Concentrations

Applied Psychology in Schools Concentration (NEW in AY2021-22)

This concentration serves to enable school personnel to apply psychological principles to their professional work in educational settings. Graduates of the programme are expected to be equipped with the academic knowledge and practical skills that can strengthen their capacities in performing duties related to students’ psychological needs, such as providing student counselling and consultation, preventing psychological crises, promoting healthy development, as well as handling their own psychological needs.

NOTE: This Concentration is NOT designed for training professional educational psychologists.

The objectives of the concentration are to enable students to:

  1. develop an in-depth understanding of psychological principles in education settings
  2. encourage critical reflection of psychological needs of students and teachers
  3. apply psychological principles to promote students’ learning and development
  4. foster competence in research related to applied psychology in education

Special Features of the Applied Psychology in Schools Concentration

  • No prior knowledge about psychology is needed to complete this Concentration
  • The Concentration equips frontline educators with advanced psychological knowledge and practical skills.
  • The content of the Concentration is helpful for school staff who need to provide student supports or handle students’ emotional needs (e.g., Special Educational Needs Coordinators, mentors, discipline masters) and teachers who are responsible for promoting student positive development.

 

Applied Psychology in Schools Concentration required courses

Educational Psychology

3 units

Mental Health Issues and Concerns in School Settings

3 units

Psychological Interventions to Promote Student Development in School Settings

3 units

School Guidance & Counselling

3 units

 

Elective courses related to the Concentration

Child and Adolescent Development

3 units

Problem Behaviors in Children and Adolescents

3 units

Testing, Measurement & Assessment in Education

3 units

Promoting Child and Adolescent Development in School Settings

3 units

Child and Adolescent Development Concentration

This concentration is intended for school teachers and related professionals working with children and adolescents. It aims at advancing the understanding of social and psychological development of children and adolescents through analytical frameworks and research. It also addresses core issues relevant to education that emerge in the developmental process.

The objectives of the concentration are to enable students to:

  1. advance an in-depth understanding of the education of children and adolescents from a whole-person developmental perspective;
  2. promote critical awareness of and creative response to issues regarding the development of children and adolescents;
  3. cultivate interest in fostering the all-round development of children and adolescents; and
  4. facilitate initiatives taken for the development of children and adolescents.

Special Features of the Child and Adolescent Concentration

  • The Concentration provides advanced studies of human development from psychological and sociocultural perspectives and addresses core developmental issues.
  • It is designed for primary and secondary school teachers, early childhood educators, social workers, youth workers, and other professionals who are interested in fostering the all-round development of children and adolescents.
  • A diversity of courses are offered, including Child and Adolescent Development, Socio-cultural Context of Human Development, Psychology of Moral Development, Problem Behaviours in Children and Adolescents, Moral Education, Education for the Gifted and Talented, and Student Guidance and Counselling.
  • The content of the Concentration is helpful for professionals working in the areas of school guidance and counseling, moral and civic education, and student development. It is also compatible with the “Self and Personal Development” area of study in the Liberal Studies curriculum of the New Senior Secondary Curriculum.

兒童及青少年成長專修特色 課程內容針對兒童及青少年心理及群性成長的需要和適應而設計,從心理學、社會學、及教育學等多元觀點探討有關的核心課題 科目包括兒童及青少年成長、成長與社會文化、道德發展心理學、兒童及青少年偏差行為、道德教育、資優教育等。適合中小學教師、幼兒教育工作者、社工、及其他對兒童及青少年成長具興趣人士修讀 課程與學校訓導、輔導、德育、公民教育、及學生成長息息相關,亦配合高中新課程通識教育科之「自我與個人成長」學習範疇。

Child and Adolescent Development Concentration required courses
Child and Adolescent Development3 Units
Sociocultural Context of Human Development3 Units
Psychology of Moral Development3 Units
Problem Behaviours in Children and Adolescents3 Units
Elective courses related to the Concentration
Moral Education: Theory & Practice3 Units
Civic Education3 Units
Education for the Gifted and Talented3 Units
Career Competence Development and Education3 Units
Thinking and School Curriculum3 Units
School Guidance and Counseling3 Units

Descriptions for each course are listed in the University’s Calendar/Bulletin.

English Language for Teaching Concentration

This concentration is intended for practising/prospective teachers and related professionals who want to acquire the subject knowledge required of a qualified professional English language teacher in local primary and secondary schools. It addresses core issues in English language subject knowledge relevant to English language teaching, such as knowledge of the sound, structural and meaning systems of English and the use of English in context.

