Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 1, Semester 2|
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
In this course students will prepare a reflective professional portfolio based on their internship that demonstrates their professional learning during the program. They will refine their personal philosophy of Early Childhood Education; explore the legal, social and ethical responsibilities associated with being a member of the Early Childhood profession; and consider their responsibility as participants in local, national and global teaching communities. The course requires students to undertake 20 hours orientation and a 30 day full time internship in a birth - 5 yr old setting. The intern will be responsible for up to 2/3 of the colleague educator's teaching load during this placement. In addition Interns will be expected to interact and contribute to the setting and its community.
The University of Newcastle, the NSW Institute of Teachers and our education partners in schools and centres require that all students demonstrate a commitment to professional teaching practice by attending and engaging in lectures, tutorials and other activities provided by the university within our Teacher Education programs.
Students’ professional commitment to teaching will be assessed by a 100% attendance requirement at sessions indicated as compulsory in the course outline. These lectures are compulsory because they present information that is critical to successful completion of the placement.
Attendance will be recorded on rolls available at the entrance to lecture theatres and/or tutorial rooms. Students should ensure that they allow sufficient time to be marked as present and provide adequate identification.
Students who arrive late and leave early without prior arrangement with the course coordinator will be deemed to have not completed the attendance requirement. If students leave the activity early and fail to identify themselves a second roll will be taken upon conclusion to the activity.
If a student fails to attend a compulsory session the student is responsible for contacting course coordinator within three (3) working days to request permission to complete a supplementary assessment task. This task will cover the same information that was in the missed session. These tasks will be pass/fail only and will not include written feedback. All replacement tasks are to be submitted at least two weeks before the commencement of the placement. Students who have not complied with any of these requirements will not be provided with a placement.
For students to demonstrate:
1. their ability to take an active, responsible approach to their development as professionals;
2. knowledge and understandings of early childhood settings, including aspects of organisation, administration and management;
3. knowledge and understandings about current issues in early childhood and how they impact on settings;
4. knowledge and understandings of the roles and tasks of early childhood teacher professionals;
5. qualities and characteristics of early childhood teacher professionals;
6. professional ethics in practice;
7. teaching abilities including a range of skills, strategies and practices appropriate for young children;
8. their ability to design, develop, implement and evaluate appropriate curriculum and programs for individual and groups of children;
9. positive and constructive interpersonal relationships with children based on equity, mutual trust and respect; and
10. positive and constructive interpersonal relationships with adults based on equity, collegiality and partnerships.
- The nature, purpose and features of the Internship
- The status of students in the Internship
- The roles and responsibilities of participants in the Internship
- Designing, implementing and evaluating a professional development plan
- Roles and tasks of the early childhood teacher professional including teacher, manager (program and curriculum, personnel, finance, property, privacy, health and safety, advocate, researcher, and leader)
- Maintaining a reflective journal of experiences
- Interpersonal communication and relationship skills
- Working as a colleague and member of a team
- Working with parents and the community
- Developing an early childhood philosophy
- Preparing for teaching and learning in the internship and beyond
- Internship assessment.
EDUC4045 in 11389 BT / B Early Childhood Studies - offered at Callaghan and
EDST4050 in 10865 BEd (Early Childhood) - offered at Ourimbah.
Course work in Yrs 1, 2 and 3 of the B Teach (Primary)/BECS Program
Course work in Yr 4 Semester 1 of the B Teach (Primary)/BECS Program
Modes of Delivery
Email Discussion Group
Experience Based Learning
Lecture: for 13 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Tutorial: for 6 hour(s) per Term for Full Term