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The PGCE Secondary is the first phase of a career-long process of personal and professional development, which will equip you to become a secondary school teacher. The PGCE Secondary is a course in Initial Teacher Training which is accredited by the DfE, the successful completion of which will accord you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our course has recently been inspected by Ofsted which resulted in an “Outstanding” grading for all aspects of our provision.
Students who have successfully completed the PGCE at Durham in the previous academic year have the option to use 90 credits they have accredited towards a part time MA Education. These students only need to do the core modules, Education Enquiry and the Dissertation over 2 years, to complete the programme.
Subject pedagogy is explored in curriculum groups, examining techniques for making each subject accessible and stimulating in a classroom environment.
The Modern Foreign Languages programme will introduce you to the teaching of languages in secondary schools for young people aged 11-16. The programme lays emphasis on language as a form of communication and on the value of language learning as a way of understanding other cultures and backgrounds.
The value and benefits of language learning are quickly becoming evident to young people, their parents and society as a whole. The associated challenges are exciting and the reward of seeing young people become multilingual and more aware of other cultures is great.
Our popular Modern Foreign Languages programme aims to:
During the practical seminars we will introduce you to how people learn languages and, correspondingly, how best to teach them in schools. You will also study the outcomes of research, theory and the application of these in the classroom and beyond.
Throughout the programme, there will be three main opportunities for you to gain practical ‘hands on’ experience of the school environment: a fortnight in a primary school and two separate periods in our partnership secondary schools. In the first placement you will discover what life is like for children before they reach secondary school age; you will observe and consider different ways of organising learning, which you can then apply to the older children you will meet. You will also begin to consider education from a professional point of view. In the secondary school placements you will explore how to teach a language in a way consistent with the aims and processes of foreign language learning.
The course is organised as three modules:
The Professional Issues in School Based Education relates to the Teacher Standards and is delivered in two parts, prior to each of the two extended teaching practices. The teaching is related to those classroom-based issues such as the psychology of learning, the law, curriculum groups, examining techniques for making each subject accessible and stimulating in a classroom environment and is followed up in subject groups and during school placements The block practices in the Autumn and Spring allow for practical opportunities for full professional development where there is a progression from observation, structured activities and group work to whole class work.
Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum and Self-directed Study are studied at Masters Level. The Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum Module draws on the international research expertise within the School of Education enabling student teachers to engage critically in issues relevant to the classroom and school, particularly those that impact on the success of children as learners. The Self-directed Study module draws on students’ experience during weekly visits to schools and their own small scale action research, and links this to critical engagement with published educational research.
These Masters modules provide an opportunity to explore, in a more theoretical way, the issues to do with teaching and learning through lectures and mixed subject and phase seminar groups taught as a conference week usually after Christmas. In addition to covering Teacher standards these modules will enable assessment work to be carried out for the award of PGCE.
On successful completion of the course, student teachers will have 90 credits and QTS.
Career opportunities in education are wide and include classroom teaching, educational leadership and management, administration and policy development.
Visit the Secondary (Spanish) - PGCE page on the Durham University website for more details!
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