Education (Primary) – course structure

Students who have questions about their own degree programs should make an enquiry to the Student Centre. Students who have accreditation issues should visit the Office of Professional Engagement and Program Support, Room 307, level 3 of the Education Building A35. Full descriptions of units of study can be found in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences handbook for entry for BEd (Primary).

BEd(Primary) students at The University of Sydney who show continuing high achievement in mathematics or science as well as their curriculum and pedagogy units of study may be invited to apply to specialise in teaching mathematics or science. An information session for Year 1 students about these options will be held during Orientation Week; invitations to express an interest in undertaking a specialisation will be extended to all eligible Year 1 students in Semester Two.

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


Year 1 in 2018

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. The Primary Science and Technology 1 unit of study prepares students to teach the Science and Technology K–6 curriculum area. 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

Primary Science and Technology 1 (EDUP1005)

6

One 1000-level unit of study from any listed under subject areas in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences handbook or Table S

OR

One 1000-level 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 1000-level unit of study from any listed under subject areas in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences handbook or Table S

OR

One 1000-level general elective from within the school.

6




Year 2 in 2018

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

LANTITE Undergraduate (EDLN2000)
This unit is compulsory. Students MUST enrol in, and pass, this unit in either Semester One or Two.

0

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

LANTITE Undergraduate (EDLN2000)
This unit is compulsory. Students MUST enrol in, and pass, this unit in either Semester One or Two.

0




Year 3 in 2018

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 and Applying Educational Research (EDUF4044)

OR

Education Honours Preliminary (EDUF4020)

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 2018

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

LANTITE Undergraduate (EDLN4000)
This unit is compulsory. Students MUST enrol in, and pass, this unit in either Semester One or Two.

0

Semester Two

Teaching Children with Special Needs (EDUP4077)

4

Human Society and its Environment 3 (EDUP4080)

4

Professional Experiences Internship (EDUP4017)

4

One Primary 4 Option unit of study:

4

One of the following Education Three Optional units of study:

OR

6

LANTITE Undergraduate (EDLN4000)
This unit is compulsory. Students MUST enrol in, and pass, this unit in either Semester One or Two.

0