Course Title: Early Childhood Education Futures

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Early Childhood Education Futures

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Julie Carmel

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7804

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The development of human capital through education has become a focus to achieve economic growth. Policymakers have identified the importance of nurturing children from young and early childhood education has become an increased priority on the political, economic and parental agendas. Inherent to global shifts, changes in the dynamics and lifestyles of families have continued to expand the nature of early childhood services. Consequently, challenges and unprecedented expectations are levied on the early childhood programs to produce future citizens and a competent workforce. These developments call for rethinking, renewals and new actions of early childhood education reform to reduce inequities and improve children’s learning outcomes. In this course you will investigate the influences of technology, economic advancements, socio and demographic shifts and travelling education ideas that have impacted on the future of early childhood education and equity. With a burgeoning focus on priorities of early childhood education, you will also explore past and emerging issues of early childhood education and the transformation of early learning systems.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Explore the influence of globalisation, technology, economic and policy developments on early childhood education
  • Apply relevant literature of early childhood education reforms and how transformational change has shifted the dynamics of children and families
  • Examine the influence of global shifts that have raised expectations of families on early childhood services for their children
  • Explore current and emerging issues in early childhood education policies and practices on the futures of early childhood education
  • Understand global change and its consequences such as equity education and poverty 
  • Develop understanding of the transformation of early years systems

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

  • Develop and apply theoretical understanding of how globalisation, technology, economic and political developments influence the futures of early childhood education and the lives of children
  • Demonstrate understanding on the impact of global shifts on families and children and the emerging trends of early childhood education 
  • Develop abilities to synthesize literature of transformational change in early childhood education and systems 
  • Understand about equity in education and the consequences of globalisation

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 Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1