Subjects
 

Diploma
 
Course Title Credits Classroom-Hours
Educational Psychology of Primary School Children  4  72/ one term
Introduction to Humanities and the Social Sciences  4

 72/ one term

Introduction to the Natural Sciences  4

 72/ one term

Modern Education Theory  3

 54/ one term

Methodology of Educational Research  5

 90/ one term

Reading and Writing (1)(2)  6

 108/ one term

Introduction to Modern Theory of Teachers  3

 54/ one term

Information Technology and Educational Technology  7

 136/ one term

Aesthetics and Aesthetics Education  4

 72/ one term

Higher Mathematics (B)(1)  4

 72/ one term

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  • Educational Psychology of Primary School Children
    Through this course, students learn the basic principles of education psychology of primary school children; physical and mental development characteristics of primary school children and individual differences; basic psychological rules of learning and teaching, and their application to teaching design and assessment; factors affecting learning and teaching, and how to foster an effective learning and teaching environment; psychological characteristics of teachers and students, and teachers' need for attention to self-improvement and development of students’ mental health.
    Main content: overview of education psychology of primary school children; physical and mental development of primary school children; learning psychology; knowledge acquirement and application; problem solving and creativity; formation of skills; formation and cultivation of moral character; learning strategy; motivation mechanism for learning; psychological issues of teaching design; classroom management; mental health of teachers and students.
     
  • Introduction to Humanities and the Social Sciences
    This is a required course for the Primary Education diploma programme. The requirements of the course are to understand the major differences and relationships between social sciences and natural sciences, to learn an overview of humanities and social sciences, and to understand the significance of the education of humanities and social sciences in basic education.
    Main content: the specific content, structure and history of humanities and social science; world philosophy, history, literature and art within the field of modern humanities and social sciences, important breakthroughs in the disciplines of economics, sociology, linguistics, psychology and anthropology; basic rules and major trends in the development of humanities and social sciences, the relationship between humanities and the humanistic spirit, as well as the impacts and countermeasures of humanities and social sciences on the reform and development of basic education.
     
  • Introduction to the Natural Sciences
    This course equips students with a basic knowledge of natural sciences found in primary school textbooks, instruction and extracurricular activities, helping them expand their knowledge and ability to teach general natural science courses in primary schools.
    Main content: basic knowledge of physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, geography, etc., as well as application of scientific and technological knowledge in daily life.

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  • Modern Education Theory
    Through this course, students learn the latest achievements in the development of modern education theory and new important findings related to school education and other forms of education, understand the objective rules of education theory development, the theoretical arguments for ability-oriented education and the course of development of basic principles of education, understand the modern development of basic educational practices in the West and in China and the practical usage of general theoretical research achievements in school teaching.
    Main content: the development history of Chinese and foreign education theories and major schools of modern education theories; theoretical arguments for implementing ability-oriented education in China; new theories and thinking brought about by the educational reform of China; new achievements in the research of education science and the prospects of their practical use.
     
  • Methodology of Educational Research
    Requirements: cultivate an awareness of educational scientific research; understand the general principles of educational research; master the general procedures and methods, basic knowledge and application skills of educational research and learn to conduct basic educational research.
    Main content: determination of method for research; the design of educational research; documentation and content analysis; methods of survey, observation, experiment; quantitative description of research results; statistical inference of research hypothesis; interpretation of research results, research report writing and assessment of research.
     
  • Reading and Writing (1)(2)
    This course teaches students the basic theories of modern reading and writing, the characteristics of various types of articles, and basic text interpretation and writing methods. It also enhances students’ reading and writing ability, and improves their teaching of Chinese reading and writing in primary schools.
    Main content: significance of basic reading and writing theories; relationship between reading and writing; psychology of reading and writing; basic rules, characteristics and methods of reading; basic rules and characteristics of writing; basic characteristics and writing methods of various types of literary forms, revision and evaluation of articles.

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  • Introduction to Modern Theory of Teachers
    This is a required course for the Primary Education programme. Students are required to learn the professional characteristics of teachers in modern society, understand and possess the ethics, professionalism and innovativeness expected of teachers, and understand the historic mission and great responsibilities of teachers today.
    Main content: teacher-student relationships in modern society; morality, education ideology, professional knowledge, skills and mental health of modern teachers; management, professional development and lifelong learning for modern teachers.
     
  • Information Technology and Educational Technology
    This course requires students to learn the basics of information technology and education technology and establish modern education concepts and reform consciousness; master basic computer knowledge, create text, diagrams and presentations with a computer, use the Internet and build simple web pages, use computers in teaching; understand education communication theory, teaching media theory and selection methods for teaching media, choose correct teaching media and use them in teaching, and learn the technology to make teaching software; learn the basic theories and methods of teaching design, and be able to design a curriculum.
    Main content: overview of information technology (concept, position, role); computer culture and basic computer knowledge; operating systems (Windows); office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Wps2000); Internet and related software (Internet Explorer, FrontPage); overview of education technology (concept, history, methods); education communication theory and education media theory; education media (large-scale, medium-scale, personal); teaching design (theory, procedures, methods); experiments in applying teaching media.
     
  • Aesthetics and Aesthetics Education
    This is a required course for the Primary Education diploma programme. This course provides students with basic theoretical knowledge of aesthetics and aesthetics education, and cultivates the students’ ability to appreciate and critique art, and implement aesthetics education. The course emphasizes the integration of theory and practice.
    Main content: concept of aesthetics; beauty and its forms; sense of beauty; concept of aesthetics education; beauty of form; beauty of art; aesthetic cultural forms; aesthetics education and adolescent development; teachers’ role in aesthetics education.
  • Higher Mathematics (B)(1)
    This course teaches students to solve simple application problems. Higher Mathematics (B) (1) is an important foundation course for the programme. It is offered as a continuing education course for primary school teachers.
    Main content: basic mathematics; functions; limits; derivatives; differentials; indefinite integrals; definite integrals; brief history of calculus; differential equations.
    Follow-up courses: Statistics and Probability, Fundamental Number Theory, etc.

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