Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
No hands but yours,
No feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which
Christ’s compassion is to look out to the earth.
Yours are the feet by which
He is to go about doing good.
And yours are the hands by which
He is to bless us now.
- St. Teresa of Avila
Dear Potential Student
Thank you for your interest in CREDI-The Catholic Institute. We are confident that CREDI will make a quality difference when it comes to your career because our programmes are grounded in differentiated learning, holistic development and quality practicum.
Undergraduate Education at CREDI
CREDI is the only institution in the Caribbean that offers a Bachelor of Education with Honours Degree. Students can choose to specialise in one (1) of the following three (3) specialisations:
· Special Education
· Early Childhood Care and Education
· Educational Leadership
All of our Bachelor of Education Degree programmes have been approved by the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) and run for a period of three (3) years. They comprise of two (2) major components:
Face-to-face class sessions
The Practicum conducted with a co-operating teacher and evaluator
In addition, CREDI offers the following undergraduate level programmes:
- Certificate in Residential Care (Children and Youth)
- Diploma in Pastoral Ministry - Caribbean Liturgical Music Studies
- Diploma in Residential Care (Children and Youth)
- Associate Degree in Pastoral Ministry - Bible Study
- Associate Degree in Residential Care (Children and Youth)
Schedule of Classes
Classes are mainly held on:
· Saturdays - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
· One (1) week during the Easter Vacation –Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
· And four (4) weeks during the July/August vacation- Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
There are usually no Saturday classes during the Easter and July/August vacations.
All accepted applicants are required to successfully complete a pre-requite course-Higher Level Study Skills (HLSS), prior to gaining entry into the degree programme that commences in September each year. The HLSS course is expected to begin in April each year. Students who possess a Bachelor’s Degree or higher qualification will be exempted from the pre-requisite course.
The HLSS programme runs for eight (8) Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and maybe conducted at any of CREDI's approved locations.
To be a successful applicant, students are required to have a minimum of five (5) O’levels that must include the following:
However, all interested persons are welcome to apply as consideration may be given to persons who do not meet the requirements but have qualifications and or experience in the specialisation chosen. In such cases, CREDI’s Admissions Committee will review the application and make a decision as to the suitability of the candidate.
Postgraduate Education at CREDI
The Roman Catholic Church in Trinidad and Tobago invested in the education long before there was a formal school system. We can boast of having the oldest secondary schools in the country. The Church’s investment in education comes from a commitment to the transformation of the human person in keeping with the gospel values by focusing on the practice of education as reverencing the Image and likeness we are created in. In service to our country, CREDI seeks to imbue a culture of servant leadership in educators and social service delivery personnel through academic advancement and professional development. By so doing we hope to witness the literal transformation of our society.
CREDI in collaboration with its transnational partner, Duquesne University, offers a Master of Science in Education Studies.
Blended Learning – The Best of Both Worlds
The ease with which persons can now access the internet has enabled higher education institutions to provide a wide range of courses and programmes to a wider cross section of students. This affords the non-traditional student and persons wanting to pursue advanced degrees the benefit of a more convenient learning environment. All of CREDI’s postgraduate programmes are online programmes which have an additional blended learning component. This means that while some of the curriculum is taught and evaluated online by our international partners, some is also experienced locally, through workshops and seminars.
Blended learning is a term used to describe the many modes of delivery used for teaching students. In the case of our postgraduate programmes, blending learning refers to two modes:
- Online Teaching
- Face-to-Face Classroom teaching.
Online programmes are equally intellectually and psycho-socially demanding as any other mode. However, students describe this mode as "lonely" even though it allows for access in the remotest part of the world. Our Master's students live and work in areas such as Blanchisseuse, Port-of-Spain, Arima, San Fernando, Erin, and Tobago.
Persons considering online education should also consider whether online education is a viable option for him/her, given his/her lifestyle and individual commitments.
This format of course delivery provides the necessary classroom interaction some may crave while offering a more convenient pace and structure for the professional on the go. CREDI has therefore added the face-to-face component to the programme to ensure relevance to the local situation.