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.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

10 Jul 23 - 8 Oct 23

31 Oct 23

Last self enrolment:
23 Jul 23

4 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
25 Aug 23



237.5 cps from:

BA-EDUEC Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) 
BA-EDUEC2 Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) [SOL] 
BA-EDECP Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) 
BA-EDECPS Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) 
BA-EDUECT Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching) 
BA-EDUECTS Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching) 
EDU30003 Curriculum, Planning and Assessment for Infants: Practicum 3E



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