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 25 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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ECE6001 - Early Childhood Development, Learning and Teaching 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate knowledge, requirements of 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 Create a podcast that describes and analyses contemporary educational practices that identify self-situated practice 30%
Portfolio Create illustrations of practice that demonstrate competency at the Graduate level of the Australian Standards for Professional Teachers 70%
5000 words or equivalent Hurdle requirement: A satisfactory partnership (placement) report.

Required reading

Links to other relevant texts will be made 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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