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Sciences of Primary Education

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What is the objective of the course? What is it?
What does it train you for?

Primary Education Sciences is a Master Degree Single Cycle course that aims to provide cultural and professional training for pre-primary and primary school teachers. The course enables teacher candidates to develop knowledge, skills and competences required for their future profession in compliance with the Ministerial Decree (n. 249) of 10 September 2010.

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What do you learn?

Graduates are expected to unpick many of the controversies related to curriculum, inclusion, creativity, and the nature of teaching. They explore in detail how children learn and develop, how they acquire language, become competent learners, learn to socialize, as well as how they participate and behave within school contexts. The course provides advanced theoretical and practical training in the subjects – psycho-pedagogy, teaching methodology, technology and research – that concern the professional profile of a pre-school and primary school teacher. The curriculum contains prescribed course units covering theory and teacher training for the levels of schooling mentioned. It also provides specific training in handling and integrating cases of special needs pupils. The study plan consists of thirty exams that focus on the contents of the national guidelines for the pre-primary school curriculum and the first cycle of education (limited to primary school) and on the professionalizing disciplines for teaching; twenty-four workshop classes (with compulsory attendance); six hundred hours of internship (with compulsory attendance); from the final graduation exam, which consists of the discussion of a thesis and a written report on internship experiences and workshop activities. Attendance at the lessons is highly recommended due to their close connection with the workshops and with the entire internship.

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What can you do with it?

At the end of the five-year course, the final exam is equivalent to a state exam which enables the teaching of all pre-primary and primary school subjects. After obtaining the qualifying Degree, graduates can: apply for a fixed-term position in a pre-primary or primary school; participate in the admission tests to one-year specialization course (60 credits) to becoming a Special Education Teacher (either for pre-primary or primary school); enrol in the “Early Childhood Education and Care” program (60 credits) program to work with children aged 0 to 3 years..