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In order to help meet the nation's pressing need for trained teachers, The William V. S. Tubman School of Teacher Training was founded in March, 1947, as a cooperative enterprise of the Government of Liberia. The Methodist Church Mission in Liberia, and the Episcopal Church mission in Liberia, the institution was attached to the College of West Africa and provided a two-year program of academic and professional training for high school graduates preparing to teach in elementary schools. By 1950, the school had become an independent institution, was fully supported by the Government of Liberia and had extended its program of training to four years. In November, 1950, it awarded its first degrees, the Bachelor of Science in Education to nine persons - six men and three women. In 1951, it was merged with Liberia College and five other schools to become the University of Liberia. Since 1962, this school of the University has been known as The William V.S. Tubman Teachers College.


The main function of the College is to contribute to the scientific development of education in the nation. It seeks to do this through:

1. Preparing qualified pre-service teachers for the elementary and secondary schools;

2. Assisting in the professional improvement of the nation's in-service teachers;

3. Cooperating with the Ministry of Education in educational plans and programs for the nation;

4. Collaborating with other institutions involved in teacher education, the Monrovia Consolidated School System, other educational Agencies, and the elementary and secondary schools of the nation;

5. Researching and working with experimental projects.


In the area of secondary education there are two distinct sets of programs available. One set consists of four-year programs of studies, in the following subject fields of the secondary school - Agriculture, English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. These programs lead to a degree of Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, the major teaching subject being one of the basic subject fields. The other set consists of two-year programs of studies, successful completion of these qualifying the individuals for a Grade B Teaching Certificate from the Ministry of Education. The entrance requirements are the same for both sets of programs, as are the academic standards expected. Credits earned by students in the two-year programs are transferable to the four-year programs.
In the area of elementary education, there is a four-year program designed to provide the student with content specialization in one of two combinations; Language Art, Social Studies and Mathematics Science. This program leads to a degree of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. In cooperation with the Ministry of Education, this college offers a certificate program in Elementary Mathematics Education. The general objective of the program is to develop resource persons who will assume leadership in upgrading Mathematics Instruction In rural schools. Candidates considered for this program are experienced elementary school teachers, from throughout the country, who have demonstrated ability and interest In the teaching of Mathematics. These individuals attend the University as students for one year, pursuing specially designed courses.

Course Description

103 Education - Music

A comparative African and Western Music History course covering the Ancient period to the Sixteenth Century. African traditional music and musical instruments are discussed in terms of their use and the events for which they are used. Organization of this traditional music as well as the producers of the music are all explained and compared with Western musical developments. The beginning stages of music as a Science are dealt with.

The course is open to all students of the University.

Credit: 2 credits/semester

104 Education - Music

A continuation of Education 103 covering the period from the 17th century to the present. Musical forms, composers, revolutionary changes, styles of composers are exposed and compared with the new musical forms In urban African countries and the strings of new African composers and the blend of Western and African installments used in the compositions of the Modern African composers.

The course is open to all students of the University.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

105 Education - Fundamentals of Music

Sight-singing, ear-training, music reading, types of notation, scales Intervals, key-signatures, time-signatures, meter and rhythm are the basic skills in this course.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

106 Education - Fundamentals of Music

Continuation of 105. Recognition of major and minor keys through the cycle of fifths, interval relationships, inversion of intervals, beginning part-writing, simple harmonization of melodies, chord construction, ear-training, sight-singing and dictation.
Credit: 3 credits/semester

107-108 Education - Piano

Beginning class instruction in the development of fundamental keyboard skills and piano playing; music notation and terminology as applied to the piano; sight-reading; function keyboard harmony; elementary finger techniques and analysis performances and interpretation of piano composition in styles suitable to the grade level. Class meets three hours per week. Individual lessons to be arranged.

Credit: 3 credits/semester
Total: 6 credits

206 Education - Health

A study of the principles and practice of personal and community hygiene with special emphasis on school health education.

Credit: 2 credits/semester

208 Education - Foundation Studies
Pre-requisite: Social Science 201 (Introduction to Liberian Society) and History 201 (African History).

An inter-disciplinary course which investigates the history of education in Africa from pre-colonial to modern times, and analyzes selected issues in education and their relationship to social problems and social changes.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

301-302 Educational Psychology
Pre-requisite: Junior Standing & Completion of English 211-212

Two semesters - Education 301 pre-requisite to Education 302. A comprehensive course which introduces the student to the general field of psychology and the study of those phases of child and adolescent development which are useful in the school. Emphasis is placed on the problems of educational psychology and the application of the laws of psychology to the teaching and learning process.

Credit: 3 credits/semester
Total: 6 credits

303 Education - Art and Crafts in the Elementary School
Pre-requisite: Completion of Required Content Course in Art and Crafts

This course treats the methods of guiding and stimulating creative art expression of children. It includes the planning of art and crafts programs to meet the needs of the child in the elementary school.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

304 Education - Music in the Elementary School
Pre-requisite: Education 103 and 104

Principles and procedures for carrying on a musical program in elementary grades; rote singing, treatment of the child's voice, development of rhythmic sense, music reading, part singing, direct listening, use of percussion and simple melody instruments, exploration of musical talent and the rudimentary techniques of conducting vocal groups.

