Course Title: Inclusive Education in Early Childhood Settings

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Inclusive Education in Early Childhood Settings

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Aleksandra Acker

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7830

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.02.41

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is about children with diverse abilities and is based on a philosophy of inclusion. Designed for generalist pre-service teachers it is premised on principles of social justice, human and children’s rights and anti-discrimination. An inclusive educational setting provides for all the children in the community. Using a strengths focus, accepting the principle of partial participation and acknowledging that all children can learn, the course examines the potential of the regular setting to provide relevant and high quality learning experiences for all children. Variations in development, including giftedness are explored.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • To become familiar with government policy related to education, inclusion and children with disabilities
  • To explore issues of children’s and families rights within the culture of education
  • To examine common variations in development, including giftedness
  • To apply general methods of observation, programming and planning to an inclusive context
  • To be aware of the theoretical and philosophical approaches that impact upon educational practice and relationships within the education context
  • To gain skills in adapting modalities of the general education context to optimise learning opportunities.

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • Develop and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice and development in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
  • Apply initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making to enhance your practice and continuing professional development.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Program Manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.   The statement of student responsibilities  summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.   Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described online at: