1 and 2 follow a common programme and choose major subjects in year 3. Teaching Practice is done for six (6) weeks in Year 2 for the same period in Year 3.