Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Program of Studies

The undergraduate program of studies lasts four years. The academic year starts on the 1st of September every year and finishes on the 31st of August of the next year. Each academic year is divided in two semesters, the fall and the spring semester. Each semester covers a period of fourteen (14) weeks of teaching and a period of two (2) or three (3) weeks of exams. According to the article 16 of the Law 3549/2007, every course should be completed in thirteen teaching weeks minimum. If not, the students cannot sit the examinations in this course. The exams take place three times during the whole academic year: a) on January/February, b) on June and c) on September.

Structure of the Program

The undergraduate program of studies includes taught courses allocated in semesters, school teaching practice in public primary schools which cooperate with the Department and an optional degree dissertation.

Courses

The taught courses are divided in compulsory (C) and optional (O).

The compulsory courses include basic courses aiming at providing a common basic education to all the students of the Department. Students must attend the compulsory courses and pass the exams. Some compulsory courses can be attended only after the successful completion of prerequisite courses. In case of failure in a compulsory course, students cannot replace it with another one.

The optional ones (O) are courses that aim at an in-depth study of specific areas allowing the students to pursue their interests. Students can choose the optional courses from eight groups-themes of courses. In case of failure in the exams, they can replace it with another optional course during another semester.

In particular, as the following table shows, each student can choose the minimum number of optional courses from every group-theme in order to graduate. The total number of optional courses that every student should pass is twenty-two.

Group ThemeNumber of courses required from each group for graducation
Language & Literature4
Mathematics2
Physical Sciences3
Pedagogy3
Psychology3
Information and Communication Technologies3
History2
Arts and Culture2
Total22

The students can also choose up to three optional courses from other Departments of the University. The Undergraduate program of studies of the Department of Primary Educations includes the teaching of foreign languages (English, French, German and Italian). The marks are not counted in the final grade of the degree.

Degree dissertation

Fourth year students can work on an optional degree dissertation. This is equivalent to two optional courses and to eight (8) ECTS credits (6 teaching credits). Students who wish to undertake a dissertation first meet with a supervising professor in order to agree on a topic and then apply to the secretariat in order to receive the approval of the Department’s official meeting general assembly. The supervision team of the dissertation includes another staff member of the Department (permanent or temporary staff). Based on the date of the application, the student can present the dissertation at least six months after the application. The subject, the length, the content, the bibliography and the structure of the dissertation are determined by the supervising team in agreement and collaboration with the student. When the dissertation is completed the student submits three copies (two for the supervisors and one for the Department’s library) and the supervisors, in agreement with the student, arrange for the day of the public presentation of the dissertation. After the public presentation, the dissertation is evaluated and marked by the supervising professors.

Evaluation

The teaching staff decides on the evaluation of every course. The evaluation can be achieved through written exams, written essays or laboratory practice. On September, the students can sit exams for the courses of the fall semester or the spring one. Those who have attended eight (8) semesters but haven’t passed successfully all the courses, can participate in every period of exams. In case they fail to pass the exams in a compulsory course on the September exam period, they have to attend it during the next semester, in order to be able to participate again in the exams of the particular course. In case they fail to pass the exams in an optional course, the students can either sit the exams at the end of another semester or attend another optional course.

Degree

In order to graduate from the Department, the students should meet the following requirements:

  1. to succeed in the exams of all compulsory courses of the Program (35 in total),
  2. to succeed in the exams of a minimum number of optional courses from each group of the 8 thematic groups of courses (22 optional courses in total),
  3. to successfully participate in the four levels of the School Teaching Practice of the Program (included in the 35 compulsory courses),
  4. to succeed in the four levels of the foreign language they have chosen,
  5. to achieve a total number of 171 credits, equivalent to 240 ECTS credits.

The courses, Compulsory (C) and Optional (O) are divided in eight  THEMATIC GROUPS OF COURSES

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