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Diploma in Education (Primary)

Diploma in Education (Primary) Program Structure

Preamble

A Diploma program is nested in the degree program comprised of 33 subjects and requiring the successful completion of 99 credit points of study.

Pre-requisites
Academic

         Applicants will be considered according to the following prioritised entrance requirements.

∙        Fiji Form Seven or its equivalent with an aggregate of at least 200 including a pass in English and Mathematics.

∙        An achievement of 13 or less in the PSSC including a pass in English and Mathematics.

∙        Passed Fulton College Foundation Studies with the GPA of 2.33 with a pass in English and Maths

Please note:

∙        Courses of study completed in addition to Form 6 (FSLC) or the PSSC will be taken into consideration during the admission procedure. These may include USP Foundation, GAC Foundation, or other Fulton College Courses.

∙        Fiji Citizens enrolled through Mature Age may NOT be registered by the Fiji Education Department even after the completion of the course.

Professional

         Applicants may be expected to attend a personal interview where evidence of suitability for the profession of teaching will be assessed.  (Interviews can take place at any time in the year but are generally arranged in late January at a time and place convenient to all.)  An academic reference is also required.

Character

         Applicants will be expected to show evidence of good citizenship.  A current character reference and police clearance report will be required.

 Sequence

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is offered in the following sequence:

CURRICULUM STRUCTURE

 

 

 

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INTRODUCTORY STUDIES

CURRICULUM STUDIES

EDUCATION STUDIES

RELIGION & PHILOSOPHY STUDIES

EDIS 101 Literacy & Language Skills I

EDIS 103 Introduction to Mathematics

EDIS124 Introduction to Computer Skills

 

EDST 101 Introduction to Teaching

 

EDRP 104 World Religions

PRAC101 Practicum I

2

EDIS 102 Literacy & Language Skills II

EDIS 107 Pacific English

EDFN 105 Introduction ECE

 

EDST 102 Cross Cultural Awareness

 

EDRP 101 New Testament Gospels

 3

 

 

EDIS 208 Introduction to Social Science

EDCS 202 Mathematics

EDST 201 Learning and Teaching II

EDST 202 Human Development

EDRP 207 Bible Survey

PRAC201 Practicum II

4

EDIS 109 Introduction to Science

EDIS 214 Introduction to Agriculture

EDCS 203 Social Studies

EDCS 209 Technology in Schools

EDCS 201 Art & Craft and Music

 

 

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EDCS205 Language

EDCS 206 Science

EDCS 304 Curriculum Development Studies

EDST 301 Learning and Teaching III

EDRP 203 Essential of Christian Faith

PRAC301 Practicum III

6

 

EDCS 208 Health & Physical Ed

EDCS 207  Bible

EDST 204 Educational Psychology

EDST 205 Classroom Management

EDRP 201

Philosophy of Christian Education

 


SUBJECT DESCRIPTIONS:

Introductory Studies

EDIS 103        Introduction to Mathematics                                    Credit Value 3

This subject introduces mathematical concepts and provides the students with skills and knowledge of basic mathematical processes. Students will be given opportunities to broaden their perspectives of problem solving, algebra, statistics, number, and geometry. The logical sequential methods of teaching mathematics will be explored. A broad survey of all mathematical concepts which underpin the Primary School and Early Childhood Curriculum will be introduced. 

 EDIS 101      Language and Literacy Skills 1                                 Credit Value 3

This subject provides the student with knowledge and skills to enhance the language skills in learning and teaching within the classroom. Effective procedures to develop literacy skills in oral, reading, writing, spelling, and handwriting will be demonstrated. An emphasis is placed on the critical approach to both reading and writing.

 EDIS 102        Language  and Literacy Skills        2                      Credit Value 3

This subject is an extension of applied language skills in reading, writing, listening, discussion, and stylistic analysis. An emphasis is placed on correct language use, referencing of written assignments, with a critical approach to both reading and writing.

