Early Childhood Professional Internship (EDMT6009)


This unit enables students to experience the professional work of early childhood teachers over a sustained period of 36 days in an early childhood setting With the guidance of a Supervising Teacher, students will consolidate and apply their knowledge, skills and understandings of early childhood teaching and learning. The student will assume substantive teaching responsibility and related duties within an early childhood program in collaboration with a qualified early childhood teacher. The student will consolidate their also consolidate their appreciation of teacher research by engaging in a Professional Research Project focused on their own practice and professional development (as approved by the University and centre). Students in this program have prior degrees in diverse areas and are undertaking post graduate studies to obtain an Early Childhood Teaching qualification. This is their third student placement (the first being a 20 day 3-5 year placement and second a 20 day Birth-2 year placement). It is imperative that the student and Supervising Teacher set clear expectations around teaching and learning during the placement. The student normally assumes a teaching load equivalent to 60% of a normal weekly teaching load from week 3. This is usually spread over four days. The fifth day is spent planning, evaluating and documenting teaching, undertaking the professional learning research project, and participating in on-campus professional learning research workshops (see EDMT6010 Early Childhood Professional Research Project Unit Outline). During the Internship, students are expected to demonstrate consolidation of the outcomes achieved within previous supervised Professional Experience units. In developing and implementing the Early Childhood Professional Research Project students experience a collaborative learning model and prepare a Research Report documenting the design, implementation and findings of their centre-based research project.

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Further unit of study information


1 x 1hr weekly tutorial and linked 2-day early childhood education conference and linked EDMT6010 professional research workshops


Assessment of skills: Professional knowledge, Professional Practice and Professional Engagement, and the Professional Experience Folder, and Satisfactory Professional Practice


Arthur, L., Beecher, B., Death, E., Dockett, S. & Farmer, S. (2015) Programming and
Planning in Early Childhood (6th ed.) South Melbourne, Australia: Thompson.
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (2009). Belonging, Being &
Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. Canberra: DEEWR.
MacNaughton, G., & Williams, G. (2009) Teaching Techniques for Teaching Young
Children: Choices for theory and practice (3rd end). Frenches Forest NSW. Pearson

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Unit of study rules


72 credit points of units

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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.