Early Childhood Professional Practice 1 - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 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 - Written Discussion (30%) , Assignment 2 - Written Discussion (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,986.00
HECS 793.00
International 2,236.00

This unit was previously known as ECEX603 Early Childhood Professional Practice 1.

This unit incorporates both specialist theory and practice in early childhood education by combining university based study with practical teaching experience in an early childhood setting. The 20-day practical experience component is based on a sound understanding that students will be operating at a level reasonably expected of a postgraduate student teacher undertaking a block of professional experience as a teacher of young children for the first time. Unit content will focus on examining and reflecting on the student's role in teaching and learning with young children from birth to two years.

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

  1. demonstrate a variety of approaches in curriculum decision making
  2. demonstrate links between theory, the Early Years Learning Framework (DEEWR, 2009) and planning for babies and toddlers
  3. identify factors that influence curriculum decision making processes
  4. facilitate appropriate experiences for children within the total learning environment
  5. identify appropriate strategies for guiding children’s behaviour (birth to two years)
  6. describe the value of an anti bias approach in work with children and their families
  7. demonstrate an understanding of the role of the reflective practitioner.
  • Assignment 1 — Written Discussion (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Written Discussion (40%)
  • Assignment 3 — Excerpts from Professional Exp (30%)
  • Placement — assessed as 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:

  • ECEX603 — Early Childhood Professional Practice 1

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.

  • Additional materials — eTextbook: Mia Mia Child & Family Study Centre. (2014). Play and materials for children birth to two years. Sydney: Macquarie University. This required text (eBook) can be purchased from Mia Mia Child & Family Study Centre. Please complete the order form located at http://iec.mq.edu.au/research/mia_mia/publications_and_resources/ and email to e-press.miamia@mq.edu.au to place your order.
  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient
  • Other special requirement — Access to a digital camera, or mobile phone or tablet with camera capability. Basic computer tools such as Microsoft Word and Powerpoint.

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.

1Welcome & Introduction
2Pedagogy & Approaches I
3Pedagogy & Approaches II
4Programming & Planning I
5Programming & Planning II
6Programming & Planning III
7Programming & Planning IV
8Professional Experience Preparation
9Engaging with Community I
10Engaging with Community II
11Professional Experience Placement
12Professional Experience Placement
13Professional Experience Placement

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links
  • Wikis

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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