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University Handbook 2015

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Course code/s: Bendigo (EBECE)

This course prepares you for employment as a teacher in early childhood education, primary education, childcare, early intervention and special education. You may undertake specialist studies to enable you to teach to Year 6 in primary schools or you may undertake specialist studies in special education and early intervention focusing on children 0–8 years. The course consists of core professional studies in early childhood education and key curriculum areas including 100 days of practical experience in pre-school settings, childcare centres, primary schools and special education settings (according to area of specialisation). You will gain teaching experience in each of the four years.

Professional recognition

The course is accredited with the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). Graduates from the course are eligible to apply for teacher registration with VIT.

Upon course completion each student's academic record is released to VIT for teacher registration purposes. Students who do not want their academic record released to VIT must notify their course administrator in writing or email before the end of teaching in their last subject.

Admissions requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University's normal entrance requirements, including VCE Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics; and a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in English other than ESL.

Special entry provision for NONYR12 is available.

Applicants with a Diploma of Children‘s Services gain accelerated entry to a reduced program.

Working with Children Check

The Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development require a satisfactory criminal record check for all teacher education students undertaking practicum requirements in Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development schools. It is expected that equivalent requirements will exist for all other Victorian schools. Before starting the course, you will be required to complete a Working with Children Check form available at Australia Post offices. You must provide a certified copy of your valid Working with Children card before starting teaching placements. Confirmation of a criminal record may jeopardise your ability to gain access to a suitable, or any, practicum placement(s) and may therefore delay or prevent completion of the course.

Course structure

The course is a four-year full-time program. It consists of 480 credit points of study. Subjects are 15 credit points except where indicated.

First year

Teaching period Subject name Subject code
TE-SEM-1 Academic Integrity Module EDU1AIM
TE-SEM-1 Language and Literacy EDU1LL
TE-SEM-1 ICT for Education EDU1ICT
TE-SEM-1 Concepts of Wellbeing EDU1CW
TE-SEM-1 Introduction to Teaching Practice EDU1ITP
TE-SEM-2 Working Mathematically EDU1WM
TE-SEM-2 Concepts of Communities EDU1CC
TE-SEM-2 Childhood in Contemporary Times EDU1CCT
TE-SEM-2 Introduction to Learning Theories EDU1ILT

Note: EDU1AIM is a not-for-credit online subject that students are required to complete at the commencement of their first semester. The subject is designed to enhance students' knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Second year

Teaching period Subject name Subject code
TE-SEM-1 Child development – Baby to Toddler EDU2CD
TE-SEM-1 Sing, Play and Explore EDU2SPE
TE-SEM-1 Health, Nutrition for Children EDU2HNW
TE-SEM-1 Early Learning Environments EDU2ELE
TE-SEM-2 Language, Literacies and Communication EDU2LLC
TE-SEM-2 Designing Early Childhood Curriculum EDU2DEC
TE-SEM-2 Making Sense of Their World EDU2MSW
TE-SEM-2 Connections and Transitions EDU2CT

Third year

Teaching period Subject name Subject code
TE-SEM-1 Connections Through Expression EDU3CTE
TE-SEM-1 Primary Curriculum Investigations EDU3PCI
TE-SEM-1 Learning Difficulties and Disabilities EDU3LDD
TE-SEM-1 Teaching in Primary Schools EDU3TIP
TE-SEM-2 Communications for Inclusive Contexts EDU3CIC
TE-SEM-2 Assessment and Reporting in Early Childhood Education EDU3ARE
TE-SEM-2 Indigenous Education EDU3IED
TE-SEM-2 Early Inclusion EDU3EI

Fourth year 

Teaching period Subject name Subject code
TE-SEM-1 The Professional Work of Teachers EDU4PWT
TE-SEM-1 Learning Journey Portfolio EDU4LJP
TE-SEM-1 Focus elective  
TE-SEM-1 Focus elective  
W29-37 Teacher as Researcher Project EDU4TRP
TE-SEM-2 Work-based Learning EDU4WBL
TE-SEM-2 Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Education EDU4LAM
TE-SEM-2 Focus elective