|Module Code:||EC402||ECTS Credits:||15|
The Field Placement module is a continuation of the work completed by students in the Professional Development: Applying Theory to Practice module
Central to the spirit of the programme in Early Childhood Education is an impetus towards providing students with the necessary practical skills to work productively within a variety of early childhood educational settings. This module is designed to offer students further opportunity to experience on an extended basis a workplace environment selected by them based on criteria provided by the Institute (8 week block placement with two Marino-based reflective days – online and tutor support will be provided). Students will undertake their field placements within organisations or bodies which will introduce them to the applied, concrete competencies necessary, while at the same time, affording them an opportunity to network and interface with established professionals in the field. Selection of workplace environment will be the responsibility of the student in the first instance, but support will be offered by the Institute should difficulties arise. All placements must be approved by the placement support coordinator in MIE prior to commencement.
It is intended that students will be encouraged to apply the theoretical concepts and skills acquired during lectures and workshops over the course of their internship. At all times, students will be supported in playing an active and productive part on the team to which they have been assigned. Students will be encouraged to become “reflective practitioners” during the placement. To support them in doing this, students will be required to compile a professional portfolio which will detail their synthesis, evaluation and critical analysis of the work placement experience.
It is expected that students will engage in non-assessed field placements in years 1-3 most likely carried out in the student’s current place of work (or in the case of a CAO candidate not working in the sector, a placement shall be sought).
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
- Compile instances of the application of knowledge and skills acquired on the course in a professional setting with a focus on communication skills, self-development, problem solving skills, leadership and team work skills, organisational skills and the application of course based knowledge to the field placement setting.
- Review communication skills used which facilitated positive interaction with infants, toddlers and young children in the early childhood setting.
- Prepare appropriate resources and displays to support their engagement with infants toddlers and young children.
- Describe how a positive learning environment supporting child centred learning and holistic development for children from birth to 6 years could be organised and maintained.
- Summarise professional discussions with colleagues, members of management and other professionals in the field.
- Reflect critically on his/her practice so as to inform that practice.
- Critique their commitment to democracy, equality and social justice in their early childhood practice.
- Plan for active participation in the work of the placement provider.
- Identify career related skills and job opportunities in their chosen sector.
- Evaluate their learning from the work placement by means of an oral presentation.
Method of Assessment