 EDIS 124        Introduction to Computer Skills                              Credit Value 3

This subject introduces students to the computer as an academic tool in their studies and future career. Students will access general knowledge from the computer system, use software and hardware, file management, keyboarding and basic word processing skills. This is an elementary level for general computer applications, word processing, spreadsheets and power point presentations.

 EDIS 107     Pacific English                                                            Credit Value 3

This subject aims to provide opportunities for students to consolidate formal communication skills needed for teaching English as a second language. The emphasis is on writing, accuracy and speed in reading and comprehension. Students are required to increase their understanding of issues by thinking and writing about them to prepare material which will be of use to them in their teaching classes. They are designed to ensure a foundational understanding of the principles of a language such that they will be able to teach competently from this knowledge base. This will build awareness of the range of languages in Fiji.

EDIS 104        Fijian                                                                          Credit Value 3

This subject is designed to ensure teachers have a good conversational competency in the Fijian language at an adult level. Language related literacy practices will be studied so that students will become familiar with the Fijian language programme. Effective language development in reading writing and speaking in their language and introducing them to attitudes, knowledge, skills and processes that will promote communication in spoken, written and visual modes to assist in the teaching process.

EDIS 105        Hindi                                                                           Credit Value 3

This subject is designed to ensure teachers have a good conversational competency in Hindi at an adult level and a written competency. Further that the student will become familiar with the Hindi vernacular programme of India school communities in Fiji. Experience in reading, writing and speaking the vernacular is emphasized along with the making of aids to assist in the teaching process.

EDIS 106        Urdu                                                                           Credit Value 3

This subject is designed to ensure teachers have a good conversational competency in Urdu at an adult level and a written competency. Further that the student will become familiar with the Urdu vernacular programme of India school communities in Fiji. Experience in reading, writing and speaking the vernacular in emphasized along with the making of aids to assist in the teaching process.

EDIS 108        Introduction to Social Science                                  Credit Value 3

This subject introduces students to the goals and objectives, definitions and rational approach to the study of Social studies. The social structure of Pacific cultures will be addressed as a platform to examine social differences, issues of social disorders and multi-racial society. Students will critically reflect upon sociological issues as they study people in their societies. Developing knowledge on sociology as well as developing the right attitudes and valuing processes as part of social studies teaching will be considered. A basic understanding of social science, geography, history, and politics in the pacific will be covered. Included also will be an Adventist view point on social problems and issues.

EDIS 109        Introduction to Science                                             Credit Value 3

This subject aims to introduce students to the discipline of science and have a basic understanding of how science connects with other domains of learning. Students will develop content knowledge on the basic areas in teaching science to develop the inquiry approach to learning. This subject provides sufficient foundation for prospective teachers in the teaching of science at the Primary level and ECE level. It is based on the inquiry/ discovery approach.

EDIS 105        Introduction to Early Childhood Education          Credit Value 3

The purpose of this subject is to introduce students to the importance of learning in the early years. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the cognitive, physical, emotional, and spiritual development, for nurturing strong foundations in the early years. Current research and theoretical perspectives on the significance of brain development, play and social interaction for effective and quality child development will be introduced.

EDIS 214        Introduction to Agriculture                                         Credit Value 3

This subject introduces students to a knowledge and understanding of agriculture and the importance of its contribution to the economy. A practical component of this subject will be covered by the students.

Curriculum Studies

EDCS 207      Curriculum  Bible                                                     Credit Value 3

This subject examines the philosophy, morals, principles, and objectives of bible teaching in a SDA primary school. Students will engage in teaching a class, small groups and individuals to become learners of the world with an emphasis on helping others to be like Jesus. Students will focus on planning bible units, story-telling and effective bible instruction. This course aims to equip students with knowledge and methodology on how to teach Bible effectively in the Primary school and ECE. It looks at the development of faith in a child and prepares teachers to teach to the development level of children.

Pre-requisites: EDRP101 Life and Teachings of Christ and EDRP104 Bible Doctrine

EDCS 202      Curriculum Mathematics                                         Credit value 3

This subject builds on the foundation mathematics course and aims to broaden teachers’ knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts. The primary school curriculum will be the particular focus and how to plan effectively for the logical progression of children’s mathematical learning.

