The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course explores contemporary and popularised issues that are prevalent in the fields of both inclusive preschool education and early intervention services for infants and young children with disabilities. It seeks to provide knowledge and understanding of emerging evidence-based practices.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate understanding of historical factors on contemporary practice in Early Childhood special education

2. Critique theories, philosophies and curriculum approaches in Early Childhood special education

3. Describe and critically analyse contemporary issues and trends in Early Childhood special education


Topics will include:

  1. Inclusive practices in long day care and pre-school settings
  2. Early Childhood Intervention services and support approaches
  3. The role of play for infants and children with disabilities
  4. Fostering social interactions
  5. Supporting families in Early Childhood Intervention
  6. The National Disability Insurance Scheme
  7. Professional development for early childhood professionals

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: On-Line Group Discussion Board Contribution and Participation

Essay: Essays/Written Assignments

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term