Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) - 2014

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

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Course summary

Course summary - 2014

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 29 units to complete
Provider:

Restrictions apply. See Eligibility.

For close of application and other important dates,
see Key dates.

With the exception of eight open enrolment first year units, this is a restricted course. Continuing enrolment is only available to students who have been accepted into this course.

Commonwealth Supported Places offered (HECS-HELP)

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The Bachelor of Education (ECE) prepares graduates to work with children aged 0 – 8 years in a variety of settings. This includes early learning centres, kindergartens and pre-schools, as well as school settings. Practical experience will encompass each of these settings and will culminate in a 10-week block internship.

OUA Pathways

This course is an OUA Pathway course, which means there is a recommended series of units that, once successfully completed, can credited towards this course.

OUA Pathway students also have the opportunity to study up to two free* preparatory units during their pathway studies. These units are ideal for students who either haven't studied before or haven't studied in a while, as they are designed to introduce them to online learning and what's required to achieve academic success. Students can enrol in these units at anytime during their pathway studies.

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*The two free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive and PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing.

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

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 Teacher Registration Board Western Australia (TRBWA). Registration is 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.

With the exception of eight open first year units, this is a restricted course. Continuing enrolment is only available to students who have been accepted into this course. 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)
  • Availability for Practicum Placements as required

Academic Requirements

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

1. Tertiary Entrance Ranking (TER or A TA R) entrance

Tertiary Entrance Ranking 70 (TER, ATAR, ENTER, UAI, OP or equivalent). Students must have a 50% minimum in ER 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 – either:

  • Completion of two of the eight OUA open enrolment units: EDC151, EDC161, EDC131, EDC101, EDC155, EDC141, EDC171, and EDC111 and separate English language competency is needed.

OR

  • Completion of four OUA units at pass level. (This satisfies English language competency requirement.)

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.

e) 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) 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 recognised Bachelor degree course at an Australian university
  • IELTS competency level 7.0 (compulsory for international students)

In order to be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place, 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)

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.

Students are required to complete units containing 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 105 days of placements during the course.

All students are required to complete compulsory professional experience placements as part of designated units in the second, third and fourth year of the course. Placements are undertaken on a full-time basis for the number of days shown and students need to plan carefully to ensure they are able to meet this commitment. There is a total of 105 days of professional experience in the course, which satisfies all states' requirements for teacher registration.

Students require access to one accredited Early Learning Centre with infants and toddlers (birth-2 years of age) and three schools in which to undertake the professional experience placements (and be able to travel to these educational settings). The language of instruction must be English.

In those circumstances where the student is having difficulty securing a placement, Curtin University staff will assist and will seek input from the student to identify possibilities before making direct contact with the school or centre. Students having difficulty should contact Curtin in sufficient time to ensure that they are not disadvantaged due to their personal inability to identify a site for professional experience.

The professional experience placements and final internship can take place in a student's own state or territory, with the approval of Curtin University. Students are not required to attend Curtin University's Perth Campus for any face-to-face study or professional experience placement.

Further information about the professional experience placement requirements will be provided to students who have been admitted to the degree. Students who may seek to vary any of the stated conditions and requirements in the various professional experience unit handbooks must contact the relevant unit co-ordinator prior to enrolling in the unit.

The final placement of 50 consecutive days (1 full school term) is the final unit in the degree and cannot be undertaken until all other units have been completed. Clearance will be given to enrol in the internship unit pending results of final units. Clearance will not be provided until students have provided evidence of having passed the mandatory Literacy and Mathematical Competency tests. 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 approximately $35 for MyWritingLab and $60 for MyMathTest.

This course is an OUA Pathways course, which means there is a recommended series of units that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this course. OUA Pathway students also have the opportunity to study up to two free* preparatory units during their pathway studies. Preparatory units are designed to introduce you to online learning and what's required to achieve academic success.

To enrol in the pathway, simply choose units from the OUA Pathways table below.

*The two free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive and PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing.

If you do not choose the OUA Pathways, Students can instead follow the study pattern below:

Students are expected to complete all the units in each year of the course before progressing to the units of the subsequent year. For example, all first year units should be completed prior to enrolling in a second year unit. Students must complete any prerequisite units required. The standard full-time study load is two units per study period.

Students must complete all first, second and third year core units prior to enrolling in any fourth year units.

All core and elective units must be completed before enrolling in the Internship and all students will need specific clearance from Curtin University’s School of Education prior to enrolment in this unit.

Students must complete all units. There are 29 units in the Bachelor of Education (ECE). These are comprised of:

  • coursework units
  • units requiring professional experience block placements in a variety of settings, including a final internship placement of 50 consecutive days in a school context
  • elective units
  • Students must successfully complete all required units in the degree prior to undertaking the Internship

Please note that students can be terminated from this course if they fail to make satisfactory progress.

Units of Study

Electives

Students can select the three elective units in this course from any unit offered through Open Universities Australia. We advise students to contact their course coordinator for advice regarding enrolling in other education courses offered by Curtin as electives units. 

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Child Development for Educators
EDC151 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Living and Learning in the Digital World
EDC101 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Learning Theory for Educators
EDC155 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Exploring and Contesting Curriculum
EDC111 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Preparing for University Learning
PREP03 OUA Pre SP1 Pre SP2 Pre SP3 Pre SP4
Preparing for Academic Writing
PREP04 OUA Mid SP1 Mid SP2 Mid SP3 Mid SP4

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Child Development for Educators
EDC151 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Performing Arts for Educators
EDC161 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Valuing Language
EDC131 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Living and Learning in the Digital World
EDC101 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Learning Theory for Educators
EDC155 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
The Numerate Educator
EDC141 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Inquiring About the World
EDC171 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Exploring and Contesting Curriculum
EDC111 Curtin - SP2 - SP4

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 - -

1 EDE107 has a practicum placement requirement.

EDE107 is running in SP2 2014 as a one off unit for students to complete the old program if necessary. This unit will no longer run after SP2 2014.

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 SP1 - SP3 -
Integrated Programming
EDP410 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Teacher as Researcher
EDP417 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -

Total number of units to complete: 1 unit Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Internship
EDP4251 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4

1 EDP425 has a practicum placement requirement.

Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL)

Credit is assessed on an individual basis. Students may apply for credit (CRL) towards the degree for previous studies successfully completed at other institutions. Students must lodge their completed CRL application, along with necessary documentation, when they apply for a place in the BEd (ECE) course. Scanned coloured 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 http://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

The new course will be rolled out one year at a time, beginning with first year units in 2014. In 2014, first year units will be the new course units, while all other units for second, third and fourth year remain the same. In 2015, first and second year units will be new course units, and so on until the entire course will be replaced in 2018. This means that most students who began the course prior to 2014 will experience no changes to their course or units – they will simply progress through the existing course as expected. In the event that students need to access units from both the old and new courses (for example, due to study disruptions or crediting from other institutions) then an Individual Study Plan will be devised for those students by Curtin.

No student will ever be required to complete more than 28 units plus the final internship, as all previous units completed will always be credited to the student’s course.