In this unit preservice teachers will undertake a period of professional experience that builds on their professional experience with children and families in Long Day Care settings. Preservice teachers will undertake 15 days professional experience in a funded kindergarten program, working collaboratively with staff, families and the community. Preservice teachers will begin to articulate and connect their philosophical and theoretical standpoints to generate illustrations of practice in the domains of teaching; professional knowledge, professional practice and professional engagement.

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ECE2001 - Practice in Partnership 1

ECE2002 - Practice in Partnership 2

ECE2003 - History, Philosophy and Early Childhood Education

ECE2004 - Engaging with Place through Rethinking Childhoods and Development

ECE2005 - Engaging with Place through Play

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically reflect on a personal educational philosophy that informs teaching and learning in early childhood settings.  
  2. Articulate knowledge of the broad principles of social justice, diversity and inclusion to inform curriculum design.  
  3. Negotiate with a mentor teacher to design, implement and critically reflect on an educational program that responds to the VEYLDF and /or the EYLF.  
  4. Present an illustration of practice that demonstrates professional knowledge, professional practice and professional engagement at the Graduate level of the Australian Professional Standards for Teacher  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Presentation of Personal philosophy statement that connects to illustrations of practice- 750 words equivalent 25.0%
Assignment Pedagogical narration that responds to a moment of practice that illustrates the broad principles of social justice- 750 words equivalent 25.0%
Portfolio Collection of artefacts and objects that begin to illustrate practice at the graduate level of Australian Professional Standards for Teaching.1500 wor 50.0%
Hurdle requirement: Satisfactory Professional experience report

Required reading

Links to other relevant texts will be available via VU collaborate.

Being an early childhood educator: bringing theory and practice together
McArdle, F, Gibson, M & Zollo, L 2015
Allen & Unwin, Sydney

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