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 intensive conferences at the Waurn Ponds Campus per trimester)
Cloud (online)

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2021 close 21 February 2021
Timely VTAC entry closes 30 September 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 an accessible pathway to university study. 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.

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
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 compulsory online and face to face seminars

New course commencing Trimester 1, 2021. Professional accreditation and CRICOS registration in progress.

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: 15 days in infant and toddler education and care settings

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

Year 3: 10 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

The following entry requirements are applicable to current Year 12 students and applicants who graduated from a senior secondary certificate in the past two years and haven't undertaken any further study.

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.

English language requirements

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the English language requirements page.

Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.

Higher education experience

If you successfully completed your senior secondary certificate and have started a higher education program, 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.

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

All applicants who do not meet the stated prerequisites, or who have not completed Year 12 or not undertaken study within the last 5 years must sit the STAT Multiple Choice. Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

English language requirements

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.

TAFE experience

If you successfully completed your senior secondary certificate and have started a VET program, 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.

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

All applicants who do not meet the stated prerequisites, or who have not completed Year 12 or not undertaken study within the last 5 years must sit the STAT Multiple Choice. Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

English language requirements

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.

Work and life experience

If you successfully completed your senior secondary certificate more than three years ago, or you have not successfully completed your senior secondary certificate, you can use your work and life experience to support your application.

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.

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

All applicants who do not meet the stated prerequisites, or who have not completed Year 12 or not undertaken study within the last 5 years must sit the STAT Multiple Choice. Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

English language requirements

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the English language requirements page.

Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee 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

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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
  • recent Year 12 student who completed secondary education in the past two years.

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:

  • applicants with work and life experience, who left secondary education more than two years ago
  • applicants with TAFE experience
  • applicants with higher education experience.
  • Apply to Deakin after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

    Please note: If you’re applying for more than one course, you need to apply to VTAC.

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

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 and Care (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
~According to the Voice Project IT Service Quality Support Benchmark Survey
^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)

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