The Postgraduate Certificate in 3-14 Physical Education is being developed at a time when children's physical education, sport and physical activity are all receiving increased political, professional and academic attention (Scottish Executive, 2003, 2004, 2006). Attention in Scotland is primarily focussed on the Scottish Executive's commitment to the delivery of two hours of quality curricular physical education per week to all children and the creation of an additional 400 physical education teachers. A key approach taken to meet these commitments is the commissioning of the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow to develop and deliver postgraduate certificates in physical education for existing primary teachers. At present, the University of Edinburgh has agreements to work with 16 local authorities throughout Scotland to deliver the programme.
Students who follow this programme will be able to develop:
* a critical knowledge and understanding of global, national and local policy discourses on the development of physical education in the 3-14 age range;
* the curricular and developmental knowledge and understanding to consistently plan, deliver and assess developmentally appropriate physical education learning experiences for children throughout the 3-14 age range;
* an understanding of the collaboration and partnership issues related to the development of 3-14 physical education within broader learning communities, namely the primary school, the local secondary school cluster of primary schools, the secondary school and the local community;
* the ability to systematically evaluate knowledge, skills and attitudes in relation to personal and others' professional practice;
* the capacity to undertake critically reflective study which integrates theory, research and practice.
How You Will Be Taught
Delivery will take place outside the normal school day during school holidays, evenings, weekends and CPD days. A small number of sessions may be delivered during the school day. The delivery model for the programme will be negotiated with local authorities and elements of courses will be delivered by a combination of University and local-authority staff. A variety of delivery methods will be employed. These will include lectures, seminars, video-conferencing and practical sessions to extend knowledge and understanding of content and to develop pedagogy skills. Specific elements of the programme will be delivered via distance learning and it is proposed that this distance learning aspect of the programme will be extended in the future for UK-wide and international students. Elements of the programme will also be available as stand-alone non-award-bearing CPD courses for other teachers and related professionals.
This exciting new programme is being developed at a time when children's physical education, sport and physical activity are areas of increased political, professional and academic focus. The Scottish Executive's commitment to two hours of curricular physical education for all children aged 3-18 and the creation of an additional 400 physical education teachers (Scottish Executive, 2004) are excellent examples of this change in emphasis. As a result, the Scottish Executive Education Department (SEED) has commissioned the University of Edinburgh to develop this postgraduate programme to help registered teachers develop a specialism in physical education.
Programme Description: This programme is a two-year part-time certificate consisting of three closely related courses. Central to the three courses is the recognition that children's physical education should be a developmental, progressive, inclusive and integrated experience and, as such, play an important part in the overall education of all children.
o Course 1: 3-14 Physical Education: Setting the Context
o Course 2: The Early Years Physical Education Curriculum
o Course 3: The Upper Primary / Early Secondary Physical Education Curriculum (ages 9-14