MC218 - Master of Teaching Practice-Early Childhood Education

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Plan: MC218 - Master of Teaching Practice (Early Childhood Education)
Campus: Bundoora Campus

Program delivery

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

The program uses a variety of teaching and learning approaches, including: face-to-face and online components, case studies, action research, reflective techniques, presentations, group-based learning, discussions, negotiated learning (such as work-based projects), and professional practice experiences in kindergartens, early learning centres and childcare settings.

The program also utilises a range of assessment methods to evaluate your learning, with the aim of developing critical thinking skills and reflective practice. Assessment components include both formal assessments and informal self assessments so that you can monitor your own learning. A range of approaches to assessment will enable you to demonstrate your skills and knowledge in all courses. Formative assessment will be provided throughout the semester, and summative assessment is undertaken at the completion of each course.

Assessment will be used to provide you with feedback on your progress. The learning outcomes linked to courses can be effectively assessed by written assignment, individual and group presentations, short answer question or multi-choice tests, examination, a reflective journal in which you will conduct an analysis of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experiences, and reports on the design of individual programs for learners. Your capacity to perform as a pre-service teacher in early childhood settings will be assessed through written reports completed by your Professional Experience Mentors.

The more complex learning outcomes of some courses require you to demonstrate an awareness of how your own practice can impact on the educational lives of learners. These higher-level outcomes involve analysis and interpretation of critical incidents, scenarios or role-plays in order to consolidate the issues and topics presented in this course. The overall intention of such assessment is to enable lecturers, peers and others (for example, Professional Experience Mentors) to provide critical feedback to you on your understanding and reflections of key criteria related to working effectively with curriculum, learners and colleagues as a pre-service early childhood teacher.

Lecturer feedback will be used as a way of further developing your capabilities. You will use self assessment to demonstrate your own understanding of the content.

 

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Work integrated learning

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. As a student enrolled in this RMIT University program you will:

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
  • interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities;
  • complete these activities in real work contexts or situations; and in addition:
  • these interactions and the work contexts provide distinctive sources of feedback to you to assist your learning.

Any or all of these aspects of a Work Intergrated Learning (WIL) experience may be simulated.

The program has been designed to provide 60 days supervised professional practice. Education Studies and Professional Experience courses link content and assessment with professional practice and provide opportunities for Work Integrated Learning.

The specific WIL courses in this program are:

TCHE2440 Professional Experience: Early Childhood Pedagogies

TCHE2438 Professional Experience: Meeting Graduate Standards

This program provides work related projects in the learning activities and assessment. You will be learning as you are doing professional work, jobs and tasks while in employment. The feedback you get from your supervisor and others on work integrated learning activities and assessment will be vital for your learning. The program prepares and supports you for these experiences.

 

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Program Structure

To graduate you must complete the following:
 

All courses listed may not be available each semester

 

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Year One of Program

Complete the following Eight (8) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Introduction to Educational Settings12TCHE2405Bundoora Campus
Science, Maths, Technology and the Environment in Early Childhood Education12TCHE2425Bundoora Campus
Current Issues and Contexts in Early Childhood Education12TCHE2428Bundoora Campus
Languages and Literacies in Early Childhood Education12TCHE2422Bundoora Campus
Play Based Learning12TCHE2421Bundoora Campus
Professional Experience: Linking Theory and Practice in Early Childhood Education12TCHE2521Bundoora Campus
Art, Aesthetics and Young Children12TCHE2442Bundoora Campus
Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment12TCHE2426Bundoora Campus
 
AND
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Year Two of Program

Complete the following Seven (7) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Approaches to Educational Research and Inquiry12TCHE2408Bundoora Campus
Linking Theory and Practice: Children Birth to Two12TCHE2427Bundoora Campus
Inclusive Education in Early Childhood Settings12TCHE2423Bundoora Campus
Educational Research and Inquiry Project12TCHE2413Bundoora Campus
Professional Experience: Meeting Professional and Graduate Standards12TCHE2438Bundoora Campus
History, Philosophy and Comparative Perspectives in Early Childhood Education12TCHE2429Bundoora Campus
Music and the Young Child12TCHE2424Bundoora Campus
AND
Select and Complete One (1) of the following:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Languages12TCHE2414Bundoora Campus
Critical Education Theory12TCHE2415Bundoora Campus
Educational Research12TCHE2416Bundoora Campus
Exploring Training and Assessment12TCHE2417Bundoora Campus
Sustainability Across the Curriculum12TCHE2418Bundoora Campus
Further Professional Experience12TCHE2439Bundoora Campus
Student Health and Wellbeing12TCHE2419Bundoora Campus
Introducing Indigenous Studies in Education12TCHE2420Bundoora Campus
Applied Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples12HUSO2295City Campus
 
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Part Time: Year One of Program

Complete the following (4) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Introduction to Educational Settings12TCHE2405Bundoora Campus
Play Based Learning12TCHE2421Bundoora Campus
Art, Aesthetics and Young Children12TCHE2442Bundoora Campus
Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment12TCHE2426Bundoora Campus
)
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Year Two of Program

Complete the following Four (4) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Science, Maths, Technology and the Environment in Early Childhood Education12TCHE2425Bundoora Campus
Languages and Literacies in Early Childhood Education12TCHE2422Bundoora Campus
Professional Experience: Linking Theory and Practice in Early Childhood Education12TCHE2521Bundoora Campus
Current Issues and Contexts in Early Childhood Education12TCHE2428Bundoora Campus
 
AND

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Year Three of Program

Complete the following Three (3) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Linking Theory and Practice: Children Birth to Two12TCHE2427Bundoora Campus
Inclusive Education in Early Childhood Settings12TCHE2423Bundoora Campus
History, Philosophy and Comparative Perspectives in Early Childhood Education12TCHE2429Bundoora Campus
AND
Select and Complete One (1) of the following Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Languages12TCHE2414Bundoora Campus
Critical Education Theory12TCHE2415Bundoora Campus
Educational Research12TCHE2416Bundoora Campus
Exploring Training and Assessment12TCHE2417Bundoora Campus
Sustainability Across the Curriculum12TCHE2418Bundoora Campus
Further Professional Experience12TCHE2439Bundoora Campus
Student Health and Wellbeing12TCHE2419Bundoora Campus
Introducing Indigenous Studies in Education12TCHE2420Bundoora Campus
 
AND

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Year Four of Program

Complete the following Four (4) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Approaches to Educational Research and Inquiry12TCHE2408Bundoora Campus
Educational Research and Inquiry Project12TCHE2413Bundoora Campus
Professional Experience: Meeting Professional and Graduate Standards12TCHE2438Bundoora Campus
Music and the Young Child12TCHE2424Bundoora Campus
 

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Program transition plan

 

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