HEC Declares Old Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s Degrees Now Equivalent
The revised Teacher Education Roadmap (TER) will be implemented in accordance with the suggestions of the National Curriculum Review Committee in the field of education, according to letters sent by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to the heads of all universities and degree-awarding institutions in the public and private sectors.
Candidates holding an Associate Degree in Education (ADE) will be permitted to enrol in the third year or fifth semester of a four-year B.Ed. programme, per the revised TER.
Similar to this, candidates with an Associate Degree in a field other than education or two-year, now-defunct BA/BSc degrees may be admitted through a bridging semester in the fifth or third year of a four-year B.Ed programme after completing the necessary deficiency courses (15-18 credit hours), as determined by the admitting university on a case-by-case basis.
Additionally, for the purposes of employment and further education, MA Education, M.Ed., and BS Education shall be regarded as equivalent to B.Ed. 4 years/B.Ed. (Hons), B.Ed. 2.5 after 14 years of qualification, and B.Ed. 1.5 after 16 years of qualification.
Graduates who have completed sixteen years of study, or an equivalent qualification, in a field other than education and who wish to earn a B.Ed. degree may enrol in the B.Ed. 1.5 programme, which consists of 45–54 credit hours of coursework.
However, in order to be admitted to the MS/MPhil Education programme, graduates with sixteen years of irrelevant experience must also complete deficient courses totaling at least 18 credit hours, as decided on a case-by-case basis by the admitting university.
Last but not least, starting in Fall 2023, Teacher Education Degrees will only be referred to as “Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.)”. The specialities, such as Curriculum, Assessment, Academic Planning, Leadership, Guidance and Counseling, etc., and the strands, such as Early Childhood Education, Elementary and Secondary Education, etc., will only be reflected on transcripts and not on degrees.