Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Undergraduate degree

Explore early childhood education curriculum theories and pedagogies, child development, health and wellbeing, professional studies as well as teaching and learning with the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.

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Key facts

ATAR

Burwood:
N/A?
Cloud:
N/A?
Lowest selection rank

Duration

3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

Campuses

  • Burwood (Melbourne)
  • Cloud (Online) with on campus requirement in intensive mode for conferences (2 per trimester)
Cloud (online)

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2021 close 21 February 2021
Late VTAC entry closes 6 November 2020 at 5pm. View other VTAC dates

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

If you are inspired to teach young children, Deakin’s Bachelor of Early Childhood Education provides you with the opportunity to explore early childhood education curriculum theories and pedagogies, child development, health and wellbeing, professional studies as well as teaching and learning in discipline areas of literary, mathematics, science and the arts. 

You’ll undertake professional placements through Deakin’s Professional Experience Program gaining both practical knowledge and skills to teach children aged birth to 5 years. Experience learning across a range of early childhood settings ensuring you graduate with the confidence and aptitude to meet the significant growth of the Australian early childhood education sector. 

Do you want to start your journey to becoming an Early Childhood educator? 

Fast-track your way to becoming an early childhood teacher with this three-year degree. You may additionally be eligible for an attractive scholarship offered by the Victorian Department of Education and Training for pre-service teachers enrolled in early childhood teaching courses.

Deakin maintains close links with the education sector to ensure our courses are developed and reviewed with professional input. You’ll be taught by experts who have teaching experience and who are recognised as leaders and innovators in their fields. This means you can be confident that what you learn with us will be relevant to your future teaching career.

The Professional Experience Program is a key part of every Deakin teaching student’s course experience. Working with more than 1400 early childhood centres and schools across Australia, we’ll arrange at least 80 days of placements for you in early childhood education and care settings where you’ll learn from experienced early childhood teachers.

Choose to study at our award-winning Cloud Campus and have the additional flexibility to balance work, life and study. Studying online is collaborative and engaging, while still allowing you to complete your studies when and where it suits you.

Additionally, the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education provides students with an approved pathway from the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (previously Diploma of Children’s Services offered through TAFE. Eligible students may receive up to 8 credit points of recognition for prior learning towards their degree.

*This course is currently undergoing approval by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) as an early childhood teaching qualification in Australia. Graduates of this course who are intending to apply for registration in Victoria or interstate may be required to provide further information.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, students must complete 24 credit points comprising:

  • 24 credit points of core units;
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • A maximum of 10 credit points at Level 1
  • A minimum of 6 credit points at Level 3 or above

This course includes 80 days of supervised professional experience.

Year 1

  • Child Development 1
  • Curriculum 1: Pedagogies and Play
  • Contemporary Perspectives of Education
  • Creative Arts 1: Young Children and the Arts
  • Curriculum 2: Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning
  • Promoting Health, Wellbeing and Nutrition
  • Partnerships with Families and Communities
  • Professional Knowledge (0-2 Years)
  • Year 3

  • Multiliterate Learners in Early Years and School Environments
  • Supporting Emerging Mathematical Skills for Infants and Toddlers
  • Protective Education and Child Well-Being
  • Guiding Engaged, Resilient Learners
  • Creative Learning Through the Arts
  • Inquiry Into Science Curriculum
  • Inclusive Education for Young Children "
  • Supporting Children Making Transitions
  • Year 2

  • Mathematical Learning in the Early Years
  • Curriculum 3: Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning
  • Science 1: Science and Environmental Awareness for Young Children
  • Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood
  • Creative Arts 2: Music and Visual Arts
  • Understanding Early Reading Development
  • Professional Practice 2 (3-5 Years)
  • Australian Indigenous Education: Recognition, Relationships and Reconciliation
  • Key information

    Award granted

    Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400510021 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400610021 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    E333
    CRICOS code?
    102806B
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    The course is approved by the University pursuant to the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud (Online) with on campus requirement#

    Note: New course commencing Trimester 1, 2021. This course is pending accreditation with the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

    #Cloud (Online) with on campus requirement in intensive mode for conferences (2 per trimester at the Waurn Ponds Campus)

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can apply directly through the NIKERI Institute.

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing placements.

    International students are required to study full-time to complete their course within the duration registered on CRICOS.

    Mandatory student checks

    Working with Children Check

    Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC) prior to undertaking professional experience placements in education settings, as part of this course. Learn more about Working with Children Checks.

    Interstate applicants must check the requirements and meet all conditions for undertaking professional experience in schools for their state or territory before undertaking professional experience placements as part of this course.

    The Working with Children Check (WWCC) and a Police Check are different checks. Under the Working with Children Act 2005 (the Act) if you are doing child-related work and are not exempt, you must have a Check even if you already have a Police Check.

    The Police Check is not an assessment by a government agency. https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/organisations/victorian-teacher-information 

    Workload

    Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period for each credit point undertaking required teaching, learning and assessment activities.

    Participation requirements

    Professional Experience Placements are a compulsory component of the course and a requirement for registration as a graduate teacher. Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Students are required to check the placement calendars published on the Professional Experience Office website each year. Placement takes priority over employment and placement periods are generally block placements of 5 full time days per week over 2-5 weeks.

    Course delivery is blended and students are required to dedicate time to weekly engagement with located or cloud teaching and learning activities and resources. This is recommended at combined total 8-10 hours per week per unit including active learning/engagement either face to face or online, and independent study.

    Some units will require students to attend early childhood settings or institutions for site-based learning and teaching experiences. Some units will require students enrolled in cloud based learning to attend on campus activities.

    Work experience

    Successful Applicants are required to hold a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC) prior to undertaking professional experience placements in education settings, as part of this course. For more information see: http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/ 

    Students will satisfactorily complete 80 days of professional experience placement in a wide range of education and care settings, as outlined below:

    Year 1: 5 days in infant and toddler education and care settings

    Year 2: 2 x 20 (40 days) in kindergarten settings

    Year 3: 20 days in infant and toddler education and care settings, 15 days in kindergarten or foundation (primary school) settings

    The School of Education Professional Experience Office makes all arrangements for students’ placements.

    For further information contact the School of Education, Professional Experience office.

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    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

    Prerequisite subjects

    Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of Maths: General Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Higher education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of Maths: General Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL, or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    All applicants who wish their motivation to teach; interpersonal and communication skills; any community experience or learning; personal strengths; and personal learning goals to be considered as part of the course application are required to complete the personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    VET education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of Maths: General Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL, or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    All applicants who wish their motivation to teach; interpersonal and communication skills; any community experience or learning; personal strengths; and personal learning goals to be considered as part of the course application are required to complete the personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of Maths: General Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL, or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    All applicants who wish their motivation to teach; interpersonal and communication skills; any community experience or learning; personal strengths; and personal learning goals to be considered as part of the course application are required to complete the personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 35 in English (EAL) equals 2 aggregate points per study.

    A study score of 30 in English other than EAL, any LOTE or any Mathematics equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Recognition of prior learning

    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, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin. 

    The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education 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 Recognition of Prior Learning reducing the total course duration by 2 trimesters of full-time study.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees.

    The estimated tuition fee for Commonwealth supported places (CSP) is not currently available due to the Job-ready Graduates Package – higher education reforms recently announced by the Australian Government.

    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 Recognition of 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.

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    VTAC applications are now open for:

    • current Year 12 students.

    Apply to VTAC after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Direct applications are now open for:

    • recent Year 12 students who completed secondary education in the past two years
    • applicants with work and life experience
    • applicants with TAFE experience
    • applicants with higher education experience.
    • Please note: If you’re applying for more than one course, you need to apply through VTAC.

      Apply to Deakin after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

    NIKERI Institute

    NIKERI Institute applicants must apply via the How to apply webpage. You’ll need to complete a declaration statement and application form. If your application is successful, you’ll then be invited to an interview.

    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with our pathways finder.

    Pathways for credit are available for this course. Details of institutional credit agreements are published in the RPL database. International students can apply for packaged offers for some of these pathways.

    Applicants who have completed a Diploma of Early Childhood Education (or equivalent) are eligible to receive 8 Credit Points, gaining entry into the course in the second year.

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

    1800 693 888

    myfuture@deakin.edu.au

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    There is an increasing demand for qualified early childhood teachers, with the workforce set to double in the next 10 years. Graduates are qualified to work in early childhood settings as early childhood teachers, educational leaders, coordinators or advisers. Graduates may also find employment opportunities in:

    • policy
    • consultancy
    • NGOs
    • research or community-based organisations (e.g. museums, outdoor education, arts institutions, etc)
    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Professional recognition

    This program will undergo approval by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) as an early childhood teaching qualification in Australia. Graduates of this course who are intending to apply for registration in Victoria or interstate may be required to provide further information. Applicants are advised to check the registration requirements in their state or territory, carefully.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Analyse and apply principles and practices relevant to curriculum, policy and regulations in early childhood and primary school education with in-depth knowledge and evaluation of theoretical underpinning.

    Communication

    Effectively evaluate and select communication skills (oral, written, digital and nonverbal) to professionally transmit knowledge and ideas with diverse individuals and groups (such as children, families, parents and caregivers, colleagues and other professionals, community organisations).

    Digital literacy

    Critically evaluate and apply a range of technologies to collect, analyse, synthesise, evaluate, generate and transmit information for the purposes of appropriate teaching and learning in a rapidly changing global environment.

    Critical thinking

    Analyse and evaluate contemporary issues, policies and research in educational and societal contexts to generate and transmit informed judgements to complex situations relating to teaching and learning.

    Problem solving

    Use analytical and practical skills to make well developed judgements, generate and transmit creative, innovative and authentic solutions to real-life and complex problems encountered when working with diverse individuals and groups (such as children, families, parents and caregivers, colleagues and other professionals, community organisations).

    Self-management

    Critically reflect on planning, problem-solving and decision making in teaching and learning contexts. Use initiative and autonomy to apply analytic knowledge and critical reflective skills to demonstrate responsibility for own learning and professional practice (and in collaboration with others).

    Teamwork

    Actively and collaboratively participate in learning communities, involving learners, families, community members, colleagues and the broader profession.

    Global citizenship

    Adapt and apply knowledge and skills that support the diversity of Australian society in the professional context. This includes influences of Indigenous and intercultural issues, family contexts, gender and disability on development, learning and teaching.

    Approved by Faculty Board 2020

    *2019 Student Experience Survey, based on undergraduate students
    #ARWU Rankings 2019
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    ^Australian Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards, 2017, 2018, 2019 winner
    ^^Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)