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Final Professional Experience 2: Early Childhood Teaching (K - PP) (EDN435)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: ST2-placement, ST3-placement
Description This unit gives students the opportunity to consolidate their theoretical knowledge and develop a high level of professional competence in an early childhood setting. It aims to nurture the development of the reflective practitioner and establish a foundation for confronting the issues associated with the professional responsibilities of being a teacher.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit pre-service teachers should be making sound progress to be able to:
1. Know Pre-service Teachers and how they learn
a. Synthesize knowledge of self, learner and context
2. Know the content and how to teach it
a. Develop and implement specific curriculum structures and polices in major teaching area
b. Work with current and future curriculum issues
3. Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
a. Take individual responsibility for teaching
b. Utilise short, mid and long term integrated planning strategies
4. Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
a. Synthesise theory and practice
b. Incorporate a range of relevant pedagogies
c. Develop personal classroom management philosophy and incorporate into planning
5. Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning
a. Develop and implement a range of assessments appropriate to major curriculum area
6. Engage in professional learning
7. Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is applying theory into practice. Pre-service teachers will be mentored by a qualified teacher throughout the duration of the placement who will introduce them to the scope of the teaching profession. A team teaching approach to the planning, teaching and assessment cycle will be employed during this placement. Students will begin to focus on all Australian Graduate Standards for Teachers (Graduate Level) and the Murdoch Graduate Attributes.
Other Learning Experiences Seven weeks full-time block placement in a secondary school.
Assessment Students will be assessed on a standardised assessment form based on the Australian Graduate Standards for Teachers (AGST) and Murdoch Graduate Attributes. (MGA)
- Critical and creative thinking
- Social interaction
- Independent and lifelong learning
- Ethics
- Social justice
- In-depth knowledge of a field of study

Formative assessment and feedback will be provided by the onsite mentor and school coordinator throughout the placement. This will be directly linked to the unit aims, AGSTs and MGAs.

There are 2 assessment components:
1. School Experience - Successful achievement of the relevant AGSTs (see checklist in the Unit Information booklet) - weighted 60% and Graded, N, P, C, D ,HD
2. Written Assignments - weighted 40%
- (a) Portfolio addressing AGST
- (b) Research & Presentation Assignment
Prerequisites Enrolment in the final semester of a Bachelor of Education Early Childhood and Primary Teaching OR Bachelor of Education Early Childhood 0-8. Concurrent enrolment in EDN434 Final Professional Experience I: Early Childhood Teaching.
Exclusions BEd (Primary) students who are not enrolled in Early Childhood Education.
Students who have successfully completed EDU381 may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes Prior to placement in any school for Professional Experience, it is mandatory that pre-service teachers complete or obtain several forms and clearances.

Information and forms regarding these mandatory requirements can be accessed via the Professional Experience website: http://www.murdoch.edu.au/School-of-Education/Professional-Experience
Completion and submission of these mandatory requirements is essential before placements can be arranged.
Previously 2015: 'Professional Internship: Early Childhood Teaching (K - PP)'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Early Childhood and Primary Teaching (BEd) [New in 2019]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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