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Diploma of Early Childhood Education

Diploma of Early Childhood Education Program Structure

Preamble

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education is a two-year full-time degree program comprised of 22 subjects and requiring the successful completion of 66 credit points of study.  A Certificate program is nested in the diploma program comprised of 11 subjects and requiring the successful completion of 33 credit points of study.     

Pre-requisites

Academic

         Applicants will be considered according to the following prioritised entrance requirements.

∙        Fiji Form Seven or its equivalent with an aggregate of at least 200 including a pass in English and Mathematics.

∙        An achievement of 13 or less in the PSSC including a pass in English and Mathematics.

∙        Passed Fulton College Foundation Studies with the GPA of 2.33 with a pass in English and Maths

Please note:

∙        Courses of study completed in addition to Form 6 (FSLC) or the PSSC will be taken into consideration during the admission procedure. These may include USP Foundation, GAC Foundation, or other Fulton College Courses.

∙        Fiji Citizens enrolled through Mature Age may NOT be registered by the Fiji Education Department even after the completion of the course.

Professional

         Applicants may be expected to attend a personal interview where evidence of suitability for the profession of teaching will be assessed.  (Interviews can take place at any time in the year but are generally arranged in late January at a time and place convenient to all.)  An academic reference is also required.

Character

         Applicants will be expected to show evidence of good citizenship.  A current character reference and police clearance report will be required.

Sequence

The Diploma in Early Childhood Education is offered in the following sequence:

Certificate Curriculum Structure

 

 

INTRODUCTORY STUDIES

CURRICULUM STUDIES

EDUCATION STUDIES

RELIGION & PHILOSOPHY STUDIES

1

EDIS 101

Literacy & Language Skills I

EDIS 124

Introduction to Computer Skills

EDPROF101 Professional Development I

EDST 101

Introduction to Learning and Teaching 1

EDST 202

Human Development

EDRP 101

Life and Teachings of Christ

EDPRAC102 Professional Practice 1

 

2

EDIS 105 Introduction ECE

EDIS 109 Introduction to Science

 

EDCS 208 Health & Physical Education

 

EDST 102 Cross Cultural Awareness

 

EDCS 207 Curriculum Bible

Diploma Curriculum Structure

3

 

 

EDIS1 Introduction to Mathematics

EDCS 201 The Arts

ECECS202 Curriculum ECE

EDPROF202 Professional Development 2

ECEST 203 Play and Pedagogy

 

 

EDPRAC202 Professional Practice 2

 

4

EDIS107 Pacific English (Vernacular – Fijian and Hindi)

 

 

ECEST 204 The Development of Early childhood in the Pacific Islands

ECEST 205 Issues and Trends in

ECEST 206 Infants and toddlers

EDRP 201 Philosophy of Christian Education.

 

SUBJECT DESCRIPTIONS

Introductory Studies

EDFN 101 Literacy & Language Skills I                                        Credit Value 3

This subject provides the student with knowledge and skills to enhance the language skills in learning and teaching within the classroom. Effective procedures to develop literacy skills in oral, reading, writing, spelling, and handwriting will be demonstrated. An emphasis is placed on the critical approach to both reading and writing.

EDST 101 Introduction to Learning and Teaching 1                    Credit Value 3

The aim of this subject is to explore theories of teaching and learning to provide effective practice within the classrooms.  An introduction to the contemporary notions of pedagogy from both the secular and Christian (religious) perspectives will be examined. The students will identify concepts of teaching and learning by focusing on the teacher and student relationship.  Instructional and classroom management skills will be developed to promote reflective teaching practices. Teaching strategies will be explored to prepare students for learning and teaching during practicum.

EDST 102 Cross Cultural Awareness                                              Credit Value 3

This subject examines and compares basic anthropological principles between indigenous and foreign world views, with educational applications to various cross-cultural situations of the Pacific Island communities. The students are to explore a friendly learning environment in formal classroom by research and discuss ways to foster the notion of appreciating multi-cultural society and its mutual obligations throughout various island-societies of the Pacific.

EDIS 124 Introduction to Computer Skills                                       Credit Value 3

This subject introduces students to the computer as an academic aid in their study and future career. It includes general knowledge of the computer system, computer hardware and software, file management and elementary levels of general computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets and PowerPoint.

