Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours)

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours)
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Deakin course codeE430

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Extend what you’ve learnt in your early childhood undergraduate degree with this merit-based 1-year full time (or part time equivalent) honours course that features Cloud learning and research-focused study. 

Deakin’s education discipline is ranked 23rd in the world by the prestigious QS World University Rankings (2014). The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours)course equips you to plan, implement and evaluate a rigorous research  project  in early childhood education and care. The honours research units are designed to help you extend your research ability and understanding in the contemporary early childhood context. The coursework is comprised of advanced research methodology units, literature review critiques, and the development and presentation of a minor thesis. 

If you’ve demonstrated academic merit (i.e., distinction average) and an ability to work independently throughout your undergraduate degree you are eligible to apply for the BECE (Honours) course.

There’s an increasing demand for qualified and approved early childhood educators, teachers and researchers across Australia and in other countries. As a graduate of this course you’ll have advanced knowledge and skills for professional research work and/or further study in early childhood education. You’ll boost your career prospects in early childhood sectors, school settings and academic research context. 

Following successful completion of this course, high-achieving students may be eligible to undertake PhD study.

Professional recognition

This program has been 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.

Fees and charges

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.


  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

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
$6,256Not applicable$25,000

The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

Course rules

To qualify for the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours) a student must complete 8 credit points of core units.

Course structure

Core units

EDX478Theory in Education Research (Formerly EXR478)

EDX479Independent Reading Study (Formerly EXR479)

EDX481Education Research Methodology (Formerly EXR481)

EDX491Designing and Developing a Research Project (Formerly EXR491)

EDX498Minor Thesis Part A (2 credit points) (Formerly EXR498)

EDX499Minor Thesis Part B (2 credit points) (Formerly EXR499)