For graduates with a good honours degree, this course equips you with the skills needed for the demanding task of teaching 3 - 7 year old children in nursery and infant schools. You develop the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm you need to motivate young children’s learning.
The course awards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and develops the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm you need to motivate young children’s learning.
You study the core subjects of English, mathematics and science for Key Stage 1 and all aspects of the early years foundation stage. As part of the course you gain 60 credits towards a masters qualification.
Much of your development is built through your school-based training, linked by university-based learning. Your first experience is in Key Stage 1. It begins with 16 initial days followed by 7 week assessed placement. The second school based training placement is in a foundation stage setting and is over a longer time period. In total you spend 120 days in school over the year.
We offer the course in partnership with local and regional primary, infant and nursery schools. These play a key role in teaching and assessment, and helping to develop to your professional competence.
Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. When applying through School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the intention that you will be employed by them if you successfully complete the course.
For more information visit our School Direct page
The course is made up of modules which integrate experience in schools and nurseries with professional and curriculum studies.
You complete two masters levels modules. One enables you to evaluate and reflect on your own progress as a teacher, and the second enables you to explore a chosen area in more depth in your school or setting and with colleagues in that setting.
The other modules assess your ability against the teacher standards. You are assessed in foundation stage and in Key Stage 1.
Your academic work is assessed by written coursework assignments. Your teaching is assessed in schools and by school based mentors. You record evidence of your progress towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in a professional development portfolio.This course is assessed at masters level and we expect most students to achieve this. However, some students may not attain this level of academic work. These students may be awarded a Professional Certificate in Education, provided they have passed all elements of the course at undergraduate level, and have met all the standards for QTS.
Successfully completing the course qualifies you to teach in maintained primary, infant and nursery schools in England and Wales. You may also take up posts overseas in teaching and related employment.
This two-year Masters programme is for graduates who want a teaching qualification designed to make an explicit difference to the lives of children and young people: it will support you in becoming a beginning teacher with a transformative orientation.
The MSc in Transformative Learning and Teaching programme provides an in-depth and integrated learning experience, with time spent in both University and school sites throughout the two years, allowing you to develop your skills as a beginning teacher over a longer period of time than would be the case in a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE Primary and Secondary) programme. You’ll also graduate from this programme with a full masters degree, something that is increasingly seen as desirable for the Scottish teacher workforce as a whole, together with a teaching qualification which will allow you to work across the primary/secondary transition.
Importantly, this programme has been designed and developed in partnership with local authorities. It is future-oriented, drawing on cutting-edge research, and is designed to prepare new teachers for a career in teaching in an ever-changing world, with a particular focus on social justice, sustainability, global perspectives, digital and statistical literacy, and professional inquiry skills.
Pathways to choose from
The programme has a central focus on transformative practice, and, uniquely, will entitle graduates to teach across the primary/secondary transition phase. You will be able to choose from one of the following pathways:
Throughout the duration of the programme students will engage in both university-based learning and site-based learning, with groups of students being placed in school clusters: one cluster in year 1 and a different cluster in year 2. A cluster will typically be one secondary school together with associated primary and nursery provision. Placing you in groups will facilitate collaborative learning and support.
Compulsory courses on the programme will include:
In addition, you will also select a choice course which will allow you to begin to develop specialist interests.
On successful completion of this programme you will:
Successful completion of the MSc in Transformative Learning and Teaching will confer professional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), a necessary requirement for teachers in all state schools and most independent schools in Scotland. Professional registration with the GTCS is also recognised as an indicator of high quality in many countries outside of Scotland but you should seek guidance from the education authority in countries outside of the UK to determine whether this MSc will enable you to teach there.
Graduates of this programme will hold a masters degree in Transformative Learning and Teaching, as well as professional registration which will enable them to work across the primary/secondary transition, thereby enhancing their employability both within Scotland and beyond.
Eligible graduates will be entitled to a place on the internationally-renowned Scottish Teacher Induction Scheme, providing a paid one-year guaranteed teaching post with reduced class contact time and support from a school mentor.
Graduates will also be equipped to enter a range of professions related to school teaching, for example, informal education, education development and education policy.
This course is aimed at people who are currently working with young children aged 0-5 years in early years settings including children's centres, schools and private day care. You deepen your knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and early childhood development for young children.
During the course you cover developing the curriculum and pedagogy for the age phases 0-3 and 3-5 years. You also gain knowledge and understanding of transition issues, including children's progress through key stages 1 and 2.
