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. examine the progression of developing evidence against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers in a prepared digital professional portfolio
  2. design and implement rigorous programs that demonstrate differentiated learning experiences for children aged 3-5 years
  3. develop a plan for learning and teaching with consideration of theoretical studies, contextual factors, and children’s diverse needs
  4. create a responsive assessment process which assesses, makes comparable judgements, provides feedback and reports on children’s learning
  5. demonstrate professional practices, knowledge and skills that support effective learning and teaching, and inform the creation and maintenance of positive learning environments for the diverse needs, well-being and developing agency of children.
    • Inquiry based learning. Science and humanities inquiry skill development. Planning and assessment Artefact and community resources
    • Geography, sustainability, place and space, EYLF, Australian Curriculum (or state curriculum)
    • Family and local history, curriculum planning and assessment
    • Social and emotional development as a foundation for civic and citizenship. EYLF
    • Social justice, human rights education, global education. EYLF, Australian Curriculum (or state curriculum). Curriculum planning and assessment
    • Scientific literacy in the Early Childhood context. Holistic science teaching and learning
    • Biological Understandings; conceptual development in the early years. Talking science and the nature of effective questioning. EYLF, State Curriculum
    • Physical science understandings: Multimodal representation and reasoning scientifically Assessment of science learning. EYLF, State Curriculum
    • Chemical Understandings. Managing resources and a safe science environment. EYLF, State Curriculum
    • Earth and Space Science Understandings.
    • Science inquiry centres; cross curricula priorities; Aboriginal science and Sustainability. EYLF, State Curriculum
    • 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
    • Other materials

      • Practicum

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

Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)

Special requirements

  • PlacementDetails - The fieldwork for this unit includes a 15-day professional experience placement in a school. Placements are undertaken on a full-time basis in a continuous block at the specified time.
  • OtherDetails -

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

This is the second in the suite of professional experience subjects and includes both a theory and a practical component. This subject will critically examine the principles and practices appropriate for planning, assessing and reporting in educational settings for 3, 4 and 5 year-olds. Assessment strategies for this age group will be compared and contrasted. The professional experience practical assessment is a three week full-time block placement intended to enable practical application of the knowledge and skills gained along with providing further insights into the complexity of an Early Childhood 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 subject.

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.

  • Professional Task (50%)
  • Assessment Task (50%)
  • Professional Experience Placement (Pass/Fail%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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