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Certificate in Teaching Practice – In-service (Summer School Mode)

Preamble

Over a number of years the Seventh-day Adventist church in some Pacific Island countries has allowed a number of untrained teachers to work in its schools as teachers. This is not specific only to SDA schools but also to government schools to meet the demand of human resource. These untrained teachers have a range of educational backgrounds from Forms 3, 4, 5 and 6 high school leavers to some who have a diploma or degrees from tertiary institutions.

The role of this programme is to give these teachers an opportunity to gain a certificate of teaching Practice which will, in a short time, give them skills which they may not have had the opportunity to obtain. It would be encouraged that at a later date these teachers would go on to further their certificates to either a diploma or a B.Ed degree at Fulton College or Pacific Adventist University thus giving them full academic status as practicing teachers.

AIM of the Program

  • To offer initial teacher training to practicing but untrained teachers.
  • To give an introduction to tertiary education through summer school experience.
  • To cover course material which will give teachers skills which fit them for better teaching practice.
  • To offer a professional approach from qualified and practicing teachers/lecturers who may also be able to give ongoing help and advice when called upon.
  • To offer a Christian perspective of education through faith based material and religious studies

Entry Requirement

Students who have completed Year 12 or equivalent including Accredited Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) through a minimum of 4-years satisfactory teaching experience and on-going documented in-service training. Evidence of these must be provided before acceptance.

Students admitted with APEL will be given provisional admission and required to pass all subjects in the first session (PA 2.00) to be permitted to continue.

Program Overview

It would be expected to initially work on three years Summer School Program with each school covering 4 weeks. This would be held in Port Vila, Vanuatu, and in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

The program would offer courses each year in the following strands:

  • Religion/Philosophy Studies
  • Education Studies/Practice
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Professional Practice

Curriculum Structure

Summer 1

Summer 2

Summer 3

EDRP101 Philosophy of Christian Education

EDRP201 Christian Beliefs

EDRP202 Human Development

EDSP101 Education Studies and Practice

EDSP201 Education Studies and Practice

EDSPS202 Education Studies and Practice

EDCS101Curriculum Studies

EDCS201 Curriculum Studies

EDCS202 Curriculum Studies

EDPP101 – Professional Practice

EDPP201 Professional Practice

EDPP202 Professional Practice


SUBJECT DESCRIPTION

Religion/ Philosophy Studies

EDRP101 – Philosophy of Christian Education                                        Credit Value 3

This subject deals with education from a Christian World View with special emphasis on the role of Seventh-day Adventist Education. The context of Christian teaching is examined and students are challenged to implement the knowledge and skills attained in their classrooms and in their personal lives. Cultural awareness and Adventist behaviour will be included.

EDRP201 – Christian Beliefs                                                                       Credit Value 3

A study of Christian beliefs and practice with emphasis on the Seventh-day Adventist understanding of scripture and how this affects of the Christian’s world views.

EDRP202 – Human Development                                                               Credit Value 3

This will give an introduction to both general and developmental psychology. Principles of perception, learning, personality and developmental processes from birth to adulthood will be studied. There will be a particular emphasis on how young children and adolescents grow and learn.

Educational Studies and Practice

EDSP101 – Education studies                                                                      Credit Value 3

Introduction to the study, planning and tactics of effective classroom teaching. This includes narrating, demonstrating, explaining, questioning, introducing and closing lessons. Introduction to classroom management.

EDSP201 - Education Studies and Practice                                               Credit Value 3

This subject continues to equip students to understand and cope with the issues associated with teaching in the Pacific. It will build on the concepts introduced in ESI but will emphasise the principles of planning for instruction, management of instruction and issues of curriculum understanding and development. The use of visual materials for class presentations and further development of Christian behaviour management skills will also be studied in this course. There will also be lecture periods which will also include small group practice of the skills presented by the lecturer.

EDSP202 – Education Studies                                                                     Credit Value 3

This subject provides the knowledge and understanding of the teacher role; the school and the community, School schemes, multi – grade teaching, use of resourced are covered as well as a study of relationships such as Principal/staff, staff/students, staff/staff staff/parents and being an effective teacher in a community.

Curriculum studies – (the order according to lecturer availability)         Credit Value 3

EDCS101 – Curriculum Studies 1 – Bible teaching and Methods. The teaching of Reading

Bible – This involves the principles of teaching Bible and the SDA Primary schools. The power of God’s word and leading in the spiritual lives of children will be studies. The importance of teachers’ spiritual growth and development will also be emphasised. A study of the current Bible curriculum will be a major consideration. (Particular use will be made of the new Bible textbook for the Pacific.)

Reading – A short but detailed introduction to the teaching of reading in the primary school will be covered. Approaches to teaching of reading which show success for young children, overall curriculum, reading schemes, testing, benchmarking, etc, and how to have a successful classroom and whole school approach.

EDCS201 – Curriculum Studies 2 – The teaching of Mathematic, and the teaching of English (including ESL.)                                                                                    Credit Value 3

Mathematics – A study of the approaches, tactics and resources for teaching mathematics curriculum.  A particular focus will be on the teaching of mathematical concepts skills and attitudes across the infant – primary spectrum (Prep/K -6). Teachers will need to have a good foundation in basic mathematical concepts to follow the course through and special emphasis will be given to group participation.

English – This subject gives an overview of the teaching of English in the Pacific Islands (emphasis on the teaching of English as a Second Language). The theory and practice of the main areas of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) will be considered in relation to the whole curriculum. Emphasis will also be placed on the programming of English in the school and management of ability levels within the classroom.

EDCS203 – Curriculum Studies 3 – The teaching of Health, Science and Social science. The arts (Creative and fine – Music, Art& Craft and Drama)                        Credit Value 3

Health, Science, and Social Science – This course looks at the teaching of each of these subject areas (including Physical Education  and Sports) and gives an overview of the fundamentals and strategies used to be successful in presenting each subject. Planning and presenting effective lessons in each area will be practiced as well as programming of each subject area in the overall curriculum framework. Students will be encouraged to have healthy bodies, active and discerning minds to enjoy the outdoor activities.

The Arts – This will cover the successful teaching of Music, Art & craft and Drama. Students will study the development of the creative process in children, the appreciation of the arts and how this can be developed in the classroom. The skills needed to take part and provision for individual expression, involvement and exploration. Planning and programming of the arts in the curriculum will be a major focus of the course.

Professional Practice

EDPP101 – Professional Practice 1                                                             Credit Value 3

During the Summer session students will be encouraged to share aspects of their teaching practice so far. This will be followed by keeping of a Professional Practice Diary during the coming year. This will be completed on a regular basis and will include aspects of daily teaching life as well as questions and concerns on programming, teaching skills. Students’ development, students behaviour, parents relationships, staff relationships, etc. A prepared diary will be given to the students. It is hoped that local education personnel will be able to give some follow-up during the year before the next Summer Session.

EDPP201 – Professional Practice 2                                                             Credit Value 3

This subject is designed to give students of the Certificate of Teaching Practice the opportunity to react to both the second Summer School of work and also to the following year of teaching in their respective schools. It is summer outreach programme. It involves programming teaching skills, student development and management skills, staff relationships, parent and community relationships, and understanding curriculum.

EDPP203 – Professional Practice 3                                                             Credit Value 3

Students will report back with their completed diaries and observations on the topic chosen by themselves. Class discussions will follow to help all students share successes and problems they may be facing. Students will also be given an assignment over this final period to show their ability to be able to work in small groups to produce a document for use in schools – eg. A Behaviour Management Plan.

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

To maintain the Diploma of Early Childhood Education 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.