The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


In this course, teacher education students will prepare a professional portfolio based on their placement that demonstrates their applied knowledge and skills of teaching and learning and pedagogical leadership. They will refine their personal philosophy as an early childhood and primary school educator; explore the legal, social and ethical responsibilities associated with being a member of the teaching profession across both sectors; and consider their responsibility as participants in local, national and global teaching communities. The course requires students to undertake 20 hours orientation and a 50 day full time placement divided between one birth - 5 yr old setting and one primary school setting. The teacher education student will be responsible for up to 2/3 of the colleague educator's teaching load in each setting during this placement. In addition, teacher education students will be expected to interact and contribute to the setting and its community.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2019


  • Semester 2 - 2019

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): EDUC4045. Students who have successfully completed EDUC4045 are not eligible to enrol in EDUC4146.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Advanced knowledge of early childhood and primary educational settings, including aspects of organisation, administration and management.

2. Deep understandings of the roles and tasks of early childhood and primary teacher professionals within an ethical framework.

3. Applied knowledge to design, develop and implement appropriate learning experiences based on sector specific curriculum documents and the needs and interests of children.

4. Cognitive skills to review and analyse the teaching/learning nexus drawing on contemporary education theories, based on action research methodologies.

5. A range of leadership tasks appropriate to the educational site.

6. Positive and constructive interpersonal relationships with children, families and educational personnel based on equity, mutual trust and respect.


1. The nature, purpose and features of the placement and the roles and responsibilities of participants and stakeholders.

2. Advanced methods of designing, implementing and evaluating and assessing meaningful and appropriate learning experiences in early childhood and primary education sites.

3.  The application of Action learning/Action research as a foundation for becoming a reflexive practitioner.

4.  Professional and ethical responsibilities as a colleague, member of a team and in the wider educational community including parents and other stakeholders.

5.  The application of leadership tasks in education sites.

6. Planning and documenting leadership responsibilities

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.


Active in program 12366 or 12216, completion of 270 units including EDUC1055, EDUC2066, EDUC2186 (or EDUC2185) and EDUC4025. Not to count with EDUC4045.


Assumed knowledge

Completed 270 units including EDUC1055, EDUC2066, EDUC2186 (or EDUC2185) and EDUC4025

Assessment items

Report: Professional Experience Report *

Portfolio: e-portfolio (incorporating Teacher Performance Assessment) *

* 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.
  • Report: 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.

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


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

Students must attend all lectures 6 hours relating to birth to 5 yrs setting and 6 hours relating to K-6 setting These contain information directly pertinent to their placements.


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

orientation session 10 hours in a K-6 setting. 10 hours in a birth to 5yrs setting.


Face to Face Off Campus 5 day(s) per Week for 10 Weeks

50 day full time 5 weeks in a K-6 setting 5 weeks in a birth to 5yrs setting