Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Education (Early Years)

As a dual accredited degree, the Bachelor of Education (Early Years) course provides flexible employment options in a variety of early year education.

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Key facts

ATAR

Burwood: 60.80
Cloud: N/A
Clearly-in ATAR 2017

Duration

4 years full-time, 3 year fast-track or part-time equivalent

Campuses

  • Burwood (Melbourne)
  • Cloud (online) with compulsory intensives at: 
    • Geelong (Waurn Ponds)
    • Hume Global Learning Centre - Craigieburn
    • Deakin Learning Centre - Dandenong
    • Werribee Learning Centre

Course information

The Bachelor of Education (Early Years) is a dual accredited degree that provides employment options in early childhood, preschool and primary school settings.  Studies will focus on contemporary issues in children’s learning and development, curriculum theories and pedagogies, discipline knowledge and the changing work context within early childhood and primary education. 

Students will apply their learning in professional contexts, gaining experience and confidence as preservice teachers in early childhood, preschool and primary school settings. Meeting new national teaching, education and care standards in early childhood and primary education, this course prepares students for diverse learning contexts in the 21st century.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Education (Early Years), students must complete 32 credit points comprising:

  • 29 credit points of core units;
  • 1 credit point of Early Years Teaching Specialisation in one of either: i) Promoting Equity, Social Justice and Inclusivity; ii) Arts Education; or iii) Aboriginal Knowledge and Experiences
  • 2 credit points of Primary Teaching Specialisation in either: i) Science; or ii) Language and Literacy
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

This course includes 115 days of supervised professional experience.

Students are also required to complete below two zero (0) credit point units ELN010 and ELN011 as part of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) in order to graduate from their course.

Year 1

  • Australian Literacy Test ELN010 (zero (0) credit points)
  • Australian Numeracy Test ELN011 (zero (0) credit points)
  • Child Development 1 ECE110
  • Curriculum 1: Pedagogies and Play ECE111
  • Curriculum 2: Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning ECE112
  • Professional Knowledge (0-2 Years) ECP128
  • Partnerships with Families and Communities ECE130
  • Contemporary Perspectives of Education ECE120
  • Promoting Health, Wellbeing and Nutrition ECE116
  • Creative Arts 1: Young Children and the Arts ECE140
  • Year 2

  • Curriculum 3: Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning ECE212
  • Professional Practice 1 (3-5 Years) ECP227
  • Science 1: Science and Environmental Awareness for Young Children ECE220
  • Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood ECE230
  • Mathematical Learning in the Early Years ECE211
  • Creative Arts 2: Music and Visual Arts ECE241
  • Professional Practice 2 (3-5 Years) ECP228
  • 1 credit point from early years teaching specialisation

    Fast track option

    The Faculty also offers a fast track option using Trimester Three. This option takes nine
    trimesters (or three years). *

    *For students who commenced their course prior to 2015.

    Level 1, Year 12 entry only

  • Child Development 1 ECE110
  • Curriculum 1: Pedagogies and Play ECE111
  • Curriculum 2: Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning ECE112
  • Young Children's Mathematical Development ECE113
  • Contexts for Learning in Early Childhood Education ECE114
  • Foundations of Early Childhood Education: Past and Present ECE115
  • Promoting Health, Wellbeing and Nutrition ECE116
  • ECP127
  • Level 2, Student entering with approved TAFE qualification

  • Professional Teaching Practice and Child Study (0-3 Years) ECP226 (2 credit points)
  • Curriculum 3: Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning ECE212
  • Professional Practice 1 (3-5 Years) ECP227
  • Children's Health, Wellbeing and Physical Education ECE216
  • Science 1: Science and Environmental Awareness for Young Children ECE220
  • Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood ECE230
  • Professional Practice 2 (3-5 Years) ECP228
  • Creative Arts 1: Visual Art and Media Arts ECE240
  • Child Development 2 ECE210
  • Levels 3 and 4 

