Courses & Units

Literacy, Mathematics and Science in Early Childhood ESM781




This unit will focus on conceptual development and pedagogical content knowledge for teaching children fundamental aspects of literacy, mathematics and science. A range of play-based strategies for supporting the development of viewing, reading, writing, and speaking and listening skills will be investigated. Mathematics topics include teaching children to think about mathematical concepts and processes, and planning for teaching. Science topics will include teaching of science, influence of families' everyday experiences, promoting science through inquiry-based pedagogies, natural and built environments, and sustainability. Throughout the unit students will have opportunities to apply their current knowledge, skills, and understandings.


Unit name Literacy, Mathematics and Science in Early Childhood
Unit code ESM781
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education
Coordinator Doctor Gregory (Greg) Ashman
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Term 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 2 2/5/2022 17/5/2022 5/6/2022 8/7/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • apply literacy, mathematics and science pedagogical content knowledge to early childhood learning contexts.
  • evaluate integrated literacy, mathematics and science experiences.
  • critique early childhood learning experiences encompassing play and inquiry-based pedagogies, with respect to theory and practice.
  • communicate using academic writing, expression and English conventions (including spelling, punctuation, and grammar), apa referencing conventions, and scholarly literature.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
070101 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,108.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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AssessmentTest or quiz|Report (55%)|Critique (45%)
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