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Professional Experience in Early Childhood Education: Graduate (EDN500)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: ST3-placement
Description Students will complete a professional experience in a school-based early childhood classroom with children aged four-five years. This experience will give students the opportunity to develop further expertise in the early childhood education field.
Unit Learning Outcomes The student is required to demonstrate the following outcomes:
1. Design and implement a holistic and integrated programme for children (aged 4-5 years) that encompasses the Early Years Learning Framework (COAG, 2009) learning outcomes and identifies how to promote growth and learning across six Developmental Domains; social, emotional, physical, language, cognitive, and creativity
2. Continuously evaluate children's growth and learning and establish effective and efficient recording methods for this information
3. Make provision for the needs of individual children in all aspects of planning, implementation and evaluation
4. Develop a personal educator's style through attending to the skills of caring, scaffolding learning, providing behaviour guidance
5. Consider integration of the Curriculum Framework/National Curriculum learning areas and General Capabilities as guided by the ECA and ACARA's Foundations of Learning: http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/pdf/ECA_ACARA_Foundations_Paper/ECA_ACARA_Foundations_Paper_FINAL.pdf
6. Assume responsibility for organisational and administrative duties of the ECEC educator such as the maintenance of the attendance register, indoor and outdoor supervision, attending professional development meetings, etc. consistent with the National Quality Standard regulations
7. Be familiar with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences The professional experience must be completed in in a mainstream Australian school-based early childhood learning context with children aged 4-5 years only. The professional experience must be completed in the last semester of study.
Other Learning Experiences Professional Experience placement of 6 weeks full-time or 10 weeks part-time (3 days per week).
The School of Education Professional Experience Office will appoint a supervisor (external moderator) to provide the student with support during the practicum. A student cannot commence the practicum until a supervisor (external moderator) has been appointed.
Assessment Details of the professional experience requirements are provided in the Unit Information and Learning Guide which will be available online at the commencement of the practicum. The Australian Professional Standards for Teacher (Graduate Level), the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) curriculum requirements, and National Quality Standard frame the final practicum report and portfolio. The final report also reflects State and National requirements as well as the Murdoch attributes and Work Integrated learning policies.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the last semester of Graduate Diploma of Education Studies or Graduate Certificate in Inclusive Education or Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education or Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood Education and Care) or Early Childhood Education courses; successful completion or currently completing EDN520 Advanced Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education; and successful completion of EDN536 Professional Experience in Early Learning and Care Centres. . Students must have both a current WA Department of Education National Criminal History Record Check and a Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004 clearance from the Department of Community Development on file in the Murdoch University School of Education Professional Experience office prior to commencing this unit.
Exclusions Students in the BEd (Secondary), BEd (Primary), GradDipEd (Secondary) or GradDipEd (Primary) course should not enrol in this unit.
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 the placement can be arranged.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood Education and Care) (GradDipEd(ECE&C)) [New in 2017]
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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Dr Sandra Hesterman
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6305
e: S.Hesterman@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.020A - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: ST3-Placement
Dr Sandra Hesterman
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6305
e: S.Hesterman@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.020A - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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