6 x 1-hour lectures per semester
5 x 1-day field placements per semester
1 EDUC2421 - Literacy and Numeracy: Birth-4
2 EDUC2321 - The Expressive Arts in Early Childhood
3 EDUC2424 - Professional Experience: Year 2B (Early Childhood)
4 EDUC2324 - Professional Experience: Year 2A (Early Childhood)
5 18 units of EDUC topics
6 72 units of study
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 5 and 6)
Course context

Available to students enrolled in both EDUC3528 and EDUC3640 in the same calendar year.

Online tasks related to preparation for placement.
Topic description

This topic will prepare students for their first extended block of professional experience. Students will do 5 single day visits to work with their supervising teacher in preparation for a 6 -week block in semester two. The topic will prepare students for their third year professional experience in light of perspectives on contemporary Australian and international Early Childhood research and practice. It will introduce the legal, ethical and professional responsibilities students will be expected to execute on placement, as well as the communicative and technical research skills they will need to use when theorising and implementing their placement site's inquiry focus.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Ensure the students understand the legal and professional requirements of teachers and of them as pre-service teachers when they undertake professional experiences
  • Help the students plan for effective learning while undertaking professional experiences over a sustained period of time (6 weeks)
  • Ensure that the students understand how to make an effective contribution to children's' learning through a curriculum inquiry
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate awareness of the relationships and skills that will contribute to successful professional experiences
  2. Assume responsibility for working with and teaching groups of children within the early childhood setting and with the guidance of a registered teacher
  3. Plan for, prepare for and manage learning experiences for young children with the support and guidance of the mentor
  4. Recognise the legal and ethical responsibilities they will assume as they enter the teaching profession
  5. Develop a research inquiry that will effectively contribute to young children’s learning over time

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.