Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
Course summary for international students
|Award granted||Bachelor of Early Childhood Education|
(i) Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)
(ii) Offered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
(iii) Offered at Warrnambool
4 years full-time, 3 years using 3 Trimesters, or part-time equivalent
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1), November (Trimester 3)
|Indicative annual fee 2015||No fees defined|
|CRICOS course code||078148B|
IELTS band score of 7 with no band less than 6.5
|VTAC Codes||1400310023 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place|
1400510023 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
1400710023 - Warrnambool, International full-fee paying place
|Deakin course code||E330|
Deakin TAFE partner students:
Chisholm (Berwick, Dandenong & Frankston) E330T
- Course overview
- Cloud (online) studies
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- Credit for prior learning - specific
- How to apply
- Further study
Burwood (Melbourne) in a fully on-campus, on-line e-learning mode of learning. Full-time Burwood (Melbourne) campus 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.
Geelong Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool offerings are in a community-based, on-line e-learning and face-to-face mode of learning. Full-time Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool students attend two-days on campus 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/future-students/doorstep/index.php 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.
Cloud (online) studies
Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.
However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), 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 are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.
In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.
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 initial teacher program has been approved by the Victorian Institute of Teaching for the purposes of teacher registration in Victoria. Graduate intending to apply for registration in Victoria should carefully check all requirements relating to this process specified here
Fees and charges
Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.
* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2012, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2012 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.
There is an increasing demand for qualified and accredited early childhood educators and teachers. Graduates of this course will have career opportunities in childcare facilities, kindergartens, early learning centres and as teachers in primary school settings. Work in early childhood settings provides future career scope for positions such as centre director, coordinator, pre-school field officer, adviser or senior adviser within early childhood facilities. Opportunities also exist for employment in government agencies, primary schools, community services or not-for-profit organisations.
For more information go to 'My Course My Career'
To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, students must complete 32 credit points of core units as detailed below.
This course includes 110 days of supervised professional experience.
|ECE110||Child Development 1|
|ECE111||Curriculum 1: Curriculum, Theory, Development and Evaluation|
|ECE112||Curriculum 2: Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning|
|ECE113||Young Children's Mathematical Development|
|ECE114||Contexts for Learning in Early Childhood Education|
|ECE115||Foundations of Early Childhood Education: Past and Present|
|ECE116||Health, Safety, Wellbeing and Nutrition|
|ECP127||Professional Experience 1 (0-2 Years)|
|ECE210||Child Development 2|
|ECE212||Curriculum 3: Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning|
|ECE240||Creative Arts 1: Visual Art and Media Arts|
|ECE216||Children's Health, Wellbeing and Physical Education|
|ECE220||Science 1: Science and Environmental Awareness for Young Children|
|ECE230||Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood|
|ECP227||Professional Experience 2 (3-5 Years)|
|ECP228||Professional Experience 3 (3-5 Years)|
|ECE320||Science 2: Science and Design Technology|
|ECE330||Multiliterate Learners in Early Years and School Environments|
|ECE370||Advanced Management of Children's Behaviour|
|ECE455||Effective Primary Mathematics Learning|
|ECE465||Ecological Perspectives for Learning and Teaching in Early Childhood|
|ECE475||Effective Partnerships for Learning|
|ECP327||Professional Experience 4 (Primary School 1)|
|ECP427||Professional Experience 5 (Primary School 2)|
|ECE350||Transition Case Study (2 credit points)|
|ECE360||Critical Issues in Safety and Child Protection|
|ECE390||Management and Leadership|
|ECE440||Creative Arts 2: Music, Dance and Drama|
|ECP226||Professional Teaching Practice and Child Study (0-3 Years) (2 credit points)|
|ESE499||Independent Project (cloud (online) mode unit)|
Entry requirements - specific
The BECE is an undergraduate course for entry by applicants from secondary school or TAFE; applicants with a prior degree may apply for the Master of Teaching, which offers the option of a postgraduate qualification in Early Childhood Education.
VET/TAFE Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care holders:
Applicants entering into the second year of the program from a VET-based pathway must have successfully completed:
- a graded Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (formerly known as Diploma of Children's Services) or equivalent early childhood qualification from a VET/TAFE institution or other approved registered training organisation; and
- a current Level 2 First Aid Certificate;
The selection of Diploma-based applicants undertaking a TAFE pathway into the BECE will utilise the graded scores of the applicants’ Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care or other equivalent early childhood education qualification.
Levels of English and Mathematics which are achieved in any previous courses are considered in the selection process. Applicants need to provide evidence of their prior study of Mathematics and English achievements and/ or work related experience that demonstrates their English and mathematics proficiency. The selection team carefully scrutinises the applications for evidence of English and Mathematics proficiency.
Non year 12 (or equivalent applicants)
For non-VCE (or equivalent) applicants, selection is based on evidence that indicates suitability for teaching, including levels of English and Mathematics achieved in any previous study and work related experience that demonstrates literacy and numeracy. The Faculty may require some applicants to complete a STAT test.
IELTS / English language requirements
An applicant for registration as a teacher must meet the standards of competence in both written and oral communication in the English language.
If you completed all four years of the higher education study required for registration in English at an institution in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, The United States of America, Canada or the Republic of Ireland, you will meet the requirements for English language competence.
For International students: If you did not complete all four years of the higher education study you are presenting for consideration for registration as outlined above, you will be required to undertake one of the approved English language tests.
Credit for prior learning - general
If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
Credit for prior learning - specific
The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECE) provides an approved pathway from the Diploma of Children’s Services offered through TAFE. Applicants who have completed the Diploma of Children’s Services will receive credit for the first year of the BECE (8 credit points) and be admitted to year 2 of the course. Other applicants are advised to contact the Faculty for information regarding credit transfer.
How to apply
- Applicant Portal: Use our online application system to submit and track your application now OR
- Apply through a Deakin International office: Fill out an application form and submit it to a Deakin International office OR
- Apply through a Deakin representative: Take your application form to your preferred agent for assistance.
Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.
- If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
- If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduates of the BECE course (or equivalent) can apply for admission to the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours). Applicants to Honours are normally required to have a distinction average or equivalent over the entire undergraduate degree. An individual interview will be held with any Honours applicants to clarify their research interest area and to verify that supervision is feasible and the study area is relevant to early childhood education. This interview will also provide an opportunity to review applicants’ previous research competence achieved at the degree level.
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.