Pu­nitha­vathy Ku­pasamy, owner and prin­ci­pal of Taska Day Care Cen­ter, Gent­ing High­lands

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Pu­nitha­vathy y g grad­u­ated with a Grad­u­ate Diploma in Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tion from AeU last year. She con­tin­ues her higher ed­u­ca­tion at AeU in the Master of Ed­u­ca­tion ( MEd) with a spe­cial­i­sa­tion in early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion.

Her eldest daugh­ter, 19, has also en­rolled in AeU’s Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion ( Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tion).

“Work­ing as a school teacher while pur­su­ing my MEd is cer­tainly not easy, but I find the ex­pe­ri­ence to be deeply re­ward­ing,” says Pu­nitha­vathy.

“Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the level of en­gage­ment that AeU lec­tur­ers bring to their stu­dents, for ex­am­ple, has mo­ti­vated me to gen­er­ate the same en­thu­si­asm in my own class­room.”

“The lec­tur­ers’ en­thu­si­asm and pas­sion re­in­forced how I should act and re­spond to good ideas when my own stu­dents voiceo ce t theire op opin­ionso s in my y class­room. Class­rooms are a safe place to take risks and to fail, and my lec­tur­ers re­mind me of that im­por­tant as­pect of ed­u­ca­tion, which helps me be a bet­ter ed­u­ca­tor.”

Ac­cord­ing to Pu­nitha­vathy, AeU MEd’s ap­proach to ed­u­ca­tion en­cour­ages in­de­pen­dence and col­lab­o­ra­tion. Stu­dents are al­lowed the free­dom and flex­i­bil­ity to study on their own and de­ter­mine how to best fit projects and as­sign­ments into their sched­ules.

At the same time, group projects and live ses­sions en­able stu­dents to lever­age the ex­per­tise of their peers and ben­e­fit from work­ing with their class­mates.

As a teacher in a brick- and­mor­tar set­ting, Pu­ni­ta­vathy is at­tuned to the qual­ity of an ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence.

Not only does she speak highly of her learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with AeU MEd, she also found the on­line classes to be a source of in­spi­ra­tion for her own teach­ing style as an ed­u­ca­tor.

“This pro­gramme has given me a very holis­tic view and valu­able in­sight into the field of ed­u­ca­tion. AeU’s flex­i­ble mode of learn­ing al­lows me to ac­cess learn­ing ma­te­ri­als on­line, when­ever I can and wher­ever I am. This makes it so easy to plan my study time ef­fec­tively,” she adds.

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