Early Childhood Postgraduate Internship - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.25 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Professional Portfolio (100%) , Placement - Prof. Exp - un/satisfactory

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 3,972.00
HECS 1,587.00
International 4,222.00

This unit was previously known as ECEX829 Early Childhood Postgraduate Internship.

This unit enables students to refine their roles as early childhood teachers. During the internship students will have opportunities to strengthen their autonomy and independence as a teacher of young children as they explore their role within the centre and its local community. With increasing confidence, students will be able to justify their decision making as a teacher responding to the challenges of daily work in an early childhood centre. The internship contains a 30 day placement to be completed as three days a week over ten weeks. Students may complete the internship requirements in their own workplace where appropriate.

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

  1. demonstrate specialist expertise as a teacher of young children with a thorough grounding in all aspects of early childhood program design, implementation and evaluation
  2. demonstrate a sound understanding of early childhood knowledge and skills necessary to hold a substantial role and responsibility for a group of children, birth to five years in age;
  3. engage in working collaboratively with children, parents, and other staff members taking into account contextual aspects of the centre, background characteristics of the children and their families and the local community.
  • Assignment 1 — Professional Portfolio (100%)
  • Placement — Prof. Exp - un/satisfactory

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:

  • ECEX829 — Early Childhood Postgraduate Internship

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 — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

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.

1a) Professional Experience (the internship)
2b) Written assessment: Professional Portfolio = 8 Sections (1200 -1400 words each)
3Section 1: Who am as I a teacher?
4Section 2: Learning Envirnonment
5Section 3: Relationships with children
6Section 4 :Planning for learning
7Section 5 : Relationships with families
8Section 6 :Relationships with professional colleagues
9Section 7 : Taking on a leadership role
10Section 8: Reflections on the internship
11Two written work-in- progress reports before the submission of the whole portfolio. The whole unit is built around these topics.
12c) Professional Journal: Your journal is your personal record of professional decision-making and you are not required to share your journal.
13You may, however, choose to share selected pages in your discussions with your support team (mentor and supervisor).
14Journal entries will not be assessed, you share your ideas and concerns with other students on line.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web 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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