Students Early Childhood Education
Bachelor

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education for exchange students

Do you have a lot of imagination? Are you curious and empathic? Do you want to become cultural aware through meeting and connecting with others? And are you passionate about redefining the future of children and youngsters growing up in the big city? Then join our Early Childhood Education for exchange students programme. Come and discover how you, as an educator, social worker, (pedagogical) coach, pedagogue,... can use the multicultural and metropolitan context to enhance the life of children and youngsters in a superdiverse city.

Through practice-based projects and internships you will get a closer look at the diverse reality of Brussels. You will encounter a broad range of organizations in the field of education, welfare, family-support, culture and youth. The voice and perspective of children, youngsters and educators working in the field will be the guiding force throughout the program.

Wandering through the metropolitan city of Brussels you will be immersed in cultural education and learn the importance of public perception, qualitative interactions, multilingualism and coaching. All while focusing on the 21st century skills. Skills that will give you the ability to respond innovatively and creatively to this ever-changing world.

Erasmus + exchange in Early Childhood Education

We are happy to invite students from partner universities to do an Erasmus + exchange programme in Early Childhood Education during the spring semester !

For more information on the specific courses offered for this exchange programme, please consult the courses and credits below.

Programme timing 

Spring semester: February 13 – June 30, 2023

  • EhB Welcome Day: tbc 
  • Semester courses + Internship period: February 13 -  June 4, 2023
  • Examinations: June 5 - June 30, 2023

Courses and credits

Field
Credits
Growing up in Super Diver-City

• Identity and identity development
• Child images (child in danger, child as danger, commercialised child, the child of our dreams, child as adult, child as a vehicle of rights…)
• Historical evolution of the leisure sector for children
• Pedagogicalization of childhood
• Medaclization of childhood
• Commercialization of childhood
• Sociology of childhood
• Contemporary tendency in childhood
• Basic concepts of pedagogy
• Research: Being in times of becoming

Language of instruction: English.

Semester
Spring
3
Educational Challenges in an Urban context
  • Characteristics of the urban city (ex. demografic aspects) with Brussels as case study
  • The historical, economic, social and cultural development of Brussels
  • The concept of Pedagogical Challenges
  • Different cases out of the media, analysed through the perspective of Brussels (as urban context)

Language of instruction: English.

Semester
Spring
4
Multilingualism in urban context
  • Translanguaging: home languages as a didactical resource: theory and classroom practices
  • Multilingual language awareness: monolingual versus multilingual teacher beliefs and implications
  • Language acquisition (mother tongue, second language) and language stimulation
  • Language awareness: theory and practices (early childhood, primary school)
  • Language passport, talking about language and emotions

Language of instruction: English.

Semester
Spring
3
Urban coaching & education

In Urban Education we focus on following themes for the educational professional:

Diversattude

  • The diversattude: the powerful way to work with diversity. 
  •  The challenges and needs of pedagogical contexts to support professionals to enhance her/his diversattude.
  •  Art-based and narrative methodes
  •  Sense of being and belonging in pedagogical contexts

Multilingualism

  •  Multilingualism as a resource in primary education

Dialogue in controversial themes

  • framework and dialogue and communicational theories
  • nature and incidence of controversial themes

Language of instruction: English.

Semester
Spring
5
100 languages of children

Exploring the 100 languages is a concept in which children are experienced as powerful and full of potential.

In the course of the 100 languages, the future ECPs are invited to explore the child within and search for their own expressive languages.

The project "From Rattle to Rocket" focuses on toddlers, experimenting with materials, movement, techniques, sounds, etc., making their imagination and curiosity visible. It starts from the concept ‘the environment as the third pedagogue’ and has abstract art as a source of inspiration. The students decorate an adapted space, combining as many contents as possible into a stimulating whole. During the creation the 100T are combined and reinforce each other. Children are invited to explore. Based on observation, the students stimulate the experience of toddlers. They guide, interact and document.

