Course Title: Professional Issues in Early Childhood Education

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Issues in Early Childhood Education

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Jayne White

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7912

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: ECE@pop

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course is designed as a capstone experience to enable you to synthesize and integrate knowledge, connect theory and practice as well as demonstrate holistic achievement of program learning outcomes. It will be based on issues relating to your professional early childhood context. You will have the opportunity to extend an area of interest in a negotiated project-based assessment. Topics will be introduced during the course and will include professional issues that have emerged in other courses in the program and from your professional experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Critically engage with the relevant literature and major works related to early childhood professional practice
  • Undertake and present a project, explaining how this work informs your future professional practice
  • Reflect upon your personal and professional learning and analyse the contribution of your project to early childhood professional practice

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

  • Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on educational policy and practice in both local and international contexts.
  • Develop and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice and development in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
  • Apply initiative and judgment 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 learning outcomes.

Assessment Task 1: Case Study Analysis 60%

Linked Course Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 2: Individual Advocacy 40%

Linked Course Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

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: