Education (Primary) – course structure

Students who have questions about their own degree programs should email their enquiry to the student centre or visit the Office of Professional Engagement and Program Support, level 3,
Education Building A35. Full descriptions of units of study can be found in the Arts and Social Sciences handbook for entry for BEd (Primary).


Primary mathematics specialisation

BEd(Primary) students who elect to undertake the specialisation study pathway will complete the normal generalist teaching degree with the added benefit of a specialisation in mathematics.

NESA accredited, the primary mathematics specialisation at the University of Sydney uniquely targets the development of teacher leadership qualities, so that graduates who are passionate about mathematics are able to inspire both their future students and their colleagues.

Study pathway

Core units (all students):

Elective units required for students undertaking specialisation pathway:

Eligibility for the mathematics specialisation pathway

To enter the pathway, students must have already demonstrated high achievement in mathematics content knowledge, through secondary school results and/or the first year mathematics content unit (EDUP1003 Mathematics & Numeracy) and/or successful completion of a tertiary level mathematics unit as a first-year elective. To maintain their place in the specialisation pathway, they must gain a distinction or high distinction in each of their second and third year curriculum and pedagogy units (EDUP2005, EDUP3004). Only students who meet these standards are eligible to enrol in the Year 4 elective units.

Further information about specialising in teaching primary mathematics

An information session will be held in Orientation Week. An invitation to express an interest in undertaking the specialisation pathway will be extended to all eligible students in Semester Two of the first year of their studies.

Any of the following people can be emailed for additional information: Professor Janette Bobis, Associate Professor Jenni Way or Dr Heather McMaster





Course structure information for specific years is available by expanding the headings below.


Year 1 in 2017

First year coordinator: Dr Vilma Galstaun

The first year of the primary program is a foundation one in which, during the core Education unit, students encounter general concepts relating to education and teaching in contemporary society. Students consider such contested concepts as child protection, the nature of the curriculum, curriculum construction, teachers' knowledge, and the teacher as a professional.

The relevance of these concepts to classroom practice is explored in lectures and seminars. Similarly the Science Concepts 1 unit covers important work in the content of science itself, rather than how to teach science. Students will be told how children and adults understand (or fail to understand) scientific concepts. Creative Arts 1 allows students to begin exploring arts-enriched approach to teaching dance, drama, music and art.


Unit of studyCredit points

Semester One

Education, Teachers and Teaching (EDUF1018)

6

English, Literacy and Learning (EDUP1002)

6

Science Concepts 1 (EDUP1004)

6

One junior (1000-level) unit of study from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Table A or Table B, Science Table 1 or the Business School

OR

One general elective from within the school

6

Semester Two

Human Development and Education (EDUF1019)

6

Creative Arts 1 (EDUP1001)

6

Mathematics and Numeracy (EDUP1003)

6

One junior (1000-level) unit of study from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Table A or Table B, Science Table 1 or the Business School

OR

One general elective from within the school

6




Year 2 in 2017

Second year coordinator: Dr Heather McMaster

During this year, students experience their first sustained period of teaching a class. This inducts them into the cycle of assessment, planning and teaching.

To prepare for this professional experience, students investigate teaching from the perspective of the learner in their second year units of study. This perspective will be informed by both sociological and psychological theory and include a unit of study focusing on the learning needs of indigenous students. As well, you students continue their curriculum study in English and begin to explore the pedagogy of both mathematics and PDHPE for the primary school.


Unit of studyCredit points

Semester One

Educational Psychology (EDUF2006)

6

English: Learning to be Literate (EDUP2002)

4

PDHPE 1: Physical Activity (EDUP2004)

4

Aboriginal Education: K-6 (EDUP2006)

4

Creative Arts 2 (EDUP2007)

6

Semester Two

Social Perspectives on Education (EDUF2007)

6

Mathematics Education 1: Early Number (EDUP2005)

4

Science Concepts 2 (EDUP2008)

6

Intercultural Understanding in HSIE K–6 (EDUP2009)

4

Professional Experiences 2 (Primary) (EDUP2010)

4




Year 3 in 2017

Third year coordinator: Bill Spence

The focus of the third year of the BEd(Primary) program is to assist students to translate theory-based knowledge into their teaching practice. Each of the units of study contains multiple opportunities for students to analyse and reflect on their teaching experiences in different contexts.

Knowledge and understanding of teaching the key learning areas is enhanced. Students will be able to continue developing their expertise in teaching mathematics, English, PDHPE and creative arts. Studies are introduced that will instruct students in the teaching of two other key learning areas: Human Society and its Environments, and Science and Technology. Two units -- Teaching in Multilingual Classrooms and Positive Approaches to Special Education -- focus on catering for the diversity found in Australian classrooms. In these units, students gain a greater understanding of how to cater for students from diverse sociocultural and language backgrounds, as well as students with disabilities and special educational needs.


Unit of studyCredit points

Semester One

Positive Approaches to Special Education (EDUF3031)

6

PDHPE 2: Active Healthy Primary Schools (EDUP3001)

4

Human Society and its Environment 2 (EDUP3002)

4

Teaching in Multilingual Classrooms (EDUP3003)

4

Creative Arts 3 (EDUP3008)

4

Semester Two

Reading & Applying Educational Research (EDUF4044)

6

Mathematics Education 2 (EDUP3004)

4

English: Becoming Literate (EDUP3006)

4

Professional Experiences 3 (Primary) (EDUP3007)

4

Science and Technology 1 (EDUP3009)

4

PDHPE 3: The Health Promoting School (EDUP3034)

4




Year 4 in 2017

Fourth year coordinator: Dr Hongzhi (Veronica) Yang

The fourth year of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) program is the graduate stage of students' learning continuum as teachers. In this year, they synthesise what they know and apply this knowledge to new contexts. Students will be able to critically reflect on their level of attainment towards graduate teacher standards and understand professional learning strategies that will enable them to acquire new knowledge in a collaborative fashion.

During the year, students will deepen their knowledge of the key learning areas -- maths; science and technology; English; and human society and its environment (HSIE) -- and there will be an added focus on how to integrate these areas while maintaining the integrity of each.

A second unit of study devoted to how to teach children with special needs strengthens students' capacity to deal with diversity. The unit called Reading and Designing Research allows candidates to expand their knowledge of how to conduct action research in classrooms.

Professional Experiences in Year 4 enables students to implement strategies for planning key-learning-area integration, gathering evidence to support their application to the graduate level of the NSW Teaching Standards and critically reflecting on their strengths and areas for further professional development. In this way Year 4 provides the opportunity for each student to consolidate knowledge about their chosen future profession.


Unit of studyCredit points

Semester One

Science and Technology (K–6) 2 (EDUP4018)

4

Mathematics Education 3 (EDUP4074)

4

English: Being Critically Literate (EDUP4076)

4

Professional Experiences 4 (Primary) (EDUP4079)

4

One Primary 4 Option unit of study:

4

One of the following Education Three Optional units of study:

6

Semester Two

Professional Experiences Internship (EDUP4017)

4

Teaching Children with Special Needs (EDUP4077)

4

Human Society and its Environment 3 (EDUP4080)

4

One Primary 4 Option unit of study:

4

One of the following Education Three Optional units of study:

OR

6