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EDEC3011: EC Professional Experience 3

Semester 2, 2023 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Third of four professional experience units in the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) providing opportunities for students to gain teaching experience in early childhood education settings. During this placement, students take greater responsibility for curriculum planning and implementation, deepen their critical thinking as reflective practitioners, and continue to refine their teaching philosophy. Students undertake a pedagogical documentation and explore how best to support children as they prepare for transition to school. To build students' understanding of management and leadership roles and responsibilities, students spend one day shadowing the centre director.

Unit details and rules

Unit code EDEC3011
Academic unit Education
Credit points 6
108 credit points including (EDEC3008 or EDUF2022)
EDEC3009 and EDEC3010
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Wilma Murdoch,
Lecturer(s) Tina Stratigos,
Tutor(s) Wilma Murdoch,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Placement Professional experience placement
0% Progressive
Closing date: 13 Jul 2023
21 days
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Professional experience ePortfolio
Portfolio; Professional Experience ePortfolio and Pedagogical Documentation
0% Progressive
Closing date: 20 Nov 2023
based on placement requirements.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment Viva Voce
Viva Voce
0% Progressive
Closing date: 20 Nov 2023
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7

Assessment summary

Professional experience placement: Participation in professional experience placement as specified in Professional Experience Handbook, EDEC3011 unit of study outline and professional experience requirements.

Professional experience ePortfolio: Professional experience ePortfolio incorporates professional experience work requirements with online submissions of work as explained in Prac Requirements Document, and Pedagogical Documentation.

Viva Voce: Individual appointments will be made following professional experience for students to present their professional experience portfolio.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to professional experience 3: roles, relationships and routines in 3-5 settings Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6
Week 02 1. Reflective practice in early childhood education; 2. Developing a teaching philosophy Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 03 Observations: revision of EYLF & documentation techniques (running records, anecdotal observations, jottings, event samples, time samples) Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO6 LO7
Week 04 1. The planning cycle part 2: planning and programming across the day; 2. New EYLF Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 05 Introducing pedagogical documentation Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 06 Pedagogical documentation: part 2 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO4
Week 07 Including diversity (creating a feeling of belonging for all children) in play environments Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO5 LO6
Week 08 Specialist teaching techniques Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 09 Transition to school: New NSW reform syllabus Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO7
Week 10 Supporting children's transitions to school: considering children in all their diversities Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO7
Week 11 Pedagogical documentation part 3: planning and documenting across the day Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO4 LO7

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance: The Sydney School of Education and Social Work requires attendance of at least 90 percent of all seminars, workshops or lectures. Where a student is unable to attend at the required rate evidence of illness or misadventure may be required and the student may be required to undertake extra work. Students should discuss the circumstances of their absence(s) with the co-ordinator of the unit of study. Further details are provided in the School canvas site:

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Leganto, available on Canvas.

  • Arthur, L., Beecher, B., Death, E., Dockett, S. & Farmer, S. (2018) Programming and Planning in Early Childhood (6th ed.) South Melbourne, Australia: Thompson.
  • DEEWR (2009). The Early Years Learning Framework. Canberra: DEEWR
  • Garvis, Susanne et al. Child Development and Learning. Docklands, Victoria, Australia: Oxford University Press, 2019. Print.
  • MacNaughton, G. & Williams, G. (2009). Techniques for Teaching Young Children: Choices for Theory and Practice. Australia: Pearson Education Australia.
  • Porter, Louise. Young Children’s Behaviour : Guidance Approaches for Early Childhood Educators. Fourth edition. Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2016. Print.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. use a range of observation and documentation techniques, demonstrating advanced critical observation skills
  • LO2. plan, implement and evaluate inclusive, safe and effective learning environments and curriculum for 3-5 year olds that reflect understanding of child-led, play-based learning, using reflective pedagogy
  • LO3. interact respectfully and professionally with children, staff and families
  • LO4. take increasing responsibility for planning and implementing curriculum across the day, showing understanding of staff roles and teamwork
  • LO5. develop a teaching philosophy that reflects understanding of the values and ethics of early childhood professional practice
  • LO6. describe the key roles and responsibilities undertaken by an early childhood centre director
  • LO7. support young children’s transition to school.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

The assessment tasks have been edited since the last time the unit was offered.

Site visit guidelines

If you are undertaking professional experience/field education placement as part of your enrolment in this unit of study, please assess your specific needs and requirements for the safe and successful completion of an external placement within a host organisation. You will be given the opportunity to disclose any health issues that have a work health and safety significance before arranging a placement so that your safety, and the safety of others, can be properly assessed. The Professional Experience Coordinator/Field Education Manager will work to ensure that the workplace assignment to you is appropriate for your needs and requirements. If you are experiencing disability, and require reasonable adjustments to be arranged, please contact Disability Services as early as possible prior to commencing the internship. Please note, in all cases, and for the purpose of organising reasonable adjustments, only the impact and not the nature, of your disability will be disclosed to the host organisation.


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