Professional Experience EC 1 (EDEC2002)


This unit is the first of four professional experience units that provides opportunities for students to gain teaching experience in early childhood education and care settings. It will enable students to apply the theories and strategies covered in other units of study and allow them to reflect on the links between theory and practice. This, the first Professional Experience placement, consists of observation of practices and routines of the setting, and the completion of observations of young children (3-5 years) as they go about their daily activities. Based on their observations, students will prepare and present a range of learning experiences with individual and small groups of children based on observed strengths, interests and needs. Students will be encouraged to implement play-based experiences and age appropriate teaching strategies drawn from contemporary curriculum models aimed at strengthening individual, as well as group learning, fostering creativity, healthy self-concepts, wellness, and a regard for others. This professional experience will enable students to gain an understanding of the world of early childhood education and care which will form the foundation for their subsequent professional experiences.

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Further unit of study information


1x3-hr workshop/wk for 11 wks, 1 lead-up visit, 15 day block placement in an early childhood education and care setting (3-5 yrs of age)


Assessment of skills (based on three guiding principles): Professional Knowledge, Professional Practice and Professional Engagement; the Professional Experience Folder; and satisfactory completion of the professional practice; (overall pass/fail).


Arthur, L. Beecher, B., Death, E., Farmer, S., & Dockett, S. (2015). Programming and Planning in Early Childhood Settings (6th ed.). Australia: Cengage.

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Unit of study rules


72 credit points including EDEC2004 and EDEC2003



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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.