Doing my degree in St Mary’s has been a wonderful experience that has equipped me well for a career in teaching. I have made lifelong friends, expanded my horizons and I like to think I have thrown myself wholeheartedly into the St Mary’s community which has provided me with many opportunities
Subject Study – Mathematics
Study of Mathematics enhances the intellectual formation of the student teacher and facilitates the development of their curriculum leadership capacity.
The Mathematics modules build on A-level Mathematics and extend progressively to a range of university courses in Pure and Applied Mathematics.
- In year one students complete the double module Fundamentals of Pure Mathematics which covers topics such as calculus, vectors, complex numbers and matrices
- In year two the double module Fundamentals of Applied Mathematics explores a selection of topics in Mechanics and Statistics
- In year three students study the double module Further Advanced Mathematics (which comprises Linear Algebra and Analysis) and a module in Number Theory
Subject Application is an integral part of the programme, the aim of which is to equip students with the necessary pedagogical knowledge and skills to become Mathematics specialists in the primary school.
This aspect of the programme enables the development of the professional knowledge and understanding underpinning successful teaching. The modules address a wide range of topics such as: philosophical perspectives on learning and teaching; child development and psychology; the curriculum in schools; Safeguarding and Children’s Rights; the social aspects of schooling; principles of effective teaching and learning; issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion; and the education of children who experience Special Educational Needs.
Professional Development and School Experience
This element helps students connect theories with real-life experiences by encouraging them to think about and learn from what they do. Each year, students are asked to demonstrate increasing levels of proficiency in the classroom in line with the GTCNI teaching competence framework. Students are provided with opportunities to teach children of varying ages and abilities in a range of different contexts. There are also opportunities for students to choose options through which they may gain experience of teaching in the nursery and/or special school sectors. Students must be successful in School Experience each year in order to proceed to the next stage of the course.
There is a strong emphasis across the BEd Programme on the areas of Literacy, Numeracy, and Using ICT, along with the practical application and development of these areas to practice during School Experience.
Modules within this strand of the programme involve the study of teaching strategies and modes of learning for all areas of the Northern Ireland Curriculum.
St Mary’s has given me an outstanding experience as a student. The staff are all so encouraging and will go above and beyond to ensure students succeed. The atmosphere at St Mary’s is incredibly welcoming, and you can’t help but feel like a valued part of the community from day one.
St Mary’s is a warm environment. Staff are so friendly and continuously offering support.
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