Aristotle University of Thessaloniki - Faculty of Education
 School of Primary Education

Aims and Philosophy of the Programme of Studies

The School of Primary Education aims at shaping teachers with democratic conscience, teachers who are opposed to any racist or sexist rationale and any kind of social discrimination.

It aims at moulding teachers who face positively the transformation of education towards forming a society governed by the principles of Justice, Democracy, Freedom and Equality, teachers who respect the pluralism of various theoretical views and practices in education, teachers who know, understand and are able to use pedagogical, psychological, sociological and philosophical theories daily, as well as the different teaching approaches in order to teach subjects that refer to the aims, content and teaching methods of each subject, teachers with substantial humanitarian culture in the sense of respect for and understanding of nature and the various cultures as well as their constant active participation and intervention in matters of public interest.

The undergraduate program meets the above criteria. The students of our School have to attend 20 compulsory courses (=105 credits), to choose 1 elective - compulsory course (=3 credits), 19 elective courses (= 57 credits) and a foreign language course (= 3 credits). Overall, 168 credits are required for graduation. English and French are the two foreign languages taught at our School.

A great effort is made the courses taught to be relevant to the phenomena and issues of the educational practice and at the same time the students, through the large number of elective courses offered, to be able to choose their own path in order to understand these phenomena and issues developing their own interests.

About the allocation of the courses, during the first two years students attend courses of general phenomena and issues and during the third and the fourth year of their studies they work with the didactics/pedagogy of the courses and the connection of pedagogical theory and practice.

Participation in the Practicum is mandatory. One semester (Z or H) is entirely devoted to the Practicum, which is of great importance at our School. During the Third or Fourth semester our students are required, as the first stage of the Practicum, to attend primary school classes in order to become familiar with teaching through attending and working on projects about teaching. The combination of both the first and the second stages of the Practicum together with the compulsory courses is the result of the Schoolthesis for the need of fertile connection between theory and practice. During the first stage of Practicum(C or D semester), students become familiar with the function of the schools while being taught basic learning theories and their application in teaching. The purpose of this is for the future teachers to acquire the knowledge they need to understand the function of the school and the different factors that facilitate the planning and contribute to teaching so they can take conscious pedagogical decisions and choose appropriate teaching tools for the planning and the assessment of their teaching.

During the second stage of Practicum(Z or H semester), students are taught the theses (aims, content, methods, forms and teaching means) of 5 patterns of pedagogical concept and aspects of assessment (theoretical starting points, pedagogical function, criteria, forms, techniques, results),and at the same time they attend, teach at schools of the city and work on their projects.

A large number of undergraduate courses are lab oriented (educational technology, experimental teaching of sciences, pedagogical use of ICT etc). These courses take place in specific lab areas.