Early Childhood Professional Experience 1: Planning and Documentation - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: SP2
  • Assessment: Journal (50%) , Practicum - Prof Placement - Pass/Fail - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 2,850.00
International 3,100.00

This unit is the first in the suite of professional experience units. It will critically examine the principles and practices appropriate to plan and implement appropriate learning experiences for children in Early Learning and Care settings. The unit will focus on exploring intentional teaching and child centred approaches to teaching and learning during a professional experience placement. Pre-service teachers will be introduced to the importance of developing teacher resilience. Relevant national and local policies and frameworks will be scrutinised. The overall pass requirement for the unit consists of a mark of at least 50% for the theory component and a pass for the professional experience placement.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. plan and implement appropriate learning experiences for infants, toddlers and young children in early learning settings
  2. analyse and evaluate relevant national and local laws, policies and frameworks and the impact these have on early learning environments, families and children
  3. create and maintain collaborative relationships with families and colleagues while developing teacher professional identity, resilience and emotional wellbeing
  4. establish professional and ethical work behaviours.
  • Journal (50%)
  • Practicum — Prof Placement - Pass/Fail
  • Report (50%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Other special requirement — Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, Access to video creation and editing software

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1National and state policy documents; legal and professional requirements
2NQS Assessment & Rating Process
3Building relationships with children, families and carers
4Interpreting and Documenting data from observations
5Creating learning environment plans
6Teaching strategies for language development
7Effective teaching and learning strategies for physical development
8Government policy related to health and safety
9Strategies for effective social and emotional development
10Diversity and Cultural Competence

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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