Bachelor of Education (Early Years)

Undergraduate degree

As a dual accredited degree, the Bachelor of Education (Early Years) course provides flexible employment options in a variety of early year education settings.

Accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching

Top 5 for education in Australia*

115 days of supervised teaching placements

Key facts

ATAR

Burwood:
RC?
Cloud:
RC?
Lowest selection rank

Duration

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

Campuses

  • Burwood (Melbourne)
  • Cloud (Online) with compulsory online learning and face to face cloud conferences (2 per trimester)
Cloud (online)

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2020 close 23 February 2020
VTAC entries are closed.

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Deakin’s Bachelor of Education (Early Years) allows you to teach young children in early childhood and primary school settings. With professional experience opportunities and the option to choose from a range of curriculum areas, you’ll graduate with a qualification that’s in high demand, meeting the significant growth of the Australian early childhood education sector. 

Are you interested in an exciting and rewarding career teaching children? 

Deakin’s dual accredited early years degree opens up a range of career opportunities, spanning the early childhood and primary education sectors. Studies focus on contemporary issues in children’s learning and development, curriculum theories and pedagogies, discipline knowledge and the changing work context within early childhood and primary education.

Early years teaching specialisations include:

  • Aboriginal knowledge and experiences
  • arts education
  • promoting equity, social justice and inclusivity.

Primary teaching specialisations include:

  • language and literacy
  • science.

The Professional Experience Program is a key part of every Deakin teaching student’s course experience. Working with more than 1400 schools across Australia, we’ll arrange at least 115 days of placements for you in schools where you’ll learn from experienced teachers.

Students also have access to specialised teaching spaces on campus to prepare for teaching.

Give your studies a different perspective and take part in our Global Education Program. Learn about Aboriginal culture while teaching in remote communities in the Northern Territory, or head to countries including Chile, Nepal or Vanuatu and learn about intercultural education.

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

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.

Before beginning your degree, prospective teaching students need to successfully complete the CASPer test – an online, video scenario-based test that lets you demonstrate your suitability for a teaching career.

Start your journey to becoming an early years teacher with a Deakin degree and learn how you can change the lives of others.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Education (Early Years), students must complete 32 credit points comprising:

  • 29 credit points of core units;
  • 1 credit point of Early Years Teaching Specialisation in one of either: i) Promoting Equity, Social Justice and Inclusivity; ii) Arts Education; or iii) Aboriginal Knowledge and Experiences
  • 2 credit points of Primary Teaching Specialisation in either: i) Science; or ii) Language and Literacy
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

This course includes 115 days of supervised professional experience, and students must successfully complete the Deakin Teaching Performance Assessment.

Students are also required to complete below two zero (0) credit point units ELN010 and ELN011 as part of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) in order to graduate from their course.

Year 1

  • Australian Literacy Test ELN010 (zero (0) credit points)
  • Australian Numeracy Test ELN011 (zero (0) credit points)
  • Child Development 1 ECE110
  • Curriculum 1: Pedagogies and Play ECE111
  • Curriculum 2: Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning ECE112
  • Professional Knowledge (0-2 Years) ECP128
  • Partnerships with Families and Communities ECE130
  • Contemporary Perspectives of Education ECE120
  • Promoting Health, Wellbeing and Nutrition ECE116
  • Creative Arts 1: Young Children and the Arts ECE140
  • Year 2

  • Curriculum 3: Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning ECE212
  • Professional Practice 1 (3-5 Years) ECP227
  • Science 1: Science and Environmental Awareness for Young Children ECE220
  • Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood ECE230
  • Mathematical Learning in the Early Years ECE211
  • Creative Arts 2: Music and Visual Arts ECE241
  • Professional Practice 2 (3-5 Years) ECP228
  • 1 credit point from early years teaching specialisation

    Year 3

  • Lifespan Development ECE312
  • Protective Education and Child Well-Being ECE360
  • Guiding Engaged, Resilient Learners ECE370
  • Perspectives of Management and Leadership ECE491
  • Inclusive Education for Young Children ECE404 (commences 2018)
  • Professional Teaching Practice and Child Study (0-3 Years) ECP410
  • Supporting Children Making Transitions ECE420
  • Teacher as Researcher ECE430
  • Year 4

  • Science 2: Science and Design Technology ECE320
  • Multiliterate Learners in Early Years and School Environments ECE330
  • Effective Primary Mathematics Learning ECE455
  • Professional Engagement 1 (Primary School 1) ECP327
  • Professional Engagement 2 (Primary School 2) ECP427
  • Humanities Education Across the Primary Levels EEO320
  • 2 credit points from primary teaching specialisation

    Early Years Teaching Specialisations

    Select one of the following three specialisations:

    Promoting Equity, Social Justice and Inclusivity

  • Personalising Learning: a Transdisciplinary Approach EAA301
  • Arts Education

  • Creative Learning Through the Arts ECE340
  • Aboriginal Knowledge and Experiences

  • Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences: Historical Journeys-Contemporary Perspectives IND201
  • Primary Teaching Specialisations

    Select one of the following two specialisations:

    Science

  • Science and Society SLE209
  • Integrated Science and Technology Education ECE345
  • Language and Literacy

  • Literature for Children and Young Adults ALL153
  • Diversity, Language and Literacy ECL351
  • Key information

    Award granted

    Bachelor of Education (Early Years)

    Year

    2020 course information

    VTAC code
    1400510021 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400610021 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    E330
    CRICOS code?
    093571F
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under 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

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud (Online) with compulsory online and face to face seminars

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

    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 Institute of Koorie Education

    Additional course information

    Students are required to apply for a Working with Children Check. Apply online as a volunteer at https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/.

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

    Course duration - additional information

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

    Participation requirements

    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.

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on:

    • Minimum ATAR of 70 in 2019
    • VCE Units 1 and 2 of General Mathematics or Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematic, or Units 3 and 4 of Mathematics (any)
    • a study score of at least 35 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 25 in English other than EAL

    Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

    Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on their performance in:

    • a Diploma of Education and Care (or equivalent) with a minimum WAM (Weighted Average Mark) of 60%

    OR

    • attainment of an ungraded Diploma of Education and Care AND successful completion of STAT or UNITest

    OR

    • other evidence of ability to meet the academic demands of the course AND successful completion of STAT or UNITest.

    All Applicants must complete an additional selection tool for non-academic attributes. Deakin University is using the CASPer test. CASPer is an online, video-scenario based situational judgement test, designed to measure non-academic suitability for teaching.

    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 Education (Early Years) 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
    Not applicable
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $6,684 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    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.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    The Victorian Government has created the Early Childhood Scholarship Program to attract new early childhood teachers or upskill current educators. Students applying for an approved qualification are eligible to receive up to $25,000. Download the Early Childhood Scholarship Program Guidelines for more information. To apply, please visit the Department of Education and Training’s application portal.

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications to VTAC are now open for recent secondary education graduates, including current Year 12 students. Learn about the steps involved and how to complete your preference list for study in 2020.


    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.


    Institute of Koorie Education

    Institute of Koorie Education 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.


    Learning Centre
    Applicants for courses offered at a Deakin Learning Centre can be made directly to Deakin online or via the application form.

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

    How to apply


    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Education (Early Years) with our pathways finder.

    Contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

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

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

    Frequently asked questions

    What are the key study start dates?

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    How much does it cost to study at Deakin?

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    Use our fee estimator to gauge what your fees could be per year.

    Can I speak to someone in person about my study options?

    Yes! We regularly host a range of events including 1:1 consultations and information sessions, to assist you with your study options and career planning. Check out our upcoming events or contact our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 for more information.

    Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

    Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.

    Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

    In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    Why choose Deakin

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Top 27 for education worldwide*

    Top 1% of universities worldwide^

    Top 10 university in Australia^

    #1 university in Victoria for student satisfaction#

    Career outcomes

    There’s an increasing demand for qualified early childhood teachers, with a 22% projected employment growth expected in the sector, to 2023.

    Graduates are qualified to work in early childhood settings as early childhood teachers, educational leaders, coordinators or advisers. They are also qualified to work as a primary teacher working across all year levels from foundation through to grade 6.

    Early years graduates may also find careers within:

    • community services
    • early childhood facilities
    • education organisations
    • government agencies
    • not-for-profit organisations.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Professional recognition

    This course is approved by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACEQA) as an early childhood teaching qualification in Australia.

    It is also accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) for the purposes of teacher registration in Victoria. Students are eligible to apply for registration with VIT upon successful completion of this degree.

    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

    Acquire broad and coherent body of knowledge of education principles and practice, and in depth theoretical and applied knowledge of early childhood that incorporates early childhood and primary education.

    Communication

    Use and engage effectively interpersonal communication skills (oral, written, digital and nonverbal) to convey knowledge and ideas with diverse individuals and groups (such as children, families, parents and caregivers, colleagues and other professionals, community organisations) to enhance children’s learning and wellbeing.

    Digital literacy

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

    Critical thinking

    Critically engage with and analyse contemporary issues and research in early years education and changing societal contexts at local, national and global scales, and be able to make informed judgements relating to teaching and learning.

    Problem solving

    Use critical reflection and analytical skills to determine creative, innovative and authentic solutions to real-life and complex problems encountered in teaching and learning and adapt these solutions to diverse contexts, communities and learners.

    Self-management

    Work autonomously and responsibly in early childhood and primary school contexts, drawing on knowledge and skills of teaching and learning and 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

    Work, advocate, and learn collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals, families and members of the wider community who share responsibility for the learning and wellbeing of young children.

    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

    *QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
    ^ARWU Rankings 2019
    #Year on year, our undergraduate students are the most-satisfied students of all Victorian universities. Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

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