Course Title: Early Childhood Professional Practice 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Early Childhood Professional Practice 2

Credit Points: 0


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

TCHE2273

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

360H Education

Workplace

Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Josephine Ng

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7861

Course Coordinator Email:josephine.ng@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This is a core course that focuses on the development of professional practice skills directly related to work integrated learning. The course involves placement in an educational setting with children Birth - 2 years for a period of 15 days. Particular focus will be given to analysing contexts of learning environments.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist students to build and refine their knowledge and skills in the areas of observation, learning and teaching, assessment, reflection and knowledge of innovations and initiatives based on reflection and feedback from their previous professional practice experiences and current learning within the course.


Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Plan, implement and evaluate a program for infants and toddlers.
  • Observe and interact with children and teachers.
  • Observe, record and reflect on the ways in which teachers manage routines and processes.
  • Begin to be aware of and use teaching resources available at the educational setting and university.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of some of the assessment and reporting tools used by the teacher.
  • Articulate some of the innovations and initiatives that are being implemented in the educational setting.
  • Seek and accept guidance and respond constructively to feedback from professional mentors.
  • Reflect on their teaching and issues impacting on their professional experience.
  • ICT Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course students will have demonstrated and/or acquired the following ICT capabilities:

  • Understanding of the role of ICT in society and the implications for education.
  • Understandings of the role of ICT in learning and implications for the early childhood setting.
  • Awareness of a range of contemporary ICT resources suitable for the early childhood setting.

Professional Standards

This course is aligned with the following standards:

  • Teachers know how infants and toddlers learn.
  • Teachers know the content they teach.
  • Teachers know their children.
  • Teachers plan and assess for effective learning.
  • Teachers create and maintain safe and challenging learning environments.
  • Teachers use a range of teaching strategies and resources to engage children in effective learning.
  • Teachers reflect on, evaluate and improve their professional knowledge and practice.
  • Teachers are active members of their profession.


Overview of Learning Activities

Students’ learning in this course will involve a range of activities both at the educational setting and university that are designed to focus on addressing characteristics of effective professional experience.


Overview of Learning Resources

See Part B


Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks are directly linked to the stated objectives and outcomes. Assessment in the course will be both theoretical and practical in nature. A range of formative and summative assessment types will be incorporated into the course (for example, developing a Professional Portfolio and a variety of assessment that demonstrates how the specific areas of professional experience have been addressed).

Students should refer to Part B of the course guide for further information on assessment.