Early Childhood Special Education

Course code EDUC3103Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

Develops understanding and skills for working in early childhood settings and primary schools with children with additional needs. The course satisfies the New South Wales Government's requirement that a person seeking employment as a teacher in the NSW public education system must have completed a program containing special education content. It also addresses the 0-5 years period of child development and examines the impact of disability and developmental delay on children and their families.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThis course provides students with the opportunity to:
1. identify and discuss issues, attitudes and concepts relevant to the education of students with diverse needs within the social context of their early childhood setting or school;
2. demonstrate knowledge of legislation, educational policies and provisions as well as syllabus documents relating to students with diverse needs including those with a disability;
3. utilise a range of teaching and learning practices designed to maximise the social and learning experiences of students with diverse needs in early childhood and primary settings;
4. develop understanding of the role of families in supporting a child with a disability and the role of the teacher as a collaborative participant in developing effective educational programs; and
5. demonstrate awareness of the impact of additional needs on children 0-12 years of age.
ContentTopics include:
- Diverse needs and inclusive practices
- Legislation, policy and educational services in NSW pre-schools and schools.
- Individual goals + learning support plans
- Play skills, assessing and addressing delays in social/emotional skills
- Implementing reasonable adjustments to meet specific learning needs
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication
- Assessing and addressing delays in literacy/numeracy skills
- Development of skills for collaborating with families and other professionals
- Encouraging positive interactions
- Transitions
- Resources to support inclusion
Replacing Course(s)na
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledgena
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: On-line500 words
Essays / Written Assignments2000 words
JournalLearning Journal: 1000 words
Presentations - GroupGroup Presentation and Summary: 1000 words
Contact HoursTutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EDUC3103