Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
Campus
  • Burwood (Melbourne)
  • Cloud (online)*
  • Hume Global Learning Centre - Craigieburn
  • Deakin Learning Centre - Dandenong
  • Rosebud (Chisholm, Mornington Peninsula Campus)
  • Swan Hill Learning Centre
  • Werribee Learning Centre

* with compulsory intensives held at Waurn Ponds or Warrnambool campuses

Length

4 years full-time, 3 year fast-track or part-time equivalent

Next available intake

2016: November (Trimester 3)

2017: March (Trimester 1), November (Trimester 3)

Trimester 3 intake offered to Diploma of Early Childhood Education holders only.

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Tel 03 5227 1359
artsed@deakin.edu.au

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100
artsed@deakin.edu.au

Warrnambool
Tel 03 5563 3489
artsed@deakin.edu.au

LevelUndergraduate
Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): 60.60
Waurn Ponds (Geelong) - off campus: N/A
Waurn Ponds (Geelong): N/A
Warrnambool: N/A
CRICOS course code078148B
VTAC Codes1400510021 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400610021 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code E330
Deakin Learning Centre course codes

Deakin Learning Centre students must enrol in the course code applicable to their centre:
Hume Global Learning Centre - Craigieburn E330CR
Deakin Learning Centre - Dandenong E330DA
Rosebud E330RO
Werribee Learning Centre E330WE

Applicants for 2017 please note this course is currently undergoing re-structure.  The new course structure will be available shortly.

Notes:

  1. Compulsory intensives for Cloud (online) students held at Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Deakin Learning Centres, and Deakin TAFE partner sites.
  2. Learning Centres only offer units from level 2.

 

Trimester 3 intake

Offered to Diploma of Early Childhood Education holders only.

 

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

The course meets new national and international standards in early childhood education, and includes a primary teaching component, allowing students to teach children from early childhood across the whole range of primary schooling.

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

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

Career opportunities

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'

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Acquire broad and coherent body of knowledge of education principles and practice and in depth theoretical, technical and applied knowledge of early childhood education.

Use knowledge and understanding of child development in Australian society to work effectively with children aged from birth to eight years, in a range of early childhood and primary school educational settings.

Apply curriculum theories, pedagogies in the design and implementation of child-centred, play-based and developmentally appropriate programs, in a range of early childhood and school educational contexts.

Communication

Have well-developed cognitive, technical and communication skills, and be able to select and apply these skills and technologies to transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to others in early childhood education and the care of children.

Communicate effectively with a diverse range of families and communities acknowledging the need to support and respect differences in child rearing and family cultural expectations.

Digital literacy

Employ a range of technologies to collect, analyse, synthesise and evaluate and disseminate information for the purposes of teaching and learning in a rapidly-changing global environment.

Critical thinking

Identify contemporary issues in early childhood education and the changing work context and be able respond positively to these issues.

Use cognitive and technical skills to critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge as demonstrated in a range of class activities, including responding to set questions.

Problem solving

Use critical and analytical skills to determine solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems in teaching and learning and to adapt these solutions to diverse contexts and learners.

Analyse and evaluate information in relation to content knowledge, and applied practice and generate and transmit solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems.

Self-management

Apply knowledge and skills in early childhood education and school contexts with autonomy, well-developed judgement and responsibility requiring self-directed work and learning.

Justify and understand leadership and advocacy for collaborative work-based practices in early childhood contexts and schools.

Acquire understanding of the importance of reflective practice to plan and deliver coherent teaching and learning experiences for young children.

Demonstrate abilities and dispositions underpinning lifelong learning and personal attributes that enable a positive contribution to society including critical thinking, creative and problem solving skills.

Teamwork

Take responsibility for personal learning and accountability in professional practice in collaboration with others. 

Selected group assignments will foster collaboration and team work.

Justify and understand leadership and advocacy for collaborative work-based practices in early childhood contexts and schools.

Global citizenship

Demonstrate understandings of the diversity of Australian society and the influences on development of culture, family contexts, gender and disability and the influences of these on the education and care of children.

Adapt knowledge and skills to culturally and socially diverse contexts and communities.

Approved by Faculty Board June 2014

Course rules

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.

Students are also required to complete below two zero (0) credit point units as part of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) in order to graduate from their course:

ELN010Australian Literacy Test

ELN011Australian Numeracy Test

Course structure

Level 1

ECE110Child Development 1

ECE111Curriculum 1: Curriculum, Theory, Development and Evaluation

ECE112Curriculum 2: Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning

ECE113Young Children's Mathematical Development

ECE114Contexts for Learning in Early Childhood Education

ECE115Foundations of Early Childhood Education: Past and Present

ECE116Health, Safety, Wellbeing and Nutrition

ECP127Professional Experience 1 (0-2 Years)

 

Level 2

ECE210Child Development 2

ECE212Curriculum 3: Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning

ECE216Children's Health, Wellbeing and Physical Education

ECE220Science 1: Science and Environmental Awareness for Young Children

ECE230Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood

ECE240Creative Arts 1: Visual Art and Media Arts

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

ECP227Professional Experience 2 (3-5 Years)

ECP228Professional Experience 3 (3-5 Years)

Level 3

ECE320Science 2: Science and Design Technology

ECE330Multiliterate Learners in Early Years and School Environments

ECE350Transition Case Study (2 credit points)

ECE360Critical Issues in Safety and Child Protection

ECE370Advanced Management of Children's Behaviour

ECE390Management and Leadership

ECP327Professional Experience 4 (Primary School 1)

 

Level 4 & Course Map

Level 4

ECE440Creative Arts 2: Music, Dance and Drama

ECE455Effective Primary Mathematics Learning

ECE465Ecological Perspectives for Learning and Teaching in Early Childhood

ECE475Effective Partnerships for Learning

ECP427Professional Experience 5 (Primary School 2)

ESE499Independent Project (Cloud (online) mode unit)

 

Course map for both 4 years full-time and 3 years fast-track

Entry requirements - specific

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent, including Units 1 and 2 – two units (any study combination) of general mathematics or mathematical methods or units 3 and 4: any Mathematics, units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL.

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.

Applicants with a completed TAFE diploma will also require a current Level 2 First Aid Certificate.

The Faculty offers alternative entry options for mature age and other special categories of applicants.  Information about these is available in the VTAC guide and on the Deakin University’s website at http://www.deakin.edu.au/study-at-deakin/apply

Credit for prior learning - specific

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECE) provides an approved pathway from the Diploma of Early Childhood Education (Previously Diploma of Children’s Services) offered through TAFE.  Applicants who have completed the Diploma of Early Childhood Education may receive 8 credit points of Credit for Prior Learning reducing the total course duration by 2 trimesters of full-time study.

How to apply

Trimester 3 – start studying in November 2016

To see if this course is taking applications, check our Trimester 3 webpage. Applications for Trimester 3 are made directly to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Apply through VTAC for Trimester 1.

Exceptions to submitting a VTAC application

If you are:

  • not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or
  • applying for a Deakin course, which is not listed on the VTAC website.
  • a direct application can be submitted to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.

Professional Experience Placement

Students are required to apply for a Working with Children Check.  Apply online as a volunteer at https://online.justice.vic.gov.au/wwccu/onlineapplication.doj  

For further information contact the School of Education, Professional Experience office.