Professional Certificate in Practice Education


The purpose of this program is to increase your understanding, skills and expertise in supervising learners in the workplace through applying teaching and learning principles and approaches within the work setting.


Overview

Within the program you will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore different practice education models
  • Increase your understanding of the practice education environment
  • Analyse your own role in practice education and gain insight into your key responsibilities and tasks
  • Grow your professional network
  • Become a member of our online community of practice for practice educators
  • Explore various supervision strategies of learners in the workplace
  • Improve your skills in managing difficult supervision situations
  • Grow your coaching skills in a supervised coaching clinic
  • Study together with colleagues in an interprofessional online community of practice

Weighting

The Professional Certificate in Practice Education comprises of two University of South Australia 4.5 unit courses (a full year load is 36 units), with three modules in each course.

Delivery mode

The Professional Certificate in Practice Education is a fully online program, taken over one year of part-time study.

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Entry requirements

The Professional Certificate is available to health professionals who supervise either students, and/or staff within their work roles. It should be noted that, as the program is delivered online, it is expected you have sufficient computing skills to engage in online learning, word processing, and browsing the internet. You will also require reliable access to the internet in order to access the online learning resources.


Program content

A brief summary of the content of the courses and modules is provided below.

COURSE 1: BEING A PRACTICE EDUCATOR: ROLE AND ENVIRONMENT

The aim of this course is to ensure that participants are familiarised with the clinical and practice education environment, the scope, width and depth of their role as a practice educator, as well as to maximise learning in a clinical or practice environment.

On completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the practice education context and curriculum
  • Analyse which practice education model applies to their own practice situation
  • Assess the role of the practice educator in terms of key responsibilities and key tasks, and develop a personal development plan
  • Establish a network with other practice educators.

MODULE 1: EXPLORING THE PRACTICE EDUCATOR ROLE

This module aims to create awareness of where you are in your practice educator or supervisory role, of key responsibilities and tasks and your learning needs. You will assess your current role, formulate your own learning goals and complete a professional development plan. Developing a professional network is important in terms of support, staying sharp and feeling connected. In this module you will participate in a process that builds and grows a community of practice about practice education and supervision. You will also map your current professional connections and perform a gap analysis to find out where you could grow your network. Lastly, you will identify strategies of how to utilise your network.

MODULE 2: PRACTICE EDUCATION CONTEXT

Participants will use a range of resources about the current practice education environment, to paint a picture of key issues in the practice education context of their own health discipline.  You will audit, analyse and reflect on significant changes and developments in practice education in the last decade, current issues, future developments and how these influence your role.

MODULE 3: THE CLINICAL ENVIRONMENT AS A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

In this module you will audit, analyse and reflect on the current practice education and supervision model(s) used within your work environment. The next step is then to use the data collected to plan and develop the ‘ideal’ practice model which fits with your organisation’s goals and priorities. What would you change? How would that benefit you, the learner, your workplace, and the education provider? And lastly, what needs to happen to get to this ‘ideal’ model?

COURSE 2: SUPERVISING AND FACILITATING LEARNERS IN THE WORK SETTING

The aim of this course is to facilitate learning and supervision of learners, according to adult learning principles and approaches, and manage diversity in learners’ abilities and skills.

On completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Facilitate practice learning within an adult learning framework, by applying adult learning principles and approaches
  • Apply various strategies to accommodate diversity in learners’ abilities and skills when supervising
  • Communicate effectively as part of the supervision process.

MODULE 4: SUPERVISION STRATEGIES THAT SUIT YOUR LEARNERS

Participants will use a range of resources about supervision strategies and adult learning principles to develop a planned supervision approach. You will practice and execute the approach in your work practice, reflect with your peer group (other participants in the course) on the outcomes on a regular basis, and conclude the module with a report in which you justify the supervision decisions you have made.

MODULE 5: MANAGING DIFFICULT SITUATIONS

Participants will use a range of resources about managing difficult situations in a supervisory role to develop a planned supervision approach. You will practice and execute the approach in your work practice, reflect with your peer group on the outcomes on a regular basis, and conclude the module with a report in which you justify the supervision decisions you have made.

MODULE 6: COACHING PRACTICUM

The practicum runs alongside modules 4 and 5. It is a safe learning environment where participants work on relevant coaching skills, to increase reflective practice by their learners, accountability and responsibility. You will be paired with another participant in the course and be required to coach as well as to observe your peers while they are coaching.

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Assessment

Every module within each course has associated assessed activities, to provide you with feedback on your learning. The assignments are very practical, based on your professional work situation, and result in the creation of a useful product; such as an audit, briefing paper, mindmap or report. These products are designed to help you develop tools to improve your practice as a supervisor.

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Dates & fees

Dates

There are two intakes each year. Enrolments close two weeks before the commencing of the course. 

Please note: Any registration forms received after the course has commenced will not be accepted.

Timeline and course calendar

Each course starts on a set date as seen below. Short assignments are due at the end of each module. Extensions can be negotiated; however greatest benefit of the program will come from working with a cohort of practice educators and discussing your experiences.

The average workload is seven hours per week.

Course calendar2018 start date2018 end date Course calendar2018 start date2018 end date
Study period 2 2018   Study period 5 2018
Course 1: 26 Feb 1 July   Course 1: 23 July 25 Nov
Module 1* 26 Feb 29 April   Module 1 23 July 9 Sept
Module 2 30 April 27 May   Module 2* 10 Sept 21 Oct
Module 3 28 May 1 July   Module 3 22 Oct 25 Nov
Course 2: 26 Feb 1 July   Course 2: 25 July 25 Nov
Module 4* 26 Feb 6 May   Module 4 25 July 16 Sept
Module 5 7 May 1 July   Module 5 1 Oct 25 Nov
Module 6* 26 Feb 1 June   Module 6* 23 July 25 Nov

* includes a two week teaching break

Fees

Each course will cost $900.00AUD, with the total cost for the professional certificate being $1800.00 AUD.

Courses / ModulesFee structure
Course 1: Being a practice educator: role and environment $900 (total)
Module 1 $360
Module 2 $270
Module 3 $270
Course 2: Supervising and facilitating learners in the work setting $900 (total)
Module 4 $270
Module 5 $270
Module 6 $360

 


Credit & further study

Participants who complete the Professional Certificate in Practice Education will be given credit for 9 units of the Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences (Clinical Education) and the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Nurse Education).  Students will need to complete a further 9 units to be awarded the Graduate Certificate.

 


Registration form

Applications should be sent to:

Joanna Bouyesi
Email: pcpe@unisa.edu.au

Registration forms received after the course has commenced will be asked to re-enrol next semester


Withdrawal Policy

Please Note - Students must also agree to the conditions of the Withdrawal Policy.

To withdraw from this course, please complete the Withdrawal Form and email Joanna Bouyesi once the form has been completed.


Further enquiries

Ms. Joanna Bouyesi,
Project Officer: Clinical Education & Equity
Telephone: (61 8) 8302 1187
Email: pcpe@unisa.edu.au

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