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Department of Educational Foundation

Faculty of Education

Over the last ten years the Department of Educational Foundations (now Psychology in Education) has been producing graduates with the Bachelor of Education in Psychology (B.Ed [Psychology]) degree. The focus of this programme was to train teachers with specialisation in educational psychology who will teach their content subjects in the senior secondary schools or teach educational psychology in the teacher training colleges and take the additional responsibility of providing psychological services in the schools including counseling. In recent years an increasing number of clients for this programme have come from the security services, health service and banks among others. In addition to this, most of our regular graduates have served successfully in the other service sectors, companies and institutions. This makes it necessary to provide a programme that will service the needs of other sectors of the economy including the educational sector. In line with this rationale, the B.Sc (Psychology) programme offers a good opportunity to aspire to work in service institutions such as the banks, services and health service institutions.

OBJECTIVES The objectives of the programmed are to: 1. Prepare psychologists who can provide services to schools and learners at various levels of the educational system. 2. Prepare graduates with the capacity to function as psychologists for the health and mental rehabilitation institutions. 3. Prepare individuals interested in careers in family, occupational, religious, health and other forms of counseling. 4. Train graduates with the necessary human interaction skills for service in the police, prisons, customs, immigration, military and other institutions that require such skills. 5. Provide graduates who want to serve in community development sectors of the economy with the necessary understanding of individual and community psychological issues. 6. Prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to function in personnel development and management sectors of industry. 7. Train personnel for sectors of the economy that require skills in personnel selection and evaluation including psychological testing, job and skill evaluation.

RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS The Department of Educational Foundations has Eight (8) full time lecturers in the various fields of psychology. The services of some lecturers from the biological sciences department can be solicited for some courses that relate to this area. However, there are other areas of specialisation, especially at the elective level, that require additional staff such as Clinical Psychology and Industrial Psychology. The central library has acquired a large stock of books in the various fields of Psychology and the two main bookstores on the Campus of the University also have a good array of books. These, coupled with the expansion in Internet access will enable a smooth take-off of this programme. The practical orientation that is planned for the programme will require movement to several sites of relevance to the practicum activities expected. This necessitates the acquisition of a vehicle early in the programme to facilitate arrangements and movement of students.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS 1. Entry by means of SSSCE (at 100 Level) – 6 subjects with aggregate 24 or better in Science, Social Science, Business or Arts. This should include passes in three (3) core and three (3) elective subjects. 2. Entry by means of Matured Students Entrance Examination (at 100 Level). Also, a special entrance examination will be organized for matured students without passes in English and Mathematics. Target Groups 1. SSSCE graduates 2. Teachers and Training officers in institutions 3. Officials of Security Services 4. Officials of testing institutions 5. Ghana Health Service personnel 6. Persons engaged in Community work such as those working with Non-Governmental Organizations. 7. Officers dealing with personnel issues in industry

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