Teacher Education Programmes at the MIE


MIE offers a structured and flexible pathway for continuous professional development from induction onwards through a system of accreditation. The credit-laddering system enables professionals in education to engage in Lifelong Learning while at the same time benefit from incremental credits or enter a higher grade in the profession.

We offer both in-service and pre-service programmes at Certificate, Diploma, Degree and Post-Graduate levels. Post graduate programmes consist of the Post Graduate Certificate, Diploma, Masters’ and Doctoral programmes.


In Service Programmes

Primary Sector

MIE offers in-service training programmes specifically designed for primary schools personnel which includes Diploma programmes for in-service primary school Head Masters, Deputy Head Masters, and Inspectors.

With a view to upgrading all school teachers MIE offers an Advanced Certificate followed by a Teacher’s Diploma for all teachers who hold a Teacher’s Certificate, as prior to 2003, pre-service trainees for primary school were offered a Teacher’s Certificate programme.

A Diploma in Special Education Needs- Remedial Education (SEN-RE) is offered for practicing primary school educators


Secondary Sector

The PGCE programme is a professional programme for all Educators who hold a university degree in the secondary sector.

MIE also offers a Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership for secondary school Rectors and Educators.


Opportunity for holders of HSC

Those who enter secondary schools with only a Higher School Certificate[1] have the possibility to opt for a Part Time Teacher’s Diploma, followed by a Part Time B.Ed.  


Programmes in Association with External Universities

The MA Education programme is offered in association with the University of Brighton, UK.

Two Doctoral programmes are offered in association with the University of Brighton, UK and with University of Kwazulu Natal,South Africa.


Pre-Service Programmes

Primary Sector

MIE offers a pre-service diploma, the Teacher's Diploma Primary (TDP), to trainees recruited by the Public Service Commission and the Bureau of Catholic Education to join the primary sector.


Secondary sector

Educator’s Licence and PGCE for University Graduates

Those aspiring to join the teaching profession are encouraged to obtain an Educator’s Licence (EL). This comprises foundation modules in pedagogy and subject didactics, the basic skills for teaching in a secondary school. After employment in a secondary school, the educator is allowed to enroll for a part time Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programme. Holders of an Educator’s Licence are exempted for credits already banked[2].

The Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) FT is offered for University Graduates willing to take up a career in teaching in secondary schools,

Full Time Teacher's Diploma followed by a B.Ed programme are offered to holders of the Higher School Certificate who would wish to opt for a career in teaching in secondary schools. .


Open & Distance Learning

In line with emerging trends and modes of delivery, MIE has a Centre for Open and Distance Learning (CODL) that offers all technical and pedagogical support for developing online courses to reach out to a larger number of trainees. The Educator’s Licence is one of the courses offered through a mixed mode with a substantial dose of online learning. Other courses will soon be on offer through this mode.

The ODLC is at present engaged in an innovative programme of digitalizing all the primary school textbooks, developing interactive materials and in training all primary school personnel in the use of interactive boards as part of the Sankore project, a Franco-British project for Africa.  


[1] Prior to 1998, private secondary schools could employ holders of Higher School Certificate (HSC). Thereafter, due to policy decisions for an all graduate workforce in secondary schools, there has been a drastic decline of HSC holders being recruited in private secondary schools, except for certain scarcity areas such as Physical Education and Home Economics.

[2] Conditions apply: exemption is granted for qualifications obtained within 7 years prior to joining any further training programme.