The second project focuses on the idea that nature is one of the languages chosen to meet in an intercultural way. Future ECPs interact with children (age 5-6), using materials such as clay and creations with branches and leaves, rather than spoken languages. Stories can be told and shared through nature, as a way to express and connect. The project aims to stimulate the sensory experience of students in nature and deepen that experience through interaction with pre- schoolers. It has impressionism as a source of inspiration. At the end of the week, the students organize a formation for their peers in the field about the power of nature.

Language of instruction: English.

Semester
Spring
3
Creative Lab, Little Researcher (STEAM)

This project is organized in one week where the environment as a challenging and joyous place for play will be explored by students and by children.

The content:

  • children as researchers
  • the criteria of playful materials and its environment
  • 100 languages in play
  • coaching children’s play
  • the research of play
  • pedagogical documentation

Theoretical framework

  • traces of the pedagogy of Reggio Emillia
  • Vygotsky
  • Brunner
  • the handbook “Understanding by exploring” A. Weterings and S. Plampers (Bohn Stafleu van Loghum, 2017)

Language of instruction: English.

Semester
Spring
4
Internship

During the internship, the student takes the role of pedagogical coach (specific and adapted to the internship context).

The learning outcomes to be achieved are translated into personal internship objectives. Specific internship objectives must be achieved at the end the internship period. The internship goals are described in the internship manual.

The goals are assessed by observation, reflections and assessment interviews. Students writes a reflection report and portfolio during the internship period

Language of instruction: English.

Semester
Spring
8

Campus Bloemenhof & Kanal

Campus Bloemenhof

Campus Bloemenhof

Courses for this programme can be held at both the Bloemenhof campus and the Kanal campus.

The campus is located in the city centre of Brussels. It is on the charming Bloemenhofplein, near the Dansaert district. The square looks particularly picturesque and dates back to the Middle Ages (Zespenningenstraat used to be one of the city gates where tolls were collected).

The biggest asset of this campus: the large roof terrace where you can have lunch and enjoy the beautiful view. It is rightly the showpiece of this campus. The city centre with its shops, restaurants and historic buildings is within walking distance.

Address
Zespenningenstraat 70
1000 Brussels

Find the Campus on Google Maps.

Campus Kanal

Campus Kanal

Courses for this programme can be held at both the Bloemenhof campus and the Kanal campus.

Campus Kanal is centrally located and easily accessible by bus, train, metro and bicycle. Located near the canal and in the Dansaert district, this campus is part of one of the hippest neighbourhoods in Brussels. On this new campus, we are committed to working closely with the neighbourhood, both in terms of lunch spots for students and activities with the surrounding schools. 

Campus Kanal is an environment where learning can take place in a variety of locations, at a variety of times and in a variety of forms. In the building you will find modular classrooms, practical classrooms (e.g. a hair and beauty salon), an outdoor classroom and learning spaces where students and teachers can plan (in)formal learning moments.

Address
Slotstraat 28
1000 Brussel

Find the Campus on Google Maps.

How to apply

1. Preliminary steps at your home institution

  • Your home institution needs to have an inter-institutional agreement with Erasmus Brussels University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Check if this is the case by consulting with your home insititution or directly on the Mobility Online platform.
  • Follow the application process at your home institution in order to be nominated as a participant of the Erasmus+ program.
  • A B2 CEFR reference level in English is required. Check with your home institution and verify that you have reached this level.

2. Registering with EhB  

3. Completing the Learning Agreement Before in Mobility Online

  • Contact the Academic Erasmus coordinator of this course (contact details are on the bottom of this page) to define your academic exchange programme.
  • Write the details down in the Learning Agreement Before (in Mobility Online). Upload your Learning Agreement Before at least 1 month before the start of your exchange. 

Any question?

Academic Erasmus coordinator: Kaat Verhaeghe
Administrative Erasmus coordinator: Lisa Huylebroeck

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