Bachelor of education: primary education

Bachelor of education: primary education

What?

These courses prepare students to teach pupils from age 6 to 12. Besides mastering the necessary subject matter in a diversity of areas, a primary school teacher must be able to organise education in a pleasant and open way, taking new educational developments into account. The courses are based on the coherent and simultaneous build-up of three essential components: the subject matter component, the didactic-educational component and the practice component.

 

For whom?

International exchange students in the field of teacher training/education.

 

Programme

 

Subject

 

Trim 1

ECTS credits

 

Trim 2

ECTS credits

 

 

Trim 3

ECTS credits

 

Level

Children's books and artistic education: literature and movement**

2

 

1st Ba

Musical and physical education  2

3

 

2nd Ba

Health education

3

 

2nd Ba

Artistic education: image and media (MC)

3

 

3rd Ba

Mathematics

 

3

 

1st Ba

Physical education 1

 

1

 

1st Ba

Environmental education 1: biology

 

1

 

1st Ba

French 1*

 

 

4

1st Ba

Poetry and artistic education: music

 

 

1

1st Ba

Environmental education 2

 

 

5

1st Ba

French 2*

 

4

2nd Ba

History, culture and technology

 

5

2nd Ba

Project based learning

Two week stay extra muros, price: ca. €245

 

3

2nd Ba

Multilinguism (MC)

 

5

3rd Ba

School policy: education policy and first aid

 

2

3rd Ba

Heritage education (MC)

 

5

3rd Ba

Education for Sustainable Development at school (MC)

 

5

3rd Ba

North-South Crossing Borders

 

3

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The courses in this list can be combined with courses from the international programme in education: preschool education.

* Classes taught in French.

**It is recommended that students bring books for children aged 6 to 12 from their home country.

 

Practical component

Optionally, students can observe and assist mentors in the classroom.

 

Language of instruction

All classes are taught in Dutch – with tutoring in English.

* Classes taught in French. For French 2 and 3: a minimum of level A2 of the European Language Framework for reading and writing and level B1 for speaking, interacting and listening is required.

 

Department

PXL-Education

 

Campus Hasselt

Vildersstraat 5, 3500 Hasselt

 

ECTS files - Course Information

Children's books and artistic education: literature and movement

ECTS credits:

 

Content

Literature

The student receives an introduction to children’s literature: its functions, characteristics, history and literary genres, and the analysis of children’s books. The aim is to adofce the student’s literary competence and his reading pleasure. Children’s literature includes not only the study of reading books, but also picture books.

Movement

During these lessons, you learn how to ‘translate’ a picture book into movement by means of the pictures, the story, the movement frame, the music and the organisation.

You will start to experience movement yourself by attending a example lesson. Then, a progressive scheme is introduced, by which you can translate movement from your own picture book.

Furthermore, structured dances and movement games for children aged 6 to 12 are taught.

For this course, it is recommended that students bring reading books and picture books for children aged 6 to 12 from their home country.

 

Evaluation

Literature

Students are asked to read children’s books. Incoming students will have the opportunity to read a number of books of their own choice in their home language, and write the reviews in English (be prepared to translate parts or sentences).

Movement

Permanent evaluation by means of a logbook, including worked out lessons and progressive schemes. You must attend all lessons.


 

 

Musical and physical education 2

ECTS credits:

 

Content

Musical education

In this part, much attention is paid to music theory (rhythm, tempo, dynamics, consonance colour, melody, musical forms, ...). You will also learn to make music and experiment using your voice and various instruments. Furthermore, we will explore and learn to appreciate different music genres.

Physical education

In physical education, the methodology and practice of ball games and running games is presented.

Additionally, some other educational methods (e.g. circuit with stations) are introduced.

Furthermore, you will master the theoretical knowledge and didactical approach of water confidence and breaststroke.

 

Evaluation

Musical education

Combined written and oral exam

Permanent evaluation/portfolio – two different exercises

Physical education

Combined written and oral exam

Swimming test (practical): consists of 50m breaststroke on time and diving 1m90

Permanent evaluation/portfolio:

- preparation and reflection of two observed lessons and two taught lessons water confidence (outside of school hours – with buddy student)

- worked out lesson on physical education

To pass this module, you need to attain at least 40% on the evaluation of musical education and at least 35% on the evaluation of physical education + pass the swimming test. Of course, the total score for this module (musical + physical education) should exceed

50%.


 

Health education

ECTS credits:

 

Content

You gain basic insights in the human anatomy and physiology: muscular system, digestive system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, reproductive system, nervous system, urinary system, skeletal system and the endocrine system.

Related included contents are healthy food, physical development during childhood and sex education, impact of chronicle diseases on pupils and teachers and an introduction to first aid.

 

Evaluation

- Task

- Combined written and oral exam


 

Artistic education: image and media (MC)

ECTS credits:

 

Content

This module comprises textile methods and audio-visual techniques.

