Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours)

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Award granted Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours)
CampusOffered at Melbourne Burwood Campus and by community based delivery through Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus and Warrnambool Campus
Duration2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeE421

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.

 

International students and permanent residents

Graduates of this course who are intending to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) 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.  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 structure

Trimester 1

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

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ECE410Unit description is currently unavailable
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ECE411Unit description is currently unavailable
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EXR481Unit description is currently unavailable
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EXR490Unit description is currently unavailable (final year of offer Trimester 1 2012)

 

From Trimester 1 2013, EXR490 is replaced by:

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Trimester 2

ECE410Unit description is currently unavailable
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ECE411Unit description is currently unavailable
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Trimester 3

ECE410Unit description is currently unavailable
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ECE411Unit description is currently unavailable

 

Notes:

(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) EXR490 or 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: justice.vic.gov.au

 

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.

 

 

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