Early Childhood Internship

Course code EDUC4045
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


In this course students will prepare a reflective professional portfolio based on their internship that demonstrates their professional learning during the program. They will refine their personal philosophy of Early Childhood Education; explore the legal, social and ethical responsibilities associated with being a member of the Early Childhood profession; and consider their responsibility as participants in local, national and global teaching communities. The course requires students to undertake 20 hours orientation and a 30 day full time internship in a birth - 5 yr old setting. The intern will be responsible for up to 2/3 of the colleague educator's teaching load during this placement. In addition, Interns will be expected to interact and contribute to the setting and its community.



  • Semester 2 - 2015
  • Semester 1 - 2015


  • Semester 2 - 2015
  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Their ability to take an active, responsible approach to their development as professionals;

2. Knowledge and understandings of early childhood settings, including aspects of organisation, administration and management;

3. Knowledge and understandings about current issues in early childhood and how they impact on settings;

4. Knowledge and understandings of the roles and tasks of early childhood teacher professionals;

5. Qualities and characteristics of early childhood teacher professionals;

6. Professional ethics in practice;

7. Teaching abilities including a range of skills, strategies and practices appropriate for young children;

8. Their ability to design, develop, implement and evaluate appropriate curriculum and programs for individual and groups of children;

9. Positive and constructive interpersonal relationships with children based on equity, mutual trust and respect; and

10. Positive and constructive interpersonal relationships with adults based on equity, collegiality and partnerships.


Topics include:

  • The nature, purpose and features of the Internship.
  • The status of students in the Internship.
  • The roles and responsibilities of participants in the Internship.
  • Designing, implementing and evaluating a professional development plan.
  • Roles and tasks of the early childhood teacher professional including teacher, manager (program and curriculum, personnel, finance, property, privacy, health and safety), advocate, researcher, and leader.
  • Maintaining a reflective journal of experiences.
  • Interpersonal communication and relationship skills.
  • Working as a colleague and member of a team.
  • Working with parents and the community.
  • Developing an early childhood philosophy.
  • Preparing for teaching and learning in the internship and beyond.
  • Internship assessment.

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) (Honours), Bachelor of Teaching (Science) (Honours), Bachelor of Teaching (Health and Physical Education) (Honours) or B Early Childhood Teaching programs.

Assumed Knowledge

Course work in Yrs 1, 2 and 3 of the Program. Course work in Yr 4 Semester 1 of the Program.

Assessment Items

Portfolio: Professional Experience Portfolio *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Portfolio: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • Anaphylaxis Training - Students must complete approved anaphylaxis training.
  • Child Protection Awareness Training - Students must complete approved child protection awareness training.
  • Working with Children and Young Adults Check - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work.

Contact Hours

Ourimbah and Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 13 hour(s) per Term


Face to Face Off Campus 20 hour(s) per Term

Familiarisation Sessions


Face to Face Off Campus 180 hour(s) per Term

Internship 30 days


Face to Face On Campus 6 hour(s) per Term