What you will study
In your first year you will be introduced to the foundations of education, commence studies in how to teach the K-6 English curriculum and engage in studies that will expand your knowledge of science, health and physical education, language and literacy development, mathematics, and creative arts.
In your second year you will study the psychology of learning and teaching, the social contexts of education, the theory and practice of classroom and behaviour management and commence studies in how to teach the K-6 science and technology curriculum, and the K-6 personal development, health and physical education curriculum. You will also study Aboriginal education, policy and issues and engage in your first 20-day supervised professional experience placement in a primary school. You will also have the opportunity to begin in-depth studies in an area of your choice from the list below:
- English, literature, and linguistics
- science, psychology, and/or technology
- music, fine art, or drama
- health and physical education
- Aboriginal studies, ancient or modern history, society and culture, geography, or studies of religion.
In your third year you will study special education, or how to work with children who have additional learning needs, and have the opportunity to employ the strategies you learn, including how to integrate the curriculum in your teaching, during a 20-day supervised professional experience placement. You will continue your curriculum studies in K-6 mathematics, K-6 human society and its environment, and K-6 creative arts. You will also continue studies in your in-depth study area of choice.
In your final year you will study advanced literacy and numeracy theory and practice. You will also have the opportunity to complete four free elective courses, and one elective that examines “sustainable communities”. Your year will conclude with a 50-day internship where you will assume leadership for a class in a primary school.
Additional specialisation options
In this program you will have the opportunity to take four elective courses of your choice.
These may be taken in any area that you like, or in areas that will provide you with an additional competitive advantage in the job market upon graduation. Areas of specialisation that are available in this program and that may provide you with an edge in the career market include:
- completion of a depth study major
- special education
- Honours research.
This degree program is subject to approval from the NSW Institute of Teachers.