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  • Objectives
    This program provides a graduate entry pre-service teacher qualification. The program’s focus is a commitment to excellence in teacher preparation and emphasises both theoretical and skills based learning. It is a practice-focused postgraduate program which is mindful of emergent and innovative approaches to learning. On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma of Education graduates will be eligible to apply for Teacher Registration with the Queensland College of Teachers. A student would need to make an application to continue for one additional semester to attain the Master of Educational Practice degree award.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants must have completed a Bachelor degree from an approved institution. In addition, all participants will need to satisfy the requirements for gaining a 'blue card' from the Queensland Government's Commission for Children and Young People. International students must also be English language proficiency tested at IELTS score 7.0 (No subscore less than 7.0). Candidates must nominate two teaching areas for their teaching specialisation. Please note, students intending to be a primary classroom teacher need not nominate two areas as they will be required to teach across all disciplines. Confirmation of admittance to the program will be based on the ability of the Faculty to source a suitable placement. It is important for students to understand that to undertake the placement they may be required to travel significant distances from the university. This may include the Brisbane region which is 80 kilometers from Bond University. Students will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to attend these schools each day of the practicum. Important note: No application will be considered unless academic and other conditions of the program are met including submission of evidence of the award of an IELTS score 7.0 (No subscore less than 7.0). If students do not meet all requirements they will either be made an alternative offer and/or be advised to resubmit their application for consideration when all requirements have been met. Places in this program are very limited and that possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee a place.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma of Education
  • Course description
    Professional Outcomes

    The Postgraduate Diploma of Education is accredited with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). Graduates may be eligible to apply for teacher registration in other States and countries.

    Attendance

    International Students: Students must undertake four subjects per semester (equivalent to 40 credit points) to fulfil student visa requirements.

    Domestic Students: Most Students undertake four subjects per semester (equivalent to 40 credit points). You may, however, enrol in fewer subjects (equivalent to 30 credit points) and extend your degree over a longer period.

    Bond's Teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.

    Program Structure
    Foundation (8)

    Students must complete in order:
    Semester 1
    Educational Pedagogical Literacies
    EDUC71-001

    SYNOPSIS
    This subject is designed to introduce students to the climate of classrooms. Students will consider the design of teaching and learning experiences, management of classrooms, the introduction of strategies and technologies into the teaching and learning c ontext, and the impact of these considerations on curriculum.

    PRIOR KNOWLEDGE
    Nil

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES
    Students will develop an understanding of the importance of planning and preparation for the classroom by developing and implementing lesson and unit plans. Students will understand the importance of numeracy, literacy, and multi-literacies in education.

    Assessment and Reporting
    EDUC71-015

    SYNOPSIS
    This subject aims to provide students with a clear understanding of the roles of both assessment and reporting in an effective teaching and learning environment. The diversity of assessment methodology will therefore be investigated from the student, sch ool, parent and systemic perspectives. The use of information communication technologies, as a tool to assist teachers with recording and reporting, will also be explored.

    PRIOR KNOWLEDGE
    Nil

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES
    A specific focus of this subject is for students to develop a clear understanding of the role and purpose of assessment in the learning process. Students will consider ways to gather evidence to substantiate judgements about children's academic developmen t.

    Learning Theory and Implementation
    EDUC71-021

    SYNOPSIS
    This subject will consider the issues of how teachers can best recognize and engage with difference of learners. A range of theories of development and learning and the implications for teaching practice in a school setting will be explored.

    PRIOR KNOWLEDGE
    Nil

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES
    Students will gain a broad understanding of learning styles, learning theories, and strategies for implementing these theories in the classroom. Students will also gain a close look at schooling in Australia through an inquiry-based project. Students wi ll be exposed to a wide range of computer software that will enable them to implement effective instruction in the classroom.

    Educational Practicum 1
    EDUC71-031

    SYNOPSIS
    This subject introduces the practice of teaching in schools. Specific teaching techniques, such as making observations, asking questions and providing explanations are introduced and refined in contexts of practice. The appropriateness of these for differ ent children and learning environments is critiqued. The fieldwork component provides opportunity for students to put these techniques into practice.

    PRIOR KNOWLEDGE
    This subject can only be taken by students who have been approved by the Dean or designate.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES
    Students will be introduced to the practise of teaching in schools. This fieldwork component provides students an opportunity to become familiar with schooling, children, and learning environments.

    Semester 2

    Curriculum Studies
    EDUC71-025

    SYNOPSIS
    This subject reinforces the importance of the issues of language, numeracy and literacy, and revises aspects related to multiliteracies, productive pedagogies and transdisciplinary consideration. Students will be expected to further explore the relations hips between educational theory and classroom practice, and will be expected to develop teaching skills and become an independent and reflective learner.

    PRIOR KNOWLEDGE
    Nil

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES
    Student attention will be concentrated on syllabus documents as references to create a work program that supports stimulating and challenging learning environments for children.

    Inclusive Practices and Classroom Management
    EDUC71-012

    SYNOPSIS
    This subject will provide successful students with an overview of contemporary inclusive practices and the education of students with diverse abilities. It will provide an overview of the range of educational contexts in which teaching and learning occur. Students will develop an understanding of the principles of effective classroom management and the range of considerations for effectively addressing the needs of students with challenging behaviours. Students will consider the social and cultural contex ts that influence education at the local, national and international level.

    PRIOR KNOWLEDGE
    Nil

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES
    Students will be exposed to the multicultural and diversity issues in education today. Students will also understand the importance of classroom management and organization, behaviour management, and social skills for the classroom.

    Teaching Theory and Methodology
    EDUC71-002

    SYNOPSIS
    This subject is designed to introduce students to basic communication skills, including literacy skills, in more traditional forms as well as the pedagogy of using learning technologies in today's classrooms. Teaching and communicating with students requi res developing curriculum and assessment that meets the needs of multiple groups within the educational community and will be a major consideration in this unit.

    PRIOR KNOWLEDGE
    Nil

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES
    Students will develop an understanding of teaching methodology (delivery and presentation skills), teaching theories, instructional strategies, and the use of computers in the classroom.

    Educational Practicum 2
    EDUC71-032

    SYNOPSIS
    This subject provides an introduction to the working life of the professional teacher. It is important here to focus on the profession of teaching as this unit will help students to identify what is professional practice particularly in terms of accountab ility and ethical practices as well as provide them with mechanisms for documenting their professional practice.

    PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

    This subject can only be taken by students who have been approved by the Dean or designate.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES
    Students will be introduced to the working life of the professional teacher. Students will focus on the practise of teaching in schools. This fieldwork component provides students an opportunity to become familiar with schooling, children, and learning e nvironments.


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