  • Transition Case Study ECE350 (2 credit points)
  • Protective Education and Child Well-Being ECE360
  • Science 2: Science and Design Technology ECE320
  • Professional Engagement 1 (Primary School 1) ECP327
  • Guiding Engaged, Resilient Learners ECE370
  • Multiliterate Learners in Early Years and School Environments ECE330
  • Management and Leadership ECE390
  • Effective Primary Mathematics Learning ECE455
  • Professional Engagement 2 (Primary School 2) ECP427
  • Ecological Perspectives for Learning and Teaching in Early Childhood ECE465
  • Effective Partnerships for Learning ECE475
  • Independent Project ESE499 (cloud (online) mode unit)
  • Creative Arts 2: Music, Dance and Drama ECE440
  • Notes:

    (i) ECP226 VET/TAFE credit transfer and recognition entry students complete ECP226 in Tri 1 or 3 in Years 2 or 3.

    For course map see http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/current-students/course-structures/index.php

    Year 3

  • Protective Education and Child Well-Being ECE360
  • Guiding Engaged, Resilient Learners ECE370
  • Perspectives of Management and Leadership ECE491
  • Inclusive Education for Young Children ECE404 (commences 2018)
  • Humanities Education Across the Primary Levels EEO320
  • Professional Teaching Practice and Child Study (0-3 Years) ECP410
  • Supporting Children Making Transitions ECE420
  • Teacher as Researcher ECE430
  • Year 4

  • Science 2: Science and Design Technology ECE320
  • Multiliterate Learners in Early Years and School Environments ECE330
  • Effective Primary Mathematics Learning ECE455
  • Professional Engagement 1 (Primary School 1) ECP327
  • Professional Engagement 2 (Primary School 2) ECP427
  • Lifespan Development ECE312
  • 2 credit points from primary teaching specialisation

    Early Years Teaching Specialisations

    Select one of the following three specialisations:

    Promoting Equity, Social Justice and Inclusivity

  • Personalising Learning: a Transdisciplinary Approach EAA301
  • Arts Education

  • Creative Learning Through the Arts ECE340
  • Aboriginal Knowledge and Experiences

  • Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences: Historical Journeys-Contemporary Perspectives IND201
  • Primary Teaching Specialisations

    Select one of the following two specialisations:

    Science

  • History and Philosophy of Science SLE209
  • Integrated Science and Technology Education ECE345
  • Language and Literacy

  • Literature for Children and Young Adults ALL153
  • Diversity, Language and Literacy ECL351
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    Key information

    Award granted

    Bachelor of Education (Early Years)

    Year
    2018 course information
    VTAC code
    1400510021 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400610021 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    E330
    CRICOS code
    093571F
    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 7.
    Deakin Learning Centre course codes

    Deakin Learning Centre students must enrol in the course code applicable to their centre:
    Hume Global Learning Centre - Craigieburn E330CR
    Deakin Learning Centre - Dandenong E330DA
    Werribee Learning Centre E330WE

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus with compulsory intensives
      • Hume Global Learning Centre - Craigieburn
      • Deakin Learning Centre - Dandenong
      • Werribee Learning Centre

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus with compulsory intensives
      • Hume Global Learning Centre - Craigieburn
      • Deakin Learning Centre Dandenong
      • Rosebud Learning Centre
      • Werribee Learning Centre
      • Chisholm (Berwick, Dandenong, Frankston)

    Notes:

    1. Compulsory intensives for Cloud (online) students held at Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Deakin Learning Centres, and Deakin TAFE partner sites.
    2. Learning Centres only offer units from level 2.

     

    Trimester 3 intake

    Offered to Diploma of Early Childhood Education holders only.

     

    Looking to start studying in 2017?

    Find the Trimester 3 version of this course on our Trimester 3 course page


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

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can apply directly through the Institute of Koorie Education

    Additional course information

    Students are required to apply for a Working with Children Check.  Apply online as a volunteer at https://online.justice.vic.gov.au/wwccu/onlineapplication.doj  

    For further information contact the School of Education, Professional Experience office.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    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.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, with prerequisite Units 1 and 2 of General Mathematics or Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematic, or Units 3 and 4 of Mathematics (any) AND a study score of at least 35 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 25 in English other than EAL
    Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published clearly-in Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year (at least 65 in 2018, and at least 70 in 2019).

    Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

    Entry for non-school leavers will be based on their performance in:
    • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
    • a Diploma of Education and Care (or equivalent) with a minimum WAM (Weighted Average Mark) of 60% OR
    • attainment of an ungraded Diploma of Education and Care AND successful completion of STAT or UNITest
    OR
    • other evidence of ability to meet the academic demands of the course AND successful completion of STAT or UNITest.

    All Applicants must complete an additional selection tool for non-academic attributes.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

     

    Helpful information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

    Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    To be advised (currently pending an announcement from the Australian Government on the 2017-18 Budget).
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)
    To be advised (currently pending an announcement from the Australian Government on the 2017-18 Budget).
    Learn more about fees.

    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.

    The Australian Government recently announced proposed increases to tuition fees for students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP).  It is proposed that CSP fees will increase by 1.8% in 2018 and continue to rise to a total of 7.5% by 2021. The fee rates for 2018 will be available later in the year once the Government has confirmed the 2018 student contribution rates.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    Increasingly there is a demand for qualified early childhood teachers who who can teach children in early childhood, preschool and primary school settings. Graduates of this course will have varied career opportunities, including working as an early childhood service director, coordinator, pre-school field officer, adviser or senior adviser within early childhood facilities. In addition, graduates can be employed as a primary school teacher and or seek employment in government agencies, community services and not-for-profit organisations.

    For more information go to 'DeakinTALENT '

    Professional recognition

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

    This program is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as an initial teacher education program against the Australian professional standards for teachers. Graduates of this course who are intending to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) may be required to provide further information. You are advised to check the VIT registration requirements carefully.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Acquire broad and coherent body of knowledge of education principles and practice, and in depth theoretical and applied knowledge of early childhood that incorporates early childhood and primary education.

    Communication

    Use and engage effectively interpersonal communication skills (oral, written, digital and nonverbal) to convey knowledge and ideas with diverse individuals and groups (such as children, families, parents and caregivers, colleagues and other professionals, community organisations) to enhance children’s learning and wellbeing.

    Digital literacy

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

    Critical thinking

    Critically engage with and analyse contemporary issues and research in early years education and changing societal contexts at local, national and global scales, and be able to make informed judgements relating to teaching and learning.

    Problem solving

    Use critical reflection and analytical skills to determine creative, innovative and authentic solutions to real-life and complex problems encountered in teaching and learning and adapt these solutions to diverse contexts, communities and learners.

    Self-management

    Work autonomously and responsibly in early childhood and primary school contexts, drawing on knowledge and skills of teaching and learning and 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

    Work, advocate, and learn collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals, families and members of the wider community who share responsibility for the learning and wellbeing of young children.

    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

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    If you studied Year 12 in 2017 or you're applying for more than one course offered through VTAC, your application must be made via VTAC.

    Apply Through VTAC

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.

    Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Institute of Koorie Education

    Institute of Koorie Education applicants must apply via the How to apply webpage. You’ll need to complete a declaration statement and application form. If your application is successful, you’ll then be invited to an interview.

    Apply through IKE

    Learning Centre

    Applicants for courses offered at a Deakin Learning Centre can be made directly to Deakin online or via the application form.

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

    How to apply

    Entry 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.

    Tap the infographic to explore your options

    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.

    Credit for prior learning

    The Bachelor of Education (Early Years) provides an approved pathway from the Diploma of Early Childhood Education (Previously Diploma of Children’s Services) offered through TAFE.  Applicants who have completed the Diploma of Early Childhood Education may receive 8 credit points of Credit for Prior Learning reducing the total course duration by 2 trimesters of full-time study.

    Faculty contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

    Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    Tel 03 5227 1359
    artsed@deakin.edu.au

    Burwood (Melbourne) 
    Tel 03 9246 8100
    artsed@deakin.edu.au

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