The objectives of the Concentration are to enable students to:
  1. develop an in-depth understanding of the subject knowledge required for English language teaching;
  2. enhance their critical awareness of how English subject knowledge can be applied to language teaching; and
  3. reflect on pertinent theories and issues pertaining to English language subject knowledge and their implications for English language teaching and learning in Hong Kong.
Special Features of the English Language for Teaching Concentration
  • It addresses core issues in English language subject knowledge relevant to English language teaching, such as Grammar for Teaching, Psycholinguistics and Sociolinguistics in English Language Teaching, Literature and Language Arts, Phonetics and Phonology, Lexis, Morphology and Semantics, and Written and Spoken Discourse.
  • This Concentration specializes in providing deeper knowledge about teaching English language but it does not provide a teaching qualification, this is obtained through the processes of a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).
  • Students who successfully complete the Programme will meet the requirements for subject knowledge for English teachers in schools as stipulated by the Education Bureau (EDB). In addition, this qualification in conjunction with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (or equivalent), with English as specialising subject, will meet the EDB’s requirements for language proficiency for English teachers.
  • Students are eligible to apply for the Professional Development Incentive Grant offered by the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR).

English Language for Teaching Concentration Required Courses
Phonetics and Phonology#3 Units
Lexis, Morphology and Semantics#3 Units
Grammar for Teaching#3 Units
Written and Spoken Discourse#3 Units
Elective courses related to the concentration
Psycholinguistics and Sociolinguistics in English Language Teaching#3 Units
Literature and Language Arts#3 Units

# courses available in the current PGDE(STSK) English programme

Students who wish to meet the subject knowledge and/or language proficiency requirements of the Education Bureau (EDB) have to take both the electives and all four required courses. Descriptions for each course are listed in the University’s Calendar/Bulletin.

Descriptions for each course are listed in the University’s Calendar/Bulletin.

School Leadership and Management Concentration

The Concentration is intended for serving principals, aspiring principals, school teachers and education practitioners who want to acquire knowledge and skills necessary for school leadership and management. In addition to the general aim common to the existing MEd Programme, this concentration aims to enrich programme participants’ knowledge and skills in the six core leadership areas of school principals, namely, strategic direction and policy environment; learning, teaching and curriculum; teacher professional growth and development; staff and resources management; quality assurance and accountability; and external communications and connection to the outside world. Although this concentration has an emphasis on nurturing leaders of secondary schools, a very large portion of the content is also suitable for that of primary schools, early childhood education and post-secondary institutions.

The objectives of the Concentration are to enable students to:
  1. critically and contextually analyse and reflect on issues related to the six core leadership areas for school administrators;
  2. demonstrate integrated learning that enhances professionalism and leadership in education; and
  3. conduct action research to effect change within schools.

School Leadership and Management Concentration Required Courses
Strategic Planning, Quality Assurance & Networking of Schools3 Units
Curriculum Development & Resource Management in Schools3 Units
Managing Change in Schools3 Units
Leadership & Team Building in Schools3 Units

Descriptions for each course are listed in the University’s Calendar/Bulletin.

Liberal Studies Concentration

The Concentration is intended for school teachers and professionals who are teaching Liberal Studies or related subjects in secondary or primary schools in Hong Kong. It provides advanced studies and subject knowledge in Liberal Studies from multi-disciplinary perspectives and addresses core issues in the subject.The objectives of the Liberal Studies Concentration are:

  • to broaden the horizons and knowledge of teachers in teaching the subject;
  • to advance teachers’ understanding of themselves, Hong Kong society, China and the World from multiple perspectives;
  • to promote critical awareness and creative response on perennial and contemporary issues in different contexts, such as cultural, social, economic and political contexts; and
  • to develop greater appreciation and respect for different values in a pluralistic society and ability to handle values conflict.

Special Features of the Liberal Studies Concentration

  • This concentration is specifically tailored according to the diverse fields of the Liberal Studies, and it examines the core issues through multiple lens, such as individual, societal, cultural, environmental, and technological lens.
  • The courses offered are useful for teachers to teach the subject knowledge and to adjust to the new senior secondary curriculum for Liberal studies.
  • The content of the courses emphases both theoretical and knowledge foundation, and the application of the theories in the real world.
  • The concentration focuses on the promotion of critical thinking skills and analytic views on issues, with an emphasis on the problem-solving research approach.

Liberal Studies Concentration Required Courses
Issues in Hong Kong Society and Culture3 Units
Self and Personal Development3 Units
China and Chinese Culture in Global Society3 Units
Public Health3 Units
Elective courses related to the concentration
Globalization Studies3 Units
Curriculum Development and Implementation in Liberal Studies3 Units
Energy Technology & the Environment3 Units

Descriptions for each course are listed in the University’s Calendar/Bulletin.

Early Childhood Education Concentration

The Concentration aims to enhancing students’ professionalism by equipping students with the necessary knowledge and skills to shoulder leadership in the field of early childhood education.

Early Childhood Education Concentration Required Courses
Early Literacy Development3 Units
Policy Studies in Early Childhood Education and Care3 Units
Development Diversity in Early Childhood3 Units
Early Childhood Curriculum3 Units
Elective Courses related to the concentration
Education for the Gifted and Talented3 Units
Moral Education : Theory and Practice3 Units
Problem Behaviors in Children and Adolescents3 Units
Thinking and School Curriculum3 Units

Descriptions for each course are listed in the University’s Calendar/Bulletin.

Subject Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics at Junior Levels (P1 – S3) Concentration

This Concentration is intended for primary and secondary school teachers and cognate professionals.  It caters for the changing needs of the professional community by providing advanced studies of subject knowledge in Mathematics.  It also advances teachers’ critical awareness and understanding of the major contemporary curriculum issues as well as historical and socio-cultural influences on curriculum development.The objectives of this Concentration are:

  • to develop mathematics subject knowledge;
  • to strengthen knowledge of and skills in mathematics teaching;
  • to enhance analytical and critical understanding of mathematics curriculum issues from different perspectives;
  • to develop a reflective approach to mathematics teaching;
  • to facilitate initiatives and promote curriculum leadership in mathematics education; and
  • to develop awareness and appreciation of the importance of theories, and foster competence in research in mathematics education.

Subject Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics at Junior Levels (P1 – S3) Concentration Required Courses
Mathematics Curriculum Development at Junior Levels^3 Units
Understanding Number Theory#3 Units
Geometries in Perspectives#3 Units
Statistics and Society#3 Units
Elective Courses related to the concentration
Theory, Research & Pedagogical Issues of Number and Algebra^3 Units
Theory, Research & Pedagogical Issues of Shape & Space^3 Units
Theory, Research & Pedagogical Issues of Data Handling^3 Units
Development in Mathematical Thinking#3 Units
Mathematics in Action#3 Units

# courses available in the current PGDE(STSK) Mathematics programme
^ courses available in the current MEd Teaching Mathematics at Junior Levels (P1 – S3) Concentration

Descriptions for each course are listed in the University’s Calendar/Bulletin.

Teaching Mathematics at Junior Levels (P1 to S3) Concentration

This Concentration is intended for mathematics teachers and cognate professionals. It caters for the changing needs of the professional community by providing advanced studies of subject knowledge in mathematics. It also advances teachers’ critical awareness and understanding of the major contemporary curriculum issues as well as historical and socio-cultural influences on curriculum development.

Teaching Mathematics at Junior Levels (P1 – S3) Concentration Required Courses
Mathematics Curriculum Development at Junior Levels^3 Units
Theory, Research and Pedagogical Issues of Number and Algebra3 Units
Theory, Research and Pedagogical Issues of Shape and Space3 Units
Theory, Research and Pedagogical Issues of Data Handling3 Units
Elective courses related to the concentration
Development in Mathematical Thinking3 Units
Maths in Action – Applications of Contemporary Maths3 Units
Theory, Research & Pedagogical Issues of Early Childhood Mathematics3 Units

Descriptions for each course are listed in the University’s Calendar/Bulletin.

Inclusive Education Concentration

This concentration is intended for primary and secondary school teachers and related professionals. It caters for the professional needs of teachers and related personnel who are facing the challenges in inclusive classrooms. This programme aims at equipping teachers with the cutting-edge knowledge and skills for addressing the learning needs of students in inclusive classrooms.

The objectives of this Concentration are to:

(a)   examine programme models for developing the gifted and talented

(b)   enhance teachers’ competency in implementing integrated education

(c)    examine the policy, practices, culture and issues of inclusive education

(d)   understand the specific needs of learners and identify related strategies to support them

(e)   develop, implement and review adapted assessment and curriculum approaches to catering for students with diverse learning needs in inclusive classrooms

Inclusive Education Concentration Required Courses
Education for the Gifted & Talented3 Units
Managing Learning Diversity in Inclusive Education Settings3 Units
International Perspectives in Inclusive Education3 Units
Assessment and Curricular Adaptation for Inclusive Education Settings3 Units

Descriptions for each course are listed in the University’s Calendar/Bulletin.