Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours)

COURSE (DOMESTIC STUDENTS)

Overview

Extend what you’ve learnt in your early childhood undergraduate degree with this merit-based 1-year full time (or part time equivalent) honours course that features Cloud learning and research-focused study. 

Deakin’s education discipline is ranked 23rd in the world by the prestigious QS World University Rankings (2014). The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours) course equips you to plan, implement and evaluate a rigorous research project in early childhood education and care. The honours research units are designed to help you extend your research ability and understanding in the contemporary early childhood context. The coursework is comprised of advanced research methodology units, literature review critiques, and the development and presentation of a minor thesis. 

If you’ve demonstrated academic merit (i.e., distinction average) and an ability to work independently throughout your undergraduate degree you are eligible to apply for the BECE (Honours) course.

There’s an increasing demand for qualified and approved early childhood educators, teachers and researchers across Australia and in other countries. As a graduate of this course you’ll have advanced knowledge and skills for professional research work and/or further study in early childhood education. You’ll boost your career prospects in early childhood sectors, school settings and academic research context. 

Following successful completion of this course, high-achieving students may be eligible to undertake PhD study.

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Key facts

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

Key information

Award granted

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours)

Year

2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Not applicable

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

$6,349 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
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Deakin code

E430

Level

Undergraduate

Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

In order to be considered for admission to the BECE (Honours) degree, applicants must have completed the requirements of the BECE course (E330) or equivalent. To be eligible for admission applicants for BECE (Honours) will normally have a Distinction average or equivalent over the entire undergraduate degree course. An individual interview will also be held with any honours applicants to clarify their research interest area and to verify that supervision is feasible and the study area is relevant to early childhood education. This interview will provide an opportunity to review applicants’ previous research competence achieved at the undergraduate level.

Professional Recognition

This program has been approved by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) as an early childhood teaching qualification in Australia.

Career outcomes

There is an increasing demand for qualified and approved early childhood educators, teachers and researchers. Graduates of this course will have advanced knowledge and skills for professional research work and/or further learning in early childhood education. The skills and knowledge acquired will enhance students’ future career prospects in a broad range of occupations in both private and public early childhood sectors. Opportunities also exist for employment in government agencies, pre-school and school settings, community services or not-for-profit organisations. Following successful completion of this course, high-achieving students may be eligible to undertake PhD study.

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Course learning outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Acquire advanced knowledge and skills in professional teaching including teaching in early childhood and primary school educational contexts.

Demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of the principles and concepts in early childhood education, and knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods.

Acquire specialist knowledge and skills in of early childhood education that will enable them to be leaders in the field of early childhood capable of initiating and responding to change.

Communication

Acquire advanced communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas related to the education profession.  

Digital literacy

Employ a range of technologies to collect, analyse, synthesise and evaluate and disseminate information for the purposes of research, teaching and learning in a rapidly-changing global environment.

Critical thinking

Identify and research contemporary issues in early childhood education (birth to 8 years), analyse data and generate new knowledge in response to these issues.

Use advances skills in critical thinking through analysis and evaluation of key theoretical approaches and data sets to address discipline specific pedagogical and other issues in early childhood education through research.

Problem solving

Use critical and analytical skills to determine solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems in teaching and learning and to adapt these solutions to diverse contexts and learners.

Analyse and evaluate information in relation to content knowledge, and applied practice and generate and transmit solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems.

Self-management

Acquire understanding of the importance of reflective practice to plan and deliver coherent teaching and learning experiences for young children.

Demonstrate abilities and dispositions underpinning lifelong learning and personal attributes that enable a positive contribution to society including critical thinking, creative and problem solving skills.

Teamwork

Take responsibility for personal learning and accountability in professional practice in collaboration with others. 

Global citizenship

Demonstrate understandings of the diversity of Australian society and the influences on development of culture, family contexts, gender and disability and the influences of these on the education and care of children.

Adapt knowledge and skills to culturally and socially diverse contexts and communities.

Approved by Faculty Board June 2014

 

Course Structure

To qualify for the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours) a student must complete 8 credit points of core units.

Core units

  • Theory in Education Research EDX478 (Formerly EXR478)
  • Independent Reading Study EDX479 (Formerly EXR479)
  • Education Research Methodology EDX481 (Formerly EXR481)
  • Designing and Developing a Research Project EDX491 (Formerly EXR491)
  • Minor Thesis Part A EDX498 (2 credit points) (Formerly EXR498)
  • Minor Thesis Part B EDX499 (2 credit points) (Formerly EXR499)
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    Course pathways

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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    Disclaimers:
    Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
    Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
    Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

    Further study options

    Graduates of this course may be eligible to apply for entry into a higher coursework degree or a higher degree by research.

    Credit for Prior Learning

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Students are advised to contact the Faculty for information regarding applying for credit transfer.

    Faculty contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries
    Tel 03 9246 8100
    artsed@deakin.edu.au 

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

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    Offered campuses

    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

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