Early-childhood teaching PE UoS details

Early Childhood preservice teachers are required to complete Professional Experience placements that are integrated with a Professional Experience unit. The Professional Experience units are taught through lectures, tutorials and workshops at the University.


Bachelor of Education

Professional Experience in Early Childhood 1 (EDEC2002)

This unit is the first of four Professional Experience units that provides opportunities for students to gain teaching experience in early-childhood education and care settings (15 days plus 1 single day lead up visit in a 3-5 years' setting). It builds on a series of visits to informal, community learning settings for young children in EDEC1001. It will enable students to apply the theories and strategies covered in other units of study and allow them to reflect on the links between theory and practice. This, the first Professional Experience placement focuses on the process of observation and documentation of young children’s development and social engagement as they go about their daily activities. Preservice Teachers then begin to prepare and present learning experiences for individuals and small groups based on assessments of children’s strengths, interests and engagement with learning evidenced through these observations.

Professional Experience in Early Childhood 2 (EDEC3006)

This unit focuses on the education and care of infants and toddlers in a dedicated classroom with children aged from 0–2 years. It focuses on observing and documenting the development of infants and toddlers across all domains, and on the design and preparation of quality learning experiences and curriculum designed to meet the caregiving and learning outcomes. Preservice teachers complete 15 days of Professional Experience plus 1 single day lead-up visit. During this period they will also undertake a number of administrative and leadership tasks linked to Early Childhood Management and Administration (EDEC3004).

Professional Experience Early Childhood 3 (EDEC4003)

This unit (including a 20-day block plus 1 single day lead-up visit) focuses on curriculum development and models, the importance of partnering with families in early-childhood settings, working with other educators, and planning and programming. Preservice teachers will be expected to take increasing responsibility as the lead educator for children in the 3–5 years' age group, to demonstrate their knowledge of a range of early-childhood curriculum approaches and ways of initiating and sustaining partnerships with families to provide the best possible education and care outcomes for children. Preservice teachers will increasingly be asked to demonstrate their ability to undertake a range of administrative tasks associated with the centre, in consultation with the centre's lead educator of the 3–5 year group, their supervising teacher and the director of the early-childhood centre.



Master of Teaching

Early Childhood Professional Experience 1 (EDMT5688)

This unit is the first of three Professional Experience that provides opportunities for students to gain teaching experience in early childhood education and care settings (4 weeks, 20-day block, plus 1 single day lead-up visit in a setting with 3-5 year old children). It will enable students to apply the theories and strategies covered in other units of study and allow them to reflect on the links between theory and practice. This, the first Professional Experience placement will consist of observation of practices and routines of the setting, and observations of individuals and small groups of children, aged 3–5 years, as they go about their daily activities. As part of the process, preservice teachers will plan and implement strategies and activities relevant to the age, stage, and needs of young children and aligned with the guidelines of the Early Years Learning Framework.

Early Childhood Professional Experience 2 (EDMT6634)

The unit supports the learning and professional development of preservice early-childhood educators in a 0-2 years' setting (4 weeks, 20-day block, plus 1 single day lead-up visit). It is expected that students will draw on aspects of their knowledge acquired in other units in both this and previous semesters, which will enable them to observe infants and toddlers in their placement settings to plan for and document developmentally appropriate experiences for them based on their strengths and interests, and in consultation with families in the early-childhood setting.