Diverse Abilities: Inclusive Practices (0-8 Years)

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
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

This online Diverse Abilities: Inclusive Practices (0-8 Years) unit examines the normal and atypical development of children, and provides early childhood educators with a deeper understanding of how to create inclusive learning environments for young children with diverse needs.

Offered by Open Universities Australia, in conjunction with Curtin University, the unit addresses the social, legal and educational imperatives for inclusive practices in early learning settings, and is designed to provide educators with the adaptive tools and inclusive strategies to help children aged 0 to 8 years who may have a disability, impairment or learning difficulties.

The unit covers the whole spectrum of diverse needs, and includes sensory impairments, terminal illnesses, physical and intellectual disabilities, as well as behaviour disorders, and exceptionally gifted children. The program has a strong focus on facilitating life skills where possible, and encourages the development of self-care, independence, social skills as well as communication and language. Early childhood educators are also taught to manage challenging behaviours, effectively partner with families, and how to link up with multidisciplinary support services and allied health professionals.

Eligibility

To be eligible to enrol in this unit, applicants must be accepted into the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood). Prior completion of the following unit is also recommended:

  • Effective Communication: Academic and Professional Contexts

Areas of study

In this education unit, the topics you will study include:

  • An inclusive approach to early education and care: national and state policies
  • Inclusive programs for young children: access to support agencies
  • Partnerships with families: families as a system
  • 'Normal' and 'exceptional' development: disabilities, causes and classification; giftedness in early childhood
  • Sensory impairments: hearing and vision
  • Addressing physical, health and terminal illness issues
  • Learning, emotional and behaviour disorders
  • Assessment and the IFSP/IEP process
  • The developmental behavioural approach: managing challenging behaviours
  • Arranging the learning environment: planning transitions to support inclusion
  • Facilitating specific skills: self-care, adaptive, independence, social development, speech, language & communication, advanced cognitive development
  • Facilitating pre-academic and cognitive learning: characteristics of effective teachers in inclusive programs

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?

Early childhood educators will complete this unit with the ability to:

  • Apply strategies based upon international research to enhance the development of programs for children with diverse needs
  • Create inclusive learning environments that meet the needs of young children with exceptional needs
  • Be aware of a range of learning strategies and interventions, and judge which ones are most appropriate to apply for children who are considered ‘exceptional’ or have disabilities, impairments and learning difficulties
  • Reflect upon the role of a teacher as a conduit for inclusive learning

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Diverse Abilities: Inclusive Practices (0-8 Years) 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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