Professional Studies with Early Learning Quality Frameworks in the First Five Years of Life - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Case Study (30%) , Portfolio - ePortfolio (70%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 1,743.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,993.00

This unit will require the practical application of curriculum and early childhood pedagogy appropriate to young children in early learning settings. Students will be provided with an opportunity to develop a leadership style through engaging with the organisational culture and professional learning community while attending a practicum in an accredited Early Learning Centre working with babies, toddlers and young children. The placement will comprise of a 1 day visit for 10 weeks immediately followed by a block of 15 consecutive days. Planning and implementing high quality learning experiences and supportive environments to maximise learning opportunities for infants, toddlers and young children will be a feature of this unit. Students will build on previous practicum experiences to build collaborative partnerships with families and colleagues. The unit will examine National and State law and policy and the impact these have on early learning environments, families and children. Passing this unit is contingent on successful completion of the professional practice component of the unit.

Below is the 2017 Placement Calendar for reference:

EDE325 Practicum Calendar 2017 (PDF, 37KB)

This unit can be completed as an Elective for Bachelor of Education (Primary Education).

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

  1. plan and implement meaningful learning experiences, to industry standards, for infants, toddlers and young children within early learning settings
  2. demonstrate a developing leadership style through engagement with an organisational culture and professional learning community
  3. create and maintain collaborative relationships with families and colleagues while developing teacher professional identity, resilience and emotional wellbeing
  4. analyse and evaluate the National and State law and policy and the impact these have on early learning environments, families and children.
  • Case Study (30%)
  • Portfolio — ePortfolio (70%)
  • Practicum — Prof Placement - Pass/Fail

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • EDE107 — Professional Practice in Early Learning Centres

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.

  • Broadband access — Continual Broadband access
  • Includes Placement

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.

1Setting the Scene - the Early Learning Context
2Roles and Responsibilities in the Early Learning Centre
3The Importance of Relationships
4Observing, Interpreting and Documenting Children's Learning
5Learning Environments
6Fostering Cognitive & Language Development
7Transitions, Resilience and Self Regulation
8Promoting Children's Health and Safety
9Managing to Support Quality
10Leadership in the Early Learning Context
11Community Projects and Cultural Competency
13Block Placement

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • 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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