Singapore University of Social Sciences

Teaching Practice

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Education

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed


Synopsis

ECE490 is a minimum 180-hour teaching practice (5 hours per day for 3 days in a week) in either a childcare centre or kindergarten, and a pre-requisite for Work Attachment. The course aims to provide students with weekly opportunities to interact with two groups of children (different age groups). Students are required to plan and conduct learning experiences to match the needs of these children, work with more experienced teachers, organise and manage space/time/children within a particular centre’s setup, and evaluate their own competencies in various aspects of teaching and learning with young children. The course structure includes: (a) pre-practicum discussions and preparation, (b) supervised teaching and observational assessments, (c) seminars and assignments during teaching practice for ongoing reflection and self-assessment, and (d) end-of-practicum meetings and reflective conversations connecting theory and practice.

Level: 4
Credit Units: 10
Presentation Pattern: -

Topics

  • Revisiting the professional code of ethics and developing a personal philosophy
  • Relating with children, teachers and other adults
  • Planning learning experiences for children of different age groups
  • Conducting planned activities effectively within suitable timeframes
  • Creating and selecting suitable materials to engage children
  • Setting up the learning environment to support children’s independence and learning
  • Interacting and communicating with individual children and groups of children
  • Managing children in a group and listening to their ideas
  • Observing and assessing children’s learning and using this information to inform planning
  • Documenting children’s learning and displaying children’s work
  • Managing routines and transitions
  • Reflecting critically to improve

Learning Outcome

  • Evaluate connections between theory and the realities of practice
  • Analyse strengths and limitations of teaching context to flexibly cater to the needs of a specific group of children through activity planning and resource preparation
  • Design and carry out meaningful and engaging learning experiences for a group of children
  • Select appropriate materials to support learning and engagement
  • Create thoughtfully designed learning materials to engage children
  • Organise space and time effectively to engage a large group of children
  • Create conversations with individual children during routine care and play activities
  • Respond positively to children’s curiosity and interests
  • Critically reflect on one’s teaching decisions and actions to continually improve
  • Assess one’s use of anti-bias language and continual development of an inclusive attitude towards adults and children
  • Contribute towards the development of a collaborative work culture
  • Formulate a personal teaching philosophy
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