Prerequisite: EDFN103 Introduction to Mathematics

EDCS 203      Curriculum Social Studies                                        Credit Value 3

This subject builds on the knowledge from foundation studies and examines the social science curriculum and developing a syllabus suited to the various islands of the Pacific. Students will focus on the Central Pacific area and develop suitable methodology to implement a syllabus. This will enable students to gain a broader knowledge of the topics available in the Social Science primary curricular courses taught in the schools in and around Fiji. The course will provide necessary experience and activities to aid students to become effective teachers of Social Science. The course is founded on a Christian world view.

Prerequisite: EDFN101 Introduction to Social Studies

EDCS 205      Curriculum Language                                              Credit Value 3

This subject explores and examines the acquisition of English as a second language. Students will develop knowledge of pedagogical approaches to theories on first language and second language acquisition relating to factors for effective learning and teaching strategies. It is recognized that the main language of instruction in the Pacific is English. This subject examines a variety of approaches to children who have English as a second language. Students are expected to examine and practice a variety of methods to gain practical experience and adopt methodologies that are suitable for them.

Prerequisite: EDFN101 and EDFN103 Language and Literacy Skills 1 & 2.

EDCS 206      Curriculum Science                                                  Credit Value 3

This subject builds on foundation science and further broadens teachers’ content knowledge and understanding of overarching science themes and concepts. It examines the curriculum to include living world, physical world, material world and planet earth and beyond. Students will develop planning and learning outcomes with an integrated approach linking to other curriculum areas. This course focuses on the teaching methodology and the procedural concepts of Science Teaching throughout the Primary School.

Prerequisite: EDFN 109 Introduction to Science

EDCS 201      The Arts     (Art and Craft/Music)                          Credit Value 3

This subject offers an introduction to the visual arts and performing arts. It explores how to be creative with music, movement, drama, and images to provide a development approach to learning. Students will be given opportunities to develop skills of playing a musical instrument and plan how to incorporate effectively the arts for learning and teaching for children in Primary and ECE.

EDCS 208      Curriculum Health and Physical Education           Credit Value 3

This subject aims to examine the importance of healthy physical, social, mental and emotional development of children. Students will focus on the laws that govern our physical well being, nutrition, hygiene and community health.  Students will build and explore the development of physically healthy lifestyle practices which are critical to the development of young children today. Students will demonstrate a variety of teaching skills and strategies for physical education indoor and outdoor activities.  First Aid Course is also a requirement of the subject.

Prerequisite:  EDST201 Human Development

EDCS 209      Technology in Schools                                              Credit Value 3

This subject will examine technology in the last ten years and demonstrate how students can learn effectively using information technology to enhance teaching. It will investigate current practices and technological advances in the use of telephone, fax machine, video equipment, computers, data projector, OHP, photocopier etc.  This subject will investigate ways current technological advances of recent times are applied within the classroom.

EDCS 304    Curriculum Development Studies:                         Credit Value 3

This subject aims to introduce students to curriculum theory and practice. They will develop an awareness and understanding of the process of curriculum development, with specific reference to the South Pacific region. Topics include the foundation curriculum development and the new curriculum processes and design.  Studies in curriculum change, teachers ‘roles in curriculum development, curriculum research and evaluation will be included.

 

Educational Studies

EDST 101      Introduction to Learning & Teaching 1                  Credit Value 3

The aim of this subject is to explore theories of teaching and learning to provide effective practice within the classrooms.  An introduction to the contemporary notions of pedagogy from both the secular and Christian (religious) perspectives will be examined. The students will identify concepts of teaching and learning by focusing on the teacher and student relationship. Instructional and classroom management skills will be developed to promote reflective teaching practices. Teaching strategies will be explored to prepare students for teaching and learning during practicum.

