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Postgraduate | CUR-MTEC502-2023

Early Childhood Professional Experience 2: Planning for Writing, Assessment and Reporting

Study and experience hands-on how early childhood educational practices are planned out, evaluated and reported. See what goes into devising a teaching program and design your own. Look into assessment methods for children, including data and reporting.

Study method

Online & on-campus


100% online

Entry requirements

Part of a degree


13 weeks

Start dates

  • 28 Aug 2023

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About this subject

What you'll learn

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

  1. explain and apply understanding of the theories and practice of writing
  2. critically reflect on writer identity and compositional processes and how these apply in a learning environment
  3. create and justify a sequence of lessons for writing in a specific context, using a range of learning, teaching and assessment strategies to modify teaching practice and support all learners
  4. examine the progression of developing evidence against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers in a prepared digital professional portfolio
  5. employ effective communication skills, maintain student safety and meet ethical, legislative, administrative and organisational requirements as you plan, teach, assess and evaluate programs in 3-5 year old settings
  6. demonstrate professional practices, knowledge, teaching strategies and skills that support effective learning and teaching, and inform the creation and maintenance of positive learning environments for meeting the diverse needs, wellbeing and developing agency of children
    • Overview of writing: Theory and practice of writing; Teacher as writer; students’ agency as writers
    • Knowledge, planning and assessment of compositional elements of writing
    • Knowledge, planning and assessment of transcriptional elements of writing
    • The Practicum: Writing and Creating in Practice
  • This subject is the second in the suite of professional experience subjects and includes both a theory and a practical component (a placement in a school). It is also the second in the suite of three English subjects. The subject covers writer identity and theories and practices of writing to provide foundational understandings for planning, assessment and reporting. Scaffolded by the placement, the subject explores theories, pedagogical practices and effective planning related to teaching English to support all learners. Specific attention is given to lesson planning in educational settings for 3, 4 and 5 year-olds, which includes selecting objectives, resources and strategies for teaching, learning and assessment in diverse contexts. 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:

    2023 Master of Teaching Prof Exp Calendar (PDF)

    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 Integritymodule.

    • Sequence of learning experiences for inclusion in digital professional portfolio (50%)
    • Critical reflection on the influence of unit content on own practice (50%)
    • Professional Experience Placement (Pass/Fail)
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Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • CUR-MTE-MAS-2023 - Master of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

Prior study

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).

Additional requirements

  • Placement requirements - This subject includes a 3-week professional experience placement in a school. Placements are undertaken on a full-time basis in a continuous block at the specified time. Please note that all relevant, valid working with children checks and clearances must be provided as requested prior to commencement of the placement.
  • Software requirements - Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, Access to video creation and editing software.

Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees