Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours)

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours)
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud CampusYes
Length

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

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

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries
Tel 03 9246 8100
artsed@deakin.edu.au 

Deakin course code E430

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Extend what you’ve learnt in your early childhood undergraduate degree with this merit-based 1-year full time (or part time equivalent) honours course that features Cloud learning and research-focused study. 

Deakin’s education discipline is ranked 23rd in the world by the prestigious QS World University Rankings (2014). The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours) course equips you to plan, implement and evaluate a rigorous research project  in early childhood education and care. The honours research units are designed to help you extend your research ability and understanding in the contemporary early childhood context. The coursework is comprised of advanced research methodology units, literature review critiques, and the development and presentation of a minor thesis. 

If you’ve demonstrated academic merit (i.e., distinction average) and an ability to work independently throughout your undergraduate degree you are eligible to apply for the BECE (Honours) course.

There’s an increasing demand for qualified and approved early childhood educators, teachers and researchers across Australia and in other countries. As a graduate of this course you’ll have advanced knowledge and skills for professional research work and/or further study in early childhood education. You’ll boost your career prospects in early childhood sectors, school settings and academic research context. 

Following successful completion of this course, high-achieving students may be eligible to undertake PhD study.

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 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 Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Acquire advanced knowledge and skills in professional teaching including teaching in early childhood and primary school educational contexts.

Demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of the principles and concepts in early childhood education, and knowledge of appropriate research principles and methods.

Acquire specialist knowledge and skills in of early childhood education that will enable them to be leaders in the field of early childhood capable of initiating and responding to change.

Communication

Acquire advanced communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas related to the education profession.  

Digital literacy

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

Critical thinking

Identify and research contemporary issues in early childhood education (birth to 8 years), analyse data and generate new knowledge in response to these issues.

Use advances skills in critical thinking through analysis and evaluation of key theoretical approaches and data sets to address discipline specific pedagogical and other issues in early childhood education through research.

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

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. 

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 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)

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 and how to apply for credit.

Credit for prior learning - specific

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

How to apply

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Further study

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