A study of skills in using audio-visual aids in the teaching of general music classes, voice classes, chorus, general school music, singing and music appreciation.

The course has as its objective the ability to play accompaniments for children's music such as are found in standard singing series and to improve simple, choral accompaniments for creative projects.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

307 Education - Evaluation
Pre-requisite: Completion of Freshman Mathematics and Junior Standing

Principles, methods and techniques of evaluating education including the construction, selection, administration, interpretation and uses of standardized and informal tests. Emphasis is placed upon how to construct teacher-made tests and how to interpret test scores.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

308 Education -Science in the Elementary School
Pre-requisite; Completion of Physical Science 101-102
and Biological Science 101-102; Education 301 & 307

This course deals with the objectives of Science in the elementary school and acquaints students with current thinking and practices in elementary science, innovations and changes. It also deals with a variety of methods of teaching Science in tne first six grades using locally available materials.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

309 Education - Mathematics in the Elementary School

This course provides students with useful insights and skills in teaching for real life situations, remedial procedures, and other effective methods of teaching designed to furnish the elementary school child basic insights into mathematics.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

311 Education - Audio-Visual Materials for Instruction

Examination, evaluation, selection and use of commercial audiovisual materials in teaching. Operation and use of audio-visual equipment. Attention will also be given to construction and use of inexpensive materials based mainly on resources in the local environment.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

315-316 Education -Teaching Reading in the Elementary School
Pre-requisite: Junior Standing

Education 315 is a basic course in reading instruction in the elementary school. It is concerned with the content, techniques and materials basic to effective and purposeful reading. It is also intended to help the elementary school teacher to study those skills that contribute to growth in reading; phonetic and structural analysis in word recognition, vocabulary development; comprehension and critical reading.

Education 316 is sequel to Education 315. It is designed to help the student teacher strengthen basic skills necessary in producing simple reading materials with scenes, and experiences real to the Liberian child. Activities are developed according to basic reading skills.

Credit: 2 credits/semester
Total: 4 credits

333 Education - Library Science

This course is designed to give students information on the functions of the school library and how it relates to the total educational program, and also provides support for the teacher education program at the University of Liberia relative to materials for Instruction.

Credit: 2 credits/semester

335 Education - Seminar on Elementary Curriculum
Pre-requisite: Education 308 & 309 or Education 403 & 404

The course is an introductory venture to curriculum planning and formulations. As such it is meant to achieve the following objectives.

a) To give students some basic conception of curriculum planning

b) To give students a rudimentary orientation in curriculum planning;

c) To aid students in a critical and an analytical look at the Liberian Elementary school Curriculum

d) To help students adequately improve for Curriculum inadequacies as they teach in Liberian schools.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

336-435 Education - Curriculum Innovation and Methodology
Pre-requisites: Education 301 & 307, Junior Standing
with respect to maj or teaching subject.

Education 336 is a consolidated methodology course for all secondary education students. Part of the course is devoted to indepth study in the students major teaching area, exposing the student to newer approaches and teaching methods in the area and providing experiences in developing instructional aids from locally available materials.

Designing a curriculum with reference to an actual high school situation is required.

(Education 336 is a pre-requlsite to Education 405)

Credit: 3 credits/semester
Total: 6 credits

This course Is designed to prepare students for the task of directing and managing elementary and secondary schools. It gives particular attention to the administrative aspects of Liberian schools. It has the further aim of providing students with skills, knowledge and understandings to attack the problem of school relationships, community organization problems, and pupil achievement.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

Pre-requlsltes: Education 336 - for secondary Education students, Education 403 and 404 or Education 308 and 309 o for elementary Education students.

This course is designed to give students an opportunity to engage in actual teaching under supervision. Students endeavour to put their practice elementary or high school principles and methods learned during their training.

Credit: 5 credits/semester

403 Education - Social Studies In the Elementary School
Pre-requisites: Education 301 & 307: Completion of required
Social Studies courses at Freshman & Sophomore levels.

This is a methodology course designed to select, organize and present materials in the teaching of social studies as an integrated syllabus for the first six grades.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

404 Education - Language Arts in the Elementary School
Pre-requisites: Education 301 & 307 completion of
required Language Arts courses at Freshman & Sophomore levels.

This is a methodology course which emphasizes language both as a skill and an art. It introduces the student to some of the newer methods of teaching language arts in the elementary school, with particular emphasis on the Liberian child's language problems.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

414 Education -Seminar on Liberian Education
Pre-requisite: Consent of the Instructor

A foundation course in which the development of Western education In Liberia is related to historical, cultural and social factors. Cognizance will be taken of the influence of the unique indigenous system of education - the "bush" schools in the Liberian setting.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

415-418 Education - Independent Study
Pre-requisite: Senior Standing

The course provides an opportunity for students majoring in Elementary Education to explore and investigate problems in the LJbe-rian educational setting.
Problems selected are to be either in the content area of concentration of the student or on child study.

Problems are to be identified by the student at the end of his Junior year.
Basic research methods/techniques on data collection and analysis appropriate to the studies are developed during the first semester of the course.

436 Education - Guidance
Pre-requisite: Senior Standing

A study of the Social, Psychological, Economic and Philosophic trends which led to the development of guidance programs in schools. Courses and uses of educational, occupational and related information in guidance.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

500 Education - Special Workshops for Teachers

From time to time several workshops are offered for the inservice training of teachers. These workshops are designed in the "500"series to distinguish them from regular course offerings.

"500" workshops are generally offered on either a credit or non-credit basis. Students desiring credit for participation in "500" 'courses must submit a written petition for credit through their faculty advisor to the Dean of the College. Approval of such petition will depend upon the student's need for elective credits, or upon the possibility that the workshop presents an experience equivalent to that of a required methods course.

Credit or non-credit

501 Education - Special Workshop in Adolescent Psychology

The workshop concerns itself with identification of the developmental tasks of the adolescent in Liberian society.

Students may petition for 3 semester hours of elective credit.

Credit or non-credit

502 Education -Special Workshop in Early Childhood Education

The workshop concerns itself with the psychology of early childhood and the application of psychological principles to an understanding of the young child in Liberian society.
Students may petition for 3 semester hours of elective credit.

Credit or non-credit

504 Education - Special Workshop in Elementary Science Curriculum Development

The workshop concerns itself with the development of planned experiences in elementary school science. The materials for programming elementary science developed by the African primary science program are examined and new units and materials are developed.

This workshop is open to all elementary science teachers on a non-credit basis. Students matriculating for a degree in elementary education may petition to substitute this experience for Education 308.

Credit or non-credit

505 Education - Special Workshop in Teaching New Mathematics

The workshop provides a learning experience for teachers interested in new approaches to Mathematical concepts. Attention will be paid to the implementation made by the Entebbe project and to other programs in new mathematics.
This workshop is open to all elementary teachers on a non-credit basis. Students matriculating for a degree in elementary education may petition to substitute this experience for Education 309.

Credit or non-credit

506 Education - Special Workshop in Tests and Measurements for the Classroom Teachers

A practical experience in construction of teacher made tests and in use of standardized testing materials.

Students may petition for 3 semester hours of elective credit.

Credit or non-credit

507 Education -Workshop for Secondary Teachers of English

The work exposes secondary teachers of English to effective techniques in and materials for the teaching of reading and writing in grades 9-12. Students may petition for 3 semester hours of elective credit.

Credit or non-credit


Education 901 - Practice Teaching for Mathematics Specialist Teachers I

A course in practical aspects of teaching mathematics in elementary school. Emphasis is on planning effective instruction, developing concepts via physical and graphic devices through guided question and exploring ways to determine the effectiveness of instruction. Field work is supervised by the University and Ministry of Education - educators. Seminar sessions are held twice weekly.

Education 902 - Practice Teaching for Mathematics Specialist
Teachers II: A Continuation of Education 901

5 semester hours

Education 903 - The Learning of Mathematics

Results from educational psychology are used to examine how children learn mathematics. Ideas from Piaget, Bruner, and Gagne will be briefly examined but most work will be spent in laboratory sessions to emphasize learning by doing.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

Education 904 - Methods of Teaching Mathematics I

Ways of presenting various topics commonly studied in the lower primary grades. Actual participation in and study of activities described in the new Liberian Teachers' Guides constitute most of the course.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

Education 905 - Methods of Teaching Mathematics II

A Continuation of Education 904 with Study of Upper Primary Topics.

3 semester hours

Education 906 - Language Arts for Mathematics Teachers I

The development of communication skills within the English Language. Vocabulary development; writing skills; speaking skills, the communication of mathematical information.
Credit: 3 credits/semester

Education 907 - Language Arts for Mathematics Teachers II

A Continuation of Education 906.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

Education 908 - The Evaluation of Mathematics Learning

Survey of educational measurement; forms of tests; categories of mathematical learning, Item construction, elementary statistical tools.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

Education 909 - Leadership Development in Mathematics Education

Cooperative endeavors within the school and community to develop relevant programs; organization of mathematics laboratories; resource and materials centers; the training of fellow teachers.

Credit: 1 credit/semester

Education 910 - Basic Principles of Elementary Curriculum

The learner, contemporary Liberian life, and the discipline of mathematics as sources of educational objectives; principles of selecting objectives; mathematics and the other disciplines; structuring and organizing learning experiences; the curriculum in continuous development.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

Education 911 -Special Topics

Offered as necessary to respond to special interests or needs of course participants. Topics may be In either mathematics or professional education.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

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