Department of Science Education
Department of Science Education

You are welcome to the Department of Science and Mathematics Education (DSME) at the College of Education, University of Cape Coast in Ghana.  Our mandate as a department is to train Science, Mathematics, Health Sciences and Computer Science teachers for the pre-university levels of education in Ghana. In Ghana, the department is the premier department established to train such caliber of teachers. Over the decades, the department’s programmes have expanded to continue to respond to the contemporary demands of Science, Mathematics, Health Sciences and Computer Science teachers in Ghana.
DSME provides a unique set of curricula that combines experiential learning and opportunities for students to develop analysis of theory, reflective practices, critical research, and methodological skills of theory and practice. It is this exceptional combination of theory and practice that equips our students with both the analytic and practical skills that are in demand in today’s highly pre-university education and make them the best class of teachers in Ghana.

We admit over 500 students into our undergraduate and graduate programmes each year. In addition, to strengthen our faculty, each year we welcome various experienced academics and practitioners in the disciplines in the department from world-acclaimed universities to improve the experiences of our students.
As you browse through our website, I welcome you, and invite you to share in the experience, excitement and enthusiasm that both our current and former students, staff and faculty enjoy. I encourage you to contact us on 0332134890 or at dsmeducation@ucc.edu.gh with any questions, requests for more information and/or suggestions for further improvement.
 

The Department of Science and Mathematics Education is a unique department in the College of Education Studies at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. As at now, the department offers four undergraduate degree programmes in Science Education, Mathematics Education, Health Sciences Education and Computer Science Education during the regular semesters. Graduate degree programmes are offered in Science Education and Mathematics Education up to the doctoral level. Additionally, the undergraduate programme in Health Sciences Education and the master’s degree programmes in Science Education and Mathematics Education are offered in the sandwich mode.
 
As part of a curriculum review process, the department has drawn up graduate level programmes in the Health Sciences Education and Computer Sciences Education. In this revised programmes, instead of the omnibus B.Ed. (Health Sciences Education), the department plans to offer four specialized degrees programmes in General Nursing Education, Midwifery Education, Mental Health Education, Public Health Education up to the graduate level as well as a master’s degree programme in Gerontology. In addition, the present Computer Science Education programme is being revised into Information and Computer Technology Education programme so as to ensure that the right emphasis on application of software to teaching, instead of hardware issues can be guaranteed in the programme. In addition, this revised Information and Computer Technology Education programme will also be offered to the postgraduate level. The revised curricula are almost at the final stages and are pending submission to the College and Academic Boards for approval and implementation hopefully in the 2016/2017 Academic Year.
 
The College of Education Studies plans to go three-tier in the 2016/2017 Academic Year. As part of it, the College Board has approved breaking up the current Department of Science and Mathematics Education into three separate departments namely, 1) Department of Science Education, 2) Department of Mathematics and Information Technology Education, and 3) Department of Health Sciences Education.
 
Plans are underway to construct Skill Laboratories to support the revised programmes to be run in the new Department of Health Sciences Education Department.  Plans are also underway to network our reference library electronically with the main university library to improve teaching, learning and research by students and staff of the department.
 
 

Vision

To strive to be recognized as the best in the country for training of teachers in the sciences, mathematics, computer science and the health sciences with rich background in content and proficient in teaching, research and practice using available contemporary technology. Through effective combination of theoretical and practical orientations using active learning experiences within a supportive community, the Department of Science and Mathematics Education will train graduates to also be research oriented, effective leaders in science, mathematics and technology education, and responsible citizens.
 

Mission

Prepare Science, Mathematics, Health Sciences and Computer Science educators whose content background is rich and deep and are proficient in teaching and practice in their specialty areas using available contemporary technology. Train Science, Mathematics, Health Sciences and Computer Science teachers who also have sound knowledge of issues relating to the curriculum of their specialty areas, and are competent in research in such areas.
 

Preamble
Department of Science and Mathematics Education (DSME), is a unique department at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in particular and Ghana in general with strengths resulting from a spectrum of factors. These range from the competitive and wide variety of programmes it offers (four degree programmes offered as at 2012/2013 academic year), to its location in the Faculty of Education at UCC, the premier university in Ghana establish with an original focus for training teachers for the pre-university levels of the country’s educational system.  In spite of these strengths, Department of Science and Mathematics Education, like any department in the university, faces serious competition as well as significant pressures for change. Some of these include increased competition from the growing number of public and private universities who are introducing science and mathematics education programmes, the increase and changes in demographics of the student population, rising operational costs in the face of a possibility of constrained budgets as funding from governmental sources dwindle, and technological changes and its influence on the transformation of higher education worldwide and teacher education in particular. Instead of viewing these factors as dark clouds in the horizon that threaten the DSME, faculty of the department view them as agents of change that should enable the department to reinvent itself. However, the continuous realization of the University of Cape Coast’s strong mission and vision, and its ability to expand its focus and innovate depends largely on the capabilities and vision of its constituent departments and of the leadership they offer.

