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Subject Study – Religious Studies

Study of Religion enhances the intellectual formation of the student teacher and facilitates the development of their curriculum leadership capacity.

Among the areas covered in Religious Studies are selected sections of the New Testament and the Old Testament, issues relating to handing on the faith and understanding the Sacraments, selected issues in dogmatic and moral theology, aspects of Church history and an overview of the key concepts of the beliefs and practices of other major Christian denominations and selected world religions. Students also receive tuition on practical aspects of teaching religious education at Primary Level. Teaching and learning are through interactive lectures, tutorial sessions and independent learning and assessment is through coursework and written examinations.

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Education Studies

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.

Key Skills

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.

Curriculum Studies

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.

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