Course Title: Education Futures: Imagining Early Childhood Policy and Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Education Futures: Imagining Early Childhood Policy and Practice

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Shaila Banu

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99250000

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment. Please email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Successful completion of TCHE2658 Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education AND TCHE2625 Literacy Test for Initial Teacher Education

Course Description

This course explores historical early childhood perspectives and practices and compares this to contemporary trends in policy and practice. You will consider how the history of early childhood services aligns and/or contrasts with contemporary policy priorities and notions of best practice. You will draw on research, practical expertise and policy from local and international contexts to investigate and analyse the assumptions that embed contemporary early childhood curriculum frameworks, pedagogy and policy governance. By focusing on recent topical initiatives and trends in early childhood education and care, this course strengthens your professional pedagogy and capacity for professional engagement with contemporary issues in your every day practices, and the field more broadly.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes
In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge in education
  • Critically analyse and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment across a range of disciplines, reflecting a graduate level of proficiency in teaching
  • Develop deep and broad knowledge of education theory and the transformative potential of education in society in both local and global contexts
  • Communicate effectively with different stakeholders in the education field through a broad range of communication modes and digital technologies in diverse educational contexts

Course Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to    

1. Critically analyse, synthesise and critique contemporary early childhood theories, policy and practice in both local and international contexts in light of changing contexts, making links between EC history, philosophy and practice over time 7.2
2. Demonstrate your creativity and initiative to imagine possible future early childhood policies and practices 3.6
3. Develop your professional identity and development through the consideration of historical, critical and comparative issues in EC policy and practice  
4. Demonstrate your capacity to consolidate and synthesise knowledge of early childhood policies and practices through the research process 7.2, 7.3

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of activities including online lectures, workshops, practical activities, individual tasks, collaborative group work, discussion and individual reflection.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Suggested readings from current educational literature will be provided on the course website and will be drawn from highly regarded academic journals, books and conferences as well as reports, websites and other online resources.   The University Library has extensive resources for teacher education students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies Education Library Guides.   There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

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.

You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

  Assessment Task Weight CLO's APSTs
AT1: Part A Investigation and analysis of approved current early childhood education policy 30% 1, 3, 4 7.2, 7.3
AT1: Part B Written report on the analysis and findings of current early childhood education policy 20% 1, 3, 4 7.2, 7.3
AT2 Infographic Report on the future teaching practice implications. 50% 2, 4 3.6, 7.2, 7.3

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions