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Professional Experience in Early Learning and Care Centres: Graduate (EDN536)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: ST2-placement
Description Students will complete a professional experience in a Long Day-care Centre with children aged birth - five years. This experience will give students the opportunity to develop further expertise in the early childhood education and care professional context.
Unit Learning Outcomes Students are required to demonstrate the following outcomes
1. Design and implement a holistic and integrated programme for children (aged birth - 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. 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
6. 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 an Australian Long Day-care Centre (non-school-based) with children aged birth - five years.
Other Learning Experiences Professional Experience Placement of 6 weeks full-time or 10 weeks part-time (3 days per week) in an Australian Long Day-care Centre.
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 Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood Education and Care). 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) 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.
Assessment A result of Ungraded Pass or Fail is awarded for this unit.
Previously 2016: EDN547
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
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.


Unit Coordinator
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: ST2-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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