Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This capstone course recaptures knowledge throughout this program by placing it within the framework of current practice reflected in philosophical, socio-cultural, political and educational contexts. Revisiting areas of education and personal philosophy, pedagogy, curriculum and assessment allow students to develop their own reflective, critical and research based philosophy of early childhood education and its practical implications. This includes a critical framework for planning, implementing and evaluating early childhood education programs in terms of educational practice and/or research. Key to the course is the development of a critically reflective orientation that aims to position students as 'teacher researchers' in the field of early childhood education.



  • Semester 1 - 2022


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Critically evaluate early childhood education based on current research

2. Apply current trends of approaches, pedagogy, curriculum, documentation and professional issues, including ethics and working with families and communities, in early childhood education

3. Develop a personal philosophy and critical framework for their planning, implementing and evaluating early childhood programs and learning environments

4. Understand their practice as under continuous enquiry/research


1. Socio-cultural, philosophical, political, historical educational contexts and their influences on theory and practice 

2. Current research on approaches and debates regarding pedagogy, curriculum, professional issues and learning environments

3. Inquiry and research to understand and continuously improve educational practice and a critically reflective orientation  


Enrolment in this course is dependent on meeting the teacher education admission milestone of successful completion of

- Three HSC band 5s (including one in English) or

- 80 units of UoN courses or

- Regulatory authority approved comparable pathways or

- Commencement in the program pre 2016

Students must also be active in one of the programs:

Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours) [12366]

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) [40105]

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours) [40109].

Assessment items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Contact hours

Ourimbah and Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Course may be delivered on a weekly basis or as compressed delivery


Face to Face On Campus 24 hour(s) per Term Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.