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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
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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:
- English Language Competence
- Police Clearance/Working with Children (WWC)
- Practicum Requirements
- First Aid Certificate
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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:
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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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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 should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
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