Preservice teachers will undertake an extended period of professional experience that is the final preparation to enter the teaching profession as activist and critical teachers that enact the broad justice principles of social inclusion and respecting difference. Preservice teachers will undertake 30 days of professional experience in a funded kindergarten program, working collaboratively with staff, families and the community. Preservice teachers will 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

ECE3003 - Practice in Partnership 3

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate knowledge, practice and engagement at Graduate level of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.  
  2. Infer and conceptually map philosophical, theoretical and contemporary educational perspectives identifying self-situated practice.  
  3. Devise curriculum artefacts and objects that illustrate professional practice within the 3 domains of teaching (Professional Knowledge, Professional Practice, Professional Engagement).  
  4. Design illustrations of practice that demonstrate graduate competencies for employment opportunities.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Paper that describes and analyses contemporary educational practices that identify self-situated practice 1500 words equivalent 30.0%
Portfolio Illustrations of practice that demonstrate competency at the Graduate level of the Australian Standards for Professional Teachers 4500 words equival 70.0%
Hurdle Requirement: Satisfactory completion of Professional Experience placement.

Required reading

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

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