Early Childhood Professional Practice 2 - 2016

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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 1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Report (20%) , Assignment 2 - Essay (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,928.00
HECS 782.00
International 2,178.00

This unit was previously known as ECEX825 Early Childhood Professional Practice 2.

In this unit you will build on the knowledge of early childhood theory and practice that you gained from your experiences in ECHX603 Early Childhood Professional Practice 1. You will extend your understanding of critical reflection and your personal professional philosophy as a developing teacher. Central to this unit is a 20 day professional experience placement where you will develop your awareness of the professional role and responsibilities of an early childhood teacher working with children from two to five years. This unit therefore combines theory and practice to enable you to construct your practical knowledge of teaching and learning through guided reflection.

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

  1. Demonstrate the link between theory, the Early Years Learning Framework (DEEWR, 2009) and planning for children 2-5 years
  2. Demonstrate the capacity to articulate your own philosophy of professional practice as a teacher of young children;
  3. Systematically document and critically analyse the pedagogy and practice of teaching and learning
  4. Engage critically examining ideas, issues and principles connected with professional decision-making as a teacher in an early childhood setting;
  5. Demonstrate the value of an anti bias approach when working with young children and their families
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the reflective practitioner.
  • Assignment 1 — Report (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Essay (40%)
  • Assignment 3 — Documenting chn's learning (40%)
  • 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:

  • ECEX825 — Early Childhood Professional Practice 2

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.

1Introduction to the unit
22-5s Pedagogy & approaches
32-5s Environments
42-5s Establishing relationships
52-5s Guiding behaviours
62-5s Programming & planning & transition to school
72-5s Preparation for the professional experience placement
8Pedagogical documentation
92-5s Working with families
10Professional experience placement
11Professional experience placement
12Professional experience placement
13Reflecting on learning

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • 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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Programming and Planning in Early Childhood Settings

    By:Arthur, Beecher, Death, Farmer

    ISBN: 9780170264105


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Techniques For Teaching Young Children: Choices For Theory


    ISBN: 9781442502710


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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