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This course will introduce and explore a variety of early childhood educational contexts and philosophies to demonstrate teaching and learning experiences and practices for infants, and toddlers, with their families and whanau.
*Please note this course is only available to initial teacher education students. To enrol in this course you need to be accepted and enrolled in one of our Initial Teacher Education programmes.
On the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:Describe pedagogies and philosophies that construct early childhood experiences for infants and toddlers in Aotearoa New ZealandRecognise the role of the early childhood professional with families and whānau in regards to their infants and toddlersDevelop an effective and appropriate range of strategies and resources to support curriculum experiences with infants and toddlers
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Required Readings:Christie, T. (2011). Respect. A practitioner’s guide to calm and nurturing infant care and education. Wellington, NZ: Childspace Early Childhood Institute.Ministry of Education. (2017). Te Whāriki. He Whāriki mātauranga mā ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa: Early childhood curriculum. Wellington, New Zealand: Learning Media. Provided to students and available to download from https://www.education.govt.nz/assets/Documents/Early-Childhood/Te-Whariki-Early-Childhood-Curriculum-ENG-Web.pdfRecommended:Maguire-Fong, M. J. (2015). Teaching and learning with infants and toddlers. Where meaning-making begins. New York: WestEd. (If purchasing this resource suggest buying online via Fishpond or Amazon)Extra readings provided on Learn
All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to Regulation J of the General Course and Examination Regulations.On submitting assignments, students must confirm that the work being handed in is original and their own work.
There are two pieces of assessment for this course, each assignment is weighted at 50%. Assignments are graded against the University scale A+ to E. Satisfactory completion of the course assignments to at least a C- grade overall is required. Both assignments must be submitted.Grading ScaleGrade GPA Value MarksA+ 9 90 – 100A 8 85 – 89.99A- 7 80 – 84.99B+ 6 75 – 79.99B 5 70 – 74.99B- 4 65 – 69.99C+ 3 60 – 64.99C 2 55 – 59.99C- 1 50 – 54.99D 0 40 – 49.99E -1 0 – 39.99
A student seeking credit in any course must attend such lectures, and perform satisfactorily such oral, practical, written and other work as the Head of Department/School concerned may require.You are enrolled in a professional programme. As you enter a profession you also commit to a set of professional and ethical obligations. On completion of your programme the College is required to attest to the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand your fitness to be a teacher. Fitness to teach is evidenced by:a) Professional behaviourb) Commitment to being fully prepared for professional experiencec) Engagement with colleaguesd) Reliability and trustworthinessStudents are expected to attend all scheduled course sessions, actively engage with course content and actively participate in course activities in order to meet the learning outcomes of the course. Students are expected to notify lecturers prior to their absence with an explanation. Extended absences must be accompanied by a medical certificate or similar (as for aegrotat provisions).Students with less than 80% attendance are at-risk of not meeting the criteria for seeking credit in the course. The course lecturer may require evidence that they have actively engaged with the content and activities of the missed sessions. Attendance evidenceDistance students - attendance and active participation at On-site Intensives and Adobe Connect (webinar) sessions, accessing of ECHO360 lecture recordings and other requirements specified by the course coordinator.
Formal and informal evaluation will take place in accordance with the relevant Course Evaluation Policy, to provide feedback to teaching staff about the relevance and validity of what has been learned as well as the quality of course delivery.
The College of Education Health and Human Development undertakes a process of internal and external moderation of assessment. This is to ensure that the assessment system is fair, equitable, consistent and manageable. An examiners’ meeting will be held at the end of the course to determine the final grades and to ensure fairness and consistency.
All assignments must be submitted on or before the due date. Work handed in after the due date with no extension granted is considered late and will normally not be marked. However, if the course coordinator is notified within 24 hours of the due date and there is a genuine issue, for which evidence must be given (e.g. a medical certificate or a letter from a counsellor), it may be considered but the assignment grade is usually restricted to a minimum passing grade (C-) for that assessment.
Assignments must be word processed in Times New Roman 12 point font and 1.5 line spacing. Every page must be named and numbered. Keep a copy of all assignments.
Extensions are reserved for exceptional circumstances only (e.g., illness, accident, bereavement or critical personal circumstances) and are not granted automatically. The course coordinator must be contacted by email at least two days before the due date, and the application must be supported by relevant evidence (e.g. medical certificate, letter from a counselor). An extension will normally be for no more than one week and the date of the extension will be provided to the student in writing. The course coordinator may also request a copy of work completed up to the time of the extension request in order to determine if an extension may be granted.Extensions will not be granted because of pressure of University study, e.g. several pieces of work being due around the same time. Students are encouraged to plan their work in a realistic manner and in advance so that they can meet their assessment deadlines. The procedure for extensions is fully outlined in the College of Education Health and Human Development Assessment Guidelines.
Where for reasons beyond their control, students are prevented from completing an assessment or suffer significant impairment, they may apply for what is known as “special consideration”. University of Canterbury Special Consideration provisions may apply to impaired performance, non-completion of assessment items, and to late discontinuation (withdrawal) from a course. A detailed description of special consideration and materials to support the applications process are available at: Special Considerations Process. Generally speaking, applications for special considerations should be lodged within five working days of the due date of that assessment item. For more details on this, please refer to the Special Considerations Regulations. This information replaces any previous references to special consideration, Aegrotat or Backdated (Late) Withdrawal in the Course Information System, Learn or Course Outlines. If you are unclear about the implications or process please discuss with your Course Coordinator or contact the Student Advice team for assistance.
Students will be expected to submit their assessment via the online assessment system in the Learn course site on or before the due date. The lecturer will also ask students to submit assessment work through the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism. If this option is available students will submit work through Turnitin and obtain a report, after submitting assignments for marking via the Learn site. 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.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).
Domestic fee $785.00
International fee $3,500.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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School of Teacher Education.