Professional Practice and Pedagogy

Course code 65105

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This course provides student teachers with opportunities to develop the professional knowledge, skills and dispositions required to work in a range of early childhood services and settings.

The first practicum introduces student teachers to pedagogical skills, bi-cultural practices, and professional behaviours to ensure inclusive and respectful relationships with young children, their families and whānau. There is a focus on providing safe, welcoming and interesting environments for young children through the development of pedagogical skills such as observation, and a sound knowledge of early childhood regulatory requirements.


How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.

This course includes a compulsory 5 week full-time practicum placement in an early childhood centre and a 2 day workshop. 

To sumbit your practicum placement details please fill out this form.

On successfully completing Year 1 Practicum in a licenced early childhood centre, you will be able to


  • Demonstrate a range of appropriate pedagogical practices, professional behaviours and qualities during teaching practicum
  • Demonstrate a developing ability to develop inclusive, respectful, ethical, and professional relationships with children and their families and whanau.
  • Use a range of observation and assessment methods to gather information about children to support their learning and development 
  • Contribute to the maintenance of a safe physical environment including predicting potential hazards and acting to minimise risk of harm
  • Outline a range of teaching strategies and resources to support children’s learning and development in te reo me nga tikanga Māori


  • Discuss own pedagogical practice when working with children and their families, with reference to theory, current research, early childhood curriculum and teaching experiences in early childhood settings 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the early childhood teacher including culturally relevant approaches to working with children from a range of ethnic, socio-economic and cultural background. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of teaching responsibilities under the statutory and regulatory requirements for early childhood services and the role of government agencies.


This course is 100% internally assessed.


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