Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) - 2012

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Course summary - 2012

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 29 units to complete
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What the degree is about

Overview

The Bachelor of Education (ECE) prepares graduates to work in either early learning centres (0-3 years) or in the early years of schooling (4-8 years). The course is largely sequential and developmental in nature. It consists of 29 units which is equivalent to four full-time years of study. The first year of the course focuses on the 0-3 years age group and culminates in the completion of a four (4) week block practicum of professional experience in an early learning centre. Years 2-4 build on this base and cover the areas of theory and curriculum which articulate with planned professional experiences (practicum) placements in schools:

  • 2nd year- 5 week block placement with 4-6 year olds (school setting);
  • 3rd year- 3 week block placement in junior primary setting
  • 4th year- 10 week block internship

On completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Make informed decisions regarding teaching and learning based on a comprehensive understanding of the learner and curriculum in a 0-8 years of age context
  • Reflect, create and manage learning environments and be self-motivated and critical in the approach to teaching learning
  • Plan, implement, analyse and evaluate a range of teaching, learning and assessment practices

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs - Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) (PDF, 19KB)

After registration, graduates will have the skills, knowledge and experience required to teach in early childhood education. Additional careers include Child Care Coordinator, education administrator or policy development officer.

Graduates will be eligible for registration with the Western Australian College of Teachers (WACOT). Registration will be recognised by all national teacher accreditation authorities. However, it is the responsibility of graduates to ensure they consult with the regulatory body in the state they wish to register as a qualified educator regarding registration requirements.

If you are a Commonwealth supported student and would like to apply for this course, please refer to the Commonwealth supported places link for information on the conditions and course admission eligibility criteria.

With the exception of seven open enrolment first year units, this is a restricted course. Continuing enrolment is only available to students who have been accepted into this program. Please refer to Application Process for more information.

Students must satisfy the following requirements in order to be eligible for entry into the degree:

  • Academic
  • English Language Competence
  • Police Clearance/Working with Children (WWC)
  • Practicum Requirements
  • First Aid Certificate

Academic Requirements

Applicants have a choice of two academic entrance pathways into this program:

1. Tertiary Entrance Ranking (TER or ATAR) entrance

Tertiary Entrance Ranking 70 (TER, ATAR, ENTER, UAI, OP or equivalent)  Students must have a 50% minimum in TER English (or equivalent)

2. Alternative academic entrance

(a) Special Tertiary Admissions Test  (STAT)

You must achieve a minimum of 145 in all sections of the STAT (Multiple Choice and Written English) to gain entry to the course.

(b)  Successful study through OUA

  • Completion of 2 of the 7 OUA open enrolment units: EDE101, EDE102, EDE103, EDE104, EDE105, EDE106 and EDP130 and separate English language competency is needed

OR

  • Completion of four units at pass level (including 2 of 7 open enrolment units: EDE101, EDE102, EDE103, EDE104, EDE105, EDE106 and EDP130). (This satisfies English language competency requirements).

 (c) Tertiary Study

Successful completion of a full semester (four standard units) towards an undergraduate degree at an Australian University and English language competency is not needed.

 (d) Enabling courses

Enabling courses completed through other Australian Universities which meet minimum entry requirements for that institution will be accepted as minimum entry requirements for this course.

TAFE

On completion of certain TAFE studies (or equivalent study recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework- AQF), matriculation status may be granted and a Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER or ATAR) may be assigned. The minimum entry requirements for TAFE students are:

  • Diploma, Associate Diploma or Advanced Diploma (no additional English competency needed)
  • Certificate IV + English competency
  • Note- Certificate II or III are not acceptable.

English Language Competency 

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement:

  • TER or ATAR - A minimum Tertiary Entrance Ranking (TER or ATAR) score of 50 % for English (or equivalent). 
  • Successful completion of one semester of full time study of a Bachelor degree course at an Australian university*
  • IELTS competency level 7.0 (compulsory for international students) 

*Equivalent to completion of four first year Curtin Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)

In order to be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in this course, students must meet the following requirements:

  • 4 OUA Undergraduate units at pass level OR equivalent OR 2 units plus English AND the restricted criteria (please ensure you have read the restricted criteria in the Course Requirements tab)

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, please see Commonwealth supported places.

Working with Children Check and Police Clearance

A Working with Children Check and Police Clearance (as required in the state or country of residence) is compulsory.

Due to the specialist nature of the teaching profession, and the practicum placement component of this course, all successful applicants will be required to complete a Working with Children Check and Police Clearance before engaging in any observation or practicum placement. If students have any doubt about their eligibility to acquire these clearances they should contact the local Teacher Registration Authority.

