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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies)

Course code Y42

This nationally accredited course is designed to graduate early childhood educators who are competent teachers ready to work in schools and a range of early childhood settings.

A key feature of this course is connecting theory with practice. Graduates will have the knowledge and be able to develop early childhood educational programs for children from birth to 8 years of age.

Partnerships with over 1,000 schools and early childhood settings allow pre-service teachers to gain experience in diverse settings, including public, private, metropolitan, regional and remote contexts working with children, families and communities.

In addition, a distinguishing feature of this course is that pre-service teachers have the opportunity in the fourth year of their course to specialise and broaden their knowledge and skills in an area of interest. Units are also available in the degree that enables pre-service teachers to complete accreditation requirements to teach in Catholic schools.

Final year pre-service teachers can apply for a place in the internship program in either a school or early learning setting.

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Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

Y42

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $6,700

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Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

Y42

CRICOS code

074168G

Fees

International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $30,750

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Duration

4 years full-time

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Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

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Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley, South West or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley, South West or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley, South West or Online

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley

Course Structure

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LIT1200Personal Literacy
NUM1200Personal Numeracy

Students must complete the above two units LIT1200 (Personal Literacy) and NUM1200 (Personal Numeracy) to satisfy the requirements of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE). All students who enrol in an accredited pre-service teacher education course (undergraduate and graduate) from 1 January 2017 will have to successfully complete tests about their personal levels of literacy and numeracy to graduate. Students who enrol in the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies) will need to complete successfully both components of the personal Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) to enrol beyond 240 credit points within their course.

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
AED1240Drama Arts in Early Childhood Education15
ECS1240Becoming an Early Childhood Educator15
ECS1250Learning and Learners15
LAN1009Communication Skills for Teaching and Learning15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ECS1265Young Children's Learning and Development15
LAN1265English 1: Oral Communication15
ECS1245Play and Pedagogy15
IPP1260Inquiry in Professional Practice (Child Care)15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ECM2260Early Childhood Mathematics 115
ECS2240Guiding Children's Behaviour in Positive Learning Environments15
MUE2240Music Arts in Early Childhood Education15
SCE2240Early Childhood Science and Technology Education15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ECS3260Assessing and Evaluating Young Children's Learning15
HPE2260Health and Physical Education for Young Children15
LAN2266English 2: Literacy Learning in the Early Years15
IPP2260Inquiry in Professional Practice (K/PP)15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
AED3245Visual Arts in Early Childhood Education15
EDS3240Including Children with Special Educational Needs15
LAN3246English 3: Literacy in the Junior Primary Years of School15
SSE3260Social Science Education in Early Childhood15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ECM3260Early Childhood Mathematics 215
EDF3201Teaching Indigenous Australian Students15
LAN3260English 4: Planning and Differentiating the English Curriculum in Early Childhood15
IPP3260Inquiry in Professional Practice 3: Junior Primary15
Year 4 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
IPP4350
TPA4100
Unit from Specialisationx 115
OR
Elective Unitx 115

Year 4 - Semester 2

Students are required to select one of the following four options:

Option 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ECS4330Leading in Early Childhood Settings15
Unit from Specialisationx 345
Option 2
Unit Code Unit TitleCredit Points
Students may wish to diversify their elective choices and develop a broad body of knowledge relevant to early childhood education. If this option is preferred, students must complete ECS4330 and ECS4261 as well as any two (2) units from any of the five areas of specialization, or from the additional electives listed below. If students select this option, no specialisation will be recorded on the academic transcript.
LAN4228Literacy Coaching in Junior Primary15
LIT4260Children's Literature in the Classroom15
SCE4270Teaching Integrated Science in Junior Primary Years15
Option 3
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
EDU4226School-based Project60
Option 4
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
EDU4227Internship60

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical early childhood situations.
  2. Communicate early childhood knowledge and values in professional and public contexts.
  3. Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including Indigenous cultural competence.
  4. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional practice.
  5. Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate discipline specific solutions/responses.
  6. Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise complex early childhood problems.
  7. Use digital technologies and literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
  8. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable, and ethical values.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)

Accredited by: Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA)

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $6,700 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $30,750 *

* International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

This course creates quality graduates ready to take up employment across the early childhood education sector, including teaching children from birth to 8 years of age.

Possible future job titles

Kindergarten, Pre-Primary or Junior Primary Teacher, Child Care Professional, Pedagogical Leader, Centre Director

Courses you can consider if you are interested in progressing further in this area.

Student
stories

  • "I was given the opportunity to work with the best professionals in the teaching field"
    Elana Nicholson
    Elana NicholsonEarly Childhood Education graduate

    I chose ECU because they have the best reputation for teacher education. My time at ECU has been life changing. I was given the opportunity to work with the best professionals in my field, with years of international experience. These professionals will go the extra mile to assist you – and make a real difference to your education.

    My prac was spent in Perth metropolitan schools, learning how schools and our communities work together to benefit all. I have observed, organised and taught. This first-hand experience has been vital for my development as an Early Childhood teacher and will no doubt benefit me throughout my career.

  • "ECU’s School of Education has friendly and knowledgeable lecturers with industry experience"
    ECU Early Childhood Education student Sally Strang
    Sally StrangECU Early Childhood Education student

    I have always been passionate about teaching but never considered studying at university as my family still needed me at home. I had already heard that ECU was an excellent university for Education courses, but seeing ECU students on practicum placement at my children’s school and the fact that my children are now old enough to walk to and from school is what influenced me to pursue full time study.

    ECU’s School of Education has friendly and knowledgeable lecturers with industry experience which really adds credibility to the content I am being taught. I am learning so much about how to be a good educator while establishing strong professional relationships with lecturers and tutors.

    I am loving the campus experience and making a lot of new friends, and I am really grateful for the annual practicum placement opportunities that ECU offers. It gives me an accurate look into a classroom through the educator’s eyes. I can’t wait to begin my career in teaching.

  • "Lecturers have first-hand experience"
    Helen Hudson, Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies) student
    Helen HudsonBachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies) student

    I chose ECU because of the introduction of the Early Childhood degree to Joondalup Campus in 2012 – this was exactly what I wanted to study.

    I have enjoyed the personal relationships I have built with the lecturers at ECU. They have been very approachable for guidance and the most pleasing part is that the lecturers have first-hand experience in early childhood settings.

    The benefit of studying at ECU is that first year students can undertake practicums that give real insight into education and working with children.

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