2023-2024 / PEDA0007-4

Training of professionals in the field of infancy, Partim 1


20h Th, 15h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in education (120 ECTS)4 crédits 


Florence Pirard

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Training early childhood professionals requires to develop skills that are both specific to the field and cross-cutting to education and training. It concerns both those who are likely to be involved in this specific field (advisor in education, trainer, coordinator, mentor to professionals in the field of early childhood) as well as others involved in professioinnalization challenges in the field of education.
This course offers a critical view of the dynamics and current challenges in the field of initial training in education and care in the Federation Wallonia - Brussels and in Europe. It brings up the question of professional nature of an activity  that is improperly combined with an exclusively female 'mothering'. It tackles with the problem in its historical and political-administrative context. It studies the challenges of professionalization and specifically targets crucial training challenges.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

By the end of the course, each student will be able to:

  • identify the main challenges of professionalization in the sector and the variety of required methods needed to reach this goal,
  • observe educational situations (meals, nappy time, bedtime ou periods of play) in ECEC services and discuss them with practioners,
  • analyse educational situations in terms of professionalization aims.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

P :PEDA0069-Ab 

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

From the beginning of the course, students will get in touch with practioners and lead an interview with them. The purpose is to identify the required competences in the field.The results of this first enquiry will be shared with other students and will serve as basis to develop critical thinking.
The Professor will sustain a debate in regard with the most accurate results of research.
Either individually or in pairs, students will contact an ECEC team in order to get to know how to observe educational practice in daily situations. The lecturer will provide a list of teams (non exhaustive) and later prepare and analyse observations with the group of students.
The Professor organizes seminars about professionalization challenges with the contribution of experts in the field. The organization of these learning activities will be adapted according to the health requirements.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Blended learning

Additional information:

  • seminars led by the Professor and her assistants
  • team works
  • reading and analysis of articles and mains references or training documents
  • interviews with professionals
  • non participative observation and interview of practitionners in childcare services sustained by an assistant online.
  • closing interdisciplinary seminar.
In addition to field observations and course seminars, students will participate in a conference. The organization of these activities will be adapted to health requirements.

Recommended or required readings

A reading file including articles, legal texts, source as well as bibliographic references providing a deeper look into the subject will be placed at students' disposal (e-campus). This will be a central reference  for the course as well as necessary to carry out practical work.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam

- Remote

written exam AND oral exam

Additional information:

Personal remotely interview based on a report that will be written on the basis of the data collected during practical work. Students will mobilize skills experienced during the class and discuss related concepts / notions.

  • documentary richness,
  • relevance of the event identified in terms of professionalization difficulties in the sector,
  • relevance and detailed analysis of the gathered data (interviews, transcriptions, written documents, etc.), of the talking points in regard to professionalization challenges,
  • relationship between theory and practice.

Work placement(s)

15h of practical work focused on professional interviews and a non participative observation of educational situations in ECEC services (see planned learning activities).  The organization of this practical work will be adapted according to the health requirements.

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Cursus accessible to the students who passed PEDA0069-A-b.

First seminar: on the 2th October (5:00 PM - 8:00 PM)



Florence Pirard, Professor, contact preferably by email: florence.pirard@uliege.be (B33, office 2/30, 2nd floor)

Marie Housen, assistant, contactable by preference by email marie.housen@uliege.be (B33, office 2/29, 2nd floor)

Christophe Genetteassistant, contactable by preference by email christophe.genette@uliege.be (B33, office 2/29, 2nd floor)

Jasna Vorgic, secretary, jasna.vorgic@uliege.be.

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