This course builds on the Diploma of Children's Services qualification and aims to provide students with knowledge and skills for reflective professional practice and organisational leadership. Students are prepared for current, new and changing professional roles and extend leadership skills, knowledge and expertise. They build a capacity to make informed choices about early childhood theory, curriculum, pedagogy, policy and practice; to articulate, incorporate and advocate for equity values and social justice principles in professional practice; and to identify ways that gender, culture, ability and context impact on children's services practice with children, families and community. Students are normally already working in children's services. Typically, students study this course on a external part-time, rather than a full-time basis because of their employment commitments. This course shares a suite of units with the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning and all units are offered in both internal and external mode. Some units are available in Summer Semester. This flexibility may assist students to plan a schedule of study which suits their individual needs, and essentially provides a fast track route to completion even with a part-time load. Course work and assignments are generally linked to students' professional practice in their workplaces. This course caters for students based around the country and overseas. It requires a high level of on-line work especially for external students. Employment opportunities exist for graduates in managerial and leadership roles within a children's services area. Graduates are not eligible for teacher registration in the Northern Territory. Graduates may however seek admission into the Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning which is a recognised teaching qualification in the Northern Territory.
Completion of a Diploma of Children's Services, Diploma of Out of School Hours Care or equivalent. All applicants must have a minimum of one year's experience in managing or coordinating a children's service or two years experience in planning and implementing programs for children.
Bachelor of Children'S Services (BCSER)
This course includes units which are part of the early childhood specialisation in the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (BTL). Other units are relevant to contemporary early childhood issues from the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning. One common unit is required plus two electives chosen from a range of selected units within the BTL and from the School of Health within the Faculty of Education, Health and Science. The electives may be chosen from a cross-faculty selection only in consultation with the University.
Core units include Play and Development in the Early Years, Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Contexts, Curriculum and Programming in Early Childhood, Critical Reflection on Early Childhood Theory and Practice and Teaching Indigenous Learners.
Advanced standing will be given for students who hold a current Advanced Diploma of Children's Services and for a current Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training at the time of enrolment.
A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.
Unit totalling 10 credit points selected from Common Units available at the time: (i.e.units coded with a prefix of "CUC").
CUC100 Academic Literacies
Core Units totalling 50 credit points selected from units detailed below:
ECE201 Play and Development in the Early Years
ECE202 Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Contexts
ECE303 Curriculum and Programming in Early Childhood
ECE304 Critical Reflection on Early Childhood Theory and Practice
EIP310 Teaching Indigenous Learners
Specialist Elective units totalling 20 credit points selected from the units detailed below:
NUR325 Maternal Health and Paediatric Care
ETL212 Teaching Literacy
EIP220 English as an Additional Language
ETL329 Entrepreneurial Professional
EAL300 Approaches to Literacy
EBS312 Working with Children, Families and Community (last offered in 2007)
Other units from the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning or from across the University may be acceptable. This must be negotiated in consultation with Course Coordinator.
Total Credit Points
Unit Repository – provides general information about each unit including a brief description and the semester and mode offered.
Timetables – provide detail on the individual class times for units offered internally. Timetables for the following academic year are available from the middle of December each year.
Bookshop – if text books have been prescribed, recommended or ordered for units in this course, details are available by unit code through the Casuarina Campus Bookshop.