How do we help learners make sense of mathematics? Should schools adopt Realistic Maths Education? Why do pupils have misconceptions in many areas of maths and what classroom pedagogy would help uncover them?
If the questions above fill you with curiosity this is the course for you!
Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach across the secondary school mathematics curriculum for the 11-16 age range.
You’ll learn strategies to help you teach a variety of topics in mathematics classes, including number, algebra, geometry and handling data. You’ll also explore practical activities that you can use in or outside the classroom that encourage students to engage in mastering mathematics.
We know it can be daunting to teach a class, so during the first few weeks of this PGCE you’ll typically plan short activities, together with a lesson based research and present them to fellow student teachers. This helps you to become comfortable presenting in front of a group and to explore different ways of engaging learners.
You’ll consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your planning, learn how research can develop your teaching practice, and look at ways to develop your teacher persona.
As well as researching methods to teach fractions and discussing the impact misconceptions can have on individuals, you’ll spend time refreshing post-16 knowledge and considering activities for low attaining learners.
FEATURES AND BENEFITS:
Employability - You will have the knowledge, skills and experience to teach mathematics at Key Stage 3, GCSE and potentially A/AS-level.
Schools experience - You’ll spend at least the minimum DfE required time in schools (approximately 120 days) on placements in schools, gaining experience in mainstream secondary schools.
Postgraduate credits - When you graduate, you’ll achieve 60 masters’ level credits (this is one-third of a masters degree). You can put these towards a masters degree such as our new MTeach course.
Partnerships - We have partnerships with over 1,500 schools, colleges and educational organisations, meaning we are able to provide students with a range of school experiences.
Research-led teaching - Our research centre, ESRI ranks in the UK’s top 20 for research power in Education (Research Excellence Framework, 2014) and recent research sponsors include the Department of Education; Wellcome Trust; European Union; Esmée Fairbairn Foundation; Barclays; Microsoft; Siemens and LEGO.
For more information about this course please visit our website: https://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/course/pgce-secondary-mathematics-with-qts.