Professional Practice 3

Unit code: ECE6014 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Online Self-Paced
VU Brisbane
VU Sydney
ECE6009 - Early Childhood Development Learning and Teaching
ECE6012 - Professional Practice 1
ECE6013 - Professional Practice 2
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit introduces pre-service teachers to leadership and administration in early childhood settings. Through the frame of advocacy and activism, pre-service teachers will develop knowledge and skills to work ethically with staff, families and communities within the operational and compliance systems in early childhood settings.

Preservice teachers will also 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/preschool program. Preservice teachers will work 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.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Reflect upon and discuss the image of the teacher as administrator and leader;
  2. Debate how administrators and leaders utilise advocacy and activism to influence the role and actions of administration;
  3. Infer and conceptually map philosophical, theoretical and contemporary educational perspectives identifying self-situated practice;
  4. Design, implement and record evidence of practice that demonstrates requirements of the Graduate level of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 20%
Presentation on the role of administrator and leader.
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 20%
Create a philosophy statement or representation that describes and analyses contemporary educational practices that identify self-situated practice
Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 60%
Create documentation of practice that demonstrate competency at the Graduate level of the Australian Standards for Professional Teachers

Required reading

Readings will be provided via VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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