The PGCE Early Years pathway allows you to develop a specialism in working with children from ages 3-7. The course has been re-designed to address the changing nature of teaching and learning in primary schools and will enable you to become an effective, inclusive and evidence formed teacher in Early Years. The three modules taught provide excellent preparation to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and achieve a PGCE qualification.
You will spend time on a number of placements in school to develop your own practice. The experience in schools is transformative allowing you to develop as a practitioner with support from mentors who themselves are trained to help you develop your own style as a teacher.
One of the key elements of our course that trainees feel defines their experience at Kingston is the excellent support they receive from tutors and school based mentors on placement. We believe that this is a key factor in the success trainees have in gaining their award of QTS and the PGCE as well as finding employment.
The course provides professional development to deliver understanding of how theory and practice are closely intertwined using current research. The course produces independent, informed and reflective practitioners. The three PGCE modules studied are:
1) Professional Studies - this module covers core subjects; English, Maths and Science. It also includes an element called the Creative Practitioner covering the foundation subjects and linked to the two week placement in school entitled ‘Creative Practitioner Weeks’. This module also includes assessment of your School Experience.
2) Reflective Teacher (Masters level) - this module covers the importance of reflection as a teacher and helps you develop your practice in a range of key aspects of teaching from behaviour management to child development and teaching children with special needs.
3) Policy, Practice and Professionalism (Masters level) - this module examines the role of research and supports your understanding of teaching and learning to develop practice in the classroom.
The two Master level modules contribute 60 credits towards a Masters of Research in Education which can be completed at Kingston University. This can be undertaken at a later point in your career as a teacher as a form of continuing professional development.