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ECP4100 Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Early Years of School

Short Description: Curiclm&Pdagy in Erly Yrs Schl
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : National Priority - Teaching
ASCED code : 070101 - Teacher Education: Early Child
Grading basis : Graded


Pre-requisite: ECL2200 and ECP3200 and EDE3009 and ECP2200 and EDC2400 and ECF2200. Students must be enrolled in: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BECH or BEED.
Enrolment is not permitted in ECP4100 if EDE4103 has been previously completed.

Other requisites

Students must have successfully completed the entire previous year’s Professional Experience courses in order to enrol in this course. Students must be available for a prescribed period of time to undertake a placement in a school or other approved site as required in this course.

Before commencing this course students will be assumed to have read the full details of Professional Experience particulars and familiarised themselves with the requirements. Please see the Education Placement Professional Experience website and the Professional Experience Book for full details.

State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking professional experience/researching with children under the age of 18, in the state of Queensland must hold a valid Blue Card OR Exemption Card

Provided a blue card renewal application has been submitted at least 30 days before expiry of the current card, the blue card will remain active while the renewal application is processed (details available at

Blue Card Services cannot process a form dated more than 16 weeks prior to lodgement. In addition, a representative of USQ or a Justice of the Peace, must sight the applicant’s identification documents and check the information on the form, before signing and dating the USQ declaration (refer to

Where a student is denied approval for a blue card, enrolment in any initial teacher education program will be withdrawn (refer to

If undertaking Professional Experience outside of Queensland, students are advised to check the Working with Children requirements of the state within which Professional Experience will be undertaken (refer to


Pre-service educators will develop the confidence and professional competence necessary to design socio-culturally responsive learning and teaching environments using a repertoire of contemporary pedagogies including dialogic and age-appropriate pedagogy. Emphasis will be placed on the development of authentic inquiry-based programs driven by student data with a strong focus on incorporating early childhood philosophy and pedagogical approaches in the planning and decision-making processes. Curriculum priorities, institutional policy and assessment practices will be explored in the early years of school context. There will be a strong emphasis on the development of critical reflective practices as part of a professional cycle of inquiry designed to build teacher capacity and the formation of an effective teacher identity.

A 25 day professional experience placement is attached to this course. The placement is in a school setting from Prep to Year 3 but students will observe at least one lesson in Yr 4 - Yr 6) for exposure to upper primary. This Practice meets coursework focus upon the implementation of a data driven instruction cycle through the Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment (GTPA).

For full details of the Professional Experience particulars, please refer to the Professional Experience website and the Professional Experience Book.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2020 External
Semester 1, 2020 On-campus Springfield
Semester 2, 2020 External
Date printed 12 February 2021