Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours)

Course summary for current students


2016 course information

Award granted Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours)

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) and by community based delivery through Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Warrnambool

Cloud (online)No
Duration2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeE421

Offered to continuing students only

Course sub-headings

Course overview

This course is a Type A Honours year available to graduates of 3-year bachelor degrees in early childhood including the BECE [E420 course] students who have GPAs of 70% or above in level three.

Students will undertake 10 credit points of study in their Honours year, which will include: writing a research proposal; undertaking coursework units of their choice from the level four [BECE E420 course] that supports their research topic; exploring differing research methodology; completing a literature review and ethics clearance; undertaking research in an early childhood setting; and writing a 4-credit point Thesis.

Professional recognition

Graduates of the course will be eligible for employment as kindergarten and childcare centre teachers. The course has been accredited by the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development upon recommendation from the Victorian branch of Early Childhood Australia.

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
Not applicableNot applicableNot applicable

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course structure

Two units selected to suit the proposed topic area, chosen from the following 4 units:

ECE400Cultural Perspectives Through Dance

ECE401Advanced Management of Young Children's Behaviour

ECE402Promoting Science and Environmental Awareness

ECE403Developing Partnerships


ECE410Valuing Experience: Early Childhood Management and Leadership

ECE411Valuing Experience: Professional Advocacy

EXR481Education Research Methodology

EXR491Designing and Developing a Research Project

EXR498Minor Thesis Part A

EXR499Minor Thesis Part B


(i) All units have a 1–credit-point value unless otherwise indicated:

EXR498 and EXR499 are 2-credit-point units.

(ii) ECE410 Valuing Experience: Early Childhood Management and Leadership and ECE411 Valuing Experience: Professional Advocacy are work experience in industry units. They are available for enrolment in Trimesters 1, Trimester 2, and Trimester 3 (level round), and ECE410, and ECE411 are not to be enrolled in concurrently.

(iii) EXR491, EXR498 and EXR499 are individually supervised units. Regular contact with the supervising lecturer is required.

Working with Children Check

The Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic.) requires a person who engages in child-related work, as defined in the Act, to obtain an assessment notice under the Act, known as a Working with Children Check (WWCC). The Act is administered by the Department of Justice:

Professional experience placements in early childhood settings in the course of a university degree are “child-related work”. Under the Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic.), administered by the Department of Justice, a student teacher must obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC) before commencing professional experience placements. The WWCC must remain current throughout the course. It is an offence under the Act to engage in professional experience without holding a WWCC.

While the University will hold on file documentation relating to the WWCCs obtained by students engaged in professional experience, it is each student’s responsibility to ensure that he or she can produce the WWCC card to the early childhood settings upon request and to keep the WWCC current under the Act.

Students are required to apply for a WWCC through a participating Australia Post outlet (which can be found on the Australia Post website or the Department of Justice website) and provide proof to the faculty that the WWCC has been undertaken.

Should a student fail to obtain a WWCC, practical training in an early childhood organisation will not be provided, and as practical training is a requirement for completion of a teaching degree, the student may be unable to complete the degree. Should such a situation arise, the University will provide advice on options for tertiary study.

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.