We expect you to explore and shape your own creativity within the artistic domains of image and media using textile methods, art initiation and/or short movie.

You experiment with new plastic and audio-visual techniques, like felting, video art, experimental movie, ...

 

Evaluation

Image

Permanent evaluation: 10p

Media

Permanent evaluation: 10p


 

Mathematics

ECTS credits:

 

Content

This course has two parts: statistics in primary school and the didactics of fractions.

In the first part, we learn to simply present data/information graphically or by means of tables and also how to introduce these items in the classroom.

The second part deals with the didactics of fractions or in other words, how to teach pupils to work out fractions.

 

Evaluation

Written exam (possibly with oral comment)


 

Physical education 1

ECTS credits:

 

Content

In this course, the why and how of physical education in primary school is explained. First, locomotion and physical, social and dynamic-affective development are discussed. Then we move on to the relation between fundamental motor skills and development.

You learn how to design physical education lessons by the giving examples and through micro-teaching.

 

Evaluation

Combined written and oral exam


 

Environmental education 1: biology

ECTS credits:

 

Content

The emphasis of this course lies on getting to know the living organisms in our environment. A large classification is given and we practice determination by observation. Furthermore, attention is paid to adaptations to the environment, behaviour, life cycles, …

 

Evaluation

Combined written and oral exam

 


 

French 1

ECTS credits:

 

Content

The course provides an overview of the French vocabulary and grammar that you need to master in order to teach French, as second language, in primary education.

In this course the five basic skills (listening, reading, speaking, interacting and writing) are addressed. The main emphasis is on speaking and writing. We aim to reach level A2 of the European Language Framework for reading and writing. For speaking, interacting, and listening, the aim is level B1.

The lexical themes correspond to the French curriculum for primary education: personalia, introducing yourself, daily life situations, relationships, eating and drinking, time, space and nature. Following grammar themes are refreshed: denial, asking questions, the articles and nouns, the demonstrative pronouns, the possessive pronouns, adjectives, the preposition, the numerals and ordinal numbers, the conjugation of verbs in the following times: the present – the past - the future. Evidently, a lot of attention is paid to the

correct pronunciation.

Lessons are taught in French. Course materials are also in French.

 

Evaluation

- Written exam (knowledge and competences) 10/20

- Oral exam (competences) 6/20

- Daily evaluation (knowledge and competences) 4/20


 

Poetry and artistic education: music

ECTS credits:

 

Content

The objectives of this course are learning how

- to put rhythm into texts and poetry (paying attention to rhythm, tempo and dynamics)

- to make music with poetry

- to jabber

- to provide musical accompaniment with instruments, your voice and body percussion.

 

Evaluation

Oral exam: musical assimilation of a poem


 

Environmental education 2

ECTS credits:

 

Content

We take a look at the world from different angles. The focus lies on contents the student need to master to be able to translate into learning contents for pupils aged 10 to 12 years old.

History

We focus on national (with regard to Belgium) and international (mostly EU) organisations: their purpose and how their various

institutions work. Also global education and cultural heritage are addressed.

Biology

We discuss the basic physiology of plants, give an introduction to ecology, evolution and the human influences on the environment. The

link with geography is made by taking a closer look at phyto- and zoogeography.

Geography

By study of the universe, we discover the movements of sun, earth and moon and link these to the weather and climate. Furthermore, we briefly address the Earths composition and rock formation.

We also focus on world view ( by practising your skills to use an atlas), population and the ecological footprint.

 

Evaluation

Task: mind mapping on a given actual subject combined written and oral exam

To pass this module you need to attain at least 40% on the task and at least 35% on the exam. Of course, the total score for this module (task and exam) should exceed 50%.


 

French 2

ECTS credits:

 

Content

This course requires a minimal knowledge of French vocabulary and grammar: a minimum level A2 of the European Language Framework for reading and writing and level B1 for speaking, interacting and listening.

In this course, the five basic skills (listening, reading, speaking, interacting, and writing) are addressed.

The lexical and grammatical themes correspond to the French curriculum for primary education and level B of the European Framework for Languages. For reading and writing we aim to reach level B1 of the European Language Framework. For speaking, interacting, and listening, we aim for level B2.

During the contact hours integrated exercises are offered, with an emphasis on speaking.

Lessons are taught in French. Course materials are also in French.

 

Evaluation

- Written exam (knowledge and competences) 8/20

- Oral exam (competences) 8/20

- Tasks (presentations and summery of books) 4/20


 

History, culture and technology

ECTS credits:

 

Content

This module comprises three parts:

History

The era in which people live has a big influence on their lives and these eras are also determined by the previous generations. The world in which we live is different from the past and different from the future: it has its own identity.

Historical awareness does not start to develop before pupils have mastered both knowledge and skills to a certain degree. Therefore, this course contains the headlines of the Belgian and European history.

Culture and society

Each individual is determined by personality, society and culture. By offering our pupils a dynamic vision on mankind and society, we prepare them to become ‘worldwise’ citizens.

