Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Course summary for current students

Year2014 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
Campus

(i) Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)

(ii) Offered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

(iii) Offered at Warrnambool

Or

(iv) Offered in conjunction with Deakin's TAFE partners:

  • Chisholm, Dandenong and Mornington Peninsula
  • SuniTAFE, Swan Hill
  • South West Institute of TAFE, Portland
Duration

4 years full-time, 3 years using 3 Trimesters, or part-time equivalent

Deakin course codeE330

New course commenced 2013. 

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Burwood (Melbourne) offering is a fully campus, on-line e-learning mode of learning.  Full-time Burwood (Melbourne) students attend two or three days via campus mode, face to face classes per week. Some units may be arranged in intensive sessions at least three times each trimester. Students undertake one to two professional experiences per year.

Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Warrnambool offerings are in a community-based, on-line e-learning and face-to-face mode of learning.  Full-time Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Warrnambool students attend  two-days campus mode face-to-face intensive sessions held at least three times each trimester. Students undertake one to two professional experiences per year.

Enrolment in Deakin’s Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (E330) is available for the first time to Year 12 applicants and via the http://www.deakin.edu.au/study-at-deakin/study-options-and-pathways/pathways-to-deakin/learning-centres delivery mode. The course has been adapted to meet new national and international standards in early childhood education, and includes a primary teaching component, allowing students to teach children from early childhood and across the whole range of primary schooling. The course meets the requirements of the relevant accrediting authorities for working in early childhood and primary school settings.

The course teaches students to apply an understanding of child development, curriculum theories and pedagogies in designing and implementing child-centred, play-based and developmentally appropriate programs in childcare, preschool and school contexts. Students also learn to identify and respond positively to contemporary issues and the changing work context within early childhood and primary education. 

This course is offered in flexible study modes over 4 years, or can be fast-tracked by studying under Deakin’s 3-trimester system, enabling completion in 9 trimesters.

Major studies:  Education (Teacher education), Literacy (Literacy and numeracy programs), Numeracy (Education studies), Professional experience practice (Authentic practicum placements), Teaching pedagogies (Early childhood and primary), Teacher education (Early childhood and primary), and Research.

Professional recognition

Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)

Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)

International students or permanent residents should note that to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) they will be required to demonstrate an IELTS of an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas where there is no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening. You are advised to read the VIT’s Qualification for Teachers Registration policy carefully which is available at:  Further information

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

The course comprises 32 credit points of core units over the equivalent of four years of full-time study, inclusive of the minimum 110 days of supervised professional experience.

Course structure

4 academic years pathway (32 credit points over 8 trimesters)

Level 1, Year 12 entry

Trimester 1

ECE110Child Development 1

ECE111Curriculum 1: Curriculum, Theory, Development and Evaluation

ECE113Young Children's Mathematical Development

ECE115Foundations of Early Childhood Education: Past and Present

Trimester 2

ECE114Contexts for Learning in Early Childhood Education

ECE116Health, Safety, Wellbeing and Nutrition

ECE112Curriculum 2: Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning

ECP127Professional Experience 1 (0-2 Years)

Level 2, Student entering with approved TAFE qualification

Trimester 1

ECE212Curriculum 3: Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning

ECP227Professional Experience 2 (3-5 Years)

ECE216Children's Health, Wellbeing and Physical Education

ECE220Science 1: Science and Environmental Awareness for Young Children

Trimester 2

ECE230Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood

ECP228Professional Experience 3 (3-5 Years)

ECE240Creative Arts 1: Visual Art and Media Arts

ECE210Child Development 2

Level 3 - commencing 2014

Trimester 1

ECE320Science 2: Science and Design Technology

ECP327Professional Experience 4 (Primary School 1)

ECE370Advanced Management of Children's Behaviour

ECE330Multiliterate Learners in Early Years and School Environments

Trimester 2

ECE455Effective Primary Mathematics Learning

ECP427Professional Experience 5 (Primary School 2)

ECE465Ecological Perspectives for Learning and Teaching in Early Childhood

ECE475Effective Partnerships for Learning

Level 4- commencing 2015

Trimester 1

ECP226Professional Teaching Practice and Child Study (0-3 Years) (2 credit points)

ECE360Critical Issues in Safety and Child Protection

ECE440Creative Arts 2: Music, Dance and Drama

Trimester 2

ECE350Transition Case Study (2 credit points)

ECE390Management and Leadership

ESE499Independent Project (cloud (online) mode unit)

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

Level 1, Year 12 entry only

Trimester 1

ECE110Child Development 1

ECE111Curriculum 1: Curriculum, Theory, Development and Evaluation

ECE113Young Children's Mathematical Development

ECE115Foundations of Early Childhood Education: Past and Present

Trimester 2

ECE114Contexts for Learning in Early Childhood Education

ECE116Health, Safety, Wellbeing and Nutrition

ECE112Curriculum 2: Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning

ECP127Professional Experience 1 (0-2 Years)

Trimester 3

ECP226Professional Teaching Practice and Child Study (0-3 Years) (2 credit points)

Level 2, Student entering with approved TAFE qualification

Trimester 1

ECE212Curriculum 3: Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning

ECP227Professional Experience 2 (3-5 Years)

ECE216Children's Health, Wellbeing and Physical Education

ECE220Science 1: Science and Environmental Awareness for Young Children

Trimester 2

ECE230Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood

ECP228Professional Experience 3 (3-5 Years)

ECE240Creative Arts 1: Visual Art and Media Arts

ECE210Child Development 2

Trimester 3

ECE350Transition Case Study (2 credit points)

ECE360Critical Issues in Safety and Child Protection

Levels 3 and 4 - commencing 2014

Trimester 1

ECE320Science 2: Science and Design Technology

ECP327Professional Experience 4 (Primary School 1)

ECE370Advanced Management of Children's Behaviour

ECE330Multiliterate Learners in Early Years and School Environments

ECE390Management and Leadership

Trimester 2

ECE455Effective Primary Mathematics Learning

ECP427Professional Experience 5 (Primary School 2)

ECE465Ecological Perspectives for Learning and Teaching in Early Childhood

ECE475Effective Partnerships for Learning

ESE499Independent Project (cloud (online) mode unit)

Trimester 3

ECE440Creative Arts 2: Music, Dance and Drama

Notes:

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

(i) From 2015, units ECP226, ECE360, and ECE440 also offered in trimester 1.

(ii) From 2015, units ECE350, ECE390, and ESE499 also offered in trimester 2.


Working With Children Check

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (Victoria) requires all student teachers to hold a current Working With Children Check (WWCC) before being allowed to undertake professional experience placements in education settings in Victoria.  Students who are given a negative assessment notice will be advised of alternative options for tertiary study due to their inability to satisfy the professional experience requirements of the course.

It is the responsibility of students undertaking placements outside Victoria to enquire about and, where necessary, to meet any similar legislative or other requirements concerning working with children.

 

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