Education is a growing sector which requires dealing and educating students with different learning capabilities/styles, and offers an exciting career with its own challenges and rewards. Elementary education is the first phase of education usually preceded by nursery or Montessori school education and followed by middle and secondary school education. In Elementary education, children are usually engaged in classes with one teacher, who becomes responsible for their education and well-being for the entire academic year. The continuity with a single teacher and the opportunity to build a close relationship within the class is a distinguishing characteristic of Elementary education. The teacher guides the students based on his/her abilities, competency and knowledge and becomes an ideal role model for the students. The basic objective of a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (Elementary) program is to equip prospective teachers with teaching tools and an in-depth knowledge of tomorrow’s educational challenges. Virtual University of Pakistan aims at developing dynamic and skilled elementary school teachers fluent in the use of latest technologies and well-versed with the latest advancements in knowledge and pedagogy.
After completing the Bachelors of Education (hons) degree, the prospective teachers will:
develop an understanding of the psychology of young learners;
foster creative thinking among their pupils for construction of knowledge;
develop communication skills and use modern information technology for school teaching;
acquire competencies relevant to subject specific pedagogy, curriculum development, its transaction and evaluation;
make pedagogical analysis of the subjects they are to teach at the elementary stage;
develop positive attitude to teaching profession;
use innovative methods of teaching.
Admission Eligibility Criteria
Intermediate (equivalent to 12 years of education) with at least 45% marks.
Candidates having ‘A’ levels are required to provide equivalence certificate from Inter Board Committee of Chairman (IBCC), Islamabad. (http://www.ibcc.edu.pk/
Candidates having less than 45% marks will be eligible for admission after successful completion of “Zero Semester
Course exemption is not allowed.
It is a four-year full time study program spread over eight semesters. Each semester has at least 18 weeks duration for teaching and examinations etc.
Courses of Study
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Assessment of Study Progress
The students’ study progress evaluation mechanism is based on continuous assessment throughout the semester by giving assignments, on-line quizzes, Graded Moderated Discussion Boards (GMDBs), mid-term and final term exams including teaching practicum for B.Ed. (Hons) Elementary. The mid-term and final term exams are conducted at VU’s designated centers and usually count for 80 to 85% of the total marks for a course.
Teaching Practices/Project/Teaching Internship
Students are required to complete Teaching Practices/Project/Teaching Internship of 9~12 credit hours during B.Ed. (Hons) Elementary program. The choice of the project is at the student’s discretion. However, consultation with the student advisor is compulsory. Students have to submit a detailed write-up of the Project and may be required to give a presentation.
Award of Degree
To be eligible for the award of B.Ed. (Hons) Elementary degree the students are required to complete at least 140~142 credit hours with minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.0 out of 4.
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The courses may be revised from time to time as a result of continuous review to bring them at par with courses being taught at top-class foreign universities. While reviewing the courses, needs of local educational context and job market are also given full consideration.
The University reserves the right to change fee structure from time to time.