Warning! This subject requires you to do a practical placement, please see Special Requirements for more information.

Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. apply knowledge of the Graduate Teacher Standards to establish initial content for a digital professional portfolio; and identify and adopt a reflective practice model to guide its ongoing development
  2. plan and implement appropriate learning experiences for infants, toddlers and young children in early learning settings
  3. analyse and evaluate relevant national and local laws, policies and frameworks and the impact these have on early learning environments, families and children
  4. create and maintain collaborative relationships with families and colleagues while developing teacher professional identity, resilience and emotional wellbeing
  5. establish professional and ethical work behaviours.
    • National and state policy documents; legal and professional requirements
    • NQS Assessment & Rating Process
    • Building relationships with children, families and carers
    • Interpreting and Documenting data from observations
    • Creating learning environment plans
    • Teaching strategies for language development
    • Effective teaching and learning strategies for physical development
    • Government policy related to health and safety
    • Strategies for effective social and emotional development
    • Diversity and Cultural Competence
    • Reflection
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Chat Rooms
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s); or enrol in the following subject(s) to study at the same time or prior to this subject:

CUR-MTPS500-Theories of Development and Learning , or CUR-MTEC500-Early Literacies and Play-Based Pedagogies , or CUR-MTP503-Developing Positive Learning Environments

Special requirements

  • PlacementDetails - Includes Placement – please note that all relevant, valid working with children checks and clearances must be provided as requested prior to commencement of the placement
  • OtherDetails -

    Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, Access to video creation and editing software

This is the first in the suite of professional experience subjects and includes both a theory and a practical component. It will critically examine the principles and practices appropriate to plan and implement appropriate learning experiences for children in Early Learning and Care settings. The subject will focus on exploring intentional teaching and child centred approaches to teaching and learning during a professional experience placement. Pre-service teachers will be introduced to the importance of developing teacher resilience. Relevant national and local policies and frameworks will be scrutinised.

The professional experience practical assessment is five distributed days plus a two week full-time block placement intended to enable practical application of the knowledge and skills gained, along with providing students with insights into the complexity of the educator’s role.

All required clearances to work with children must be obtained and valid, and all other professional experience requirements met.

Both theory and practical components must be passed in order to pass the unit.

To view the Professional Experience Calendar, please see below:

Master of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) Professional Experience Calendar 2019 (PDF, 45Kb)

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Report (50%)
  • Professional Task (50%)
  • Professional Experience (Pass/Fail%)

Textbook information is pending.

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