Practicum Placement 

Students must have access to more than one school in which to undertake the professional experience placements (and be able to travel to these schools). Normally access to 1 accredited Early Learning Centre with infants and toddlers (birth- 2 years of age) is required for the first year practicum placement and 3 schools are required – one for each of the practicum placements in Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4. Students also need to complete a 4 week block placement in an Early Learning Centre in Year 1. 

First Aid 

Students must be able to supply a Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) first aid certificate. Students must ensure that the certificate is valid at the time of undertaking practicum units. 

There are four units requiring professional experience within an early learning centre or school. Applicants must be able to obtain a Police Clearance and Working With Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking any units which require placement in a school or early learning centre on a volunteer or scheduled basis. Students will be required to complete 110 days of placements during the course.

All students must obtain these clearances prior to undertaking EDE107 Professional Practice in Early Learning Centres.

Further information about the Practicum Placements will be provided to students who have been admitted to the degree including the compulsory Literacy and Mathematical Competency tests to be completed before the final internship.. Most states now require pre-service teachers to show evidence that they have achieved competence in both of those areas. These compulsory tests will be offered to students within specific units through the Pearson My Education Lab materials. The charge for these materials will be  $27.95 for MyWritingLab and $19.95 for MyMathTest.

Within the particular years of the course there is flexibility in the sequencing of units. Students must complete all units in a particular year of the course prior to commencing units in the subsequent year. Students must complete any prerequisite units required.

To qualify for the Bachelor of Education (ECE) students must complete the following units:

  • 22 coursework units
  • 4 units requiring professional experience within an early learning centre or school
  • 3 elective units
  • Students must successfully complete all required units in the degree prior to undertaking the Internship
  • Students who fail a core unit twice are terminated from the course

Units of Study

Electives

There are three elective units in the Bachelor of Education (ECE). Students can select these three elective units from any unit offered through Open Universities Australia. Students may want to select Bachelor of Education (Primary) open enrolment units as electives.

Total number of units to complete: 7 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Effective Communication: Academic and Professional Contexts 101
EDE101 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Pedagogy and Play (Birth-5 years)
EDE102 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Children's Development (Birth-8 years)
EDE103 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Numeracy (Birth - 5 years)
EDE104 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Health, Child Protection and Physical Education (Birth-8 years)
EDE105 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Language and Multiliteracies (Birth - 5 years)
EDE106 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Technologies for Learning
EDP130 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -

Total number of units to complete: 1 unit Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Professional Practice in Early Learning Centres
EDE1071 Curtin - SP2 - SP4

1 EDE107 has a practicum placement requirement.

Total number of units to complete: 7 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Curriculum Development in ECE
EDE201 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
The Creative Arts and Design in ECE
EDE202 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Diverse Abilities: Inclusive Practices (0 - 8 years)
EDE203 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Social & Emotional Development (Birth-8 years)
EDE204 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Assessment Practices in ECE
EDE205 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Professional Practice and Enquiry-based Programming (4-6 years)
EDE2061 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Language and Multiliteracies (5- 8 years)
EDE207 Curtin - SP2 - SP4

1 EDE206 has a practicum placement requirement.

Total number of units to complete: 7 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Literacy Teaching and Learning (6 - 8 years)
EDE301 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Cultural Contexts and Social Justice (Birth - 8 years)
EDE302 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Numeracy (4 - 8 years)
EDE303 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Professional Practice (Years 1 - 3)
EDE3041 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Science, Society and Environment in Early Childhood
EDE305 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
The Performing Arts in ECE
EDE306 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Indigenous Australian Education
EDP370 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -

1 EDE304 has a practicum placement requirement.

Total number of units to complete: 3 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Management and Leadership in Early Childhood Education
EDE401 Curtin Coming in 2013
Integrated Programming
EDP410 Curtin Coming in 2013
Teacher as Researcher
EDP417 Curtin Coming in 2013

Total number of units to complete: 1 unit Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Internship
EDP4251 Curtin Coming in 2013

1 EDP425 has a practicum placement requirement.

Assessed on an individual basis. Students with a TAFE Diploma may be credited with the equivalent of one year of study. Students may apply for credit (or RPL) towards the degree for previous studies successfully completed at other institutions. Students must lodge their completed RPL application, along with necessary documentation, when they apply for a place in the BEd (ECE) course. Certified copies of all official transcripts and other documentation eg. unit outlines/syllabus must be provided at this time. For forms and further information, please visit futurestudents.curtin.edu.au/mature/rpl.cfm

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.

There are currently two types of loan:

Loan scheme Who can access it? When can I use it? How do I find out more?
Course loan
(HECS-HELP)
  • Australian citizens
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)

If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.

Find out more about
HECS-HELP
Unit loan
(FEE-HELP)
  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia,
    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian
    visa holders who will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who
    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.

If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).

Find out more about
FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and sent them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia