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Professional Experience in a Long Day-care Centre (EDN239)

School School of Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: UA6-internal (closed), UA6-external (closed)
Description This 10-day placement typically occurs in February at the commencement of second year of the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary). It provides opportunities for pre-service teachers to strengthen the nexus between theory and practice under the guidance of a mentor educator. The focus is the implementation of an integrated learning programme that demonstrates a holistic approach to teaching and learning when working with children aged birth-2 years. Students are required to complete additional assessment items.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this placement unit students should be able to: 1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the learning, development of care of children aged birth- 2 two years. 2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of leadership, management and administration and professional identity and development in an Early Learning and Development Centre. 3. Demonstrate a range of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to guide behaviour and support children's engagement in a wide range of activities suitable for young children. 4. Describe a broad range of strategies for involving parents/carers in the educative and caring process 5. Apply constructive feedback from supervisors and teachers to improve teaching and care practices
Timetabled Learning Activities Two one-hour lectures and two seminars will be held at the South Street campus (prior and after the practicum). Each seminar will be two hours in duration. Seminar details will be advised in the unit LMS.
Unit Learning Experiences Students will undertake a 10-day practicum (7 hours per day including meal breaks) in an Australian Early Learning Development Centre (Long Day-care Centre). During the practicum students will assist their mentor educator to implement an early years learning programme that demonstrates a holistic approach to teaching and learning and provides evidence of sustainable practices. The 10 day practicum will also provide students with opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of young children aged birth - two years and how these are accommodated in an integrated and inclusive learning program guided by the Early Years Learning Framework.
Other Learning Experiences Students will undertake a 10-day practicum (7 hours per day including meal breaks) in an Australian Early Learning Development Centre (Long Day-care Centre).The practicum will include early and late shifts.
Assessment Formative assessment and feedback includes onsite educator mentor and Murdoch University School of Education representative. The mentor educator submits a midway and summative assessment report based on pre-service teachers' ability to address identified APSTs/NQS/MGAs. The assessment of the two-week practicum will be on a pass/fail basis.
Prerequisites Enrolment in BEd Early Childhood and Primary (B1319). Students must have successfully completed EDN111 Language and Learning for Teaching AND BED150 Understanding Teachers Work AND EDN168 Nurturing Creativity in the Early Years.
Notes Prior to placement in any Early Learning Development Centre (Long Day-care Centre) for Professional Experience, it is mandatory that pre-service teachers complete or obtain several forms and clearances. Information and forms regarding these mandatory requirements can be accessed via the Professional Experience website: http://www.murdoch.edu.au/School-of-Education/Professional-Experience Completion and submission of these mandatory requirements is essential before placements can be arranged.
Assessment A result of Ungraded Pass or Fail is awarded for this unit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Early Childhood and Primary Teaching (BEd) [New in 2019]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Contacts

Unit Coordinator
EDN239
Dr Sandra Hesterman
Director Early Childhood Education

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6305
e: S.Hesterman@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.020A - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
EDN239

MURDOCH: UA6-External
MURDOCH: UA6-Internal
Dr Sandra Hesterman
Director Early Childhood Education

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6305
e: S.Hesterman@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.020A - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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