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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching)

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  • Qualification

    Undergraduate

  • Duration

    4 years full time or equivalent part time

  • Units

    32

  • Start Date

    Mar, Jul, Nov

Overview of the course

For young children, the time leading up to entering primary school is an important one, in which a child grows both physically and mentally, and cognitive skills develop at a faster rate than at any other time of life. Early childhood teachers play a vital role in shaping young minds.

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching) is accredited by the leading industry body, the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). Upon graduation, you will be qualified to teach in the pre-primary school early childhood education sector, with the flexibility to work in a range of settings including children’s centres, kindergartens, preschools and early learning centres.

Completed over four years (or part-time equivalent), you will develop a foundation in educational theory, literacy and numeracy, and build the practical skills and techniques you need to manage a classroom and the specific needs of pre-primary aged children. You will have the opportunity to implement these techniques in your practicums and fourth-year work placements.

This course is not available to international students.

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What are the entry criteria?

One of:

  • Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.
  • Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including Certificates, Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Associate Degrees and Degrees).

Course Prerequisites

VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of 25 in any English (except EAL) or 30 in English as Alternate Language (EAL) or equivalent.

Non-Year 12 Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including Certificates, Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Associate Degrees and Degrees).

Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.

Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit of up to 16 units.

Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success.

Other Requirements

All enrolled students must maintain a current Working with Children Check from the appropriate State Authority.

A Police Check may also be required by a school prior to a placement.

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Career & Learning

Career opportunities

  • Early Childhood Teacher

    Teach the basics of numeracy, literacy, music, and art to early childhood students.

  • Kindergarten Teacher

    Guide young children in the acquisition of fundamental literacy and numeracy skills, effectively preparing them for a successful transition to primary school.

  • Early Childhood Teaching Director

    Develop the curriculum, set policies and oversee daily operations of an early childhood centre.

  • Early Childhood Service Manager

    Combine your leadership skills with your early childhood sector expertise to lead community and family engagement for an early childhood teaching centre or service.

What you will learn

  • Classroom Management Techniques

    Learn practical, age-appropriate classroom management techniques that help nurture a positive and dynamic learning environment for children aged 0 – 5.

  • Practical Skills for Early Childhood Teaching

    Apply early-childhood specific learning techniques in group learning contexts, preparing dynamic lesson plans that harness the education potential of play and creativity.

  • Curriculum Planning

    Create learning activities to engage students and develop their skills.

  • Child Behaviour

    Understand why children display different behaviours and learn how to best approach them.

  • Health and Activity

    Explore a range of issues surrounding children’s health, nutrition and safety.

  • Twenty-first Century Teaching

    Embrace the role of being a teacher in an era of rapid change.

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Course Units

  • Learning and Communicating Online (COM10003)
  • Understanding Language and Literacy (EDU10002)
  • The World of Maths (EDU10003)
  • Theories of Teaching and Learning (EDU10004)
  • Indigenous Education and Perspectives (EDU10005)
  • Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century (EDU10006)
  • Contemporary Perspectives of Learning and Development for Early Childhood (EDU10007)
  • Developing Literacy (EDU20001)
  • Mathematics in Practice (EDU20002)
  • Sustainable Education and Perspectives (EDU20005)
  • Understanding and Supporting Behaviour (EDU20004)
  • Imagining the World through Language and Literature (EDU30001)
  • Science and Technology (EDU30002)
  • Wellbeing and Resilience (EDU30004)
  • Understanding and Supporting Inclusion (EDU30005)
  • Families, Community and Citizenship (EDU30006)
  • Imagining the World through the Arts (EDU30007)
  • The Healthy and Active Child (EDU40001)
  • Educational Leadership, Management and Program Assessment (EDU30062 )
  • Play and Environment (EDU40002)
  • Nature Pedagogies (EDU40020)
  • Identity: The Early Childhood Professional (EDU40003)
  • Advocacy and Social Justice (EDU40004)
  • Achieving High Quality Early Learning (EDU40021)
  • Introduction to Curriculum Planning and Assessment: Practicum 1 (EDU10001)
  • Curriculum Planning and Assessment: Practicum 2 (EDU20053)
  • Ready to Teach Early Childhood: Practicum 5e (EDU40006)
  • Curriculum, Planning and Assessment for Infants: Practicum 3E (EDU30003)
  • Electives
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The main benefits of online study are balance, time management and convenience. If I’m working late or if I’m interstate I just have to power up the computer and start studying.

Cassandra, Swinburne Online graduate

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