Early Childhood teaching Professional Experiences

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Welcome to the Early Childhood Professional Experience website. The University of Sydney has an international reputation for excellence and its early-childhood-education programs equip preservice teachers with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to become outstanding early-childhood teachers, decision makers, ethical leaders and clear and practical thinkers.

The professional-experience component provides a suite of developmentally sequenced practical studies that are integrated with theoretical, evidence-based knowledge within the core teaching-and-learning and early-childhood-education units. Professional Experience promotes learning about early-childhood professional contexts, pedagogical settings and practices, and the ways by which families and communities, teachers and other educators and professionals nurture young children’s growth and development. Professional Experience enables early-childhood-teacher-education students to develop the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to plan for, facilitate and evaluate learning and care environments for young children. Professional Experience is underpinned by three overarching guiding principles that are evidence-based and practice-centred and aligned with the goals and intent of the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Professional Standards for Graduate Teachers. These principles are professional knowledge, professional practice and professional engagement. The Early Childhood Professional Experiences Handbook is available online or by download (pdf, 1.92MB).


Bachelor of Education

In 2018, the Professional Experience program for students undertaking the four-year BEd (Early Childhood) degree comprises:

  Extent of professional experience Dates

Year 2
Professional Experience in
Early Childhood 1


a 15-day block during Semester Two


22 October to 16 November 2018
(one pre-prac visit) 

Year 3
Professional Experience in
Early Childhood 2


a 15-day block during Semester Two


22 October to 9 November 2018
(one pre-prac visit)  

Year 4
Professional Experience in
Early Childhood 3

 

Final Professional Experience in Early Childhood


a 20-day block during Semester One
 

 

a 30-day internship in Semester Two


4 June to 29 June 2018
 

 

15 October to 23 November 2018




Master of Teaching

In 2018, the Professional Experience program for students undertaking the two-year MTeach (Early Childhood) degree comprises:

  Extent of professional experience Dates

Year 1
Early Childhood
Professional Experience 1

a 20-day block during Semester Two

10 September to 5 October 2018

Year 2
Early Childhood
Professional Experience 2

 

EC Final Professional Experience


a 20-day block during Semester One
 

 

a 37-day internship in Semester Two


7 May to 1 June 2018
 

 

30 July to 5 October 2018