Available in 2021
Course code



30 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.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021
  • Semester 2 - 2021


  • Semester 2 - 2021

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

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

5.ᅠ 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.


For students who commenced in the program in 2016 onwards, enrolment in this course is dependent on successful completion of the teacher education admission milestone:

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

- 80 units of UON courses or

- Regulatory authority approved comparable pathways.

To enrol in this course students must:

- be active one of the following programs:

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

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

- have successfully completed 270 units, including EDUC2066, and (EDUC2186 or EDUC2185) and EDUC4025, and

- have successfully completed LANTITE.

Students cannot enrol in this course if they have successfully completed EDUC4045 or EDUC4146.

Assumed knowledge

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

Assessment items

Report: Professional Experience Report 50% *

Report: Portfolio 50% *

* 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: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Report: 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 - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work.

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


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

Students must attend 6 one-hour lectures (or 3 two-hour lectures) that contain information directly pertinent to their placement. Check the course Blackboard site for days and times of these must-attend lectures.


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

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.