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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

CQUniversity Australia
Program overview
4-8 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
12,720 AUD
Start dates
Bundaberg
12,720 AUD
March 2021

Mackay
12,720 AUD
March 2021

Noosa
12,720 AUD
March 2021

Rockhampton
12,720 AUD
March 2021
CQUniversity Australia

Program description

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) is an initial teacher education course usually studied over a period of four years. This course qualifies you for professional registration which is administered in Queensland by the Queensland College of Teachers. You will demonstrate evidence of meeting the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage) throughout the course of study. On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible for employment in primary schools from Prep to Year 6 and in early childhood settings (long day care settings & kindergartens/pre-prep) throughout Australia.

In addition to building the professional knowledge and skills required to teach effectively, the course is designed to foster dispositions for engaging in and contributing to the teaching profession through a commitment to ongoing professional learning.

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) includes 125 days of planned teaching practice in schools and other learning sites and an optional additional 20 days diploma practicum - 15 of which must be spent with children in the birth to 35 months group. You MUST complete a 15-day placement with children in the birth to 35 months group. This 15-day placement fulfils the requirements for Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), which stipulates that students must complete a minimum of 15 days with children in the birth to 35 months group. Professional practice blocks are included in each year of the course structure, and many opportunities for applying theoretical knowledge in practical ways have been embedded in each of the 32 units that make up the course.

A key feature of the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) is the embedded VET qualification: The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. On successful completion of the 9 first-year units and the required diploma practicum and associated tasks, you will receive the Diploma as an interim award. The structure of the course also allows for recognition of prior learning. Applicants who already hold a recent Diploma qualification may be eligible for up to 6 units.

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) also includes a specialisation in English providing you with knowledge and skills in this specialisation area. Students located in the Rockhampton Diocese, if selected to be part of the program, can undertake a specialisation in Catholic Education allowing you to be accredited to teach in a Catholic School.

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) you can progress to postgraduate study courses that are available for registered teachers through CQUniversity.

To be eligible for teacher registration, students in this course are required to undertake and pass the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (ITE) prior to graduation. This test, referred to as LANTITE, is administered Nationally by the Australian Council of Education Research (ACER).

AQF Level: Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Admission requirements

Academic requirements:

English (4, SA), or equivalent; Maths A, B or C (4, SA), or equivalent; an Authority Science subject (4, SA), or equivalent.

Non-academic requirements:

All applicants must provide a mandatory written statement in support of your non-academic capabilities, demonstrating you hold the key attributes and motivations to become an effective teacher, as outlined by AITSL (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership). You may consider the prompts mentioned below in each question to frame your response. For your application to be considered, you must write 200-500 words for each of the questions below:

  • Tell us what has inspired you to become a teacher and tell us why you think teaching is a good career choice for you. (In your response, describe who and what has inspired you to become a teacher and describe the types of skills and abilities you will bring to teaching.)
  • Describe one or two leadership, community and/or learning & development activities that you have engaged in. (In your response describe how these leadership, community and/or learning & development activities demonstrate your conscientiousness and coping strategies when you are faced with challenges.)
  • Describe how you manage your time when you are both planning and coordinating activities in your personal schedule. (In your response provide examples of how you have put both your planning and coordinating skills to use.)
  • Tell us about one or two times where you have utilised your problem-solving skills to achieve an outcome. (In your response explain what you learned, regardless of whether the outcome you achieved was positive or undesirable.)

English proficiency requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 5 years of:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 1 year fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0
    • within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

Entry scores:

  • Rank Threshold: OP 16 | SR 66 | ATAR 61.8

For more information about admission, security and health requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Compulsory units:

Year 1 - Term 1

  • Education as a Profession
  • Development and Learning through Life
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Multiliteracies

Year 1 - Term 2

  • Communication in Educational Environments
  • Responding to Diversity and Inclusion
  • Curriculum Foundations and Decision-Making
  • Professional Practice 1 - Introduction to Teaching

Year 1 - Term 3

  • Indigenous Studies and Learning
  • Early Childhood Pedagogies

Year 2 - Term 1

  • Design and Digital Technologies
  • Literacy and Numeracy for Teachers
  • Biological and Earth and Space Sciences
  • The Arts and Learning in the Early Years

Year 2 - Term 2

  • Teaching for Mathematical Proficiency
  • History Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • English - Teaching Language Use in Context
  • Professional Practice 2 (ECE) – Kindergarten

Year 3 - Term 1

  • The Arts
  • English - Teaching Reading
  • Assessment and Reporting
  • Professional Practice 3 (Primary/ECE) - Managing the Differentiated Classroom

Year 3 - Term 2

  • Mathematics Curriculum
  • Chemical and Physical Sciences
  • Teaching Health and Sustainability in the Early Years
  • Policy and Research in Early Childhood

Year 4 - Term 1

  • Geography
  • Teaching English Language Learners
  • Leadership, Advocacy and Management in Early Childhood

Year 4 - Term 2

  • The Ethical Professional
  • Professional Practice 4 - Engaged Teaching and Learning
  • Professional Practice 5 - The Internship

Tuition fees

This program costs 12 720 AUD per term.

Scholarships & funding

The university offers a range of scholarships to support international students and encourages you to apply for one that's right for you. For more information about the scholarships, please visit the university website.

Qualification

Exit awards:

CC21 - Bachelor of Teaching CC23 - Associate Degree of Education

Units/credits:

32/192

Core learning outcomes:

  1. Critically analyse learning theory, educational theory and practice, and be cognisant of legislation and policy frameworks and standards for professional conduct.
  2. Review and select resources and strategies that enhance engagement and learning in diverse educational settings and contexts.
  3. Devise learning sequences that align curriculum, teaching and learning strategies, assessment and reporting requirements.
  4. Implement teaching and learning sequences that comply with the requirements of relevant legislative and regulatory bodies for educational settings.
  5. Manage individual and cultural diversity to create inclusive and supportive learning environments.
  6. Communicate effectively with specialist and non-specialist audiences to support the interests of learners and learning communities.
  7. Synthesise theoretical understanding and practical skills to make decisions in response to assessment data and diverse learning, cultural and/or social needs and contexts.
  8. Reflect on one’s own practice as a way of identifying personal learning needs and enhancing collaborative professional practice.
  9. Employ a holistic approach to teaching and learning that considers learners’ physical, personal, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing as well as cognitive aspects of learning.
  10. Embed strategies for connecting with families, communities and professional stakeholders to advocate for the rights, interests and capabilities of children.
  11. Reflect on the principles underpinning ethical practice in ECEC settings to make informed and intuitive judgments in response to the holistic development of children.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) you will be qualified to teach in primary school settings from Prep to Year 6 and in specialist early childhood contexts, including childcare and kindergartens throughout Australia.

Like most professions, teaching has specific workforce demands and sometimes oversupply. Before undertaking a course of study, you should check with major employers regarding potential future employment prospects.

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CQUniversity Australia

554-700 Yaamba Road
4701 Norman Gardens QLD
Australia

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www.cqu.edu.au


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