EDUC0506 – Exploring Professional Practice

Module code
Module title
Exploring Professional Practice
To introduce students to the role of the teacher and expectations of the profession.
  • EF2005
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
1. Recognise the role of the teacher, the relationship with curricula and the influence this has on children’s holistic learning and development.
2. Understand and explain the requirements of current early childhood education regulatory and legislative documents and their professional responsibilities in relation to these.
3. Identify and reflect on concepts of professional practice including collaborative relationships, professional behaviour, boundaries and obligations.
• Overview of curricula appropriate to the teaching context of Aotearoa New Zealand.
• Unpacking the standards for the teaching profession and understanding the code of professional responsibility.
• Introduction to concepts of professional practice in education including collaborative relationships, professional behaviour, leadership, boundaries and obligations.
• Introduction to principles of social justice including Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
• Introduction to reflection and reflexive practice.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Inquiry-based learning; Flipped Classroom; Blended Learning; Work-integrated Learning; Inclusive Practices; Reflective Practice.
Assessment Criteria
The portfolio is comprised of multiple components. Students need to provide sufficient evidence against all learning outcomes and gain an overall mark of at least 50% in order to pass this module.
Learning and Teaching Resource
• Academic staff with relevant qualifications, knowledge and skills in early childhood education
• Specialist guest speakers
• Web enhancement
• Appropriate classroom
• Agreement with Field-based Practice placement to support student with their study commitments
• Face to face, Wananga, online, blended, self-directed, applied learning
Recommended Readings
Relevant required and recommended readings and resources will be updated annually prior to delivery of the module to ensure currency of the literature and resources. The annual required and recommended reading list will be provided to the students in Bachelor of Teaching (Early Years) annual Booklist and Student Module Booklet.