Bachelor of Education (Early Years)

Undergraduate degree

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

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS band score of 7 with no band less than 6.5

Duration

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

Campuses

  • Burwood (Melbourne)

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

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

    Year 3

  • Lifespan Development ECE312
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Humanities Education Across the Primary Levels EEO320
  • 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
  • Key information

    Award granted

    Bachelor of Education (Early Years)

    Year
    2019 course information
    VTAC code
    1400510023 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
    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.

    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)

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Trimester 3 intake: Offered to Diploma of Early Childhood Education holders only.

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

    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.

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Participation requirements

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: http://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, 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 Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year (least 70 in 2019).

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

    Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience 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. Deakin University is using the CASPer assessment tool. CASPer is an online, video-scenario based situational judgement test, designed to measure non-academic suitability for teaching.

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

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

    Cloud studies

    Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

    However, international students living in Australia on a student visa, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), must enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as Cloud (online) study. Please note enrolment in one face to face unit in compulsory study periods is only allowed if the student is completing their final unit of study and will not exceed maximum one third (or equivalent) online requirement.

    Admissions 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 first intake of 2018 students (PDF, 783.5KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    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.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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.

    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

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply Through VTAC
    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page.  Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin
    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB


    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.


    Entry pathways

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelor’s degree include: 1. Through Deakin – start the same course at a difference campus or start a related course then meet the requirements and apply to transfer, or complete and associate degree then apply for your coal course; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe or a private provider (RTOS)  – Complete one-year diploma, then apply for recognition of prior learning and your Deakin course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning

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    Disclaimers:
    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.

    Frequently asked questions

    Why choose Deakin

    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


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