On the 1st of July, 2021, the Chair of BTC's Governing Council, Dr. Mohammed Mubarak Juma, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Bahrain Bayan School so that BTC can offer a pilot of its Postgraduate Diploma in Education to private school educators. The final details of this plan will be released soon. While it is not yet possible to apply for the program, the following questions are answered to provide further information on the program.
What is the Postgraduate Diploma in Education?
The PGDE is an initial teacher qualification for teachers who have a bachelor's degree in the subject matter in which they teach but no teaching qualification. It is intended for new or nearly new teachers who want to learn how to be good teachers of their subject matter.
What is the international equivalency to the PGDE?
The PGDE is similar to the UK Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or the US/Canada teacher credential/license program. Many other countries have similar structures, but what they all have in common is that the teacher has a bachelor's degree in the subject to be taught and joins this program in order to learn the strategies and methods of teaching that subject. The program is approved in Bahrain. For it to be used in any other country is at the determination of that country's education system.
What is taught in the program?
The PGDE program focuses on evidence-based teaching strategies. Such strategies include classroom management techniques, student engagement strategies, methods of formative and summative student assessment, differentiation techniques, learning theory, lesson plan design, and much more. In addition, teachers in the program also intensively study specific strategies used within their own teaching specializations. Perhaps most importantly, teachers in the program also are mentored within their own classrooms by an expert faculty member in the Teaching Practice program of the college.
What specializations are offered by the PGDE?
Currently, BTC prepares teachers in the specializations of English, Arabic, Islamic Studies, Mathematics, Science (all natural sciences), and ICT. Additional specializations may be added in the future according to demand, as well as approval by the Ministry of Education and the University of Bahrain.
How long does the program take to complete?
The PGDE program is intended to take one full academic year of study to complete. The University of Bahrain calendar contains two semesters, with the first beginning in September and continuing through December, and the second beginning in February and continuing through May.
How much time is required per week?
In each semester, teachers take three 3-credit courses (using the credit hour system). This equates to nine hours of study per week, which can be offered in a face-to-face plan or a hybrid plan. In addition to the nine hours, there are assignments. For the Teaching Practice program, BTC faculty members come to meet with the teachers and observe their teaching during their actual teaching duties; there are additional assignments related to this, as well.
What are the requirements for admission?
The current University of Bahrain requirements for admission to this program are being updated now. The standard University of Bahrain requirement for admission to a postgraduate diploma program is a
bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 2.67 out of 4.0 (or equivalent), verified English proficiency, and letters of recommendation. The details are not yet available for the PGDE program; however, the college will announce those requirements as soon as they are available.
What is the language of instruction?
The PGDE program is approved to be taught in either Arabic or English, depending on the need.
How can I be assured of a quality program?
BTC is nearly complete in its pursuit of international accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). In addition, BTC has received full confidence from the Bahrain Quality Assurance Authority (BQA) on its B.Ed. program. The college is a cornerstone of Bahrain's educational reform initiatives, having begun under the development of the Singapore National Institute of Education in 2008. Today, BTC has many strong university partners around the world, from New Zealand to Switzerland, the US to Finland, and beyond.
How can I get more information on the PGDE?
Please fill out this form. As soon as we have any updates on the program, we will send you an email.