Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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0 points, SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)


This is a unit for professional experience in the Master of Teaching (Early Years) course. Students complete 15 days' professional experience in Long Day Care Centre (early childhood centre with 3 to 5 year olds) and the activities specified in the professional experience guide for this unit. Students' learning is supported by professional experience advisers and tutors (or relevant academic staff in the Faculty of Education) and by teacher mentors in the education setting in which they are placed. The unit provides the means for teaching in the 3 to 5 years' group, and is the first of four professional experience units.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. build their own professional relationships with children, families and staff colleagues through observing and contributing to existing centre practices
  2. systematically observe and analyse children in the centre context, drawing upon knowledge of contemporary child development theories
  3. actively participate in centre routines and practices, and when possible contribute to organised learning activities for children already planned by staff colleagues
  4. collaborate with professional colleagues to reflect on personal professional learning and development
  5. demonstrate inclusive practices that respect and draw on knowledge of young children and their families' diverse social, cultural, religious and ethnic community contexts
  6. become familiar with the current practices for supporting learning in childcare settings, including having some insight into what staff colleagues use to guide and support their practices (e.g. documents)
  7. demonstrate some understanding of, and gain some skills in organising, small-group learning experiences for children aged three to five years.


15 days


This unit is graded pass grade only (PGO).
Students enrolled in this unit must complete all learning outcomes in order to gain a pass grade only assessment. Students must complete and document their learning with detailed records of their planning and reflection on their practice during their professional experience.

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload comprises:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • students must either attend on-campus briefing sessions or take responsibility to view the online recorded version of professional experience briefing sessions for their course

(b.) Attendance requirements for off-campus students:

  • students are not required to attend on-campus sessions but must take responsibility to view the online recorded version of the professional experience briefing sessions

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • professional experience: students must attend their professional experience days and meet the required number of days as outlined in the professional experience guide for this unit

See also Unit timetable information