Design & Technology Education MDTechEd

School Experience 1 EDUC1104

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction into teaching technical education. The school experience will comprise of a block of weeks in a secondary school.


Typically a block of 4 weeks in semester 2.

Excluded Courses





Assessment of performance during continuous observation by field professionals will be formalised in a school experience report. The school experience report will be provided by the principal teacher or faculty head of the placement school. The report will be graded satisfactory or unsatisfactory. 

Course Aims

This course aims to provide an introduction to teaching design and technical subjects and aspects of the secondary school technologies curriculum. It aims to give students a realistic experience of the role of the teacher and the practice of technical education. This is a formative and experiential course which serves as an induction for future periods of school experience within the programme. The course seeks to allow students to take their first steps into teaching within a supportive and developmental context.


This course supports the achievement of all elements of the Standard for Provisional Registration, in particular, at this early stage:


2.1.1 Have knowledge and understanding of the nature of the curriculum and its development

2.1.2 Have knowledge and understanding of the relevant area(s) of pre-school, primary or secondary curriculum

2.1.3 Have knowledge and understanding of planning coherent and progressive teaching programmes

2.1.5 Have knowledge and understanding of the principles of assessment, recording and reporting

2.2.1 Have knowledge and understanding of the principal features of the education system, educational policy and practice

2.2.2 Have knowledge and understanding of the schools and learning communities in which they teach and their own professional responsibilities within them

2.3.1 Have knowledge and understanding of relevant educational principles and pedagogical theories to inform professional practices

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ Demonstrate baseline understanding of the concept of pedagogy and the application of appropriate teaching approaches to design and technology education;

■ Plan and deliver parts of lessons, or lessons, to individual pupils, groups or whole classes;

■ Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Broad General phase of the technologies curriculum;

■ Demonstrate knowledge of, and implement, health and safety regulations in the workshop;

■ Explain how the benchmark outlined in the Standard for Registration are relevant to their professional development and reflect on how they are meeting these;

■ Demonstrate self-evaluation in relation to their emerging practice.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must demonstrate professional behaviour and achieve a pass grade from school based placement partners. Students must meet the GTCS requirements for attendance during placement.