The Faculty of Education offers courses at the Undergraduate, Graduate and Higher Degree level for students intending to teach in government and non-government Primary Schools.
At the undergraduate level, the Faculty provides an integrated 4-year Primary Teacher Education course with a common structure and common units in all the Schools of the Faculty. The course recognises, in both the structure and the units, different contextual and registration requirements in each state. This course which was revised in 2000, comprises 3 principal areas of study; Education Foundation Studies, an Elective Sequence and Professional Studies. Particular attention has been given to providing a balance between the Education Foundation and Professional Studies areas, all of which have been chosen so that they provide the professional basis for teacher education. The Primary Teacher Education course at Australian Catholic University facilitates, within a Catholic Christian tradition, the development of reflective, educated, culturally aware and responsive individuals able to function effectively as beginning teachers in a variety of settings and committed to their continuing professional development.
The course has as its foundation the conviction that the quality of education in a society is closely associated with the preparation of teachers. Their professional expertise, attitudes and values equip them to develop in others sound knowledge, skills and ideals and a capacity and readiness to undertake responsibility in the community. Quality of education depends also on teachers who are prepared to meet the challenge of continued growth in knowledge, accelerating technological development, social change and heightened community expectations.
Students who satisfactorily complete the course requirements attain the award of the degree of Bachelor of Education in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales Queensland and Victoria. They also may have the option of the award of the double degree of Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of Teaching in Victoria, depending on studentsí subject selection. In New South Wales, students may choose to exit the course after satisfactorily completing three years of the four-year course with the award of the degree of Bachelor of Teaching. Studies in religious education and theology are included to enable graduates to obtain accreditation to teach religious education in Catholic schools. Students not seeking such accreditation may undertake approved alternative units.
In New South Wales and Queensland, the opportunity exists for students of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent to undertake Primary teacher education programs. The Diploma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies) and the Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies) were developed to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in schools. These courses are delivered in alternative modes in order to allow flexible attendance of the course participants. Studies in religious education and theology are included to enable graduates to obtain accreditation to teach religious education in Catholic schools. Students not seeking such accreditation may undertake approved alternative units.
The Faculty conducts a two-year Bachelor of Education degree course designed for applicants with an appropriate undergraduate degree and who wish to become teachers in a primary school. It provides a pre-service preparation for beginning teachers. Graduates are eligible for employment in both government and non-government schools. It is normally taken as a full-time course, but may be taken part-time, except for the final semester when the academic units are linked closely to an extended teaching round in schools.
Note:† In Queensland there is no part-time course.
The course consists of studies in education and specific curriculum studies covering all teaching areas in primary schools. Teaching practice is conducted during teaching rounds spread throughout the course. Students are provided with a range of experiences in primary schools to cover all grade levels and types of school. Studies in religious education and theology are included to enable graduates to obtain accreditation to teach religious education in Catholic schools. Students not seeking such accreditation may undertake approved alternative units.
The Faculty conducts a Master of Education course in Karachi, Pakistan for teachers in primary and middle schools. Information about this course is included in the Higher Degrees section of this handbook.
1†††† Students in New South Wales may exit at the end of their third year of full-time study with the degree of Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) to utilise employment opportunities currently operating in the state.
2††††††† Students in New South Wales may exit at the end of their third year of full-time study with the degree of Bachelor of Teaching (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies), to utilise employment opportunities currently operating in the state.
3††††††† Information about this course is included in the Postgraduate section of this handbook.
Field Experience/Professional Experience covers all school and community-based experiences designed to help students develop professional competence and personal commitment in accordance with the expressed Catholic philosophy of the University. The theoretical and methodological components of the program need practical application in a classroom setting in order to be refined and consolidated. To develop such application a developmental approach to practical experience is linked with students expanding knowledge. Field Experience units apply skills, techniques and processes taught in Education Foundation Studies, Elective and Professional Studies/Professional Experience units.
Field Experience 1††††††††† orients students to classroom teaching by emphasising professional
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††interaction, familiarisation and guided observation.
Field Experience 2††††††††† develops and extends basic teaching and learning skills.
Field Experience 3†††††††† refines and enhances teaching and learning approaches to provide
for individual learning differences.
Field Experience 4††††††††† is a students induction to full-time teaching.
In some states the Field Experience/Professional Experience component may be integrated with other professional studies units.
Students can obtain credit for international experiences equivalent to formal unit and Field Experience/Professional Experience requirements.
This course is designed for students who have completed an approved post-Year-12 undergraduate degree such as Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, and either the International Graduate Certificate of Education or an approved Bachelor of Education degree. Applicants are required to have successfully completed the Master of Education Preliminary course. This course includes studies in primary and middle school curricula, early and middle childhood psychology, and teaching and learning methodologies. The Preliminary course also includes an internship of nine months duration in a primary, middle or secondary school or in a schools in-service unit. A high degree of proficiency in all aspects of English is desirable, and students may be required to undertake English language tests as part of the selection process. Students may be required to take English language courses concurrently with education studies. See entry in the Higher Degrees section of this handbook for further details.
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