ECE404 - Inclusive Education for Young Children


2022 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online), CBD*

^Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online), CBD*

^2022 is the final Trimester 3 offering for this unit

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in course E330, E333, E334 or E359


Students must have completed 10 credit points



Incompatible with:

ECE350, ECE465

Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

Trimester 2: 
1 x 2-hour seminar per week.
1-hour online workshop per week

Trimester 3:
3 x 6-hour intensive 
1 x 1-hour online workshop per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Trimester 2 and 3:
2 x cloud conferences per trimester
1 x 2-hour online workshop per week
2 x 1-hour online class per trimester (recordings provided)


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


This unit informs students’ practice in the promotion of inclusion and equity of children and their families who experience or may be at risk of vulnerability. Through critical inquiry into contemporary theories, policies and practices on inclusive education and diversity, this unit develops students’ understanding of a range of differences that can influence children’s engagement and learning outcomes in early childhood and school contexts (e.g. individual ability, disability, family structure, social, socioeconomic, cultural and religious). The unit also aims to develop students’ awareness, knowledge and skills of why and how inclusive education can be created. Rights-based pedagogical approaches which position teachers as change agents frame the unit. Topics include conceptualizing inclusivity, social justice, policies and discourses on the rights of children, indigenous community, people with disabilities, working with children who are gifted, and children’s social, cultural and linguistic diversity. PSTs will engage with legislation, the ECA Code of Ethics and the VIT Code of Conduct to examine the challenges, contexts and issues that inform inclusive practice.

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