Identity: The Early Childhood Profession(al)

EDU40003 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online, Wantirna Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent
    This unit will be delivered on-line in Semester 2 2020. 

Contact hours

  • On-campus: 24 hours Face to face Swinburne online - Nil

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

8 Jul 24 - 6 Oct 24

29 Oct 24

Last self enrolment:
21 Jul 24

2 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
23 Aug 24


237.5 cps from:

BA-EDUEC(2) Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
BA-EDECP(S) Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
BA-EDUECT(S) Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching)



Aims and objectives

This unit focuses on the identity of the early childhood professional and what it means to be a contemporary professional, with its associated opportunities and challenges. The unit identifies international, national and jurisdictional policy contexts and current key issues. Pre-service teachers will begin to see themselves as belonging to a profession and be able to explain and describe key features. This clarity will enable them to function effectively and comfortably as active members of the profession, to value their unique contribution and to maintain their resilience and wellbeing.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Identify and analyse the complexities and characteristics of the early childhood profession.
2. Discuss and critique contemporary trends, policies and movements in the profession within Australia and internationally.
3. Investigate and describe the key legal obligations that impact the early childhood profession and their implications for teaching.
4. Describe how engaging in reflective practice and ongoing learning contributes to a culture of professional growth in the early childhood workplace.
5. Critically reflect on their own professional identity, including strengths, challenges and uniqueness and articulate what it means to be a professional.


Courses with unit

BA-EDUEC Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
BA-EDUEC2 Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
DP-EDU Diploma of Education Studies
AB-EDU Associate Degree of Education