Singapore University of Social Sciences

Teaching Practice (ECE490)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

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Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Education

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Synopsis

ECE490 Teaching Practice is 10-CU, graded field-based course with a 12-week full-time practicumplacement in either a childcare centre or kindergarten and is a pre-requisite for Work Attachmentfor students without an existing L2 certification from a prior ECE Diploma. It builds on theknowledge and skills acquired from prior coursework and field practicum experiences. The coursestructure includes: (a) students’ gradual assumption of supervised teaching responsibilities(planning based on child observations, implementation, reflection); (b) seminar attendance andcompletion of assignments, (c) observational assessments by supervisors, and (d) mid- and end-ofsemesterself-evaluations and reflective theory-practice conversations with the universitysupervisor and cooperating teacher. Students are expected to demonstrate satisfactory teachingeffectiveness in at least three consecutive weeks of full classroom responsibility.

Level: 4
Credit Units: 10
Presentation Pattern: -

Topics

  • The principles of developmentally appropriate practice, and the image of the child and teachers
  • Introduction to Anti-Bias Curriculum goals
  • Professional code of ethics for early childhood education
  • Professionalism in working with families, community, and other professionals
  • Reflective practice
  • Child development knowledge and the creation of responsive, engaging and challenging learning environments for diverse learners
  • Developmentally appropriate, responsive approaches and strategies to enhance learning
  • Pedagogical content knowledge in the main subjects/domains for early childhood curriculum
  • Repertoire of instructional strategies for promoting the development of critical thinking dispositions in learners
  • Developmentally appropriate usage of assessment, documentation, and reporting practices to support learning
  • Family and community relationships and the ability to involve families and use community resources to enhance curriculum
  • Documentation of own teaching competencies using a professional portfolio

Learning Outcome

  • Evaluate connections between theory and the realities of practice.
  • Analyse own strengths, limitations, and beliefs about the teaching and learning process.
  • Formulate a personal teaching philosophy.
  • Design and carry out curriculum and instruction that is responsive, anti-bias, engaging, challenging, and conceptually sound for learners with varying approaches to learning and at varying developmental levels.
  • Defend or rationalise constructivist teaching practices based on theory and child observations.
  • Employ workplace practices that contribute towards a respectful, collaborative work culture.
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