Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Professional and Vocational Education) (Three-year Part-time)
This programme aims to provide practitioners or intending practitioners in Professional and Vocational Education (PVE) settings with the skills, understandings and aptitudes to work effectively, efficiently and confidently as professional teachers, instructors, trainers, educational designers and change agents, including Applied Learning context. The programme provides students with the opportunity to build upon their existing disciplinary knowledge, integrating it with the educational learning that is the core of the programme.
- The programme provides the opportunity for teachers in all fields of PVE to obtain a professional qualification with QTS eligibility at Bachelor's degree level.
- It also provides the opportunity for skilled practitioners to obtain a teaching qualification for teaching in Applied Learning and other vocational fields.
- It uses a flexible teaching-learning approach, including face-to-face classes and teaching-learning engagements held on-line and in industry and other workplace settings.
- The Field Experience is contextualized to each student’s area of PVE practice, which enables a tailor-made supervision of each student.
- Elective courses are selected from a range of alternatives, which helps students build up a broad professional knowledge base.
This is a 3-year part-time in-service programme consisting of 60 credit points (cps). The programme is delivered through face-to-face teaching, online teaching and individual / small group supervision. Classes are normally held in weekday evenings and / or on Saturdays, while other arrangements will be made when necessary. The programme is structured around 5 domains as follows:
|Domain||Credit Points (cps)|
|Honours Project / Capstone Project||3|
|Common Core||Language Enhancement||3|
In this domain, students study education from psychological, sociological, philosophical, pedagogical and other perspectives. Students will develop a range of skills necessary for professional practice, such as problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, communication, social interaction, ethical decision and global perspectives. The ES courses are:
- Understanding Learning in PVE Contexts
- Assessing and Recognising Learning in PVE
- Strategies for Teaching and Learning in Applied Learning
- Designing effective Instructional and Curriculum plans in PVE
The Core courses provide and facilitate study opportunity to bring theoretical, philosophical and research-based knowledge to bear on the students’ work in PVE, enhancing the quality of that practice through heightened understanding of its social, political, ethical, contextualized and experiential dimensions. The courses are:
- Applied Learning in the School Curriculum
- Ethical Practice in PVE
- The Policy Context in PVE
- The Professional PVE Teacher
- The interdisciplinary course namely “Rethinking VPET’s Present and Future” helps students develop socio-historical and lifelong learning perspectives to reflect on the contemporary issues in VPET.
Electives Note 1
This domain offers specialized study in the areas in PVE and related pedagogy depending on the learning interest, professionalism and career aspirations. Students are required to study a total of 5 courses (15 cps). The courses are:
- Career Guidance and Counselling
- Developing Collaborative Networks for Enhancing Applied Curriculum Development in PVE
- The Reflective Practitioner in PVE
- Developing Resources to Support Effective Learning in PVE
- Learners with Specific Learning Needs
- Enhancing Participation and Engagement in Learning
- Problem-based Learning in PVE
- The Self as a Lifelong Learner in PVE
- Life Skills Education
Note 1: Certain elective courses will be offered occasionally or on an alternative-year-basis.
The course prepares students to develop a proposal for conducting a research-based project (Honours Project) or an inquiry-based project (Capstone Project) in their chosen areas. It introduces basic knowledge and principles of research, ethical issues in the research process and methodology for conducting research in education and related disciplines.
Final Year Project
This domain provides students with an opportunity to draw together the personally important learning from their engagement in and through each of the previous courses studied in the programme. Students can opt for Honours Project or Capstone Project in their Final Year Project study. The project component of the degree would in all cases be supervised by University academic staff.
This domain provides students with a range of supervised teaching experiences in appropriate PVE contexts to develop their teaching capabilities, through drawing upon the educational research and theory studied in the other domains. Students will be able to develop and implement practices to address weaknesses and build upon strengths in teaching performance, and to apply their learning in designing, implementing and evaluating a substantial course of teaching.
This domain supports realizing the University’s strategic goals by providing students with the opportunity to enrich learning experiences, engage them in learning, and drive interdisciplinary development. In order to broaden student’s perspectives in personal and professional development, a selection of general education courses related to well-being, positive thinking, stress management and healthy living are offered. Students are required to take one general education course (3 cps)
The compulsory 3-cp English Enhancement Course aims to help students acquire linguistics skills in both academic and social contexts. It prepares students to write coherent and organized academic texts by developing essential skills in critical thinking, reading and writing. In addition, the course will enhance student’s ability to make appropriate correspondence in the workplace.
Medium of Instruction
The medium of instruction is mainly Cantonese. English or Putonghua is adopted as the language of instruction for relevant lectures and / or courses, as appropriate.
Field Experience (FE) Requirements
Students are required to have a relevant full-time teaching post in a local PVE environment to fulfill the following FE requirements:
- Teaching in PVE related discipline/ subject/ area (including Applied Learning)
- To undertake 5 periods of teaching for 8 weeks (not less than 36 teaching hours in total) in Semester 2 of Year 2 ; and for 8 weeks (not less than 36 teaching hours in total) in Year 3.
- To conduct teaching (or teaching practice) in regular class settings with a minimum of 8 learners (for PVE setting) in a class
- For students without a relevant teaching post are required to make their own arrangements to fulfill the above.
FE Supervision Period: normally from October to April of the academic year
To be eligible for admission, applicants should normally:
- hold qualifications pertinent to PVE at Qualifications Framework Level 4; and
- have at least two years of working experience that includes, preferably, workplace learning in, and pertinent to, the teaching practices in a PVE setting.
*All applicants would be invited for an interview and that priority of admission would be given to applicants already teaching Applied Learning subjects.
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