Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) - 2017

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

Course summary

Course summary - 2017

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

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This degree prepares pre-service teachers to teach children aged birth to eight years in early learning centres and in junior primary classes. The teaching profession and quality teacher training programs in particular have become a universal focus for the sustainability of our society. Teaching continues to be a valued and sought after profession in all countries. In accordance with this philosophy, Curtin provides a high quality undergraduate course for beginning early childhood teaching that is acclaimed both nationally and internationally. Curtin is proud of its highly qualified and experienced Education staff who provide a vibrant and contemporary learning environment.

Graduates of this course are sought after by employers seeking highly skilled teachers. The program is sequential and developmental in nature and consists of 29 units, equivalent to four full-time years of study. This course includes core studies, professional studies and elective units. Units cater for the different needs of early childhood education pre-service teachers. Pre-service teachers are able to undertake electives to specialise in an area of interest.

OUA Pathways

This course is an OUA Pathway 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 three free* preparatory units during their pathway studies. These units are ideal for students who either have not studied before or have not studied in a while, as they are designed to introduce them to online learning and what is required to achieve academic success. Students can enrol in these units at anytime during their pathway studies.

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*The three free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive, PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing and PREP05 Basic Preparatory Mathematics.

On completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. make informed decisions regarding teaching and learning based on a comprehensive understanding of the learner and curriculum
  2. reflect, create and manage learning environments and be self-motivated and critical in the approach to teaching and learning
  3. access, evaluate and synthetise relevant information and evidence from a range of sources applicable to teaching and learning
  4. communicate effectively and work collaboratively in educational and community contexts
  5. design and incorporate information and communication technologies effectively into educational contexts
  6. regularly reflect critically on their professional knowledge and teaching and learning practise to enhance student learning outcomes
  7. recognise and apply appropriate international perspectives in educational contexts
  8. demonstrate respect for cultural diversity in educational contexts
  9. plan, implement, analyse and evaluate a range of teaching, learning and assessment practises, demonstrate leadership in education.

Graduates of this course will have the skills, knowledge and experience required to teach in early childhood education and care settings. Additional careers include Child Care Coordinator, education administrator or policy development officer.

This course is recognised nationally as an initial pre-service teaching qualification.

Below is link to the list of state-based teacher registration bodies for reference.

State-based Teacher Registration Bodies (PDF, 30Kb)

To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this degree, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies; OR
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
  • The holder of a permanent humanitarian visa will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study;
  • Able to meet the university course admission requirements.

Please note: You can still enrol and pay for your units via FEE-HELP or an upfront payment if you are not eligible for CSP.

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

  • Entrance Requirements
  • English Language Competency
  • Working with Children (WWC) and other relevant State requirements
  • Availability for Practicum Placements as required

Entrance Requirements

Applicants need to meet one of the following:

  • Successful study through OUA – either:

* Successful completion of two of the eight OUA open enrolment units: EDC151, EDC161, EDC131, EDC101, EDC155, EDC141, EDC171, and EDC111 and separate evidence of English competency is required OR
* Successful completion of four OUA degree level units at pass level. (This satisfies English language competency requirement.)

  • Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) 70 or equivalent. English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR;
    To determine your eligibility for entry please refer to Interstate Year 12 and IB Students, TISC Tertiary Institutions Service Centre) link http://www.tisc.edu.au/static/guide/prerequisites-comparsion.tisc
  • Successful completion of one full time semester (four standard units) towards an Undergraduate or higher level of study at an Australian University (separate evidence of English competence is not required)
  • 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
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma. You may also be eligible for credit toward your university study.
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV and evidence of English competency
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

English Language Competency

Applicants need to meet Curtin's English Language requirements. You normally need ONE of the following:

  • Must have a 50% minimum in English ATAR (or equivalent)
  • Completion of at least one full time semester (or equivalent) of Undergraduate level studies at an Australian University
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV and evidence of English competency
  • Successful completion of two degree level units via Open Universities Australia (OUA) and English competence;
  • Successful completion of two degree level units at an Australian university and English competence;
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)*
  • International English Language Testing System (Academic)*

*Please note these tests are only valid for two years.

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

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

Working with Children Check

A Working with Children Check (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 have a current Working with Children Check and any other relevant State requirements 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.

Professional Experience Placements

Students are required to complete units containing professional experience in an early learning centre or school. Applicants must obtain a Working with Children Check (WWC) and other relevant State requirements 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 in a continuous block 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.

Note: The third year of the course includes two professional experience units that require a placement in a school of 15 consecutive days and 25 days in an accredited Early Learning Centre with infants, toddlers and young children (Birth-5 years of age) The Early Learning Centre placement will comprise of a 1 day visit for 10 weeks immediately followed by a block of 15 consecutive days. The language of instruction must be English.

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.

None of the four professional experience placements can be broken or split into shorter periods.

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.

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 last professional experience placement of at least 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.

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 three 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 three free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive, PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing and PREP05 Basic Preparatory Mathematics.

