Diploma of Teaching Early Childhood Education (In-service)

Admission Requirement

  • Must hold a Certificate in teaching (ECE) from a recognized institution, and has a minimum teaching experience of 3 years or more; plus
  • One work reference and one character reference from the principle, career teacher, or a person in authority.

Course Structure

Course Code: EDECI
Course Name: Diploma of Teaching Early Childhood Education
Duration: 2 years
Core Units:
Total Credit Points: 240
Campus: Panatina

Unit CodeUnit NamePre-requisiteSemester offeredCredit Point
Semester 1 Year 1
LA140APreparation for Tertiary Learning110
This unit prepares student teachers for further academic study. A scaffold approach is the model underpinning this course. Through this course, the process of understanding principles of learning, assessments and reflective practice will be developed. This is to help with the academic requirements of any other course. This is the preparatory course for Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Student Teachers.
ES100AProfessional Studies 1110
This unit introduces student teachers to the nature of teaching and learning and the role of the teacher in enhancing learning. It prepares the student teacher to be competent in a range of skills related to effective teaching. The development of competence in teaching and curriculum skills provides a foundation for the learning of more complex skills later in the program. The course also looks at learning theories and their role in understanding the learner. School culture and the part it plays in understanding the relationship between learner and teacher and the whole process of learning and teaching will be examined.
ES107AFundamentals of ECE110
This unit investigates and analyzes learning and development through play in early childhood environments. It explores theories of play including cross-cultural learning and the provision of a range of expressive and creative resources and experiences. Student teachers will also be introduced to observation strategies for the purpose of analyzing and assessing children’s learning. This course emphasizes the role of the adult and the socio-cultural environment in children’s learning.
ES109AHistorical, Local & international Perspectives of ECE110
This unit introduces student teachers to various philosophical ideas and theories which have influenced current practices of early childhood care and education in Solomon Islands. The contexts, beginnings and growth of care and education services for young children in the Solomon Islands will be explored currently early childhood education theory and practices in New Zealand, Australian and Italy (and other countries as applicable) will be examined briefly in order to understand their international reputation for innovative ECE curriculum.
LA144ALanguage, Literacy and Communication110
In this unit, student teachers will be encouraged to explore and integrate theory and practice as an introduction to theories of language acquisition and language development for young children. They will have the opportunity to understand multiple literacy and language modes as well as the child as bilingual or multi-lingual communicator in range of socio-cultural contexts. Student’s teachers will also be equipped to develop a range of effective language skills in young children through storytelling, poetry, rhymes, finger plays, literature and emergent literacy.
SS115AChildren’s Wellbeing110
This unit introduces student teachers to the principles and practices for meeting the health, safety and wellbeing needs of young children within the early childhood center and the community. The course also has a special emphasis on the importance of understanding the holistic health and wellbeing of young children in relation to the learning environments (Social and cultural context) in which the child lives, plays and learns.
Semester 2 Year 1
TE101BTeaching Experience 1210
ES102BHuman Development210
The unit is important for all teachers in the early childhood education, primary and secondary sectors in the Solomon Islands education system. It will assist student teachers to show an understanding of the way children grow and develop and some of the influences on their develop0ment. It will also help them to reflect on and consider their own development, and be able to relate to children, students and their families. Student teachers will further be encouraged to explain and critique a range of theories and their relevance for the Solomon Islands context, and be able to apply their knowledge of how children learn to their professional practices.
LA132BExpressive Arts210
This unit aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to explore the distinct languages of each of the Expressive Arts and see how the verbal and non-verbal skills, techniques and elements re-interwoven. It will also enable students to work with young children and their learning need as they explore Visual Arts.
SC232BMaking Sense of the World220
This is a 200 level unit which introduce to early childhood teacher trainees the importance of introducing scientific, mathematical and technological thinking in the early years of education. This unit focuses on the teacher’s role in ECE in helping them to understand the world as children see it, and facilitating their learning in various ways. The curriculum focus is on children “making sense of the world”, coming to understanding about what’s going on and how things work, to develop ‘working theories’. Areas of discussion include empowerment and curriculum areas such as mathematics (particularly numeracy), science and technology in ECE settings.
Semester 1 Year 2
ES200AProfessional Studies 2110
The unit is intended to allow teacher trainees to think deeper while studying and exploring topics like learning and teaching, motivation, teaching as a relational activity, teaching as interactive learning, management strategies, teachers as reflective practitioners and teachers as ethical professionals. Teacher trainees will during the course synthesize a range of ideas and effectively communicate them both orally and in written form, critique and compare a range of theories, discuss the inter-relationships between theory, research and practice.
ES203ACurriculum and Assessment120
This unit introduces student teachers to the importance of curriculum and assessment. Concepts of curriculum and assessment will be explored to enable student teachers to understand that assessment is an integral part of the education process and that the curriculum sets the direction for learning for all students. Student teachers will also be given the opportunity to relate the concepts to the Solomon Islands current curriculum and how they can better teach it to students in classrooms.
SS215ABelonging and contribution120
This unit is developed for the early childhood education teacher trainees. The purpose of the course is to provide the ECE trainees with an understanding of the concept of Belonging and Contribution and their role in teaching and learning in Solomon Islands ECE settings. It will also provide trainees with knowledge and skills to plan and teach effectively in this area, drawing from a range of ideas to provide meaningful integrated learning experiences.
Semester 2 Year 2
TE201BTeaching Experience 2220
ES204BTransition to School220
The purpose of the unit is to examine issues related to the history, philosophy, curricula and practices in early childhood education and the early school years. The course will focus on children’s transitions – home to early childhood center, then early childhood center to primary school. The expectation and beliefs and teachers and parents roles within the two education sectors will also be explored along with links between the two curricula. Student teachers transition from the school of education to beginning teacher will be also examined.
SS110BReligious Studies25
The aim of this unit is to equip teacher trainees with appropriate knowledge and skills to instruct and model moral and spiritual principles to mold children’s character in order to become well behaved and responsible citizens of Solomon Islands. Some of the Christian principles are covered in this unit. Secondly to affirm to children their uniqueness and importance so that children have a healthy balanced self-confident attitude and a appreciative knowledge of their indigenous roots and a sense of belonging for nation building.
ES106BEducational Leadership, Management and Administration25
This unit introduces student teachers to different theories of leadership and encourages them to develop their own leadership platform and be able to explain the difference between leadership, management and administration. The course will also assist them to gain knowledge about effective leadership communication and the management of change, reflect on what it means to a professional and the role of leadership and the community. This course will encourage student teachers to acquire skills on how to manage school systems and be able to view the role of leadership in the wider profession
ES104BIntroduction to Special Education and Inclusive Practices25
SC120BEducation for Sustainable Development25
This unit is specifically designed and developed to provide teacher trainees with an increased understanding of new ways of teaching and learning that is related to best practice in education for sustainable development. Critical thinking is the core principles of education for sustainability and throughout the course teaching strategies that taught students to reflect on real environment issues in Solomon Islands is encouraged.
LA145BResource Making25
The purpose of this unit is to provide ECE teacher trainees with the appropriate skills and knowledge in making appropriate teaching materials and resources that will enable them to be creative and inventive in providing young children with interesting and meaningful learning experiences. ECE teacher’s trainees will be given opportunities during the unit to make different types of resources and materials that can be used for teaching concepts and skills in ECE canters.