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 an early childhood setting With the support and guidance of a qualified supervising arly childhood teacher students will build, consolidate and apply their growing knowledge, skills and understandings around early childhood teaching and learning. They will explore the legal, social and ethical responsibilities associated with being an early childhood teacher and consider their role and responsibilities as teachers and leaders in local, national and global early education teaching communities. This unit requires students to demonstrate growing independence as a critically reflective early childhood professional and to evaluate these experiences in relation to on-going professional growth. The student will build to a teaching load of five 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, including satisfactory completion of the professional practice (60%); 2000wd professional research report (40%) (overall pass or fail).


Nolan, A, Macfarlane, K. & Cartmel, J. (2013). Research in Early Childhood. Singapore: SAGE Publications

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


168 credit points including EDEC4001 and EDEC4002 and EDEC4003

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Non-award/non-degree study

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.