Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours)

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours)
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud (online)Yes

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016$6,256 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries
Tel 03 9246 8100 

Deakin course code E430

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours) offers an opportunity for selected students, who have demonstrated academic merit and an ability to work independently, to undertake a year of honours study beyond the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (or equivalent).

The honours year is a research-focused course, which extends the completed research work of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (or equivalent), and enables students to undertake research training that will equip them to plan, implement and evaluate a rigorous research study at honours level. Students will be able to undertake a substantial and original research project, whilst being under the supervision of an academic with a proven research record. Students will also develop skills and knowledge to identify contemporary issues in early childhood education and care. The honours research units are sequential and specifically designed to enable students to extend their research ability and understanding in the early childhood context, through the advanced research methodology units, literature review critiques, and in the development and presentation of a minor thesis.

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 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 approved early childhood educators, teachers and researchers. Graduates of this course will have advanced knowledge and skills for professional research work and/or further learning in early childhood education. The skills and knowledge acquired will enhance students’ future career prospects in a broad range of occupations in both private and public early childhood sectors. Opportunities also exist for employment in government agencies, pre-school and school settings, community services or not-for-profit organisations. Following successful completion of this course, high-achieving students may be eligible to undertake PhD study.

For more information go to 'My Course My Career'

Course rules

To qualify for the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours) a student must complete 8 credit points of core units.

Course structure

Core units

EDX478Theory in Education Research (Formerly EXR478)

EDX479Independent Reading Study (Formerly EXR479)

EDX481Education Research Methodology (Formerly EXR481)

EDX491Designing and Developing a Research Project (Formerly EXR491)

EDX498Minor Thesis Part A (2 credit points) (Formerly EXR498)

EDX499Minor Thesis Part B (2 credit points) (Formerly EXR499)


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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

In order to be considered for admission to the BECE (Honours) degree, applicants must have completed the requirements of the BECE course (E330) or equivalent. To be eligible for admission applicants for BECE (Honours) will normally have a Distinction average or equivalent over the entire undergraduate degree course. An individual interview will also 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 provide an opportunity to review applicants’ previous research competence achieved at the undergraduate level.

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

Students are advised to contact the Faculty for information regarding applying for credit transfer.

How to apply

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. This course requires further information in support of your application, please contact the BECE Honours course director, details above.

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal

Further study

Graduates of this course may be eligible to apply for entry into a higher coursework degree or a higher degree by research.