Child Development for Educators

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Curtin University
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About this unit

This online Child Development for Educators unit is geared towards individuals looking to build a career as a primary school teacher or early childhood educator.

Delivered entirely online by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Curtin University, this unit is designed to cover the development of children in the first 12 years of their life.

The unit is grounded in theory and research, and gives a thorough overview of the typical and atypical processes a child undergoes in relation to their physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.

Students will also examine the impact of biological and environmental influences on a child’s development, and address how contemporary educators can maximise development outcomes during these formative years.

The unit is a comprehensive look into the processes of childhood development, and gives you insight into what a degree in primary school teaching involves.

Eligibility

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have completed any of the following units or their equivalent:

  • Children’s Development (Birth-8 years)
  • Development and Education

Areas of study

In this child development for educators unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Foundations of infant and child development
  • Family, culture and community
  • Contexts of child development
  • Biological foundations of development
  • Theories of cognitive development
  • The development of intelligent behaviour
  • Language and communication
  • Development in the academic domains
  • Emotional development
  • Social development
  • Development of self-regulation and morality
  • The influence of peers, school and society

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Once you complete this unit, you will be in a better position to judge whether a career in early childhood or primary school teaching is the path for you.

You will also walk away from this unit with a thorough understanding of the following aspects of child development:

  • Various theories of child development
  • Aspects of child development in relation to specific age groups
  • The biological and environmental influences on a child’s development from birth through to early adolescence
  • How the interactions between the child, caregivers, family home and educational environment impact on the child’s overall development
  • The typical and atypical patterns a child’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Child Development for Educators from Curtin University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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