Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
Campus

(i) Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online) with compulsory intensives.

Or

(ii) Offered at Deakin Learning Centres

Or

(iii) Offered in conjunction with Deakin TAFE partner sites:

Length

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

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), November (Trimester 3)

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

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016$6,259 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016Not applicable
LevelUndergraduate
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

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

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

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

CRICOS course code078148B
VTAC Codes1400310021 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400510021 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400610021 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400710021 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code E330
Deakin Learning Centre course codes

Deakin TAFE partner course codes:

Chisholm (Berwick, Dandenong & Frankston) E330T

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.

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

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

Full-fee paying (FFP)
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

Fee information for all domestic students
The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown 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 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

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. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

The fees per unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This information is provided as a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu au for more information about 2016 fees.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

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 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.

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

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 30 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/future-students/applications-enrolments/index.php

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

Year 12 school leavers:

Applications must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).

Non-Year 12:

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).


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.