Supported by experienced workplace mentors, you extend your knowledge and professional skills in key areas including
During your training you strengthen your expertise in teaching early literacy, including reading, and mathematics, including numeracy. The course also enhances your skills in supporting children's learning and development across all the prime and specific areas of the EYFS. You deepen your understanding of the characteristics of effective learning that are key to this stage of development.
You complete an assessed teaching practice in your home school or early years setting, and a second assessed placement with a younger or older age-group in a second school or early years setting. Placement experience is organised so that you cover the three age groups within the 0-5 age range.
Throughout your course you are supported to develop a range of relevant academic and professional skills at graduate and postgraduate level. This supports and enhances your career potential, opening up opportunities for higher level posts within early years services.
By meeting the standards for Early Years Teacher Status, you are recognised as an Early Years Teacher (0-5) with EYTS by the http://www.nationalcollege.org.uk/index" target="_blank">National College of Teaching and Leadership.
Key areas include
Previous students have gained roles as early years teachers in private nurseries, preschools and children's centres, working with children and their families.
Early career roles are often practice based but involve some form of leadership such as a room leader, EYT leading practice across a setting or SENCO co-ordinating provision for children with special education needs. Students have also gained practitioner roles in schools, working with young children aged 2 - 5.
There are developing opportunities in schools, as schools extend provision to two-year-olds. Early career salaries on graduation vary across the early years sector, starting at around £16,000 going up to £24,000.
For experienced early years teachers, there are good opportunities for career progression leading to higher level leadership roles. These roles include private nursery manager, nursery chain teacher and children's centres co-ordinator or manager, where you would lead a multiprofessional team. Salaries range between £25,000 and £40,000.
Some graduates take up teaching roles in further education, with salaries starting at £25,000. Others continue their academic and professional development at masters level.
There are two routes for this Primary PGCE course: ages 3-7 or 5-11. These PGCE Primary routes focus on the study of teaching in all National Curriculum subjects, with emphasis on English, maths, science and ICT. The Primary Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 course (3-7) includes a specialist study of the early years foundation stage curriculum and the distinctive pedagogies encountered in reception/nursery classrooms and children’s centres. For both routes school placements will be completed in relevant age phases, including nursery and reception classes for students on the 3-7 age range course.
Whichever route you take, you will learn the principles of curriculum design and delivery, and theories of learning and teaching, alongside developing practical insights and skills in the effective teaching and assessment of young children. The course is designed to enable you to meet the requirements for qualified teacher status (QTS).
The programme is approximately 38 weeks long with at least 24 of those weeks in schools. You will attend taught sessions at Newman and/or partner schools which will provide you with a thorough understanding of education theory that you will be able to apply in the classroom.
The course will provide you with key skills such as behaviour management while preparing you to teach the national curriculum. The content brings together latest research findings with current school policies and practices. Emphasis is placed on systematic synthetic phonics (as a key strategy within early reading pedagogy), children’s mathematical development and scientific enquiry. The key characteristics of each primary subject area are studied along with cross-curricular links and topics.
The courses will provide you with a balance of general classroom practice and specialist understanding. You will study two modules at masters level which will provide a firm foundation for future continuous professional development leading to a masters degree.
Newman’s Primary PGCE courses offer you strong partnerships with Teaching School Alliances and primary schools in the West Midlands. You will be taught by qualified practitioners who are able to link different perspectives of primary teaching to the development of your practical skills in the classroom. Tutors are involved in both Newman based training and in supporting the professional development of students in Teaching School Alliances and partnership schools. Teachers are involved in the construction of courses and the supervision of school experience and in teaching students how to make effective, critical and reflective evaluations of their work.
School-based learning is central to the PGCE programme and will be a feature of all three terms of your PGCE year. You undertake placements in at least two primary schools providing opportunities to observe and practise a range of methods and approaches. School-based learning includes observation of experienced teachers, a structured programme of group and whole class teaching and a series of directed activities to explore wider school issues.
This qualification enables you to qualify as a teacher in 36 weeks if you have a degree from an education institution in the United Kingdom or equivalent from outside the United Kingdom. You also require to have English and Mathematics.
Accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland, this professional qualifying programme provides a PGDE initial teacher education to meet the latest demands of contemporary primary and nursery schools in Scotland. The aim of the programme is to produce adaptable, flexible teachers able to collaborate and cooperate with other professionals, ready to face challenges of teaching in the 21st century and commit to the notion of life-long learning.
We also offer secondary teacher training at Aberdeen.
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*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.
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