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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.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

Y42

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $6,850

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Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT PT
Mount Lawley FT PT PT
South West FT PT PT
Online FT PT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Timetable

This course has a modified timetable. See Course Notes.

Early closing date 22-02-2021

This course has an early closing date for applications. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply by this date.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

Y42

CRICOS code

074168G

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $31,600

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

4 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT
Mount Lawley FT
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Timetable

This course has a modified timetable. See Course Notes.

Early closing date 22-02-2021

This course has an early closing date for applications. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply by this date.

Course Entry

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

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to satisfy non-academic criteria, in addition to satisfying academic entry criteria. Applicants' non-academic capabilities will be assessed based on completion of a Non-Academic Requirements for Teacher Entry (NARTE) online questionnaire.

    All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • AQF Cert IV;
    • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • University Preparation Course;*
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment; or*
    • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • International  students must attain an IELTS Academic with an average level of 7.5 or more, across the four components of listening, speaking, reading and writing; no score below level 7.0 in any of these components; and, a score of 8.0 or more in the components of speaking and listening.  Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement.

    Minimum English standard requirements for this course may also be satisfied with one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree; or
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent).

    Note:
    If secondary education and degree studies were completed within a period of 2 years before applying for registration in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or the USA, applicants do not need to provide proof of English competency. 

    Applicants who have completed their secondary education in South Africa in English and have an undergraduate degree taught in English from a South African University are deemed to have met English language requirements.

    Applicants from the Seychelles:

    Successful completion of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) grade C or above, PLUS a completed 4 year National Diploma.

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

Students are required to complete 480 credit points which consists of 24 core units and a supplementary program. Students will also 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. The supplementary program options are: - an Internship plus one (1) unit from any of the listed specialisations; or - a School-based program plus one (1) unit from any of the listed specialisations; or - ECS4330 and ECS4261 plus a listed specialisation; or - ECS4330 and ECS4261 plus any 3 units from any of the specialisations (note - If students select this option no specialisation will be recorded on the academic transcript). Early Childhood Specialisations are: - Arts - Catholic Studies - Creativity in Early Childhood - Diversity in Early Childhood - Special Education

Students must complete 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.

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LIT1200Personal Literacy
NUM1200Personal Numeracy
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
ECS2260Assessing 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
EDF3200Aboriginal Contexts in Early Childhood Education15
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
IPP4350Assistant Teacher Program30
TPA4100Teaching Performance Assessment15
Unit from Specialisation1 x unit from specialisation15

Year 4 - Semester 2

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

Option 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ECS4330 ^Leading in Early Childhood Settings15
ECS4261 ^Professional Engagement in Early Childhood Education15
Unit from Specialisation2 x units from specialisation30
Option 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ECS4330 ^Leading in Early Childhood Settings15
ECS4261 ^Professional Engagement in Early Childhood Education15
Unit from SpecialisationAny two (2) units from any of the five areas of specialisation30
Option 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
EDU4226 ^School-based Project60
Option 3
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
EDU4500 ^Early Childhood Internship60

^ Core Option

Y42|9

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

  • Students have the opportunity to complete a fast-tracked final year and achieve eligibility for employment in schools from Term 4 during the same year.

  • The internship equips Pre-Service Teachers with the mastery and knowledge to lead their own classrooms. Pre-Service Teachers are placed in either classrooms or early learning settings where they will fulfil a diversity of roles, tasks and duties to provide a well-rounded experience of working as a teacher. Students will be required to attend the school or early learning setting for 4 days per week (8 hours each day) during term 3.

    Attendance requirements

    Generally host Schools and Centres require that the Pre-Service Teachers attend the placement on a full time basis and otherwise meet their specific attendance requirements of the particular placement. There is limited scope for ECU to negotiate any deviations from these requirements.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    The Department of Education Western Australia and cooperating non-government schools have the right to determine 'fit and proper persons' to enter and practice in schools. For these reasons, all pre-service teachers 18 years of age and over will be required to have a current Department of Education Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) and a current Working with Children Check, or the equivalent clearance issued by the relevant State authority before commencing this period of Professional Practice Further information can be found at http://www.ecu.edu.au/schools/education/professional- practice/clearances

    Professional practice rules

    During the placement, it is imperative that Pre-Service Teachers always demonstrate professionalism and respect for industry partners. Pre-Service Teachers must abide by the professional standards set out in the ECU Student Code of Conduct and comply with the applicable University policies and rules. The Student Code of Conduct can be found at: http://policysearch.ecu.edu.au/PolicySearch/Record/767/file/document The host School/Centre has absolute discretion to terminate the Pre-Service Teachers placement prior to completion of the placement. Situations where this discretion has been exercised are typically where the School/Centre has had concerns about Pre-Service Teacher's conduct or performance. ECU may also withdraw a Pre-Service eacher from placement in certain circumstances. Early termination or withdrawal from the professional practice placement may result in a Fail grade for this unit.

  • In each year of the program, students undertake compulsory Professional Experience and in the final year, students undertake an Assistant Teacher Program (ATP) comprising of one term of approximately 10 weeks of continuous teaching practice. The Assistant Teacher Program is conducted during the final year of the course in the second term of the school year.

    Attendance requirements

    Generally host Schools and Centres require that the pre-service teachers attend the placement on a full time basis and otherwise meet their specific attendance requirements of the particular placement. There is limited scope for ECU to negotiate any deviations from these requirements.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    To undertake a Professional Practice in a school or childcare setting, all pre-service teacher education students over the age of 18 must have supplied ECU with evidence of the following two clearances: A valid Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) from the Department of Education WA. A valid Working with Children Check (WWCC) from the Department for Child Protection and Family Support WA. Further information can be found at http://www.ecu.edu.au/schools/education/professional-practice/clearances

    Professional practice rules

    During the placement, it is imperative that Pre-Service Teachers always demonstrate professionalism and respect for industry partners. Pre-Service Teachers must abide by the professional standards set out in the ECU Student Code of Conduct and comply with the applicable University policies and rules. The Student Code of Conduct can be found at: http://policysearch.ecu.edu.au/PolicySearch/Record/767/file/document The host School/Centre has absolute discretion to terminate the Pre-Service Teachers placement prior to completion of the placement. Situations where this discretion has been exercised are typically where the School/Centre has had concerns about Pre-Service Teacher's conduct or performance. ECU may also withdraw a Pre-Service eacher from placement in certain circumstances. Early termination or withdrawal from the professional practice placement may result in a Fail grade for this unit.

  • Students will need to graduate to be eligible to register with the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA). Registration with the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA) is required to practice in the profession.

    Graduates must meet the Teacher Registration Board of WA (TRBWA) literacy and numeracy proficiency requirements prior to graduation for teacher registration in Western Australia. Further information is available at http://www.trb.wa.gov.au

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)

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Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $6,850 *

* 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 actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $31,600 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit 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 actual 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 in education learning environments.

Possible future job titles

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

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Why I'm Studying Early Childhood Education - Stacey's Story

Student stories

  • ECU Early Childhood Education student Sally Strang

    Sally Strang

    ECU Early Childhood Education student

    "ECU's School of Education has friendly and knowledgeable lecturers with industry experience"

    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.

  • Stacey McKenzie

    Early Childhood Education

    "I feel really confident and ready to go out into the workforce"

    After working closely with many talented and passionate educators in her role with the Association of Independent Schools, Stacey McKenzie felt inspired to study Early Childhood Education part-time at ECU.

  • Elana Nicholson

    Elana Nicholson

    Early Childhood Education graduate

    "I was given the opportunity to work with the best professionals in the teaching field"

    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.

Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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