EDST 202 Human Development                                                         Credit Value 3

This subject examines the stages and process of human development with emphasis on the physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual domains. It will provide an in-depth knowledge and understanding of theories on child development focusing on the developmental stages of the human life span from conception to old age. Within the study the students will be encouraged to reflect on how these ideas relate to Pacific cultural perspectives. Students will explore contemporary research and identify theoretical perspectives relevant to the life span from a Christian world view.

EDRP 101 New Testament Gospel (Life and Teachings of Christ)     Credit Value 3

A study of the life, teachings and ministry of Jesus, as recorded by the four gospel writers, including a study of the first century background to the New Testament. A brief examination of the historical background of Jesus’ time will be considered, as well as the application and relevance of these for the church of today and for our daily personal lives.

EDRP 207 Bible Survey                                                                               Credit Value 3

This subject is a basic study of scripture from an Adventist perspective. A careful selection of Bible Doctrines that are relevant and purposeful towards developing good Christian values, attitudes and beliefs will be examined and analyzed. The students will study the major events and themes in the documents comprising of the biblical Old and New Testaments. It is the intention of the course to acquaint the student with the basic structure and content of the entire Bible in a brief manner.

EDRP 201 Philosophy of Christian Education                                          Credit Value 3

This subject explores Christian Education which provides a philosophical base from which to build theory and practice. Students will explore this philosophical base in determining the morals and values needed in teaching young children.

EDFN 213 Introduction to Early Childhood Education                            Credit Value 3

The purpose of this subject is to introduce students to the importance of learning in the early years. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the cognitive, physical, emotional, and spiritual development, for nurturing strong foundations in the early years. Current research and theoretical perspectives on the significance of brain development, play and social interaction for effective and quality child development will be explored.

EDCS 207 Curriculum Bible                                                                       Credit Value 3

This subject examines the philosophy, morals, principles, and objectives of bible teaching in a SDA primary school and ECE center. Students will engage in small groups and individuals to become learners of the world with an emphasis on helping others to be like Jesus. Students will focus on planning bible units, story-telling and effective bible instruction. It looks at the development of faith in a child and prepares teachers to teach to the development level of the children.

Pre-requisites: EDRP101 Life and Teachings of Christ

EDCS 201 The Arts (Art and Craft/Music)                                              Credit Value 3

This subject offers an introduction to the visual arts and the performing arts. It explores how to be creative with music, movement, drama, and images provide a development approach to learning. Students will be given opportunities to develop skills of playing a musical instrument and plan how to incorporate effectively the arts for learning and teaching.

EDCS 208 Curriculum Health & Physical Ed.                                        Credit Value 3

This subject builds on foundation health and explores the development of physically healthy lifestyle practices which are critical to the development of young children today. Students will demonstrate a variety of teaching strategies for physical education indoor and outdoor activities. Students will plan an effective curriculum model adapting to meet the current health needs and trends within the Pacific.  This subject will give students experience in most of the common games and exercise that are experienced with young children.

EDIS 107     Pacific English                                                                      Credit Value 3

This subject aims to provide opportunities for students to consolidate formal communication skills needed for teaching English as a second language. The emphasis is on writing, accuracy and speed in reading and comprehension. Students are required to increase their understanding of issues by thinking and writing about them to prepare material which will be of use to them in their teaching classes. They are designed to ensure a foundational understanding of the principles of a language such that they will be able to teach competently from this knowledge base. This will build awareness of the range of languages in Fiji.

EDIS 104        Fijian                                                                                 Credit Value 3

This subject is designed to ensure teachers have a good conversational competency in the Fijian language at an adult level. Language related literacy practices will be studied so that students will become familiar with the Fijian language programme. Effective language development in reading writing and speaking in their language and introducing them to attitudes, knowledge, skills and processes that will promote communication in spoken, written and visual modes to assist in the teaching process.

EDIS 105        Hindi                                                                                 Credit Value 3

This subject is designed to ensure teachers have a good conversational competency in Hindi at an adult level and a written competency. Further that the student will become familiar with the Hindi vernacular programme of India school communities in Fiji. Experience in reading, writing and speaking the vernacular is emphasized along with the making of aids to assist in the teaching process.

