The school offers 5 main programmes:
Teaching practices and supervision of teacher trainees
International students are together with students from Makerere School of Education posted to various schools ranging from government schools, church based schools, private schools, primary and secondary schools throughout the country. Students participate in school activities including teaching, administration, music, games and sports and club activities; as guided by their supervisors from MakCEES. They get an opportunity to be exposed to the education system in a developing country; they experience both urban and rural settings. They are supervised by highly qualified faculty form the Makerere University School of Education, so as to assess and taught how to improve their pedagogical skills.
International students also get to share experiences with their fellow teacher trainees in Makerere.
In-turn, faculty on exchange programme are also allowed to teach students in Makerere and to supervise teacher trainees and community work students during their school and field attachments.
Short and medium term trainings related to pedagogy, andragogy and community studies
Depending on their needs, short and medium term trainings are organized and delivered to international students. These trainings are delivered using different teaching methods including short lectures, workshops, group work and assignments. Students are assessed and a certificate is given to successful students.
Access to library and E-learning services
MakCEES has a very rich library and a vibrant E-learning centre has been established. International students and staff are welcome to access and use these facilities.
Community Based Education and Services Programme
Community Based Education and Services (COBES) is an off-campus service learning which combines educational and service objectives and provides real life experiences for students.
Students are posted for community internships along Makerere University students in various communities including government and non-government organisatios, church/missionary organisations. Students participate in community activities as guided by their supervisors from MakCEES and field supervisor depending on the organisation they have been attached to.
At community sites, students are received by partners of MakCEES called site tutors who are trained by the Faculty to carry out various roles of coordinating, guiding, supervising and facilitating the learning process. Site Tutors range from teachers, project staff and school administrators.
Volunteer and Outreach Programs
In partnership with non-government organisations and missionary/faith based organisations, students can get an opportunity to go for outreach programmes in slums and villages to give out food, clothes and other basic need to the poor and people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Additional outreach services include community education and supplies distribution (e.g., books, pencils, pens, clothes and occasionally food). Through outreach programmes, students appreciate the importance of community health education to smaller communities which have limited access to education services.
The International Coordination Office works closely with orphanages in Kampala where students can get an opportunity to work and play with the children. The students in partnership with these orphanages are also able to sensitize street children about the dangers of truancy, drug use, crime etc
A number of students undertake research projects as a requisite of the international student experience. At Makerere University College of Education and External Studies, students are encouraged to undertake research. In doing so, policy can be informed and the overall quality of education and community services will be improved.
Makerere University College of Education and External studies has a superb language centre which can orgainse language and cultural courses for international students and faculty in various international languages including French, German, Swahili, Arabic and in Luganda, the most widely spoken local language in Uganda.
International Faculty and Students are also given an opportunity to be exposed to cultural and social issues in Uganda such as social activities like traditional weddings, cultural dances and visits to cultural sites.
This enhances the students’ knowledge of the diverse Ugandan cultures, different beliefs and customs, how they impact on different aspects of the Ugandan and African lifestyle and hence acquire adequate skills to communicate across cultural boundaries appropriate for effective global service providers.