Postgraduate certificate in Early Years Education (PGCE) course
The course is of thirty-six weeks duration, beginning in early September and lasting until late June. Half of the course is based in the University College and the other half in schools. Both aspects of the course have been designed to complement each other and to contribute to the development of professional competence.
The University College-based part of the course includes three key areas, namely:
The school-based component forms an integral aspect of the course and is designed, in partnership with schools, to enable students to achieve levels of competence, experience and knowledge that will fully qualify them for entry into the teaching profession.
Learning and Teaching
The course is assessed wholly by course work and continuous assessment, including the assessment of practical teaching.
Students will attend a series of workshops and seminars designed to develop their knowledge and understanding of the integrated and holistic nature of teaching and learning within Early Years Education and to help them prepare for their placement in the Pre-school, Foundation and Key Stage 1 settings.
This aspect of the course is designed to help students acquire some of the basic skills of teaching. Emphasis will be placed on observation, assessment, communication skills, questioning, classroom management, group work, activity/lesson planning, resource management, differentiation and self-evaluation.
This will consist of serial day visits and blocks of practice. Students will undertake their placements in Pre-school, Foundation and Key Stage 1 settings.
This PGCE course will lead to 'Eligibility to Teach' status which is granted by the Department of Education. With this qualification students will be able to seek employment in nursery schools and/or primary schools in a Foundation (Years 1 and 2) or Key Stage 1 (Years 3 and 4) class. All students who successfully complete a PGCE at Stranmillis University College will be eligible to claim 30 M-Level credit points towards a Master's qualilfication.