EDIS 106        Urdu                                                                               Credit Value 3

This subject is designed to ensure teachers have a good conversational competency in Urdu at an adult level and a written competency. Further that the student will become familiar with the Urdu vernacular programme of India school communities in Fiji. Experience in reading, writing and speaking the vernacular in emphasized along with the making of aids to assist in the teaching process.

ECEST201 Curriculum in Early childhood                                       Credit Value 3

This subject extends the students knowledge of the curriculum and scope of programme planning. It examines effective programme planning for the centre. Curriculum approaches to planning through the introduction of learning stories and portfolios. Students will develop an understanding of the range of assessment strategies in an early childhood programme.

ECEST203 Play and pedagogy                                                            Credit Value 3

This subject examines the value of play for young children through socio-cultural interaction. Students will investigate play as a learning tool through observation, the development of quality play will be examined. The involvement in spiritual and cultural aspects of everyday language within their context will be explored. Play as a channel of communication and the development of language, through cognitive, social, and physical interaction will be emphasized.

ECEST204 The development of Early Childhood in the Pacific Islands. Credit Value 3

The purpose of this subject is to introduce students to the growth of early childhood education in the Pacific. Opportunities for students to understand philosophies and theories that underpin early childhood education within the Pacific will be investigated, Ethical issues, leadership issues, gender, policies, and curriculum will be analysed and discussed.

ECECS 207 Infants and Toddlers                                                       Credit Value 3

This subject provides Current research and theoretical knowledge on child development. Students will have opportunities to investigate current research on the holistic development of children. Research about the brain, physical, social and spiritual development that enhances the learning ability of children this critical stage of learning.

ECEST205 Issues and Trends In Early Childhood Education        Credit Value 3

This subject provides an opportunity for students to investigate contemporary issues in the area of early childhood and research how it impacts on the current practice within early childhood. This enables students to extend their knowledge of leadership, developmental appropriate curriculum and the changes on current brain research. Students will be involved in an area of research and be prepared to share their knowledge in a presentation to an audience.

Practicum Subjects

EDPROF 101 Professional Development   1                                     Credit Value 3

This subject introduces students to the profession of teaching in the early childhood role as a teacher and how to develop an ECE learning environment. It will provide student teachers with an opportunity to develop an understanding of the professional educators’ role and observe the pedagogical learning experiences children are engaged in within their environment. Students will be provided with practical experiences to reflect on and document how they can relate the theory to the practice. This subject will be on going lectures and weekly visits to the centre for on hands practice.

EDPRAC102 Professional Practice 1                                            Credit Value 3

This subject requires students to attend an early childhood centre for a 3 week period and develop sustained critical reflection on becoming a professional early childhood teacher.  Students will have the opportunity to observe and acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes in understanding the emergence of reflectivity in application to working in a centre during practicum.  Symth’s model(1989) and other reflective models will underpin the theoretical framework. Students will keep a record of observations and planning within an early childhood centre on a weekly basis.

EDPRAC 201 Professional Practice 2                                           Credit Value 3

Students will be required to do a 5 week placement practicum in an approved/registered early childhood centre. Students will interact with children and staff and are required to keep a file documenting all the aspects of professional duties within the centre. All tasks must be written up demonstrating the ability to put the knowledge into practice. Students will plan for small groups and are required to work cooperatively with management and staff. Students are required to fulfil observations and teaching to be recorded in a file. Planning is required for individual children, groups and whole centre management for at least one week. This needs to be planned, implemented and evaluated. Students need to engage in the implementation of a special unit or project they are responsible for planning and implementing with the children. Students will record and present their project with the children to the visiting lecturer.

ECPRAC202 Professional Development 2                                   Credit Value 3

In this subject students will demonstrate knowledge of leadership and management in an early childhood centre. Students will research current early childhood practices in special education. Students will study literature on leadership and management of a centre. The students are required to plan, teach, and develop assessment strategies within the ECE. They will be required to implement early childhood programmes as a professional and have knowledge of budgets, grants, record keeping, portfolios and general knowledge on the operation of a centre.

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

To maintain the Diploma of Early Childhood Education degree program up-to-date and relevant, the following steps are taken:

∙        Survey of alumni

∙        Survey of employers’ expectations and satisfaction

∙        Feedback obtained annually from new graduates of the program and this information is used to improve the curriculum.

∙        Consultation with the External Advisors and Examiners

∙        A curriculum revision will be done every five years.