|Short Description:||Planning for Learning: CPP|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Education|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|ASCED code :||070101 - Teacher Education: Early Child|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||2 March 2021|
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.
If undertaking placement outside of Queensland you must ensure that all relevant checks are completed and evidence of this is provided to the Professional Experience office http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/assessment/professional-experience.
Students need to lodge their blue card application or renewal online . Students will need to register with blue card services and validate their identification online. If successful, the student will be provided an online account number to send to the Professional Experience Team to ensure there are no delays with their placement. Students will not be able to commence their placement without a current blue card. USQ recommends students lodge their renewal at least 28 days prior to the expiry of their current card. https://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/academic/education-placements/blue-cards
Where a student is denied approval for a blue card, enrolment in any initial teacher education program will be withdrawn (refer to https://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/disqualification.html).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 equips educators with the knowledge and skills necessary for identifying, analysing and interpreting student data, as well as ways to communicate student learning and report clearly to key stakeholders the development capabilities, interests and strengths of young children. The course extends upon historical, contemporary and post-structuralist theories on play and draws from key curriculum documents, and student data, in order to equip educators with the skills to inform decision-making for co-constructing learning environments, designing effective teaching and learning sequences, selecting of meaningful resources. Educators will utilise age appropriate content and strategies to support children's meaning-making to enhance and extend on children's interests and identified learning goals. The course provides early childhood educators with the opportunity to develop an understanding and awareness of key features and themes of the Early Years Learning Framework, approved learning frameworks and early childhood curricula, and how these documents inform pedagogical decision-making. The course provides opportunities for educators to engage with and apply key learning to practice. Educators will participate in professional conversations and personal reflection as a way of improving practice. Educators will also investigate educative and interactive strategies required for the facilitation and support of successful transitions for children and families across learning contexts.
A professional experience placement is attached to this course. MELT preservice teachers will complete a 20 day professional experience to meet regulation requirements. For full details of the Professional Experience particulars, please refer to the Professional Experience website and the Professional Experience Book.