University Handbook 2017

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

This degree is being phased out. No new enrolments will be permitted from 2017.

Students currently enrolled in this degree will be able to complete their degree under the structure outlined below.

Course Details
Location Bendigo
Course Coordinator Dr Caroline Walta
Course Code EBECE
Available to International students No
CRICOS 084952A
Course duration 4 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Exchange opportunity  
Leave of absence available Leave of absence is not available for this course of study other than in exceptional circumstance and with the approval of the Course Coordinator.
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe

Course Description

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.

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 (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL.

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 Training  requires a satisfactory criminal record check for all teacher education students undertaking practicum requirements in Victorian Department of Education and Training 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 application. 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.

LaTrobe Essential

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking - are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. They will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject database by distinct icons.  The list of approved subjects is also on the Essentials webpage.

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.

LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce you to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

Year 1

Semester 1 EDU1LL EDU1ICT EDU1CW EDU1ITP
Language and Literacy ICT for Education Concepts of Wellbeing Introduction to Teaching Practice
Semester 2 EDU1WM EDU1CC EDU1CCT EDU1ILT
Working Mathematically Concepts of Communities Childhood in Contemporary Times Introduction to Learning Theories

Year 2

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

Year 3

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

Year 4

Semester 1 EDU4PWT EDU4LJP OPTION OPTION
The Professional Work of Teachers Learning Journey Portfolio Focus elective1 Focus elective1
Semester 2 EDU4TRP EDU4WBL EDU4LAM OPTION
Teacher as Researcher Project Work-based Learning Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Education Focus elective1

1Students choose an ‘Early Learning’, ‘Early Primary’ or ‘Early Intervention’ focus

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