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, 6.36MB).


Bachelor of Education

In 2017, 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


23 October to 10 November 2017
(one pre-prac visit) 

Year 3
Professional Experience in
Early Childhood 2


a 15-day block during Semester Two


23 October to 10 November 2017
(one pre-prac visit) 

Year 4
Professional Experience in
Early Childhood 3

 

Internship in Early Childhood


a 20-day block during Semester One
 

 

a 30-day internship in Semester Two


5 June to 30 June 2017
 

 

9 October to 17 November 2017




Master of Teaching

In 2017, 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

11 September to 6 October 2017

Year 2
Early Childhood
Professional Experience 2

 

EC Professional Internship


a 20-day block during Semester One
 

 

a 37-day internship in Semester Two


8 May to 2 June 2017
 

 

17 July to 15 September 2017