Bachelor of Education (Early Years)

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted

Bachelor of Education (Early Years)

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.

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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
CRICOS course code093571F
VTAC Codes1400510021 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400610021 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code E330
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.
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
Swanhill E330SH
Werribee Learning Centre E330WE

New course version commencing 2017

Notes:

  1. Compulsory intensives for Cloud (online) students held at Waurn Ponds (Geelong), 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 Bachelor of Education (Early Years) is a dual accredited degree that provides employment options in early childhood, preschool and primary school settings.  Studies will focus on contemporary issues in children’s learning and development, curriculum theories and pedagogies, discipline knowledge and the changing work context within early childhood and primary education. 

Students will apply their learning in professional contexts, gaining experience and confidence as preservice teachers in early childhood, preschool and primary school settings. Meeting new national teaching, education and care standards in early childhood and primary education, this course prepares students for diverse learning contexts in the 21st century.

Professional recognition

This program is approved by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) as an early childhood teaching qualification in Australia.

This program is pending accreditation 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

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Career opportunities

Increasingly there is a demand for qualified early childhood teachers who who can teach children in early childhood, preschool and primary school settings. Graduates of this course will have varied career opportunities, including working as an early childhood service director, coordinator, pre-school field officer, adviser or senior adviser within early childhood facilities. In addition, graduates can be employed as a primary school teacher and or seek employment in government agencies, community services and 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 and applied knowledge of early childhood that incorporates early childhood and primary education.

Communication

Use and engage effectively interpersonal communication skills (oral, written, digital and nonverbal) to convey knowledge and ideas with diverse individuals and groups (such as children, families, parents and caregivers, colleagues and other professionals, community organisations) to enhance children’s learning and wellbeing.

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

Critically engage with and analyse contemporary issues and research in early years education and changing societal contexts at local, national and global scales, and be able to make informed judgements relating to teaching and learning.

Problem solving

Use critical reflection and analytical skills to determine creative, innovative and authentic solutions to real-life and complex problems encountered in teaching and learning and adapt these solutions to diverse contexts, communities and learners.

Self-management

Work autonomously and responsibly in early childhood and primary school contexts, drawing on knowledge and skills of teaching and learning and 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

Work, advocate, and learn collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals, families and members of the wider community who share responsibility for the learning and wellbeing of young children.

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 Education (Early Years), students must complete 32 credit points comprising:

  • 29 credit points of core units;
  • 1 credit point of Early Years Teaching Specialisation in one of either: i) Promoting Equity, Social Justice and Inclusivity; ii) Arts Education; or iii) ICT and Education;
  • 2 credit points of Primary Teaching Specialisation in either: i) Science; or ii) Language and Literacy

This course includes 115 days of supervised professional experience.

Students are also required to complete below two zero (0) credit point units ELN010 and ELN011 as part of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) in order to graduate from their course.

Course structure

Year 1

ELN010Australian Literacy Test (zero (0) credit points)

ELN011Australian Numeracy Test (zero (0) credit points)

ECE110Child Development 1

ECE111Curriculum 1: Pedagogies and Play

ECE112Curriculum 2: Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning

ECE113Young Children's Mathematical Development

ECP128Professional Knowledge (0-2 Years)

ECE130Partnerships with Families and Communities

ECE120Contemporary Perspectives of Education

ECE116Promoting Health, Wellbeing and Nutrition

Year 2

ECE212Curriculum 3: Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning

ECP227Professional Practice 1 (3-5 Years)

ECE220Science 1: Science and Environmental Awareness for Young Children

ECE230Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood

ECE240Creative Arts 1: Visual Art and Media Arts

ECE241Creative Arts 2: Music, Dance and Drama

ECP228Professional Practice 2 (3-5 Years)

1 credit point from early years teaching specialisation

Year 3

ECE360Protective Education and Child Well-Being

ECE370Guiding Engaged, Resilient Learners

ECE491Perspectives of Management and Leadership

ECE465Professional Practice for Inclusive Education

EEO311Learners Living in Their World: Humanities Perspectives

ECP410Professional Teaching Practice and Child Study (0-3 Years)

ECE420Supporting Children Making Transitions

ECE430Teacher as Researcher

Year 4

ECE320Science 2: Science and Design Technology

ECE330Multiliterate Learners in Early Years and School Environments

ECE455Effective Primary Mathematics Learning

ECP327Professional Engagement 1 (Primary School 1)

ECP427Professional Engagement 2 (Primary School 2)

ECE312Lifespan Development

2 credit points from primary teaching specialisation

Early Years Teaching Specialisations

Select one of the following three specialisations:

Promoting Equity, Social Justice and Inclusivity

EAA301Personalising Learning: a Transdisciplinary Approach

Arts Education

ECE340Creative Learning Through the Arts

ICT and Education

EDU303Education, Communication and Technology

Primary Teaching Specialisations

Select one of the following two specialisations:

Science

SLE209History and Philosophy of Science

ECE345Integrated Science and Technology Education

Language and Literacy

ALL153Literature for Children and Young Adults

ECL351Diversity, Language and Literacy

Course map

Course map

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 Education (Early Years) 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.