Bachelor of Education (Primary, Inservice)

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Education (Primary, Inservice) program offers experienced teachers with a Diploma of Teaching (Primary) the opportunity both to gain professional learning and to upgrade to a degree qualification. The program equips students to become leaders within their schools, informed of current trends, and better able to serve the needs of the primary education sector in PNG. The program is designed to meet the growing demand for quality primary education teachers. The program enables students to develop their pedagogical knowledge and skills for quality implementation of the national curriculum for primary schools and the facilitation of effective student learning.

Credit Points Required

The program comprises eight units each with a 10 credit point value. Students are required to gain 80 credit points (80cp) to be eligible to graduate.

Duration of Study

2 Years

Study Mode and Location

The Bachelor of Education (primary, Inservice) program is designed to provide a unique opportunity for teachers in PNG to gain a degree qualification in primary education from two years of study in flexible learning mode.

Units

Semester One
D417 Academic writing
ED436 Ethics and pastoral care

Semester Two
ED437 Teaching English
ED438 Teaching Mathematics

Semester Three
ED418 Basic research
ED439 Teaching Humanities & Social Sciences

Semester Four
ED440 School Leadership and Management
ED441 Teaching Science

ED417

ED417 Academic Writing

This unit will enable participants to effectively use English in their teaching and learning environments at Elementary, Junior and Senior Primary levels. An important focus of this unit will be to develop the participants’ own skills in grammar, punctuation and spelling. As well as learning the relevant subject knowledge, participants will learn how to plan, teach and assess the content in an interactive and stimulating environment at each grade level. Participants will engage in conversations about academic writing and research literature searches. This will support them in the writing of all of their future assignments.

ED436

ED436 Ethics and Pastoral Care

This unit sets out the key principles of professional ethics for teachers and pastoral care for the students they teach. It is intended to guide teachers’ practice, judgments and decisions. It explores the ethics and philosophy of human behaviour as the foundation of teachers’ thought and action. The content of the unit will seek to enhance participants’ understanding about the standards expected of them in the teaching profession. The Pastoral Care component develops participants’ knowledge and skills is providing emotional and spiritual support to learners in their times of anxiety, financial problems, loneliness, pain, sickness, alienation, family breakdowns or loss, as well as in their joys and triumphs. The unit encourages participants to strive to be role-models and ethical leaders and to act within the community in a manner that enhances the prestige of the profession

ED437

ED437 Teaching English

This unit will give participants the opportunity to reflect on their current experience of teaching English and to explore any areas where their own skills or subject knowledge could be updated. Each day of the course will be devoted to a different aspect of the teaching of English. Video, audio and written materials from the Language Support program will be used to support the teaching of this unit and will be made available for participants to take away.

ED438

ED438 Teaching Mathematics

This unit will develop the participants’ ability to teach Mathematics at Elementary, Junior Primary and Senior Primary levels. The Papua New Guinea Pacific Islands Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (PILNA) Report July 2013has identified particular concerns about the achievement of students in PNG in number and operations. For this reason, this unit will focus on these areas. As well as learning the relevant subject knowledge, participants will learn how to plan, teach and assess the content in an interactive and stimulating environment at each level. Wherever possible, learning should be practical. Mathematical problem-solving skills will be an important feature in this unit. 

ED418

ED418 Basic Research

The purpose of the Basic Research is to give field teachers a wider and deeper understanding of basic research methods, and the role and value of research projects in the field of education. As well as developing skills in using research methods as a tool to inform their teaching practices, the field teachers will also be given the opportunity to appreciate the purposes and value of using research data to inform planning of school activities. They will also be given the opportunity to develop the skills needed to design sound research projects and to apply these skills in various teaching environments, and give them the opportunity to become research leaders in their school communities. Field teachers will acquire the research skills and knowledge required to enable them to become research leaders in their school communities and to support colleagues in developing research projects. In this unit the field teachers will have the opportunity to carry out a small scale school-based research project.

ED439

ED439 Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences

The purpose of this unit is to give participants a deeper understanding of teaching primary subjects in the fields of humanities and social sciences. These subjects include Culture and Community,. Community Living, Social Science, Making a Living, Personal Development, Health, Physical Education and the Arts at elementary, junior and senior primary level. Participants explore cross-curriculum themes, practical projects, knowledge of curriculum structures, suitable teaching methodologies, and assessment techniques. Participants consider inclusive education perspectives to cater for individual needs. The unit will give the participants the knowledge to support colleagues and provide professional development activities in their school communities.

ED440

ED440 Introduction to School Leadership and Management

Clear leadership and effective management are the key to running a successful school, which can offer children the chance to thrive and reach their full potential. This unit will provide participants with an introduction to the principles of efficient school management and how school management relates to the broader issues of school leadership. The unit aims to give participants the skills needed to enable them to take on more responsible roles within their schools over and above that of a classroom teacher.

ED441

ED441 Teaching Science

This unit will develop participants’ ability to teach Science at Elementary, Junior Primary and Senior Primary levels. As well as learning the relevant subject knowledge, participants will learn how to plan, teach and assess the content in an interactive and stimulating environment at each level. Wherever possible, learning will be practical and take place outside the classroom. Scientific enquiry skills will be an important feature in this unit.