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, which 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 2019, 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 20-day block during Semester Two


28 October to 22 November 2019
(one pre-prac visit)

Year 3
Professional Experience in
Early Childhood 2

 

Professional Experience in
Early Childhood 3


a 20-day block during Semester One
 

 

a 20-day block during Semester Two


27 May to 21 June 2019
 

 

28 October to 22 November 2019

Year 4
Professional Experience in
Early Childhood 3

 

Final Professional Experience in
Early Childhood


a 20-day block during Semester One
 

 

a 30-day block in Semester Two


29 April to 24 May 2019
 

 

14 October to 22 November 2019




Master of Teaching

In 2019, 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

16 September to 11 October 2019

Year 2
Early Childhood
Professional Experience 2

 

EC Final Professional Experience


a 20-day block during Semester One
 

 

a 37-day internship during Semester Two


29 April to 24 May 2019
 

 

12 August to 11 October 2019