EDEC434 Literacy in Early Childhood

Updated: 25 February 2019
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in BEd(EC) prior to 2015; or any 48cp and candidature in BEd(EC-Prim) prior to 2015
Co-requisites None
Restrictions EDEC435

This unit requires contact with children in a 3-5 year early childhood education centre, which may be the student's own workplace. Students must be able to carry out prescribed, practical activities with a group of children.

Before working with children students must have completed online Anaphylaxis training, an online Child Protection module, and have obtained a valid NSW Working with Children Check clearance (for those students wishing to complete their placement in NSW) or equivalent (for those students wishing to complete their placement outside NSW). Please see the Office for Professional Learning Important Information webpage for more information.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Chuanmei Dong (cdong2@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit takes a theoretical and research-based approach to the teaching of literacy within a balanced literacy program for children aged three to eight years. Topics of study include literacy standards, assessment, the learning environment, instructional materials, instructional practices related to literacy, comprehension, writing development, reading-writing connections, and visual literacy. Reference will be made to relevant curriculum documents and State and Territory policy.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood

ISBN: 9781107578623
Ewing, R., Callow, J. and Rushton, K., Cambridge 1st ed. 2016

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 10% 500
Assessment Notes

Online Assessment - learning environment supporting literacy. Students are required to have contact with children aged 3 to 5 years, in an early childhood education centre, as part of this assessment.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 5

Compulsory Assessment 2 40% 1500
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 5

Compulsory Assessment 3 50% 2000
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an ability to critically analyse literacy experiences for young children through a strong understanding and knowledge of the subject;
  2. demonstrate coherent theoretical and technical knowledge to plan meaningful literacy experiences based on a sound knowledge of the subject matter, of individual students, and of the relevant curriculum goals;
  3. differentiate and analyse the learning environment to demonstrate an integrated approach to language and literacy linking to families and communities;
  4. critically analyse, evaluate and implement a variety of instructional strategies that reflect the diverse backgrounds and needs of children, encouraging active, engaged learning, positive interaction and self-motivation for all students;
  5. apply independent judgement to demonstrate an advanced standard of communication and professional responsibility; and
  6. demonstrate the ability to act professionally when working with young children.