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, 1.83MB).


Bachelor of Education

In 2015, the Professional Experience program for students undertaking the four-year BEd (Early Childhood) degree comprises:

  Extent of professional experience Dates

Year 1
Early Childhood Settings and Communities


attend one day a week for seven weeks during
Semester One


Week starting 2 March through to week ending 24 April 2015 (excluding mid-semester break)

Year 2
Professional Experience in
Early Childhood 1


a 15-day block during Semester Two


19 October to 6 November 2015
(one pre-prac visit) 

Year 3
Professional Experience in
Early Childhood 2


a 15-day block during Semester Two


19 October to 6 November 2015
(one pre-prac visit) 

Year 4
Professional Experience
Early Childhood 3

Internship in Early Childhood


a 19-day block during Semester One

a 29-day internship in Semester Two


1 June to 26 June 2015

6 October to 13 November 2015




Master of Teaching

In 2015, 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

24 August to 18 September 2015

Year 2
Early Childhood
Professional Experience 2

EC Professional Internship


a 20-day block during Semester One

a 45-day internship in Semester Two


4 May to 29 May 2015


13 July to 11 September 2015