EDST 202      Human Development                                                Credit Value 3

This subject examines the stages and process of human development with emphasis on the physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual domains. It will provide an in-depth knowledge and understanding of theories on child development focusing on the developmental stages of the human life span from conception to old age. Within the study the students will be encouraged to reflect on how these ideas relate to Pacific cultural perspectives. Students will explore contemporary research and identify theoretical perspectives relevant to the life span from a Christian world view.

EDST 201      Learning & Teaching 2                                            Credit Value 3

This subject consolidates the theories of learning and teaching and its impact in the classroom. Emphasis will be on classroom management cooperative learning, individual differences, relationship building and management skills to create an awareness of instructional processes and classroom discipline.  The Adventist Christian perspectives will have particular emphasis of the scope of education, schooling and teaching profession.  The student will also have opportunities to examine a variety of cooperative and individualized teaching and learning strategies within the Pacific Island context.

EDST 301      Learning and Teaching 3                                         Credit Values 3

This subject elaborates on the principles and concepts of teaching and learning. Students will examine their own professional reflective practice, and knowledge of the curriculum. The professional approach will cover all levels in the primary school.  Particular emphasis will be placed on preparing students for practicum. Students will be given opportunities to experience a multi-class situation and analyse both a rural and urban context within the Pacific. 

EDST204       Educational Psychology                                            Credit Value 3

This subject is the study of the basic principle of psychology that relates to teaching and learning. An evaluation and understanding of Christian worldviews and value systems is foundational to understanding how concepts of personality, emotions, conditioning, perception, memory, stress and conflict management affect moral development, attitudes, behavioural interactions and the learning process.

EDST 102      Cross Cultural Awareness                                       Credit Value 3

This subject studies basic anthropological principles, with educational applications to the various cross-cultural situations of the Pacific. The principles required administering to a multi-cultural Fijian society and the various islands of the Pacific will be explored.

EDST 205      Classroom Management                                           Credit Value 3

This subject will engage students and analysing the factors that contribute to disruptive behaviour in the classroom, and in evaluating practical strategies aimed at appropriate responses.  Students will explore the impact of various rules and routines to create a positive learning environment, and to promote effective classroom management.  The role of differentiated instructions, various models of teaching and theories of classroom management will also be explored. 

 

Religious and Philosophy Studies

EDRP 104      World Religions                                                             Credit Value 3

This subject is an introductory study of the major religions of the world. Students will gain an increased knowledge of religious movements existing in the world with particular emphasis given to the religious environment of the Pacific Islands. Attention is given to Ancient religions, indigenous religions, traditional Christianity, Christian cults and sects and recent religious movements. The development of tolerance and acceptance in a multi-cultural environment will also be encouraged as worthwhile outcomes. Religions such as Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism will be studied.

EDRP 101      New Testament Gospel (Life and Teachings of Christ) Credit Value 3

A study of the life, teachings and ministry of Jesus, as recorded by the four gospel writers, including a study of the first century background to the New Testament. A brief examination of the historical background of Jesus’ time will be considered, as well as the application and relevance of these for the church of today and for our daily personal lives.

EDRP 207      Bible Survey                                                              Credit Value 3

This subject is a basic study of scripture from an Adventist perspective. A careful selection of Bible Doctrines that are relevant and purposeful towards developing good Christian values, attitudes and beliefs will be examined and analyzed. The students will study the major events and themes in the documents comprising of the biblical Old and New Testaments. It is the intention of the course to acquaint the student with the basic structure and content of the entire Bible in a brief manner.

EDRP 201      Philosophy of Christian Education                          Credit Value 3

This subject explores Christian Education which provides a philosophical base from which to build theory and practice. Students will explore this philosophical base in determining the morals and values needed in teaching young children. Students will be guided through the value of Christian Education and the importance of a strong foundational base in the primary years to build the lives of young children not only for this earth but for eternity.

EDRP 203      Essentials of Christian Faith                                    Credit Value 3

This subject is a basic study of scripture from an Adventist perspective. A careful selection of Bible Doctrines relevant to the purpose of this course on Christian values, attitudes and beliefs. This is a study of the principles by which a Christian lives as expounded in the Bible. The continuing development of a Christian world view and an understanding of principles to live by as stated in Seventh-day Adventist Believe: A Biblical Exposition of 28 Fundamental Doctrines.

