Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
Course summary for local students
|Year||2015 course information|
|Award granted||Bachelor of Early Childhood Education|
(i) Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong),Warrnambool
(ii) Offered at Deakin Learning Centres
(iii) Offered in conjunction with Deakin TAFE partner sites:
*Note: Final intake at Wonthaggi 2015
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|
Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries
|VTAC Codes||1400310021 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
1400510021 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400710021 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
|CRICOS course code||078148B|
|Deakin course code||E330|
|Deakin Learning Centre course codes|
Deakin TAFE partner students:
Chisholm (Berwick, Dandenong & Frankston) E330T
- Course overview
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- Credit for prior learning - specific
- How to apply
- Further study
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.
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
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.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study. All Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and holders of a permanent visa are allocated a Student Learning Entitlement (SLE). SLE is made up of ordinary, any additional and lifelong SLE. Ordinary SLE entitles eligible students up to the equivalent of 7 years of full time study in a Commonwealth supported place.
* 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 - general
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.
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.
Year 12 (VCE or equivalent) entry:
Prerequisites: 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 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English other than EAL.
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.
Credit for prior learning - general
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University.
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 may 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
Year 12 school leavers:
Applications must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).
Applications may be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal for this course if you are:
- NOT currently studying Year 12 in Australia AND
- Intend to submit an application only to Deakin
Details of application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
Non-Year 12 applicants who intend to apply to more than one institution must make their application through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).
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.