The values governing College of Education and Applied Science (FTC) development will include the following, to;
- operate as a government-sub vented, self-financing and non-profit making institution
- recognize the importance of sustainable and affordable high-quality programmes and courses at a variety of levels to meet the needs of life long learners.
- believe that Teacher Training should be made available to all those aspiring to it
- Value the appropriate use of information and communication technologies to support learning.
Freetown Teachers College is a bimodal institution, offering the regular college based face• to-face learning and Distance Learning programmes. The Distance Learning Programme was introduced in 2001 as a result of the high number of untrained and unqualified teachers in the primary schools nationwide with the Teachers Certificate (TC) course.
In 2011/2012 academic year, the Distance Programme expanded to include the Higher Teachers Certificate (Primary and Secondary) courses. Freetown Teachers College is operating the Distance Learning Programmes at seven centres, namely Kono, Kambia, Kailahun, Moyamba, Mattru Jong, Pujehun and Freetown as the main centre.
Objectives of the programme are to:
- Train untrained and unqualified teachers already teaching in the primary school
- Provide an opportunity for untrained and unqualified teachers to become professional teachers.
- Take education and professional qualification to the door steps of the teachers
- Provide professional qualification to teachers at affordable cost.
The Government of Sierra Leone greatly supports the Distance Education Programme. Other partners like Plan International, Commonwealth of Learning, and the International Rescue Committee all focused on the training of tutors for developing and writing of Distance Education Modules. The United Nations Children’s Fund supports the development of Emerging Issues and Child- Centred Teaching Techniques while the Commonwealth of Learning supported the development of Distance Education modules for the Higher Teachers Certificate Primary level and the International Rescue Committee supported the development of modules for Higher Teachers Certificate Secondary (JSS).