Early Childhood Professional Internship (EDEC4006)


This unit enables students to experience the professional work of early childhood teachers over a sustained period - 30 days, in a Birth to 5 year old setting or preschool. The unit requires students to demonstrate growing independence as critically reflective early childhood teachers, to reflect on developing professional profiles and to evaluate these experiences in relation to on-going professional growth. Students will build to a teaching load of four days per week (or equivalent) with the balance of the time focused on developing a teacher-led research project designed to explore and/or improve an aspect of pedagogy, curriculum or child development.

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Further unit of study information


1x1-hr workshop/wk for 8 wks, 1x lead-up visit, 30-days professional practice


assessment of skills (based on three guiding principles): Professional knowledge, Professional Practice and Professional Engagement, satisfactory completion of the professional practice including a Teaching Portfolio (60%) and 2000wd professional research

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

144 credit points including 96 credit points of Early Childhood Curriculum and Professional Studies units

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