What you will study
In your first year you will be introduced to the foundations of education, learn how to incorporate technology into teaching and learning and commence studies in how to teach the core secondary personal development, health, and physical education (PDHPE) curriculum. You will also begin study of sports science and health science; and begin your physical education studies with an examination of court and striking games, and motor skill development.
In your second year you will study the psychology of learning and teaching; the social contexts of education, the theory and practice of classroom and behaviour management and continue your study of health and sports science, and continue your physical education studies by learning about performance activities and invasion games. You will also engage in your first 20-day supervised professional experience placement in a secondary school.
In your third year you will study special education, or how to work with children who have additional learning needs, and have the opportunity to employ the strategies you learn in a 20-day supervised professional experience placement. You will also study Aboriginal education, policy and issues; and expand your repertoire by furthering your knowledge of PDHPE curriculum and pedagogy. You will also continue studies in health and sports science, and learn strategies for engaging people in lifetime physical activity.
In your final year you will study how to teach the discipline-specific literacies of your subject area, and engage in the study of how to teach senior PDHPE curriculum. You will complete your understanding of physical education by studying physical activity behaviour, sports coaching, and the sociology of sport and physical activity. Your year will conclude with a 50-day internship where you will be responsible for a series of PDHPE classes in a secondary high school.
Additional specialisation options
In this degree you will have the opportunity to take two elective courses. These may be taken in any area that you like, or in areas that will provide you with an additional competitive advantage in the job market upon graduation. Areas of specialisation that are available in this program and that may provide you with an edge in the career market include:
- special education
- Honours research.
This degree program is subject to approval from the NSW Institute of Teachers.