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

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: ST3-placement
Description This unit gives PSTs 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. On completion of the unit students will be expected to show evidence of achievement at the Graduate level in each of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit PSTs 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 This unit focuses on the application of theory in practice. PSTs are expected to take on increasing responsibility for teaching, as well as contribute to the broader life of the school by participating in other duties where appropriate. By the end of the
placement, PSTs are expected to be able to work independently to plan, teach and assess across learning areas. PSTs will be mentored by a qualified teacher throughout the placement. Teachers will guide them through the expectations and responsibilities of the teaching profession at both the classroom and the whole school level. A supportive teaching approach to the planning, teaching and assessment cycle will be employed during this placement. PSTs will focus on all Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Level) and the Murdoch Graduate Attributes.
Other Learning Experiences Nine weeks full-time block placement in an early childhood setting.
Assessment PSTs will be assessed on a standardised assessment form based on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) 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 University External Moderator throughout the placement. This will be directly linked to the unit aims, APSTs and MGAs.
FPE Final Evaluation - Graded, N, P, C, D or HD.
Prerequisites Enrolment in either B1383 Bachelor of Education Early Childhood and Primary Teaching OR B1319 Bachelor of Education Early Childhood and Primary Teaching OR Bachelor of Education Early Childhood 0-8. Successful completion of EDN298 LANTITE Literacy, EDN299 LANTITE Numeracy and 87 credit points, and concurrent enrolment in EDN499 Quality Teaching Performance Assessment (QTPA).
Exclusions BEd (Primary) students (Pre-service Teachers - PSTs) who are not enrolled in Early Childhood Education. PSTs 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 PSTs 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
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary Teaching) (BEd(EC&PrimTeach))
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.


Unit Coordinator
Mrs Kathryn Dehle
Associate Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7240
e: K.Dehle@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.021A - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: ST3-Placement
Ms Sandi Fielder
Professional Experience Coordinator

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 1224
e: Sandi.Fielder@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.2.030 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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