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

Students are required 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 at least 50 consecutive days (1 full term) 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.

Important Information Regarding the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education:

The federal Department of Education and Training has announced that the new Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) is now in place. The test is managed by ACER and details of the test can be found at: https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/. Anyone completing an Initial Teacher Education course after 1st July 2017 will need to have met the requirements of the LANTITE before they can graduate from the School of Education at Curtin University.

These changes have been made to protect your interests, specifically, to ensure you are able to use your degree Australia-wide and are not disadvantaged in your efforts to register to teach or secure employment in any state or territory in Australia.

Please note the following:

  • Students completing their internship in Study Period 4 of 2016 are not impacted by the decision as they will complete their course before 1st July 2017. However, these students should still check with their State Teaching Registration Body as to whether they are required to complete LANTITE as part of their registration process.
  • Students completing their internship in Study Period 1 of 2017 or later will need to meet the requirements of the LANTITE before they can graduate from the School of Education at Curtin University.
  • Students who have passed the Pearson Literacy and Numeracy tests set by the School of Education but who will not complete their course (that is, receive their final results stating that their course is complete) before 1st July 2017, will need to meet the requirements of the LANTITE.
  • Further information on the LANTITE (for example, sample questions, the Test Window dates, and registration) is available from the website – https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/.

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
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Child Development for Educators
EDC151 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Teaching and Learning in a 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 PT 1 PT 2 PT 3 PT 4 PT 5 PT 6 PT 7 PT 8
Preparing for Academic Writing
PREP04 OUA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Basic Preparatory Mathematics
PREP05 OUA PT 1 PT 3 PT 5 PT 7
Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Child Development for Educators
EDC151 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Teaching and Learning in a Digital World
EDC101 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Language and Literacy for Teachers
EDC1311 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Performing Arts for Educators
EDC161 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Learning Theory for Educators
EDC155 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Exploring and Contesting Curriculum
EDC111 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
The Numerate Educator
EDC141 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Teachers Inquiring About the World
EDC171 Curtin - SP2 - SP4

1 All students must complete EDC131 as a first year unit. If students are seeking credit for similar units completed elsewhere, credit can be given for an Elective unit in the programs instead.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Teaching Language and Literacy in Junior Primary
EDC231 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Professional Studies in Teaching and Assessment in Junior Primary
EDE2221 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Early Learning Through the Humanities
EDE292 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Mathematics for the Early Years
EDE242 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Visual and Media Arts for Early Childhood
EDE262 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Engaging Children in Science
EDE272 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Inclusive Education
EDC251 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Health and Physical Education in Early Childhood
EDE282 Curtin - SP2 - SP4

1 EDE222 has a practicum placement requirement.

Students are required to complete all Level 1 units before progressing to Level 2.

Total number of units to complete: 6 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Professional Studies in Supporting Learning Environments with Three to Five Year Olds
EDE3221 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Mathematics during the First Five Years of Life
EDE342 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Indigenous Australian Education
EDC370 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Professional Studies with Early Learning Quality Frameworks in the First Five Years of Life
EDE3251 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Early Childhood Literacies
EDE332 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Pedagogical Contexts for Play
EDE392 Curtin - SP2 - SP4

1 This unit has a practicum placement requirement.

Students are required to complete all Level 2 units before progressing to Level 3.

Total number of units to complete: 3 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Curriculum Integration and Differentiation
EDC4151 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Social Justice and Diversity in Early Childhood
EDE411 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Leadership in Early Childhood Education
EDE492 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -

1 Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) students must have completed both EDE322 and EDE325 prior to enrolling in EDC415.

Students are required to complete all Level 3 units before progressing to Level 4.

Total number of units to complete: 1 unit Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
 
Transition to the Teaching Profession
EDC4211 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4

1 EDC421 has a practicum placement requirement.

All core and elective units must be completed before enrolling in the EDC421 Transition to the Profession.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at http://policies.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/policy/Credit_for_Recognised_Learning_Manual.pdf.

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/documents/Application_for_CRL.pdf to opencurtin@curtin.edu.au along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/scanned-documents.cfm.

For further information, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au.

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There are eight open enrolment units in this course. Students do not have to submit an Application Form for open enrolment units, and can enrol in EDC151, EDC161, EDC131, EDC101, EDC155, EDC141, EDC171 and EDC111 through Open Universities Australia.

Students who successfully complete two from these eight open enrolment units may apply under the Academic Eligibility category for admission to the restricted Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) program provided they have satisfied other eligibility criteria. Please read Planning your application (PDF, 27 KB).

Open enrolment units as electives

Students who do not satisfy all of the Eligibility requirements for this degree, or students who do not intend to apply for admission to this degree, may study the Open enrolment units as electives. Please refer to the Award Requirements or Electives sections on your degree page for information about the maximum number of level 1 electives you may include in your degree.

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?
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  • 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.

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Unit loan
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  • 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).

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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 send 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 2016, first, second and third 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 created for those students by Curtin University Academic Support Staff.

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.

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