Postgraduate Certificate in the Teaching of Ethics in Schools

Postgraduate Certificate in the Teaching of Ethics in Schools

Course information

Course title Postgraduate Certificate in the Teaching of Ethics in Schools
Course code PCTESPET3
Postnominal P.G.Cert. T.E.S.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle Qualification
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 2 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 30
Coordinator Joseph Giordmaina
Delivered by Faculty of Education
The Postgraduate Certificate course in the Teaching of Ethics in Schools provides an overview of different ethical theories and the developmental stages of moral development, as well as the main theories of curriculum development. The course explores some issues such as the political and ethical complexities of pedagogical relations in the ethics class, and the relationship between morality and spirituality. It also delves into the methodologies for the teaching of Ethics in schools and the best methods for assessing the knowledge, skills and dispositions related to the subject.

The course includes a short teaching practicum, during which students are expected to demonstrate the skills acquired during the course.

The course extends over a period of one year of part-time studies. Lectures are held in the evening, normally spread over two days a week, except for the practicum, which may be held at the students’ place of work during school hours.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) (i) the degree of Bachelor of Education (Honours) or

(ii) a first cycle degree together with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or

(iii) a first cycle and/or second cycle degree or higher and a permanent teacher’s warrant or

(iv) any other recognized teaching qualification and a permanent teacher’s warrant and

(b) shall have a minimum of one year’s teaching experience.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

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By the end of this course, students should be able to:

a. Demonstrate awareness of the main theories of curriculum development and the key issues in the teaching of Ethics.

b. Describe the Philosophy for Children approach and the methodologies associated with it.

c. Compare the different types of assessment and identify the best methods for assessing the knowledge, skills and dispositions related to the subject.

d. Acquire knowledge of the different political thoughts about democracy and democratic conversations.

e. Understand their relevance to teachers responsible for sustaining fruitful pedagogical relations.

f. Acquire specific knowledge of the way conversations can develop within the ethics class.

g. Become aware of the political and ethical complexities of pedagogical relations in the ethics class

h. Acquaint themselves with pedagogies that seek to eliminate disparities related to forms of ‘othering’.

i. List the various ethical theories and describe each one in detail;

j. Compare the various ethical strands and positions;

k. Demonstrate that they understand how particular ethical positions and theories can be applied to various educational contexts;

l. Explain the various ethical positions and strands to children (age between 5 years to 16)

m. Explore the meaning of leading an ethical life and how identity is produced;

n. List and explain the developmental stages of morality and have an understanding of spiritual nurturing;

o. Identify the main elements of (a) moral development (b) spiritual education (c) virtues education;

p. Discuss the relationship between morality and spirituality; and view these in contexts of shifting cultures with fast-changing technologies which influence formation and growth.
The course is aimed at teachers who are in possession of a permanent teacher’s warrant and one year of teaching experience and are interested in teaching Ethics in primary and secondary schools.
This postgraduate course is a requirement for teachers who are interested in teaching Ethics in schools. The DQSE and the Ministry of Education are currently introducing a programme of Ethics education for students who are currently opting out of Religious Education will be gradually rolled out in primary and secondary schools.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 30 September 2020

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