Course Title: Early Childhood Education Theories and Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Early Childhood Education Theories and Practice

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2014


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Julie Carmel

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7804

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.04.13

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course focuses on current and historically significant educational thinkers and a range of established and emerging educational ideas and explores their impact on learning, teaching and the organization of education. You will examine the work of major educational thinkers who have influenced current early childhood thought, for example Froebel, Montessori, Dewey and Malaguzzi. You will investigate the place of education in society and develop an informed personal and professional stance regarding some important educational ideas, their interpretation, and their application in contemporary contexts and in work integrated learning.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Compare and contrast theories and philosophies in education.
  • Describe how theories and philosophies in education influence settings, practices and policies.
  • Articulate the educational theories and philosophies that shape your thinking as a teacher.
  • Identify and discuss the links between key educational ideas and current trends in educational thinking and models of practice
  • Reflect on learning experiences in professional practice and on contemporary educational issues in the light of important theories and philosophies in education.

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 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