Pr Maureen EBANGA TANYI Head of Department

It is our deep concern in this department to note that most of the teachers in our schools today irrespective of their different specialisations and levels have not undergone formal training in developing, planning, evaluating and developing tests and accurately measuring educational objectives.

The programmes are designed to empower teachers and pedagogic inspectors/evaluators to develop, plan, harmonise, innovate and re-evaluate Cameroon’s educational curriculum. It also imbeds in the learners competences and skills in different areas of specialisation. The programmes are well is designed to develop research skills and abilities to use these skills in establishing meaningful and appropriate programmes of study that will reflects the needs and aspirations of every Cameroonian.

The courses are tailored towards professionalising students to enable them develop and increase curriculum and evaluation competences, much needed area in Cameroon educational system. They cut across all disciplines either in social or natural sciences since all disciplines are expected to design and plan programmes (curriculum) and use evaluation procedures to evaluate these programmes.

These programmes precisely intend to develop intellectual and professional know-how towards research skills and the certitude to use these skills effectively and efficiently to bring about meaningful outcomes.

The courses are scheduled to enhance students in curriculum competence needed to develop curriculum in all fields of education such as;-curriculum issues, development, implementation, evaluation, and trends for innovations. These courses assume knowledge of educational measurement, evaluation and measurement of human behaviour and learning strategies in the field of education, social and behavioural sciences. The courses entail, testing, planning and construction, scoring and grading using statistical analysis in the course of this study.

The method of approach in programming courses in this department is based on an advanced design of taxonomy skills with emphasis on the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains to bill instructional and behavioural objectives.  The department insist on professional ethics in education and ethical values in evaluation.

Bachelor degree programme description:

First year degree programme: Students are introduced to the theoretical aspects of the subjects so that they can develop skills in the subject matter and also the University’s general courses in order to increase their academic output.

  1. Introduction and foundations of curriculum development and Practicum;
  2. Introduction to measurement and evaluation;
  3. Introduction to research methodology and statistics in education;
  4. Living languages and communication etc.,

Second year degree programme: The intermediate departmental courses are taught to students in their area of specialisation such as:

  1. Introduction to educational technology and applied research methodology;
  2. General pedagogy and practicum;
  3. Statistics in education;
  4. Information and communication technology in educational measurement.

Third year programme:  Courses in are taught in students’ specialised subject areas to broaden their scope such as;

  1. curriculum innovations;
  2. techniques in developing and testing curricular and educational technology;
  3. reforms in Cameroon curriculum;
  4. Elementary tests development procedures, etc.,

Objectives

The objectives of the department of curriculum and evaluation which is a specialise department are therefore to:

  1. Train students to develop competences in developing, planning or organising curricular and evaluation activities in all disciplines and in every aspect of learning and teaching;
  2. Develop both teacher and psychological tests to be used in Cameroon by the GCE board and the “Office du Baccalaureate” and even in the universities examinations;
  3. To develop ability to establish broad national objectives of education and revaluation of the National Policy of education;
  4. To develop awareness for professional morals and ethics in the evaluation process among others.

The students will acquire competences in 3 ways namely:

  • Theoretical competences;
  • Professional teaching and competences in other fields of learning and teaching;
  • Scientific research competences, statistical analyses and language competencies.

Skills acquired employment abilities

  1. Teaching skills at all levels of education;
  2. Gain knowledge in curriculum development and evaluation processes;
  3. Develop and Identify good tests;
  4. Teach in professional schools like the advanced colleges of education and GTTCs;
  5. Serve in Examination boards as test constructors and evaluators or examiners.

Masters and Doctorate Programme description

The masters and doctorate courses are designed at this advanced stage to reflect on the level of education; the difficulties of examiners in organising examinations; developing and handling tests in particular and examinations techniques. The above mentioned are considered because this department has to professionalise experts in all the different educational levels in Cameroon. These programmes have come to fill the permanent gap that existed between schools in unifying their syllabuses, evaluation and measurement techniques in the Cameroonian system of education. Special emphasis is laid on specific domains of training at the levels of design and programming curriculum, evaluating and analysing qualitative and quantitative values in testing, advocating education policies in respect to curriculum, measurement and evaluation.

Broad Objectives

  1. prepare students on how to identify and select priority goals from a nations numerous goals;
  2. Develop and improve students’ academic and professional competences in the planning, organisation, implementation and evaluation of school programmes in any educational or non-education fields;
  3. Instil in the students the capability to establish objectives of education in leadership management, curriculum issues and evaluation of the national policy so as its problems to be remedied;
  4. Imbed and develop awareness, zeal and love for professional moral and ethical values in the management and evaluation processes.

That is why we offer courses to gain transversal competences such as:

  1. Comparative education;
  2. Educational Technology and evaluation;
  3. Curriculum and sustainability, etc.

Duration of the Programmes

  1. First degree – 6 semesters;
  2. Masters1 – 2 semesters;
  3. Master 2 – 2 semesters;
  4. Doctorate Degree-6 semesters;
  5. Certificate in view – (Doctor of Philosophy of Education Option In curriculum studies and/ in evaluation.

Admission requirements

  • The applicant should meet the requirement of the University of Yaounde I;
  • A Bachelor’s degree or any other equivalence certificate from a renounced and recognised university for Master’s and Doctorate levels;
  • The candidate must process an average cumulative grade point of 2.4 or a second class upper;
  • Knowledge in both English and French languages is of prior importance.

Employment opportunities

  • Teaching in all levels of education
  • Expertise in developing, validating and standardising tests
  • Curriculum programmer in all works of life
  • Pedagogic evaluator
  • Researcher in institutions