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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies)

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  • Objectives
    Produces graduates with the knowledge, skills and attributes to work with young children (0‑8 years) and their families in education and care settings. This degree provides an initial qualification for early childhood teachers in both: * Child care settings which cater for young children 0‑4 years, and * Kindergarten, pre‑primary and junior primary settings which cater for children 4‑8 years of age. Opportunities for students to make links between theory and practice through extended periods of workplace learning, in a variety of early childhood environments, are a feature of this course. Central to this course is an extensive program of Professional Practice in child care centres/kindergarten/pre‑primary centres/primary schools/secondary schools ( to be selected for inclusion depending on the course) which culminates in the Assistant Teacher Program in the final year.
  • Entry requirements
    All students enrolling in this course will be required to submit a National Criminal History Check Information Clearance (Crimtrac) before commencing their first period of Professional Practice - further information can be found at the Department of Education and Training Screening website. All students aged 18 years and over, will also need to apply for a Working with Children Check in order to complete their Professional Practice - further information can be found at the Working With Children Check website.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies)
  • Course description
    Related careers
    Childcare Professional, Early Childhood Teacher, Teacher

    This course is available for on-campus study by students with an International student visa.
    This course structure contains information about the units which comprise the course as well as the credit points required to successfully complete it.

    The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies) is a 480 credit point course. The first three years of the course consists of core units. In Year 4, Semester 2 students have an opportunity to develop expertise through an area of specialisation. Students choose from the following areas:

        Special Education;

        Catholic Education Studies;

        Visual and Expressive Arts;

        Teaching Children who have English as an Additional Language;

        School Based Project;

        Internship.

    Please note the following:

       1. The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies) is recognised by the Western Australian College of Teaching as meeting the requirements for registration as a teacher in Western Australia.
       2. The course meets the A* rating for employment in child care in Western Australia.
       3. Catholic Education Accreditation to teach Religious Education requires three units in Catholic Education Studies.
       4. In each year of the program, students undertake compulsory professional practice.. Therefore all students are required to be available during the scheduled Professional Practice Periods as per the School of Education Calendar which is also available on the website
       5. In the fourth year, students undertake an Assistant Teacher Program (ATP) comprising one term of approximately ten weeks of continuous teaching practice in a kindergarten or pre-primary centre. The Assistant Teacher Program is conducted during the seventh semester in second term of the school year.
       6. All students must adhere to the School's Rule and Procedures in relation to professional practice. See hppt://www.education.ecu.edu.au/prac/ .
       7. Opportunities exist for students to complete a semester overseas through the Study Abroad Program.
       8. All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies) are required to demonstrate competency in literacy and numeracy.
       9. In the fourth year of the course students may focus on special education in order to meet accreditation expectations of DET in relation to teaching children with special needs.


    Year One
    Unit           Description                                                                         Points

    Semester One
    DSE1110    Drama Education in Early Childhood Settings                         15
    ECS1110    Introduction to Teaching                                                         15
    EDF1103    Becoming Multi Literate    *                                                     15
    EDF1105    Becoming More Effective Learners                                           15

    Semester Two
    ECS1111    Early Learning Environments                                                 15
    ECS1112    Growth and Development (0-8 years)                                    15
    LIT1110    Beginning Language and Literacy (0-4 years)                         15
    WPL1110    Workplace Learning for the Child Care Context                    15

    *Where a student has failed EDF1103 twice, the student shall be excluded from the course.


    Year Two
    Unit           Description                                                                          Points

    Semester One
    HPE2010    Health and Physical Education for Young Children                 15
    LIT2110     Emergent Language and Literacy (4-6 years)                        15
    MUE2110    Arts Literacy through Music Education                                   15
    SCE2011    Science for Young Children                                                     15

    Semester Two
    MAE2110    Mathematics Education for Young Children (0-4 years)         15
    SSE2011    Society and Environment Curriculum in the Early Years         15
    WPL2110    Workplace Learning: Guiding and Motivating
                      Young Learners (K/PP)                                                           30

    Year Three
    Unit           Description                                                                         Points

    Semester One
    AED3010    Visual Art Experiences for Young Children                              15
    EDF3101    Working with Indigenous Australian Children,
                      Youth and their Families         15
    MAE3110    Mathematics Education for Young Children (5-8 years)         15
    TEE3010    Technology and Enterprise Education for Young Children      15

    Semester Two
    ECS3010    Embracing Diversity                                                                15
    LIT3110      Early and Fluent Language and Literacy (6-8 years)             15
    WPL3110    Workplace Learning: Monitoring, Assessing and
                       Evaluating Learning (JP)                                                        30

    Year Four
    Unit          Description                                                                             Points

    Semester One
    LIT4110    Literacy Planning and Assessment: Teaching Students with English as an Additional Language                                                                                                     15
    WPL4110    Workplace Learning (Assistant Teacher Program)                     45

    Semester Two
    Option One
    ECS4010    Transition to Teaching (ECE)                                                      15
    Choose Specialisations worth 45 credit points from the following:
    Behaviour Management
    EDU4222    Learner Motivation and Management                                         15
    EDU4223    Managing Behaviour of Students with Diverse Needs                15
    Plus 15 credit point elective in consultation with coordinator
    or
    Catholic Education
    CED1101    An Introduction to Catholic Education                                         15
    CED4202    Curriculum Principles in Religious Education                                15
    CED4203    Religious Education for Life                                                         15
    CED4204    Christian Formation in a Catholic School                                     15
    CED4301    Creative Dimensions of Religious Education                                15
    or
    Special Education
    EDU4220    Programs and Curricula for Students with High Support Needs   15
    EDU4221    Strategies for Teaching Students with Learning Difficulties and Learning Disabilities         15
    EDU4477    Direct Instruction and Teaching
                       Effectiveness in Special Education                                               15
    or
    Teaching Children who have English as an Additional Language
    EDU4224    Teaching Children who have English as an Additional Language  30
    LAN4128    Diagnosis and Remediation of Language/Literacy Problems    *    15
    * may be substituted with a 15 credit point elective in consultation with coordinator
    or
    Visual and Expressive Arts
    VEA4101    Visual Art                                                                                       15
    VEA4102    Music Performance                                                                         15
    VEA4103    Drama Performance                                                                       15
    Option Two
    School Based Project
    EDU4226    School-based Project                                                                     60
    Option Three
    Internship
    EDU4227    Internship         60

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