Course Title: Early Childhood Curriculum

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Early Childhood Curriculum

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Elly Thomson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6656

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.02.08

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will explore definitions of formal, informal and non- formal curriculum. You will be introduced to the relationship between curriculum and assessment and explore how this relationship relates to children’s learning and teaching practice. In particular, you will study approaches to Australian and international curriculum together with processes of the learning and teaching relationships that circulate through curriculum. Using early childhood curriculum documents that are fundamental to planning for children’s learning, you will also explore the role of collaboration with children, families and the community.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • compare major theories of curriculum in Early Childhood settings
  • discuss the relationships between curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Initiate and implement constructive, well considered change to curriculum in your teaching practice.
  • critique the role of formal curriculum documents

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, synthesize and reflect on educational policy and practice in both local and international contexts.
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice.

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

A student 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, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: