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Field Experience Requirements

Field Experience

Field Experience broadens participants' experience in classroom practice, and provides opportunities for reflection on their studies and teaching. Participants can improve their practice by testing out new ideas and applying pedagogical principles in classroom teaching.

Important Note: The University will ask students of our full-time teacher education programmes to declare whether they have been convicted of or are being prosecuted for any sex-related offence in Hong Kong or elsewhere, and to provide relevant details prior to undertaking teaching practice. Such information may be released to their placement schools. The University reserves the right not to allow these students to attend the block teaching practice. If so, they won't be able to meet the graduation requirements of the programmes.

Teaching Requirements

PGDE (Primary)

The medium of instruction in the vast majority of Hong Kong schools is Cantonese and/or English. Participants are required to possess a proficient level of language skills (oral, listening and written) to enable them to perform the duties during Field Experience.

For Full-time PGDE(P) Participants

Full-time participants will be arranged to undertake 4# and 8 weeks of full-time block practice in Semester One and Two respectively in local Primary Schools. The teaching load for participants with Teaching Subject Studies 1 & 2 is normally 12-16 periods per week / per 5 to 7-day cycle (with a minimum of 4 periods per Teaching Subject Studies) throughout the block practice period.

# except for FT PGDE(P) participants who have chosen English or Putonghua as their TSS1 will take part in the compulsory immersion programme in Semester One.

For Part-time PGDE(P) Participants

The part-time programme is primarily designed for serving teachers. Participants in the programme are required to hold a full-time teaching post in primary schools to have a minimum of 4 periods per week / per 5 to 7-day cycle for each of the two chosen Teaching Subject Studies during the course of study in the programme.

Participants without a relevant teaching post are required to make their own arrangements to undertake 6 consecutive weeks of full-time block practice in primary schools in Semester Two (January to early May) of each year of study and teach at least 12 periods per week / per 5 to 7-day cycle for the two chosen Teaching Subject Studies (with a minimum of 4 periods per subject) throughout the block practice period.

Participants are required to conduct Field Experience in regular class settings with a minimum size of 10 pupils (for Special School, a minimum size of 8 pupils).

Notes to PT PGDE(P) participants choosing Special Needs as a Teaching Subject Study (TSS)

For Teaching Subject Study of Special Needs, the teaching periods should be arranged in another chosen Teaching Subject Study to demonstrate understanding of and to cater for pupils with learning difficulties in classes. For example, a participant with TSS in General Studies and Special Needs is required to conduct Field Experience in General Studies subject during the course of study in the programme / throughout the block practice period.

For Full-time / Part-time PGDE(P) One-TSS Route Participants

For One-TSS route participants, they are required to have at least 8 periods of their chosen TSS per week / per 5 to 7-day cycle.

PGDE (Secondary)

The medium of instruction in the vast majority of Hong Kong schools is Cantonese and/or English. Participants are required to possess a proficient level of language skills (oral, listening and written) to enable them to perform the duties during Field Experience.

For Full-Time PGDE(S) Participants:

Full-time participants will be arranged to undertake 4* and 8 weeks of full-time block practice in Semester One and Two respectively in local secondary schools. The teaching load is normally 8-10 periods per week / per 5 to 7-day cycle in Semester One and 10-12 periods per week / per 5 to 7-day cycle in Semester Two.

* except for participants who have chosen English as their Major Subject Studies will take part in the compulsory immersion programme in Semester One.

For Part-Time PGDE(S) Participants:

The part-time programme is primarily designed for serving teachers. Participants in the programme are required to hold a full-time teaching post in secondary schools to have a minimum of 4 periods per week / per 5 to 7-day cycle for the chosen subject during the course of study in the programme.

Participants without relevant teaching post are required to make their own arrangements to undertake 6 consecutive weeks of full-time block practice in secondary schools in Semester Two (January to early May) of each year of study, and teach at least 8 periods per week / per 5 to 7-day cycle for the chosen subject throughout the block practice period.

Participants are required to conduct Field Experience in regular class settings with a minimum size of 10 pupils (for Special School, a minimum size of 8 pupils).

Other subject specific teaching requirements

  • Liberal Studies
    1. Class level requirement
      Participants of Liberal Studies major are required to teach Liberal Studies subject at New Senior Secondary (NSS) level (i.e. S4 to S6 level) for at least one Field Experience in Year One or Year Two.
    2. Relevant subjects to teach for Field Experience include
      • Liberal Studies
      • Integrated Humanities
      • Life and Society or
      • Other lessons/ subjects which are similar to Liberal Studies in terms of the teaching and learning approach (enquiry-based, issue-based etc.)
  • Science
    1. Class level requirement
      Participants of Science major are required to teach relevant Science subject at New Senior Secondary (NSS) level (i.e. S4 to S6 level) for at least 4 periods per week / per 5 to 7-day cycle (for participants without a relevant teaching post) or 2 periods per week / per 5 to 7-day cycle (for participants with a relevant teaching post) for Field Experience in Year One and Year Two.
    2. Relevant subjects to teach for Field Experience include:
      • Biology / Combined Science (Biology) for Biology-focus participants
      • Physics / Combined Science (Physics) for Physics-focus participants
      • Chemistry / Combined Science (Chemistry) for Chemistry-focus participants
      • Integrated Science

 

A summary of Field Experience Requirements for Part-time PGDE (Primary)/(Secondary) programmes is provided here for easy reference.

PGDE (Early Childhood Education)

For Full-Time PGDE(ECE) Participants

Full-time participants will be arranged to undertake 4 and 8 weeks of full-time block practice in Semester One and Two respectively in local early childhood education settings.

For Part-Time PGDE(ECE) Participants

The two-year part-time PGDE(ECE) programme is designed for untrained graduate teachers serving in an early childhood education setting in Hong Kong. Participants are required to teach a regular class of at least 10 children with minimum of 3 hours per day for 10 consecutive days in Year One and 15 consecutive days in both two semesters in Year Two for the supervisory teaching period.

PGDE (Professional & Vocational Education)

PGDE(PVE) programme is designed for addressing needs that have arisen from changes in post-compulsory education, including the development of career-oriented studies, associate degrees, vocational training and re-training. Participants are required to hold a recognised degree or equivalent and a teaching position in a local university, post-secondary institution or secondary school to undertake relevant teaching during the specified Field Experience Supervision Period (October to April) to fulfill the following FE requirements:

  • To undertake 5 periods of teaching in a PVE environment for a minimum of 4 weeks and 8 weeks in Year 1 and 2 respectively with not less than 36 teaching hours in each FE.
  • Each class should have not less than 8 students.
For participants without a relevant teaching post are required to make their own arrangements to fulfill the above.
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