Course Title: Reflective Practice and Professional Development for Early Childhood Teachers

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Reflective Practice and Professional Development for Early Childhood Teachers

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

TCHE2549

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr. Marg Sellers

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7307

Course Coordinator Email: marg.sellers@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 220.04.18


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course focuses on developing confident and competent beginning early childhood teachers who are independent professionals. You will develop a personal teaching philosophy through reflecting on your professional behavior and building on professional skills in multiple contexts, including developing relationships with families. You will focus on aspects of interpersonal relationships, learning opportunities, pedagogy and learning environments in work integrated learning and in relation to your professional development as an emerging teacher.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Prepare an ongoing professional development plan that is grounded in theory and practice
  • Articulate and practically communicate the relationship between interpersonal relationships, learning opportunities, pedagogy and environments.
  • Select and use a range of effective teaching and learning strategies to enhance learning
  • Work as part of a team and form professional working relationships
  • Develop and articulate a teaching philosophy that consolidates knowledge and practice


You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • Engage with diverse learners in a range of educational contexts in order to develop skills and knowledge for flexible and adaptable participation in professional communities of practice.
  • Develop and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice and development in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.
 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online  http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment