Course Title: Professional Experience: Early Literacy Foundation to Year 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Experience: Early Literacy Foundation to Year 2

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2017


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2016


Brunswick Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Sheryl Semple

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7436

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.03.18

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is one of a sequence of professional experience courses designed to develop your teaching practice in a work-integrated learning context. You will learn how literacy is developed in the early years of schooling by conducting a case study of one learner. You will explore the components of language and literacy (listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing) and strategies for observing and assessing learning needs to extend literacy learning. You will expand your repertoire of professional literature and investigate Information Communication Technology (ICT) in literacy learning, home and school literacy practices, the literate environment and the diversity of learners. You will also review current literacy programs in educational settings and new government initiatives.

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

• Engage professionally in an education setting with colleagues parents, carers and the community
• Apply strategies to create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
• Critically analyse the development of oral language, reading and writing to maximise literacy learning practices
• Redesign and develop literacy teaching strategies, curriculum materials and assessment practices appropriate to a variety of early years contexts
• Observe, record, analyse and report information on a literacy learner
• Incorporate effective and strategic Information Communication Technology (ICT) with a critical awareness of its impact
• Engage in personal professional literacy learning in relation to literacy issues, with particular emphasis on locating and evaluating appropriate contemporary academic research.

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.
• Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on educational policy and practice in both local and international contexts.
• Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse educational contexts.
• 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.

Work integrated learning is a major teaching and learning theme for this course and it puts you at the centre of the learning process and makes you responsible for your learning. The teaching team will support you in the development, progress and completion of your assessment tasks. This course involves the successful completion of professional experience; learning activities will ask you to link theory with practical areas of the profession in a variety of education settings.


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 coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter  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 and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc