Primary Education

Social and Legal Sciences

General information

  • 240 ECTS
  • 4 years
  • These ideas come from the stance that a teacher must constantly scrutinize their own performance, be creative, be able to analyse and contrast ideas, and be able to make plans and take decisions that could lead to the development of innovative solutions that are grounded in social realities, student progress, and social well-being
  • Innovation results from reflecting on actions
  • Self-reflection is an element that ties thoughts to actions
  • Actions are modified and adapted according to curriculum needs
  • There is a need to plan and develop a framework through which actions can be performed in order that set targets be met
  • Teacher training for future professionals is based on three fundamental pillars: it must provide a solid foundation in cultural and scientific principals; it must provide didactic and disciplinary tools; and it must provide professional work experience. The first of these covers the range of knowledge and understanding from psychoevolutionary, social, cultural and pedagogical theory as dealt with in the course syllubus. It also extends to cover transversal knowledge that allows our students to understand the social-cultural context in which their work as educators will be performed. The didactic and disciplinary tools section pertains to course curricula, educational objectives, and students objectives (monitoring student progress). Given this, the first stages of training must cover the following: building an understanding of the basic objectives of schooling during Primary Education; adquiring knowledge about the structure and order of the course curriculum; learning which tools and resources should be used to teach said curriculum; and it must also explore the concept of globalization and the interdisciplinary nature of curriculum content. In other words, training must cover all aspects of learning so that teaching methods can be adapted to the needs of students. During their professional work experience, students must cover curriculum planning and learn the inner workings of the educational institution. The educational training aspect shall focus on the development of social & interpersonal skills that are in embedded into curricula learning and reinforced through tutoring and mentoring (parents, intercultural environments, gender inclusion, conflict resolution, etc.). Additionally, the development of practical thinking and self reflection shall be encouraged as teacher competencies are being mastered. Students taking this degree will be taught based on the common understanding that the following form part of teaching:
  • Primary School Teaching
    Professional skills:
    • Be able to plan and evaluate teaching and learning processes both independently and collaboratively
    • Have deep knowledge of the curriculum components of Primary Education and their inter-dependence
    • Facilitate differentiated teaching and promote values of equality and respect for human rights
    • Become familiar with the organisation and management of Primary Education schools
    • Provide students and their families with school counselling and advice
    • Understand the teaching profession as an opportunity for personal and professional development and as a life-long learning process
    • Be able to self-assess one’s own practise as a way to innovate and progress
    • Understand the importance of ICTs in education
    • Implement and improve quality programmes in education settings

    Degree specific skills
    • Be able to teach the core knowledge of language and mathematics effectively
    • Help children acquire and develop key skills in Primary school settings
    • Transform and use knowledge gained in school settings in real everyday situations
    • Help children become aware of the natural, social and cultural identity of the Canary Islands
    • Appreciate the contributions of Psychology to Primary Education
    • Develop good classroom management strategies to help facilitate good classroom environment and social interaction among students
    • Develop sound and effective teaching strategies to facilitate teaching and learning processes
    • Develop good communication and collaboration strategies with the school community and other social stakeholders

Students interesting in studying our degree in Primary School Teaching should be able to demonstrate the following personal and academic characteristics:
  • No entrance exams or special admissions proceedures in place
  • English language skills : B1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • Good people and communication skills
  • Creative tendencies
  • The ability to work in a team
  • Reliability, discipline and responsability in the workplace
  • Interest and concern for social issues, the arts and culture
  • Abstract thinking skills and the ability to understand
  • The ability to analyse and understand others behaviour
  • A sense of responsibility and interest in educational work
  • Intuition and observational skills
  • Good social skills
  • A good vocabulary, being well-spoken and demonstrating a good understanding
  • A general interest in education as a whole
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