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PGDE Primary Education

Course Description

Accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland, this professional qualifying programme provides initial teacher education to meet the latest demands of contemporary primary and nursery schools.

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.

The programme is undertaken on a one year (36 weeks) full-time basis.

The PGDE programme consists of four compulsory courses of study: two academic campus based courses and two school experience courses split roughly over the two University semesters.

Components of the Learning and Teaching in Schools Courses
The campus-based course, Learning and Teaching in Schools provides opportunity for student teachers to engage with generic issues related to professional development, learning and teaching, and social justice, and placing this in the Primary school and pre-school contexts.

This course will be split equally into two components; Learning and Teaching in Schools: Beginning to Teach will provide opportunities to focus on learning and learners and beginning as a teacher whilst Learning and Teaching in Schools: The Developing Professional will provide opportunities for students to gain a wider and deeper knowledge and understanding of professional issues and developments relevant to the teaching profession.

Students must meet the requirements of the Standard for Initial Teacher Education (SITE) in order to pass the PGDE and gain entry to the Teacher Induction Scheme in Scotland (subject to meeting SAAS funding criteria).

School Experience
Students on the PGDE programme will undertake two nine week school experience placements. The School Experience courses are designed to extend classroom experience and practice and to provide the context for campus based learning.

The range of schools in partnership with the School of Education allows students to benefit from a wide variety of experiences. The School of Education has partnership Local Authorities across the North East of Scotland. Students may be required to carry out some placements in distant schools.

There are two 5000-word in-course assignments within the programme. The first focuses on how children/young people develop and learn and the role of the teacher in the planning and provision of suitable learning opportunities for all. The second focuses on the student’s professional development towards becoming an inclusive practitioner.

A Further Professional Study element with options relevant to current initiatives in education is included in the course with the principal aim of enhancing students’ development in a particular area.

Students are assessed on School Experience courses through a combination of Tutor (after observation visits) and School Reports on their progress.

The University actively seeks to promote and facilitate Gaelic Medium Education through Initial Teacher Education. Applicants who are fluent and literate in Gaelic who wish to pursue the Gaelic Medium Pathway within this programme are interviewed.

Applicants must have a degree, a qualification in English and a qualification in Mathematics, (please see entrance requirements). Successful candidates are expected to follow the Gaelic Medium Pathway within the PGDE (P) programme. This consists of two elements, alongside the core programme: Further Professional Study on Gaelic Medium Education; Delivery of some of the core curricular areas in Gaelic and half of all School Experience in Gaelic Medium Units/Schools.

Visit the PGDE Primary Education page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!

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