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Curriculum Development


Programme Overview

The Master’s programme offered by the School of Education is delivered through face-to-face and on-line classes.  The face-to-face classes are offered in the afternoons between the hours of 4:00 to 7:00 pm, Mondays through Thursdays.
This option builds on basic curriculum theory already covered at the undergraduate level and strengthens students’ understanding of the foundational principles in philosophy, psychology and sociology that undergird curriculum development. It examines ways in which the curriculum field has been reconceptualised and provides an in-depth study of curriculum change and implementation. A comparative study of various attempts at curriculum reforms both in the Caribbean and further afield demonstrates how curriculum decision making and policy can be informed by research. Evaluation theory and various approaches used in doing evaluations provide a sound preparation for graduates of this option to evaluate programmes. Students who do this option are encouraged to do graduate courses in their areas of specialisation in order to hone their skills and competencies as curriculum developers. The option targets those who foresee a career in curriculum development in Curriculum Units in the Ministries of Education, as lecturers in curriculum development at the tertiary level as well as practitioners in the private sector with jobs that require curriculum development skills.
Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission must qualify under the general university regulations for a master’s degree:
M.Ed. Degree - Entry Requirements (For the Particular Programme):
1. (A)    A first degree at or above the Lower Second Honours Levels; or a grade point   
             average equivalent to a B or above, unless the Campus Committee in any particular 
             case otherwise decides.
    (B)    A professional qualification in teaching such as a postgraduate diploma or certificate, 
             or an approved  equivalent.  Full documentation of the applicant’s academic record 
             and referees’ reports must be submitted to Graduate Studies and Research, Mona.
2.     Applicants with a U.W.I. B. Ed. degree gained before the honours classifications were introduced (1970-1985), must have a minimum of B grade average.  Applicants who graduated before 1970 must have a minimum of B in their research study.
3.     Applicants with a Pass Degree will be considered only in exceptional cases where the candidate’s professional experience and performance suggest further intellectual development.  Such special applications are subject to the approval of the Board for Graduate Studies.

Programme Structure





Course Code

Course Name

No. of Credits


Introduction to Educational  Administration




School Personnel Management




Educational Leadership




Educational Planning and Management




Educational Supervision




Careers after Graduation

Students who have successfully completed the Master of Education in Curriculum Development Education programme are qualified for:

  • Teaching and lecturing at all levels of the education system
  • Leadership, administration and management at all levels of the education system
  • Education researcher
  • Education officer/supervisor
  • Education planner
  • Curriculum development
  • Curriculum evaluation
  • Measurement, testing and assessment in education
  • Evaluation and analysis of educational programme  and projects
  • Instructional design
  • Distance and online learning design
  • Policy development and analysis
  • Technology integration in formal and informal learning settings
  • Training officer
  • Education outreach coordinator
  • Educational psychologist
  • Workforce occupational analysis
  • Teacher Educator

Department Contact Information

Programme Coordinator: Dr. Carmel Roofe-Bowen

The School of Education Faculty of Humanities and Education UWI, Mona, Kingston 7

Telephone: (876) -935-8471, 935-8500-2

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