Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)

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  • Objectives
    Do you want to make a difference? A person's education is the foundation upon which they build their future. A good teacher passes on to their students not only knowledge and skills, but also the confidence and ability to develop, grow and learn outside the classroom. As a student of Early Childhood Education, we will provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to teach Kindergarten (three and four-year-old children) and Years 1 to 3. This course will give you a clear understanding of educational theory and classroom practice. You will learn to be responsive to the changing cultural, social and individual needs of children in the various school environments. A sound understanding of sociological aspects of education, such as inequality of educational opportunity, Aboriginal education, providing for children with exceptional needs and multicultural education, will also be developed. You will also gain a high level of competence to meet the challenges of classroom teaching through mentored practical teaching experience. Core units in this course will cover the essential topics of planning lessons and programs, classroom management, learning difficulties, special education, computer literacy and educational management. Field experience will begin with observations and discussions of the wide variety of effective teaching strategies and, over the duration of the degree, will continue with workshops and periods of block teaching which culminate in a 10-week internship with all experiences supervised and guided.
  • Entry requirements
    None. Successful applicants will need to provide a recent police clearance and a Working with Children check upon enrolment.
  • Academic title
    Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)
  • Course description
    Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)

    BEd(Curtin) OR BEd(Hons)(Curtin)

    Course CRICOS Code: 020852A
    Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 4 Years


    This degree prepares students to teach children aged zero to eight years in early childhood 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. In addition to carefully selected local practicum placements, this course also provides opportunities for international internship, 'country' field experience and an honours' pathway. Curtin is proud of its highly qualified and experienced Education staff who provide a vibrant and contemporary learning environment.

    Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites


    Specific Requirements

    Successful applicants will be required to submit a recent Police Clearance and Working with Children Check (see page 5) at enrolment time. STAT elements considered are E and V.

    The Department of Education requires all Early Childhood Education students to pass a literacy and numeracy competency test in the first year of the degree. These tests comprise of spelling, essay writing and knowledge of mathematics content appropriate to early childhood teachers.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.
    Duration and Availability

    4 years' full-time study.

    Course Organisation

    This course includes professional practice units and optional units. Core studies are undertaken with optional units and electives during the third and fourth years of the course. Support units cater for the different needs of tertiary students. In consultation with a course advisor, students may select sequenced pathways designed to support and enrich individual knowledge and skills. In third year students are selected for the honours program or continue with the standard stream.

    Professional Recognition

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

    Career Opportunities

    Graduates are qualified to seek employment in the state and independent systems of education. Some also seek alternative settings and related industries.

    Additional Course Expenses
    Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks and readers and other essential carefully selected study materials.

    Course Structure Disclaimer
    Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

    Course Structure                                                                                                 Hrs/Wk     Credit
    Year 1 Semester 1

    309252     v.4           Technologies for Learning 160                                                     2.0     25.0
    310934     v.1           Understanding Children's Development (0-8 Years) 101             3.0     25.0
    310935     v.1           Health, Nutrition and Child Protection in Early Childhood 101      3.0     25.0
    310936     v.1           Holistic, Integrated and Inclusive Curriculum : Play Based 101    3.0     25.0

    Year 1 Semester 2

    310937     v.1           Children's Social and Emotional Development (0-8 Years) 102     3.0     25.0
    310938     v.1           Holistic, Integrated and Inclusive Curriculum
                                    (Language and Literacy 0-8) 102                                                  3.0     25.0
    310939     v.1           Reflective Practice I (0-3 Years) 102                                             3.0     25.0
    310940     v.1           Effective Communication: Academic and
                                     Professional Contexts 102                                                            2.0     25.0

    Year 2 Semester 1

    310941     v.1           Reflective Practice II ( Kindergarten to Pre-Primary) 201             3.0     25.0
    310942     v.1           Teaching Literacy and Numeracy in the Early Years 201              3.0     25.0
    310943     v.1           Curriculum in Early Childhood Education:
                                     Theory and Practice 201                                                              3.0     25.0
    310944     v.1           Holistic, Integrated and Inclusive Curriculum:
                                     Physical and Health Education 201                                              3.0     25.0

    Year 2 Semester 2

    301186     v.4           Indigenous Australian Education 370                                          3.0     25.0
    310945     v.1           Holistic, Integrated and Inclusive Curriculum:
                                     Aesthetic and Creative Expression 202                                       3.0     25.0
    310946     v.1           Theories and Practices in Early Childhood Development:
                                     Literacy 202                                                                                 3.0     25.0
    310948     v.1           Early Education and Intervention for Young Children
                                     with Exceptionalities 202                                                             3.0     25.0

    Year 3 Semester 1

    310950     v.1           Holistic, Integrated and Inclusive Curriculum:
                                     Mathematics (0-8years) 301                                                         3.0     25.0
    310951     v.1           Early Childhood Studies: Immersion in
                                     Inclusive Educational Practice 301                                                3.0     25.0
    310954     v.1           Families and Communities in Culturally Diverse Society 301         3.0     25.0
    310976     v.1           The Professional Early Childhood Education Manager 302            3.0     25.0

    Year 3 Semester 2

    305699     v.3 *        Early Childhood Education Stream                                                         200.0
    305700     v.3 *        Honours Early Childhood Education Stream                                          200.0

    Year 4 Quarter 3

    301192     v.4           Internship 425                                                                                      100.0

    Optional Units (No Year Level Specified)                                                         Hrs/Wk     Credit

    12427     v.3           Integrating Children with Special Needs 439                                 2.0     25.0
    12428     v.3           Classroom Practices for Children with Special Needs 438              2.0     25.0
    12438     v.4           An Introduction to Catholic Education I 492                                   3.0     25.0
    12439     v.4           Christian Formation in a Catholic School 493                                 3.0     25.0
    12440     v.4           Religious Education for Life 494                                                     3.0     25.0
    301193   v.3           Educating Children with Disabilities 497                                        2.0     25.0
    301194   v.3           Social Contexts of Development for
                                   Children with Special Needs 498                                                   2.0     25.0
    9443     v.11           Learning Problems in the Classroom 414                                      2.0     25.0

    #              Students enrolled in third year in 2009 take 301186 Indigenous Australian Education in Year 3, Semester 2
    *              These streams are undertaken over two semesters - Year 3, Semester 2 and Year 4, Semester 1.
    NB              Students may choose other options or electives

    Year      Location                                          Period         All*     Internal    
    2009     Armadale Centre                          Semester 1     Y                       
    2009     Armadale Centre                          Semester 2     Y                       
    2009     Bentley Campus                           Semester 1                   Y                 
    2009     Bentley Campus                           Semester 2                   Y                 
    2009     Esperance Community College     Semester 1     Y                       
    2009     Esperance Community College     Semester 2     Y                       
    2009     Geraldton University Centre         Semester 1     Y                       
    2009     Geraldton University Centre         Semester 2     Y                       
    2009     Kalgoorlie Campus                        Semester 1     Y                       
    2009     Kalgoorlie Campus                        Semester 2     Y                       
    2009     Midland Campus                           Semester 1     Y                       
    2009     Midland Campus                           Semester 2     Y                       
    2009     Pilbara TAFE Karratha                   Semester 1     Y                       
    2009     Pilbara TAFE Karratha                   Semester 2     Y                       
    2009     Pilbara TAFE Sth Hedland             Semester 1     Y                       
    2009     Pilbara TAFE Sth Hedland             Semester 2     Y                       
    2009     UWA Albany Centre                      Semester 1     Y                       
    2009     UWA Albany Centre                      Semester 2     Y                       

    The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

    *The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

    ^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

    #Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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