Course Title: Learning Across the Curriculum in Early Childhood

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Learning Across the Curriculum in Early Childhood

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Julie Carmel

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 7804

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course examines principles, practices and factors influencing children’s overall growth, wellbeing and learning. You will explore pedagogical practices in relation to overall wellbeing of children birth to eight. In this course you will take a holistic approach to explore the relationships of science, nature, environment sustainability and health education in early childhood settings. Issues of environment and ecological developments have emerged as a global concern for sustainability in environment as it affects the world we live in. Teaching strategies to promote learning across the curriculum will be examined to integrate a participative, experiential and engaging program for children to construct meanings from their daily experiences in learning science, technology, environment and wellbeing.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program learning outcomes
In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

1. Engage with diverse learners in a range of educational contexts in order to develop skills and knowledge for flexible and adaptable participation in professional communities of practice   2. Develop and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice and development in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment   6. Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice

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

1. Identify and apply different models of integrated learning across curriculum for birth to 8 (VEYLDF) and apply pedagogical strategies for teaching and learning of science, environment, health and wellbeing for children.

2. Interpret and use knowledge on environmental education, science, technology, health and wellbeing

3. Investigate, plan and develop activities to enhance children’s learning and understanding on the factors influencing growth, wellbeing, nature and bearing responsibility for the ecological sustainability of environments

4. Design and plan an engaging program to integrate learning across curriculum and drawing from a variety of pedagogical strategies

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is based on experiential and active learning where learners work individually or with others in the wider community to share and co-construct their knowledge and skills.  The course may include a range of activities from face to face, lectures, tutorials, workshops, outdoor exploration, parks, curriculum design and readings in order to support the development of the learning outcomes of the course.

Overview of Learning Resources

Your RMIT lecturer will recommend and also provide learning resources in this course include books, journal articles and web resources appropriate for environmental education for sustainability in early childhood.  Course content, lecture notes, readings and explanatory notes will be available electronically on the Distributed Learning System (DLS). You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for School of Education students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.

RMIT University Library:

Study and Learning Centre:

International Student Support:

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Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Task 1 Integrated STEM in play-based learning area. (50%) CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4

Assessment Task 2:  Planning an integrated curriculum. (50%) CLO1, CLO2, CLO3.

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: