Early Intervention: Theory and Practice - 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 2017: Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Student project Part A (25%) , Assignment 2 - Student project Part B (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 ECEX830 Early Intervention: Theory and Practice.

This unit provides students with opportunities to extend their understanding of appropriate responses to the diverse needs of young children in early childhood practice, including consideration of personal and social attitudes towards people who experience disability. Students will be able to integrate their knowledge of child developmental processes and early childhood curriculum into a framework focusing on the social and educational development of young children who experience disability or difference, including consideration of inclusive approaches to teaching. Both theory and research-based practice will be explored, as well as the needs of families and how these intersect through social policy, service provision, early intervention and inclusive education.

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

  1. be familiar with the issues of individual rights and equity of access to education for children with disabilities
  2. link principles of child development to the rationale for early intervention
  3. have a developing understanding of concepts of disability and impairment and the impact these can have on the lives of children and families
  4. be able to identify the essential roles of the family in setting priorities for and implementing early intervention for children with disabilities or difference
  5. be familiar with appropriate terminology required for sharing information with peers and other professionals and for supporting inclusive early childhood settings
  6. have developed the ability to research and critically review a range of sources of information in order to maintain up to date and appropriate practice as the field changes and progresses over time
  7. have developed a clear understanding of inclusion and the role of the early childhood teacher in facilitating inclusive early childhood education.
  • Assignment 1 — Student project Part A (25%)
  • Assignment 2 — Student project Part B (40%)
  • Assignment 3 — Student project Part C (15%)
  • Assignment 4 — Online blogs - weekly postings (20%)

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:

  • ECEX830 — Early Intervention: Theory and Practice

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 — Camera installed on the computer

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.

1Introduction to the unit
2Exploring disability, early intervention and inclusive education.
3Understanding disability
4Early intervention and inclusion
5Terminology and language use
6Working together with families
7Communication strategies
8Engaging through play
9Assessment and planning
10Strategies for inclusive approaches to early childhood for diverse groups of children
11Collaboration and professional partnerships
12Reflections on the learning from this unit

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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