|Short Description:||Leadership & Professional Prac|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Education|
|Student contribution band :||National Priority - Teaching|
|ASCED code :||070101 - Teacher Education: Early Child|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||1 June 2020|
Pre-requisite: ECP3200 or (EDE2101 and EDE2010) and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BEED or BECH
It is highly recommended that Students complete EDE3009 in the same semester as ECF3100 Contemporary Approaches to Infant and Toddler Curriculum and Pedagogy.
Students must have successfully completed second year Professional Experience courses (see pre-requisites) in order to enrol in this course. Students must be available for a prescribed period of time to undertake a placement in a school or other approved site as required in this course.
Before commencing this course students will be assumed to have read the full details of Professional Experience particulars and familiarised themselves with the requirements. Please see the Education Placement Professional Experience website https://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/assessment/professional-experience and the Professional Experience Book for full details.
State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking professional experience/researching with children under the age of 18, in the state of Queensland must hold a valid Blue Card http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/volunteers/doineedabluecard.html OR Exemption Card http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/faqs/exemption-card-faqs.html
Provided a blue card renewal application has been submitted at least 30 days before expiry of the current card, the blue card will remain active while the renewal application is processed (details available at https://bluecard.qld.gov.au/volunteers/whendoineedtoapply.html).
Blue Card Services cannot process a form dated more than 16 weeks prior to lodgement. In addition, a representative of USQ or a Justice of the Peace, must sight the applicant’s identification documents and check the information on the form, before signing and dating the USQ declaration (refer to https://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/assessment/education-placements/blue-card).
Where a student is denied approval for a blue card, enrolment in any initial teacher education program will be withdrawn (refer to https://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/disqualification.html).
If undertaking Professional Experience outside of Queensland, students are advised to check the Working with Children requirements of the state within which Professional Experience will be undertaken (refer to https://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/assessment/education-placements/working-with-children).
This course will introduce beginning early childhood educators to the theory and practices associated with effective professional practice, leadership and management. It will incorporate practical skills for early childhood educators working with staff and the community, responding to policy change and maintaining procedures which reflect current legal and ethical requirements. Pre-service educators will engage with research as a source of professional learning and collaborate as a collegial team to develop their understandings of issues relating to current trends that will impact their future roles as practitioners in early childhood contexts. Pre-service educators will develop strategies for community advocacy regarding early childhood issues, and seek effective ways in which they may lead important conversations.
A 15-day professional experience placement is attached to this course. For full details of the Professional Experience particulars, please refer to the Professional Experience website and the Professional Experience Book.