The vision expressed below and the strategies for achieving them show what the Department of Science and Mathematics Education can offer in the light of the broader vision of the University of Cape Coast. We summarize our department’s vision and 5- year strategic plan for from the 2013/2014 academic year to the 2017/2018 academic year, what the department seeks to achieve, strategies for achieving it and the criteria for measurement in the next sections.
 
 

WHAT WE WANT TO ACCOMPLISH
WHAT TO DO
MEASUREMENT CRITERIA

  1. To train teachers whose content background is rich and deep.
  • Establish and equip fully operational laboratories for

     a. Health Sciences Education programme

  1. Mathematics Education programme
  2. Computer Science Education programme
  • Expansions of science laboratories
  • Promotion of modular programmes for non-professional science/mathematics teachers
  • Tailor-made remedial programme for science
  • Develop assessment instrument to measure the gains made in students content and professional knowledge
  • Students’ annual performance on the assessment instrument has improved by at least one standard deviation of the previous years.
  • Students demonstrate the ability to set-up and use computers and other available modern equipment in their On-Campus and, if possible, Off-Campus teaching practice.
  • Students in the department obtain a minimum of grade B in their Off-Campus teaching practice assessment.
  • All students have passed their field experience courses.

2. To train teachers using modern technology and who has the ability to use available contemporary technology for teaching.

  • Establish and equip fully operational laboratories for our
    • Health Sciences Education,
    • Mathematics Education, and
    • Computer Science Education programmes
  • Expansions of science laboratories
  • Establish partnership with industries
  • Use of multimedia technology in the training of science, mathematics, health sciences and computer science teachers
  • Continuing professional development for faculty including the use of appropriate technology in teaching and learning

3. To develop the department into strong research department.

  • Regular workshops/seminars on contemporary trends in teaching, research, practice and dissemination of research findings
  • At least one research project completed by the department every year
  • At least 80% of the department’s graduate students complete the thesis/dissertation one schedule.
  • At least 50% of our graduate students publish a minimum of one article from their thesis/dissertation or graduate course work by the time they graduate.

4. To turn out graduates teachers who are competent in research in their specialty areas.

5. To train teachers who are proficient in teaching and practice in their specialty areas.

  • Establish Collaboration with MOH & MOE
  • Regular continuing professional  development programmes for teachers, science labs technicians and health workers
  • Students’ annual performance on the assessment instrument has improved by at least one standard deviation of the previous years.

6. Teachers with sound knowledge of the curriculum of their specialty areas, its development, review as well as issues relating to curriculum.

  • Regular review of existing departmental programmes
  • Establish new programmes
  • All students obtain a minimum of Grade B in each of their curriculum-related courses.
  • Students’ annual performance on the assessment instrument has improved by at least one standard deviation of the previous years.

 

We are committed to:         

  • Diversity: Relying on the strength we have through the diverse background of our students, staff and faculty, we provide equal opportunity to all and strive to care for each other both personally and professionally.
  • Openness: We are open to accepting multiple perspectives from our students, staff, faculty and our stakeholders.
  • Transparency: We operate in a transparent manner that portrays our accountability to each other, our students and the general university.
  • Collaboration: Guided by the knowledge that one person does not have all the answers we are dedicated to a constructive and team-oriented working and learning environment.
  • Excellent Service: To make our students competitive in today’s contemporary world, we make every effort to provide them with excellent service.
  • Continuous professional growth: We strive to attain operational excellence by providing professional development activities for our staff in an on-going manner.
  • Innovation: We encourage innovation through creative and critical thinking and the use of contemporary technology.

 
 

If you enroll in any of our programmes you will:

  • have the opportunity to learn how to teach the sciences, mathematics, and any of the specialty areas in nursing and midwifery and ICT through instruction focused on problem solving, understanding, reasoning, and intellectual  communication.
  • be exposed to an emphasis on the use of technology in teaching and learning, the assessment of students' understanding and performance, and psychological and social aspects of learning and teaching your specialty area; our courses incorporate the latest digital resources.
  • have the opportunity to be in the best undergraduate and graduate programme aimed at preparing teachers of science, mathematics, ICT and the health sciences (with specialty in Midwifery, General Nursing, Public Health Nursing and Mental Health Nursing) in Ghana.
  • experience a teaching approach that promotes active, participatory, inclusive and research-orientated pedagogy.
  •  benefit from teaching by the best Faculty in your specialty area in Ghana who are also actively involved in cutting edge research and policy advice.
  • gain skills that will prepare you well for research not only in Science or Mathematics Education but also in other fields.

 
 
 

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