EDFE11039 - Professional Practice 2 (ECE) – Kindergarten

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will extend your professional knowledge and skills through tutorials, workshops and a kindergarten placement comprising a 25-day placement. This includes 5 single day visits and a 20 day block placement. You will participate in tutorials to build both theoretical and practical knowledge of the strategies that teachers use to create learning environments underpinned by responsive relationships with children and that support wellbeing, belonging, and learning. Additionally, you will analyse the impact of different approaches to classroom management/guiding behaviour on student learning and apply your understanding of legislation and principles that inform how educators support children to manage their own behaviour and respond appropriately to the behaviour of others. You will apply knowledge gained from curriculum and early childhood units you have studied to plan, implement, respond to and evaluate learning experiences that incorporate the principles and pedagogies outlined in Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (DEEWR, 2009). Pedagogies that support children's engagement with, and learning in, literacy and numeracy will be implemented during the professional placement. Using ICTs with young children to improve learning are also employed in the placement. You will monitor your professional learning through critical reflection, and will select and evaluate evidence to add to your ePortfolio to demonstrate selected focus areas of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite:- Students must have successfully completed EDFE11038 (Professional Practice 1), EDCU12044 (Literacy and Numeracy for Teachers), EDEC11027 (Early Childhood Pedagogies) & EDEC11026 (The Arts and Learning in the Early Years) to be eligible for enrolment in this unit and placement in a setting for completion of the practical component.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 2 - 2024 Profile
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 0%
2. Professional Practice Placement 0%
3. Portfolio 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 32.14% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Personal feedback
Scaffold learning with contemporary examples
Continue to scaffold learning with contemporary examples
Action Taken
The tutorials consisted of multiple opportunities for students to access practical and contemporary experiences to support them in their placement.
Source: Student feedback
Aligning theory with practical application
Continue to highlight the links between the theory examined with application within the kindergarten context
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Interpret observed behaviour to identify possible causes and apply responsive strategies that maintain classroom relationships and engaged learning
  2. Use system and/or kindergarten policies and knowledge of strategies for guiding behaviour and creating safe supportive learning environments to plan proactively for effective classroom management
  3. Select strategies that facilitate positive interactions, promote wellbeing, belonging and learning and facilitate the continuation of centre routines
  4. Plan and implement learning experiences that promote the engagement and participation of all learners and are responsive to their characteristics, stage of development and social, cultural and linguistic backgrounds
  5. Reflect on planning, teaching and assessment of student outcomes to improve teaching practice and promote learning and engagement
  6. Use the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to monitor professional learning and identify strategies for responding to feedback and self-evaluation to improve practice.

Successful completion of this unit provides opportunities for students to engage with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage) focus areas of:

1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students

1.2 Understand how students learn

1.3 Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds

1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities

2.2 Content selection and organisation

2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting

2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies

2.6 Information and communication technology (ICT)

3.1 Establish challenging learning goals

3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs

3.3 Use teaching strategies

3.4 Select and use resources

3.5 Use effective classroom communication

3.6 Evaluate and improve teaching programs

4.1 Support student participation

4.2 Manage classroom activities

4.3 Manage challenging behaviour

4.4 Maintain student safety

4.5 Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically

5.1 Assess student learning

5.2 Provide feedback to students on their learning

6.1 Identify and plan professional learning needs

6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice

6.3 Engage with colleagues and improve practice

6.4 Apply professional learning and improve student learning

7.1 Meet professional ethics and responsibilities

7.2 Comply with legislative, administrative and organisational requirements

Evidence of meeting the standards will be at a level appropriate for students' current progress through the course of study. Assessment tasks for this unit may be included in a portfolio and used as evidence of progress towards demonstrating the standards at Graduate Level and the focus for identifying learning goals.

Additionally, students build understandings required by the registering body for early childhood (ACECQA - Australian Children's Education and Care Authority) including, for example, guiding behaviour and engaging young learners, curriculum approaches, teaching methods and strategies and catering to children with diverse needs, including CALD children. Content linked to Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (DEEWR, 2009) is examined also.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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