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Geography/Social Studies Education


Programme Overview


Geography as a school subject in the Commonwealth Caribbean is taught by both Geography and Social Studies teachers. Social Studies teachers, college lecturers and educators have to be equipped with geographical knowledge and skills to advance Geography, particularly, at the lower levels of the Secondary school.  The dearth of geography teachers in schools and the need for training in Geography Education in the teachers' colleges have fostered the need for programmes to train the teacher trainees. Thus, the course is designed for teacher educators, education officers responsible for supervision of teachers of geography, and other educational practitioners working at various levels of the educational establishment in the discipline of geography.


The overall purpose of the programme is to assist in fostering a new awakening in geographical ideas and to stimulate a 'renaissance' in geographical education, teaching and learning in the Commonwealth Caribbean.  The course will assist participants to scrutinise their understanding of underpinning theories in geography.  It aims to foster and develop the ability to formulate policies. It seeks also to advance Geography as a school subject and as an academic discipline in the Commonwealth Caribbean through research in geography education. It will encourage participants to remedy a shortage of appropriate geography texts for schools by developing skills in evaluating and writing geography text books.

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 (between 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



Education and Citizenship



Geography Education



Urban Place and Education



Social Theoretical Foundations of Geography and Social Studies





Social and Cultural Geography




Rural  Settlements, Society and Education





Social Studies Education



Careers after Graduation
Students who have successfully completed the Master of Education in Geography/Social Studies 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
The School of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Education
UWI, Mona, Kingston 7
Telephone: (876) -935-8471, 935-8500-2

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