School of Education


Master of Arts in Education - Leadership in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Workforce Development (WFD)

The strategic development of capacities in TVET and WFD are critical to economic development in the Caribbean.  The MA in Leadership in TVET and WFD is designed to enhance leadership capacities and to strengthen capabilities to design, develop and manage TVET and workforce-related programmes to respond to changes in the world of work. The School of Education also views this programme as a means towards helping to facilitate the move to having technical vocational education become more integrated into offerings at the secondary school level. 

This programme is designed for a wide range of interested professionals, for example:

  • Educational leaders in institutions with full or partial TVET curricula
  • Training managers and coordinators in public and private organizations
  • Field operators and programme officers of Ministries of Education
  • Technical and field officers of other Ministries of Government
  • Managers and technical staff of National Training Agencies
  • Managers/coordinators of skills training programmes in Non-Governmental Organisations
  • Educators/instructors interested in upward mobility in TVET/WFD systems

Criteria for Admission

For admission to the programme, candidates must possess the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an approved university, normally at the Lower Second Class level or above, in any TVET, WFD, Science or Technology-related area OR Dip.Ed. CBET OR an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University of the West Indies.
  • Professional qualifications in education
  • A minimum of five years’ work experience in a technical or vocational area is normally required.  Mature students with alternative qualifications and considerable work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Aim of Programme

The aim of this programme is to prepare graduates to meet the needs of public and private sector organizations, training institutions, and Ministries of Education.  It is designed for individuals who are capable and prepared to facilitate/provide capacity building, quality training, and leadership to monitor and guide developments in TVET and workforce preparation.

Programme Goals

The goals of the programme are to

  • Equip TVET and WFD practitioners with the competencies to function as leaders in the TVET/WFD community
  • Develop in TVET and WFD practitioners the ability to conduct industry focused research
  • Initiate holistic human capital and development activities in TVET and WFG

Components of the Programme

The programme consists of the following menu of courses: (A) TVET and WFD core courses, (B) Applied science courses, (C) Optional courses or Electives, (D) Research, (E) Field experience and (F) Seminar

Programme Sequence

Students will be required to complete 42 credits which include a research project in order to satisfy the requirement for the Master’s Degree.  Note that candidates are required to do six credits of electives and six credits of applied science courses. You can view the proposed delivery structure of the programme here (pdf).

Contact Information

Ms. Vitra Ramcharan

Phone: (868) 662-2002, Ext.: 82163; Fax: (868) 662-6615

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