ECP228 - Professional Practice 2 (3-5 Years)


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online, Community Based Delivery (CBD)*

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

This unit is only available to students enrolled in E330, E333 or E334


5 credit points at level one and ECP227 or ECE212

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 3-hour seminar per non-placement teaching weeks

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 1.5-hour online seminar per non-placement teaching weeks

In-person attendance requirements

The unit also includes a professional experience (placement) (25-days)

For the most up-to-date advice regarding your placement please see here.


*Community Based Delivery (CBD) is for National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation NIKERI Institute students only.


This unit will provide students with opportunities to engage with the education and care of children from 4 -5 years of age and apply theories of child development and learning in practical contexts. In a professional experience placement, students will observe and engage with a small group of focus children to assess and analyse their learning.

Students will set learning goals that provide achievable challenges for the varying abilities and characteristics of the children, and respond to these through planning, implementation and evaluation of learning experiences. Throughout these tasks, student will critically analyse and reflect on their professional practice and teaching identity alongside their mentor teacher.

Students will make critical connections between theory and practice and incorporate their understandings about the National Quality Framework legislative and regulatory requirements (including the childcare accreditation requirements), and National and Victorian Curriculum documents in the context of teaching, learning and care for children from 3-5 years of age. They will strengthen their knowledge and practice of assessment, planning, teaching practices and evaluation with increased responsibility to individual and group learning while on placement. Specifically, students will reflect on their knowledge, set learning goals and evaluate their progress to meeting these learning goals with regards to the teaching and learning of children from diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives.

In this unit, students will be introduced to the role of the educational leader where they are required to critically examine the roles and responsibilities of this position during their professional experience placement.

Hurdle requirement

Professional experience is a requirement of the Victorian Institution of Teaching and ACECQA for the preparation of teachers. In this unit you will complete 25 days of the required days in your early childhood course. Satisfactory completion of the professional experience is required in order to pass this unit.

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