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