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.
- Entry requirements
- Program content
- Dates & fees
- Credit & further study
- Withdrawal Policy
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
- 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
- Study together with colleagues in an interprofessional online community of practice
The Professional Certificate in Practice Education comprises of two University of South Australia 4.5 unit courses (a full year load is 36 units).
The Professional Certificate in Practice Education is a fully online program, taken over 20 weeks of part-time study.
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.
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.
TOPIC 1: EXPLORING THE PRACTICE EDUCATOR ROLE
This topic 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.
TOPIC 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.
TOPIC 3: THE CLINICAL ENVIRONMENT AS A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
In this topic 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
- Apply supervision strategies to accommodate diversity in learners’ abilities and skills when supervising
- Facilitate authentic experential learning opportunities.
TOPIC 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.
TOPIC 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.
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.
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 throughout each course. 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 to eight hours per week over ten weeks.
|Course calendar||2020 start date||2020 end date||Course calendar||2020 start date||2020 end date|
|Study period 2 2020||Study period 5 2020|
|Course 1:||24 Feb||18 July||Course 1:||27 July||12 Dec|
|Course 2:||24 Feb||18 July||Course 2:||27 July||12 Dec|
* includes a two week teaching break
Each course will cost $900.00AUD, with the total cost for the professional certificate being $1800.00 AUD.
|Courses / Modules||Fee structure|
|Course 1: Being a practice educator: role and environment||$900 (total)|
|Course 2: Supervising and facilitating learners in the work setting||$900 (total)|
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.
Please Note - Students must also agree to the conditions of the Withdrawal Policy.
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