Technology and technical literacy

This course provides a framework for technical literacy and its use in primary school. To obtain technical literacy, we use different approaches in relation to learning by designing and learning by exploring.

We emphasize on the important social releofce of technology.

The content of technology lessons in primary school is situated in five fields of application (energy, construction, transport, biochemistry and communication). The course also gives a brief notion of materials, tools and resources/raw materials used in technical education.

 

Evaluation

History

oral exam

Culture and society

oral exam

Technology and technical literacy

Task, combined with oral exam (comment to task)

To pass this module, you need to attain at least 40% on the evaluation of ‘history’ and at least 35% on the evaluation of both ‘culture and society’ and ‘technology and technical literacy’. Of course, the total score for this module (history + culture + technology) should exceed 50%.


 

Project based learning

ECTS credits:

 

Content

This course focuses on project-based learning for pupils of the second grade of elementary school (age 8-10). In group, you will prepare a week filling project on the North Sea resulting in activities for pupils described in a work bundle. Therefore you will stay one week on the Belgium seashore supported by the expertise of different lectors. Later on, you will actually accompany a class of pupils on this project to test and evaluate your preparation.

This course will not only enhance your content knowledge, but also stimulates your skills in teamwork, efficiency and flexibility.

Note: stay for two weeks extra muros, price: ca. €245

 

Evaluation

This course will be graded by process (reflection logbook, affective level and peer assessment): 10/20

and product evaluation (in English): 10/20

 

 


 

 

Multilinguism

ECTS credits:

 

Content

This course requires a minimum entry level A2 of the European Language Framework for reading and writing and level B1 for speaking, interacting and listening.

The optional course French for students of the third year focuses on language education in the broadest sense. How do you get the young child familiarized with foreign languages in a playful and comforting manner? How can you work on language awareness in the classroom? What is immersion education in Wallonia (French speaking part of Belgium)?

Students are to observe language classes and practice of immersion initiation. Moreover, students will critically examine the existing methods. They learn how they themselves can develop teaching materials.

Students are given the opportunity to prepare and teach a lesson observed by their peers in a primary school setting. In addition, they will prepare a dossier for contract work and other differentiation methods.

Finally, they will get acquainted with the functioning of language and exchange camps.

 

Evaluation

- Oral exam: knowlegde of teaching concepts and presentation of the lesson you prepared yourself, using your own teaching material

(10/20)

- Tasks: prepare a lesson and create teaching material (10/20)

 

 

 


 

 

School policy: education policy and first aid

ECTS credits:

 

Content

Education policy

In this course we take a look at the structure, organisation and legislation of the educational system in Flanders. We focus on how education policy is shaped at different levels. Amongst other things, we discuss the general principles of education in Flanders, the way support and quality control are organised, and some hot topics in the educational field. To conclude, we compare the educational system of Flanders with those of other (European) countries. This is the subject of a paper.

The lessons are taught in Dutch, but with substitute or additional materials in English, exchange students can very easily master the contents of certain themes, or even contribute to the content of the module through the sharing of information on the educational system of his home country, for instance. Some parts of the module will not be releoft for an incoming student, due to too specific to the Flemish context, but can be replaced with other meaningful content.

First aid

You learn about giving first aid by using the basic principle of first aid, the four steps of first aid and CPR. Furthermore, we develop skills to give first aid in case of accidents, impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning. Also, you learn how to teach first aid in a school context (methods, and so on).

 

Evaluation

Education policy

Tasks: individual paper

First aid

Practical exam: oral practical test in which the student must demonstrate his/her first aid competences.


 

Heritage education (MC)

ECTS credits:

 

Content

As a teacher, it is recommended to have a wide cultural interest. Cultural heritage deserves a significant place in pupils’ education and it offers a lot of opportunities at the primary school level. This course contains approaches to different forms of heritage education and focuses on the integration of heritage education in primary school lessons.

Note: this course can not be combined with Education for Sustainable Development at school

 

Evaluation

Each year a different subject is chosen for this course. Therefore, the content of the permanent evaluation can differ from year to year.

Permanent evaluation by means of

- a portfolio: content is variable a possible example is: a paper that deepens and enlarges the students’ background on the subject, commenting a paper from an acknowledged journal, a report containing pupil activities.

- presentation of the paper

 

 


 

Education for Sustainable Development at school (MC)

ECTS credits:

 

Content

This course focuses on sustainable development and education for sustainable development (ESD). ESD will better equip you and your pupils to address complex sustainability issues. You are given a framework and different tools and work forms to use in the classroom.

Pressure on the environment and ideas on transition are also discussed.

Note: this course can not be combined with Heritage education

 

Evaluation

Each year a different subject is chosen for this course. Therefore, the content of the permanent evaluation can differ from year to year.

Permanent evaluation by means of

- a portfolio: content is variable

a possible example is: a paper that deepens and enlarges the students’ background on the subject, a report containing pupil activities.

- presentation of the paper


 

 

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