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Online course

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching)

  • Qualification

    Undergraduate

  • Duration

    4 years full time or equivalent part time

  • Units

    32

  • Start Date

    Mar, Jul, Nov

Overview of the course

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?

Entry requirements

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 entry

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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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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Career opportunities

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.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

  • 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.

On successful completion of this Course students will be able to:

  • Show broad and coherent knowledge of children aged 0-5 years, notably in relation to how they learn, with comprehensive knowledge of early childhood curriculum and quality frameworks within the Australian context
  • Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning in diverse early childhood contexts, showing appropriate initiative and judgment
  • Apply knowledge and skills to create and maintain supportive, safe and engaging learning environments, with an ability to critically analyse information in diverse early childhood contexts
  • Critically review and apply theory to practice, showing initiative and informed judgment in decision making and problem solving
  • Assess children’s learning and use clear communication to report outcomes to parents and communities through critically analysing, consolidating and synthesising assessment information
  • Articulate a deep knowledge of the early childhood profession that is informed by critical thinking and synthesis of theoretical and practical knowledge and ongoing professional learning
  • Collaborate respectfully with colleagues, families and children, with communication skills that present clear, coherent and current knowledge
  • Demonstrate conceptual knowledge of the principles of diversity and difference and the implications to children’s rights and inclusive practice, and have the ability to adapt such knowledge in diverse contexts.

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching) students must complete 400 credit points:

  • Twenty-four [24] Core Units of Study (300 credit points)
  • Four [4] Placement units (50 credit points)
  • Four [4] units (50 credit points) comprising a minor or electives

Students may not complete more than 150 credit points (normally 12 units) at Introductory Level. A unit of study can only be counted once, where units are shared between minors, students must choose an approved alternative.

Volume of Learning

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching) consists of a total of 32 units (400 credit points). Units normally carry 12.5 credit points (cps). A standard annual full-time load comprises eight (8) units (100cp), and a standard annual part-time load comprises four (4) units (50cp). The volume of learning of the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching) is typically 4 years full time or equivalent. The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching) includes a total of 80 days, of professional experience.

Maximum Academic Credit

The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching) is 200 credit points (normally 16 units). Maximum may be exceed by domestic students who were enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), but who have exited with the non-teaching Bachelor of Education (BA-EDU), to be admitted to the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching) with all completed credits intact (this may exceed the maximum transfer credit applicable for this award).

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

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  • Do I have to purchase learning materials?

    For students undertaking a degree, most of your learning materials are included with a free license provided to you by Swinburne Online. However, in some cases, you will be notified via your student email that you will need to buy specific software or eTexts. For TAFE Business students, all of your learning materials will be available online and are covered by your course fees. You won’t need to purchase any further materials.

  • Which units should I start with?

    When you enrol to study a degree with us, you will nominate how many units you would like to select per teaching period, based on a recommendation from one of our Course Consultants. From here, our enrolments team will allocate you automatically to the units they feel will be best suited to your needs, so you don’t need to worry about choosing units. If you want to choose something different than what you are allocated to, that is no problem, just get in touch with our Student Liaison Team and they will take care of it for you.

  • Do I need to be logged on to study at specific times?

    You won’t normally have to be online at a specific time. Your course material is available for you from the beginning of each teaching period and you can work through it in the hours that suit you.

    There are some live webinar sessions that run approximately once a month. These are a special opportunity for students to sign in at the same time as their tutors, normally before an assessment deadline. It gives you the chance to ask any questions relating to the assignment in real time and hear other student’s questions and thoughts. We understand that students won’t always be able to make these sessions, so they can be replayed the next day.

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