EDRP 202      The Bible and the Future                                         Credit Value 3

This subject is an introduction to the study of history, theology, content of the prophetic book of Daniel and Revelation. Students will engage in an interpretive study of selected passages, chapters and concepts of this apocalyptic books will be attempted.

 

Practicum

This is a practical component of the course of study which gives students the opportunity to apply theory to practice. It is an expectation that all students will have opportunities to experience the junior, middle and upper class levels in the primary school. It is desirable that students have experience both in urban and rural schools including opportunities to practice in schools with diverse cultural mix. Students will be required to plan lessons and reflect critically on their practicum. All records will be stored in a practicum file and will be assessed by both the supervising teacher and the visiting lecturer. A grade will be given for the completed file and demonstration of assignment tasks during Practicum.

EDPRAC  101 Practicum 1                                                        Credit Value 3                

This is the first of four practicums for the B. Ed course. This practical course is five weeks of work experience The emphasis during this period is observation of the school environment, the classroom, learning methodology, classroom management, and student and teacher interaction. Students will be required to teach a number of planned lessons during the last few weeks.  Lesson Plans will need to be written up using the correct format and Observation Checklist weekly. All students will be required to keep a folder and file all documents collected during practicum.  Daily records will be noted in a diary with facts relevant to practice and reflection on practicum.

In particular the Teacher Trainees have to observe and comment on the way children are taught in the different curriculum areas, skills, planning content, resources and effective pedagogical style of teaching.  A collection of pupils work will be gathered over 5 weeks and filed in practicum folders.

EDPRAC  201  Practicum 2                                                                   Credit Value 3    

This is a practical work experience of five weeks work experience. The emphasis during this period will be on consolidation of teachings skills through practice. The school environment, the classroom environment, teaching methodologies and classroom management will be an important part of this practicum. Students will be expected to take a reasonable number of basics lessons in all curriculum subject areas.  These lesson plans must be well planned and thoroughly checked by supervisors. They will be expected to write up all Lesson Plans and Observation Checklists. Daily Diary will be recorded with reflective comments on the daily activities. Students must carry out a child study. A written report on the discipline and behavioural management procedures used in the school is required. The teacher’s trainees must conduct a Socio-metric study of the class. A special note must be made of the School’s Reading Scheme. A report is to be made on the relationships between people that exist in the school. Students will file all the requirements in a Folder.

EDPRAC301  Practicum 3                                                        Credit Value 3     

This is the third practical experience of five weeks. The emphasis during this practicum period will involve whole class teaching and full management of the class over a sustained period of time. There will be an expectation of professionalism and full control of a day or two in some cases. The preparation must include a broad range of curriculum areas demonstrating the understanding appropriate to the particular class level. This practicum experience aims to provide students with maximum learning practice. Those continuing with the B.Ed. qualification in the following year will also need to complete effectively the practicum brief as stipulated in the student brief for Year 3. Students will be expected to evaluate various roles of those who work within that school. Where possible they are expected to teach as many Multi-class lessons. They will be expected to write up their Lesson and observation Checklist. All are required to write a daily Diary, with the factual happenings and reflective comments on their experiences during their daily activities. A collection of exam samples with full record of “the blueprint” is required. A copy of the Supervising Teacher’s Scheme of work and a list of all the applicable records stored and kept by a school relevant to student information and knowledge. A daily Road Safety checklist and report is compiled over the 5 weeks. This is then brought back to Fulton College and given to the national Road Safety Board for assessment.

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

To maintain the Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree program up-to-date and relevant, the following steps are taken:

∙        Survey of alumni

∙        Survey of employers’ expectations and satisfaction

∙        Feedback obtained annually from new graduates of the program and this information is used to improve the curriculum.

∙        Consultation with the External Advisors and Examiners

∙        A curriculum revision will be done every five years.