Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECE)

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TIMETABLES

EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHING COURSES

Burwood Contacts

Sharon Hockley - BECE 1st & 2nd Years
Ph: 9244 6993

Jacqueline Brenner - BECE 2nd Years and D@YD Chisholm & Hume Global
Ph: 9244 6412

Rebecca Stephenson - BECE Primary Placements
Ph: 9244 6412

Geelong & Warrnambool Contacts

Emma Conn - BECE Placements including D@YD SuniTAFE, South West TAFE, Deakin West.
Ph: 5227 1024

Alisha Brien - BECE Placements including D@YD SuniTAFE, South West TAFE, Deakin West.
Ph: 5227 2371

Alison Chittenden - BECE Primary Placements
Ph: 5227 1496

Note: For further information in regards to Professional Experience Guidelines and Policies please click on the following link: Guidelines and Policies

PLACEMENT EXPECTATION OVERVIEW

Year/Code

Days

Expectations

Setting

YEAR 1

ECP127

10 days

During these days the pre-service teacher will

  • undertake an orientation to the centre.
  • document observations of the routines and practices and children's engagement with the curriculum.
  • observe and analyse the nature and impact of social, cultural, religious, and gender aspects of the centre.
  • participate fully in the program and wider activities, such as outings, and meetings wherever appropriate.
  • interact and engage with small groups of children and individuals.
  • keep a teaching ePortfolio in which evidence of their planning, observations, participation in centre activities and teaching reflections are kept. Pre-service teachers will be expected to share their portfolio with their supervising teachers and appropriate University teaching staff. Data collected through portfolio activities will be used in unit assessment tasks.

0-2 years

YEAR 2

ECP227

20 days

During these days the pre-service teacher will

  • critically analyse the links between theory and professional practice and appraise the influence of different perspectives of teaching and learning.
  • develop professional knowledge about appropriate teaching and learning for children from 3-5 years and critically reflect on their own teaching competencies.
  • critically appraise their professional knowledge and competencies by teaching alongside other early childhood teachers.
  • use assessment techniques to design and critically reflect on appropriate programs of learning for children from 3-5 years of age.
  • construct understandings of the legislative, regulatory and curriculum documents as they relate to children aged 3-5 years.
  • keep a teaching ePortfolio in which evidence of their planning, observations, participation in school activities and teaching reflections are kept. Pre-service teachers will be expected to share their portfolio with their supervising teachers and appropriate University teaching staff. Data collected through portfolio activities will be used in unit assessment tasks.

3-5 years

ECP228

20 days

 

During these days the pre-service teacher will

  • undertake an orientation to the centre environment.
  • design, implement and evaluate their own curriculum innovations.
  • plan and implement appropriate learning experiences for children from 3-5 years and critically reflect on their own teaching competencies.
  • appraise their professional knowledge and competencies by teaching alongside other early childhood teachers.
  • use assessment techniques to design and critically reflect on appropriate programs of learning for children from 3 - 5 years of age.
  • attend meetings as appropriate and, be involved in centre activities and any opportunities for engagement with the broader centre community.
  • keep a teaching ePortfolio in which evidence of their planning, observations, participation in school activities and teaching reflections are kept. Pre-service teachers will be expected to share their portfolio with their supervising teachers and appropriate University teaching staff. Data collected through portfolio activities will be used in unit assessment tasks.

3-5 years

YEAR 3

ECP327

25 days

During these days the pre-service teacher will

  • undertake an orientation to the school environment.
  • plan, incorporate and evaluate assessment principles in their pedagogical and curriculum practices.
  • ensure that the lessons reflect an integrated approach.
  • teach the whole class at least 1 to 2 lessons a day from the second week leading to teaching for a continuous period of at least one whole day/consecutive days in the final week.
  • attend meetings, be involved in yard duty, school activities and any opportunities for engagement with the broader school community.
  • attend and participate in parent/teacher (/student) interviews.
  • keep a teaching ePortfolio in which evidence of their planning, observations, collected documents, participation in school activities and teaching reflections are kept. Pre-service teachers will be expected to share their portfolio with their supervising teachers and appropriate University teaching staff. Data collected through portfolio activities will be used in unit assessment tasks.

