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  • Objectives
    The course is designed to meet the growing demand for early childhood educators who can work across a range of early childhood services. The general aim of the course is to educate students in early childhood studies and to provide professional training for students.
  • Entry requirements
    Students who are holders of a TAFE Diploma of Children's Services from a recognised TAFE.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies(Pathways Program)
  • Course description
    First Year

    Course Stream Subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    465-325  CTP31P Curriculum 3-5 (FT)     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    465-122  CTP11P Teaching and Learning (FT)     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    465-223  CDS23P Play & Development (FT)
    A study of the role of play in learning from early exploratory play to complex, cooperative, symbolic play. The stages of play development in the social, cognitive and linguistic domains will be outlined, drawing on the foundation research of Parten ...     Semester 2     12.50

    465-222  CDS22P Socialisation and Identity (FT)     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    465-121  CFS12P Arts 1 (FT)     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    Second Year

    Course Stream Subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    465-323  CDS31P Language,Literacy & Numeracy (FT)
    This subject provides a study of child language and symbolic development and the role of language in early literacy. The interactional processes that facilitate this development will be emphasised. Explanations of language development will be explore...     Semester 1     12.50

    465-434  ECP42P Administrative Processes (FT)
    This subject provides an introduction to the study of administration in early childhood. With the use of organisational theory, it will explore a variety of administrative processes used in early childhood settings. Topics will include the importance...     Semester 1     12.50

    465-326  CTP32P Curriculum Design 2 (FT)
    This subject provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of how beliefs, attitudes and values contribute to the development of a professional philosophy and underpin personal practical knowledge. Content will draw on a range of...     Semester 2     6.25

    465-324  CDS32P Developmental Differences (FT)
    A study of the effects of a range of developmental differences commonly found in young children. A major focus will be on how children's behaviour relates to brain structure and function; the organisation of the brain and principles of neural de...     Semester 2     12.50

    485-265  CFS21P Mathematics (FT)
    This subject will examine the theoretical bases of early mathematical thinking, learnings and concepts. It will explore the ways mathematical concept development can be integrated in an early childhood curriculum and it will identify strategies which...     Semester 2     12.50

    Third Year

    Course Stream Subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    465-312  Practicum 3 P
    Students will increase their responsibility for the program and its implementation culminating in a three weeks curriculum project. Skills of observation will include a focus on at least six individual children and plans for these will be incorporate...     Year Long     18.75

    465-435  ECP43P Managing the Centre (FT)
    A brief introduction to management and organisation theory with special emphasis on organisation structure and management style. The key characteristics of the formal and informal organisation will be identified and their relevance to the management ...     Semester 1     12.50

    465-432  CTP41P Inclusive Curriculum (FT)
    This subject will explore the relationships between children's learning and approaches to equity and social justice commonly used in the early childhood curriculum. It will use research concerning the impact of race, cultural background, gender,...     Semester 2     12.50

    485-368  CFS31P Information Technology (FT)
    This subject is an introduction to uses of computers and related technologies in early childhood settings for children, for early childhood professionals, and for professional development. Students will be introduced to a range of computer applicatio...     Semester 2     12.50

    465-430  CDS41P Social Diversity (FT)
    A study of the impact of culture, ethnicity, class, gender and disability on social functioning and development. An exploration of cultural diversity, with an emphasis on ethnicity and the relationship between culture, language and early childhood de...     Semester 2     12.50

    Fourth Year

    Course Stream Subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    465-419  Practicum 4P
    Students will gain experience of curriculum management and leadership in working in a preschool setting with a qualified early childhood teacher.. Their work will accommodate the needs of children from minority groups incorporating equity principles ...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    465-433  ECP41P Leadership & Advocacy (FT)
    This subject is concerned with understanding the notion of leadership within the early childhood profession. Topics will include conceptualising the nature of leadership in early childhood, global perspectives and emergent models; working with parent...     Semester 1     12.50

    465-431  CDS42P Assessment & Evaluation (FT)
    A study of the processes of assessment and evaluation for young children available to early childhood and other professionals. Topics may include a critical examination of informal and formal data gathering through a range of techniques; critical exa...     Semester 1     12.50

    485-369  CFS32P Science (FT)
    Selected aspects of biological, environmental and physical science that are relevant to early childhood will be explored. Appropriate experiences and resources to promote science learning will be identified.     Semester 2     12.50

    465-436  Special Research Study P (FT)
    An introduction to the ethics of human research, research methodology and design and its application to research in the early childhood field. Students will implement a small research project. The topic for this research will be drawn from the major ...     Semester 2     12.50

    Course Stream Subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    465-437  Special Research Study P (Honours)(FT)
    An introduction to the ethics of human research and the application of research to the early childhood field. The research process will be examined with the view to developing a research project suitable for independent investigation. Students will i...     Semester 2     12.50

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