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Early Childhood Professional Practice 1

Postgraduate | MAQ-ECHX6030 | 2024

Previously MAQ-ECHX603

Integrate theory and practice by combining your university study of theory and the Early Years Learning Framework with a 20-day practical teaching experience. You’ll practise at the level expected of a postgraduate teacher of babies and toddlers.

Study method
Online & on-campus
100% online
Entry requirements
Part of a degree
13 weeks
Start dates
22 July 2024

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Early Childhood Professional Practice 1

About this subject

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

    1. Demonstrate the link between theory, the Early Years Learning Framework, and planning for children aged 2-5 years
    2. Systematically document and critically analyse the pedagogies and practices of teaching and learning, including ways to guide children's behaviour
    3. Demonstrate the capacity to articulate a personal philosophy of professional practice as a teacher of young children
    4. Interact and build relationships with young children
    5. Critically examine ideas, issues, and principles connected with professional decision-making as a teacher in an early childhood setting
    6. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the reflective practitioner.

Entry requirements

Part of a degree

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


  • MAQ-TCH-MAS-2024 - Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years)


  • MAQ-TCH-MAS-2024 - Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years)

Prior study

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

one of

  • MAQ-ECHX601 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-ECEX601 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-ECHX6010-Health and Well-being in Early Childhood (no longer available)

and one of

  • MAQ-ECHX602 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-ECEX602 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-ECHX6020-Early Childhood Development (no longer available)

and one of

  • MAQ-ECHX600 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-ECEX600 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-ECHX6000-Early Childhood Philosophy and Pedagogy (no longer available)

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-ECEX603 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-ECHX603 (Not currently available)


NCCW (pre-2020 units) ECED603, ECED821, ECEX603, ECHX603
Pre-requisite (ECEX600 or ECHX600 or ECHX6000) and (ECEX601 or ECHX601 or ECHX6010) and (ECEX602 or ECHX602 or ECHX6020)

Additional requirements

  • Placement requirements - includes a 15 day practical experience component. Macquarie University operates under a ‘Fitness to Practice’ model as specified in the University's Academic Progression Policy. For this Unit, this means that, when undertaking a placement, a student is declaring that they are able to demonstrate professional competence, acceptable professional behaviour, freedom from impairment, and compliance with program-specific requirements needed for a student to practice properly and safely throughout their Practical, Clinical or Professional program or unit. It is the responsibility of the student to determine whether they are fit to undertake a placement. Therefore, if a student is feeling unfit to undertake a placement, they should not do so. For more information see A Working with Children Check or State/Territory equivalent is required by the end of Week 3 to be eligible for a placement. Students may need to withdraw from this unit if this has not been obtained in time.
  • Other requirements -

    - eTextbook: Mia Mia Child & Family Study Centre. (2014). Play and materials for children birth to two years. Sydney: Macquarie University. This required text (eBook) can be purchased from Mia Mia Child & Family Study Centre. Please complete the order form located at and email to to place your order.

    - Access to a digital camera, or mobile phone or tablet with camera capability. Basic computer tools such as Microsoft Word and Powerpoint.


    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

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