Primary

ECP427 25 days

During these days the pre-service teacher will

  • plan a unit of work/whole class program using an appropriate format for extended planning as discussed with supervising teachers.
  • teach whole class for at least two lessons a day leading to full control.
  • teach a class for a continuous period of a minimum of 10 consecutive full days.
  • become fully involved in the life and operations of the school, as per a beginning teacher.
  • attend and participate in parent/teacher (/student) interviews.
  • critically reflect on their professional competencies in the context of primary aged children.
  • critically reflect on the skills required to engage children with academic concepts through a variety of areas of learning.
  • critically appraise the outcomes for learning and development through incorporating different social and cultural perspectives.
  • develop professional knowledge about appropriate teaching and learning for children during the primary school years.
  • critically reflect on their own teaching competencies.
  • critically appraise their professional knowledge and competencies by teaching alongside other early teachers and teach independently.
  • keep a teaching ePortfolio in which evidence of their planning, observations, collected documents, participation in school activities and teaching reflections are kept. Pre-service teachers will be expected to share their portfolio with their supervising teachers and appropriate University teaching staff. Data collected through portfolio activities will be used in unit assessment tasks.
Primary

YEAR 4

ECP226 Professional Teaching Practice and Child Study

10 days

During these days the pre-service teacher will

  • undertake an orientation to the centre environment.
  • document children's learning to inform their understandings of the learning and development of children from birth to three years of age.
  • engage in the program and critically reflect on their teaching.
  • attend meetings, centre activities and any opportunities for engagement with the broader centre community.
  • engage with individuals and small groups of children.
  • keep a teaching ePortfolio in which evidence of their planning, observations, participation in school activities and teaching reflections are kept. Pre-service teachers will be expected to share their portfolio with their supervising teachers and appropriate University teaching staff. Data collected through portfolio activities will be used in unit assessment tasks.  

0-3 years

For currently enrolled Deakin students see the official Deakin University Handbook 2014 for detailed unit guidelines and expectations.

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education E420

The E420 BECE course requires 45 days of supervised professional experience which is completed in Level 3. All placements are organised by the Professional Experience Office in a range of early childhood settings. However, no professional experience practicum is to take place in a workplace.
Students on E420 BECE placement will be assessed through their work-based learning and integrated assessment activities and competencies.
Students will be required to fulfil the specified requirements related to each placement and work towards achieving the overall competencies. Undertaking tasks and projects related to course work units is also considered part of the professional experience.
Each student must set up and maintain a BECE Professional Experience Portfolio.

Placement structures

  • Birth-2 years placement

A minimum of 20 days practicum placement under the supervision of an experienced Diploma of Children’s Services (or approved equivalent qualification) holder. It is expected that students will participate in all aspects of the life of their placement workplaces with a particular emphasis on developing the knowledge and skills relevant to a teacher who is fully in charge of the children and staff.

  • 3-5 years placement

A minimum of 25 days practicum placement under the supervision of a three or four year trained kindergarten teacher. It is expected that students will participate in all aspects of the life of their placement workplaces while on placement with a particular emphasis on developing the knowledge and skills relevant to a kindergarten teacher and director.

Full-time

  • 4 days orientation week
  • 2 days per week
  • 5 days full control week (student takes full responsibility for the running of the program)

Part-time

  • 4 days orientation week
  • 1 day per week
  • 5 days full control week (student takes full responsibility for the running of the program)

The professional experience placement codes for Course E420 are ECP331, ECP332, ECP333 and ECP334. These units are .25 credit points and have co-requisite units.
Fulltime students complete TWO placements, one in Trimester 1 (unit codes ECP331 and ECP332) and one in Trimester 2 (unit codes ECP333 and ECP334).
Part-time students complete ONE placement spread over 2 trimesters. The codes for this ONE placement are a combination of ECP331, ECP332, ECP333 and ECP334. Part-time students must enrol in two codes for the one placement ie one code in Tri 1 and one code in Tri 2. Results for part-time students are not finalised until the end of Trimester 2.

 

 


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