The BTC offers two Post Graduate Diploma in Education PGDE programs for in-service teachers in Intermediate and Secondary schools who do not hold education credentials and for pre-service teachers holding a BA, BS or equivalent degree.

The Post-Graduate Diploma of Education program is designed for university graduates with a bachelor’s degree who require certification by the Ministry of Education to teach in Intermediate (Cycle 3) or Secondary (Cycle 4) schools. The program provides a cross-curricular core of courses in general education and specialization tracks that provide the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable students to become effective intermediate or secondary teachers in Bahrain.

This PGDE program offers range of instructional experiences and activities, such as lectures, tutorials, group work, role play, interactive communication technology, project work, micro-teaching, peer-coaching, field work, and self-reflection. Program assessment procedures include examinations, tests/quizzes, research projects, oral and written reports, reflections, production of artifacts such as teaching-learning aids, unit and lesson plans, as well as an electronic professional portfolio. Most courses are delivered in English so that participants can access relevant literature in education.

Video-taped micro-teaching sessions, in-class student teaching and other activities are a required part of ongoing assessment, critique and assessment of practice, and demonstration of best practice. Video-taped materials may be included in the participant’s portfolio to demonstrate competencies.

Public school teachers registered in the PGDE program are supported by the Ministry of Education and are therefore bound by a set of rules and regulations that will be provided to them by the Ministry.

Progression within the program and graduation require the successful completion of all courses and practical assignments. Any exceptions to these requirements must be approved, in writing, by the Dean of the Bahrain Teachers College and the appropriate authority of the MOE.

The program concentrates on pedagogy and practice since all participants have been recruited with the appropriate content preparation in the undergraduate degree. Courses are distributed across semesters and aligned with the BTC schedule.
The BTC offers two Post Graduate Diploma in Education PGDE programs for in-service teachers in Intermediate and Secondary schools who do not hold education credentials and for pre-service teachers holding a BA, BS or equivalent degree.
Content Knowledge

The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline he or she teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.

Student Development

The teacher understands how children learn and develop and can provide learning opportunities that support a child’s intellectual, social, emotional, moral, and general personal development.

Diverse Learners

The teacher understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.

Instructional Strategies

The teacher plans instruction based on knowledge of subject matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals. The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage student development of critical thinking, problem-solving, and performance skills.

Learning Environment (classroom management)

The teacher uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.

Assessment

The teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the learner.

Communication & Instructional Technology

The teacher uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and multi-media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.

School, Community, and Civic Engagement

The teacher fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support students’ learning and well being.

Reflective Practice, Ethics and Professionalism
The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his or her choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.

Admission to the BTC is available only to Bahraini citizens who make a commitment to a career of teaching in the public education system.

All students must meet the requirements for support specified for each program by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and be recommended for admission to the UoB by the MOE. Recommended students must be admitted to the University in order to register in the BTC.

Students should apply to the MOE for recommendation to the BTC and the UoB for admission to the University at the same time.

Applicant to BTC must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Bahraini citizenship
  • High school certificate in one of the following: unified track, vocational-advanced
  • Minimum CGPA of 80% in the high school certificate
  • High school graduation within two years of intended BTC matriculation
  • No record of previous enrollment or dismissal from BTC
  • Pass MoE admission tests and interview
  • Evidence of good physical health supported by a medical report from the specialized authorities
  • Good character with no conviction of a felony
  • Meet the general admissions requirements of the University of Bahrain