Nga Ritenga Rahi: Professional Practice 1

    Course details

    • Code: TECE.5021
    • Fee: $744*
    • Level: 5
    • Credits: 15
    • EFTS: 0.125
    • Subject: Early Childhood
Study optionsFull-time
Time in class45 (approximate total hours)
Work experience90 (approximate total hours)
Offered (indicative)Semester 1, Semester 2
Intakes information

Whakatane intake: Semester 2 only

LocationRotorua (Mokoia), Whakatane

Course Aim

In this course, student teachers will learn what it means to be a professional teacher within the context of early childhood education in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The focus will be on learning about professional and collegial relationships, regulatory requirements including health and safety aspects, teachers' ethical and pedagogical responsibilities, and reflective practice. Student teachers will have opportunities to link classroom learning with practicum experiences in an actual early childhood setting through: working with experienced teachers, children and families/ whānau; engagement in beginning reflective practice; and the setting and implementation of personal professional goals.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Define and explain the notion of professionalism in early childhood education in Aotearoa/ New Zealand.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the regulatory, ethical and professional requirements of the early childhood teacher, including the Code of Ethics and the Graduating Teacher Standards.
  3. Describe and demonstrate knowledge of theories of building and maintaining effective professional and collegial relationships in early childhood environments.
  4. Explain a range of health and safety perspectives including Māori and other cultural perspectives and their impact on early childhood practices.
  5. Identify and discuss common childhood illnesses, and ways to prevent and manage these.
  6. Demonstrate beginning skills and knowledge in te reo me ngā tikanga Māori.
  7. Identify and discuss the benefits of reflective practice and demonstrate how it contributes to their development as a student teacher.
  8. Demonstrates teaching strategies for supporting the development and learning of infants, toddlers and young children.
  9. Demonstrate aspects of the New Zealand Teachers Council’s Graduating Teacher Standards for Teaching Practice 1 to a satisfactory level or above.

*Course cost/fee: Indicative standard fee for New Zealand residents only. Fees for non-New Zealand residents will vary, visit the Programmes and Tuition Fees for International Students information page.

*Course cost/fee last updated 13-Dec-2016

Page last updated: 01 Sep 2017