Course Title: Inclusive Education in Early Childhood

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Inclusive Education in Early Childhood

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Aleksandra Acker

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7830

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Inclusive education in early childhood covers the principles of inclusion and their application in educational settings. You will examine current policies and theoretical foundations with the aim of developing awareness, knowledge and skills in inclusive education. This course focuses on planning an inclusive curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements, program support groups and developing individual education plans.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program learning outcomes
In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:
- 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
- Develop and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice and development in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
- Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying problem solving strategies in diverse educational contexts.
- Apply initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making to enhance your practice and continuing professional development.

Course learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Explain the importance of developing professional relationships with the program support group as well as families, medical specialists, teacher aides, parent helpers and other educational stakeholders
- Apply skills in observation, assessment and planning for individual learners in a group setting
- Plan for and design education environments to promote inclusive learning in early childhood
- Develop individual education  plans based on inclusive  curriculum planning, applying knowledge of government policy and other theoretical foundations of inclusion  
- Critically evaluate the role of the program support group and outline strategies for developing professional working relationships within this group.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of activities including lectures, tutorials, workshops, online discussions, curriculum design and readings in order to support the development of the learning outcomes of this course.

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 including, books, journal articles and web resources will be provided by your lecturer. 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 tasks are directly linked to the stated objectives and outcomes.  Assessment in the course will be both theoretical and practical in nature.  A range of formative and summative assessment types will be incorporated into the course (for example, written, oral or performance based assessment).  

There will be two formal assessment tasks in this course.

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.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: