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Language Education


Programme Overview


Our perspective on language learning and teaching is markedly pedagogical and informed by an awareness of the role social context plays in the learning and teaching of English in a Creole speaking environment. There is a rich blend of the study of language and literature that is informed by research, policy and praxis.

Our major goal is to facilitate the development of teachers of English and literacy studies, curriculum planners and teacher trainers through a core of specialization courses that cover key areas in language and literature learning:

  • Second language learning theories and practice
  • Evidence-based  research in the learning and teaching of English in a Creole-speaking environment
  • Writing instruction for language and literacy acquisition
  • Children’s narratives  and language development
  • Literature study and instruction in post–secondary learning  contexts
  • The study of literature for sustainable development

 The programme is enhanced by courses in educational research methods (quantitative and qualitative) that supportindependent scholarship in the form of a final Research Project. 

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


Language and Cognitive Processes



Language Teaching and Learning in a Creole-Speaking Environment



The Teaching of Writing



The Teaching of Literature at the Primary Level



The Teaching of Literature at the Secondary Level



Literature and Education for Sustainable




Children and Narrative


Careers after Graduation

Students who have successfully completed the Master of Education in Language 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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