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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

University of Tasmania
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) provides existing and potential early childhood professionals with higher levels of knowledge and skills to facilitate the provision of educationally sound programs for young children. The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) course qualifies graduates to teach children from birth to age 8 and the qualification you gain upon graduation is recognised as suitable to teach in early childhood contexts (including Early Childhood Centres and Kindergartens) in all Australian states and territories.

In addition, the course will provide leaders in early childhood with competencies in teaching and leadership positions.

This degree program is available internally at Launceston and Cradle Coast campuses and externally/fully on-line from anywhere in the world, full-time or part-time.

This degree program is designed and enacted in collaboration with relevant stakeholders and appropriate employing authorities. At the core of the degree program is the student who is educated to bring to their work:

  • The capacity to work effectively in highly diverse contexts; and
  • The capacity to be resilient professionals and lifelong learners.

For teachers, strong personal literacy and numeracy skills form an essential part of the attributes and skills needed to be effective in the classroom. They are also necessary to foster the development of these critical, fundamental skills in students, providing the building blocks for future learning.From 1 July 2016, all initial teacher education students will need to demonstrate that they have personal literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to the top 30 per cent of the adult population through meeting the benchmark set by the national literacy and numeracy test for initial teacher education students (the test) prior to graduation. The test has been determined, under the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia: Standards and Procedures, to be the means by which a student's personal literacy and numeracy skills are to be assessed..

While some higher education providers will require students to undertake the test during their course, other higher education providers may require successful completion of the test as a pre-requisite entry requirement. The Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania requires students to meet the benchmark of the test prior to undertaking their final Professional Experience placement.

Course objectives

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) qualifies students to work in early years' contexts from birth to age 8. The degree reflects recognition of the changing nature of early years' education and care. The early years of a child's life are crucial in their development and it is widely known that the quality of education and care that children receive in their early years makes a real difference to their developmental and later outcomes. Research shows that participating in a quality early childhood education program has ongoing benefits for children throughout their schooling and beyond, especially those from more disadvantaged backgrounds. The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), prepares professionals seeking to bridge the gap between childcare and school, thus ensuring that childhood programs are educationally and developmentally rigorous.

Admission requirements

Who should undertake this program?

  • Child care and educational professionals who would be considering their future as senior staff or directors of child services
  • Child care and educational professionals who wish to enhance their knowledge, skills and understandings and obtain a higher qualification directly relevant to their work
  • School leavers and others who wish pursue a career in the field of early childhood

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability.

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last two years must be provided.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Year 1

  • Foundations of Teaching
  • Academic Literacies
  • Foundations of English
  • Personal and Professional Numeracy
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy in Early Childhood
  • Arts Education: Music & Visual Arts
  • Introduction to Primary and Early Childhood Science Education
  • Growth and Motor Development Across the Lifespan

Year 2

  • Planning for Positive Behaviour
  • Introduction to HPE
  • Early Childhood Theories of Teaching and Learning
  • Design and Technologies
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Developing Understandings of English
  • Primary and Early Childhood Mathematics Pedagogy
  • Introduction to Humanities and Social Sciences Education

Year 3

  • Inclusive Practices in Education Settings
  • Advanced HPE
  • Advanced Humanities and Social Sciences Education
  • Digital Technologies
  • Education, Ethics and Professional Practice
  • Teachers as Reflective Practitioners and Action Researchers
  • Arts Education: Drama & Dance
  • Cultural Awareness: The Non-indigenous and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interface

Year 4

  • Languages and Language Acquisition
  • Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics
  • Documenting Learning and Portfolios for Young Children
  • Planning and Assessing in Primary and Early Childhood Science
  • Preparing for the Profession
  • Critical Approaches To English
  • Play, Pedagogy and Learning
  • Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Services

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Learning Outcomes

Exhibit the ethical, active and responsible professional practice which is central to Education as a discipline by:

  • Demonstrating the necessary attitudes, dispositions and professional values to meet the needs of children, families and the education profession, including a commitment to care, social justice, indigenous reconciliation, inclusion, student engagement and achievement;
  • Demonstrating that they know education theory and practice from a global perspective, with a commitment to celebrating cultural diversity and promoting education for a sustainable future.

Exhibit depth and breadth of educational knowledge by:

  • Demonstrating pedagogical content knowledge across the range of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary curriculum areas and professional studies units;
  • Following specialised core early childhood units and a teacher as reflective practitioner action research pathway, in their final year of study.

Demonstrate a critical understanding of Education by:

  • Creating, planning, and justifying high quality learning experiences supported by well-developed pedagogical reasoning;
  • Reflecting on and evaluating learning and teaching approaches and, and explaining why current educational knowledge is contestable and open to research and further enquiry;
  • Articulating the transformative purpose and potential of education in society.

Apply their knowledge and teaching skills by:

  • Incorporating insights from theory and research evidence into their developing teaching practice;
  • Demonstrating graduate level proficiency in teaching settings – notably in teaching literacy and numeracy - and attaining the graduate professional standards relevant to Education.

Communicate effectively by:

  • Demonstrating language and literacy across a broad range of communication modes and technologies in educational contexts;
  • Demonstrating teacher education information literacy capabilities to identify, critically engage with, and communicate ideas in a structured, cohesive, and ethical manner;
  • Engaging with a range of professional stakeholders;
  • Collaborating and empowering families and communities.

Apply teacher education information literacy (TEIL) capabilities by:

  • Identifying, critically engaging with, and communicating ideas in a structured, cohesive, and ethical manner.

Show their commitment to professional learning by:

  • Being independent, open-minded, and critically reflective learners;
  • Working responsibly in individual and collaborative contexts;
  • Seeking out - and learning from - constructive feedback;
  • Recognising the benefits of ongoing professional learning and refinement of their teaching practice.

Career opportunities

Graduates of Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) are deemed to be qualified to teach in public and private sector schools in all states and territories of Australia by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.

Our graduates work in childcare and early learning centres, and in after-school care from birth through to age 8 throughout Australia and overseas.

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University of Tasmania

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