The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

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

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.


Students must have completed 270 units including EDUC2065, EDUC2185 and EDUC3185, and be active in programs12216 or 12366 to enrol in this course.

270 units

Assumed knowledge

Completed 270 units including EDUC2065, EDUC2185, EDUC3185

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:

General Course Requirements:

  • Lecture: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions.

Course Assessment Requirements:

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

Pre-Placement Requirements:

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