EDST631-20X (D) General non-calendar-based 2020 (Distance)

Theory and Foundations of Early Intervention

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 29 June 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 10 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 2 October 2020


An advanced study of theoretical and research-based foundations of specialist teaching relating to understanding, recognising, assessing and providing for learners who have needs in the area of Early Intervention.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

1.  Critically examine theoretical foundations of early intervention and analyse research evidence to identify effective interventions for children and families/whānau in early intervention services.
2.  Identify and describe specialist skills, values, attitudes and evidence-based practices needed for professionals to work with children, families/whānau, and early childhood educators in early intervention.
3.  Identify and describe professional skills relating to reflective and ethical early intervention practice including collaborative teams and interprofessional communities of practice, as applied in early intervention, and demonstrate the ability to apply these in case studies.
4.  Demonstrate an understanding of Māori, Pasifika, and multicultural concepts and effective practices as they relate to early intervention.


EDST601. RP: Two or
more years experience in early childhood sector.

Recommended Preparation

Two or more years experience in early childhood sector.

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 09:30 A1 Lecture Theatre 29 Jun - 5 Jul
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:30 A1 Lecture Theatre 29 Jun - 5 Jul
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00 A1 Lecture Theatre 29 Jun - 5 Jul
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:30 - 17:00 Rehua 101 Lectorial 29 Jun - 5 Jul
Workshop B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00 Rehua 101 Lectorial 29 Jun - 5 Jul

Timetable Note

Compulsory Block Course 2 (University of Canterbury Christchurch):

Course Coordinator

Cara Swit


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Professional Portfolio 1 16 Aug 2020 20% (Learning Outcome 1)
Professional Portfolio 2 25 Oct 2020 40% (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4)
Case Studies 25 Oct 2020 40% (Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4)

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

New Zealand; Te whariki a te Kohanga reo ;Te whariki : he whariki matauranga mo nga mokopuna o Aotearoa = Early childhood curriculum guidelines; Ministry of Education, 2017.

Recommended reading:

Students are recommended to have access to a general child development text. For example:

Davies, D. (2011) Child Development A Practitioner’s Guide (3rd Edition). New York, NY: Guilford Press

Keenan, T. & Evans, S (2009) Introduction to Child Development (2nd Edition) London: Sage Publications Ltd

Santrock, J.W. (2014) Child development; 14th edition, New York, NY:McGraw-Hill

All other texts will be made available online.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

All forms of dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties may result.

University of Canterbury students should refer to Regulation J of the General Course
and Examination Regulations and information is also available here -
Examination Regulations

E-Learning Tools

This programme uses Moodle as the online learning environment.

Please note that this learning environment is not hosted via the websites of either
University (Stream at MU or Learn at UC) but is an independent website designed
specifically for this programme and hosted by a 3rd party provider contracted by the

Students should submit assignments as outlined in the individual paper guidelines. Mostly, this will be able to be completed online. However in some circumstances paper copies may be required and submitted.

It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system.  Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. (Students who have unreliable internet access are advised to attend to this early in the course to prevent last minute pressures.) For ICT help call our free call number 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843) or on 03 369 5000.Monday to  Friday, 8am to 5pm (excluding public and university holidays).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,884.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Health Sciences.

All EDST631 Occurrences

  • EDST631-20X (D) General non-calendar-based 2020 (Distance)