University Handbook 2017

Bachelor of Early Learning - Online

Course code/s: EBEL

Course details
Location Distance
Course Coordinator Carla Jeffrey
Course Code EBEL
Available to International students No
Course duration 4 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit Points 480
Exchange opportunity No
Leave of absence available Yes
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course Description

The Bachelor of Early Learning offers professionals working in the early childhood sector the opportunity to upgrade from a Diploma of Children's Services to a four-year Bachelor qualification. The course is designed for people who are currently employed in the industry and offers a flexible online mode of study suitable for full-time employees in early learning centres. Graduates will be qualified to teach children from birth to five in early childhood settings.

Admissions requirements

Applicants must have a Diploma of Children‘s Services or equivalent qualification. It is expected that applicants will be working in the field of early learning. If this is not the case, students may be required to seek additional contact opportunities.

Working with Children Check

The Victorian Department of Education and Training  requires a satisfactory criminal record check for all students undertaking placements in early learning centres. You must provide a certified copy of your valid Working with Children card at course commencement. If you do not have a valid Working with Children card, you will be required to complete a Working with Children Check application. Confirmation of a criminal record may jeopardise your ability to gain access to a suitable, or any, 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 consists of 1.5 years (180 credit points) of advanced standing granted for completion of the Diploma in Children's Services and a further 300 credit points of study taken over 2.5 years.

For a guide on how to suitably structure this degree and plan your enrolment download a copy of the Course Map.

Course content is delivered through blended online learning. There is no on-campus attendance requirement.

Subjects are offered across four 13-week teaching periods. Teaching periods in 2017 are listed below.

Teaching Period Week Start date End date
1 Week 10-19 Monday 27 February Sunday  07  May
2 Week 22-31 Monday 22 May Sunday 30 July
3 Week 34-43 Monday 14 August Sunday 22 October
4 Week 46-07 Monday 6 November Sunday 11 February (2018)

Please note: 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

Block Credit
(60 credit points)
Block Credit
(60 credit points)

Year 2

Block Credit
(60 credit points)
ICT for Education
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
Early Learning Environments
Language, Literacies and Communication

Year 3

Assessment and Reporting in Early Childhood Education
Children and the Arts
Connections and Transitions
Making Sense of Their World
Communications for Inclusive Contexts
Learning Difficulties and Disabilities
Designing Early Childhood Curriculum
Outdoor and Nature Play

Year 4

Early Inclusions
Family and Community Perspectives in Early Childhood Education
Teacher as Researcher Project
Work-based Learning
Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Education
The Professional Work of Teachers
Learning Journey Portfolio
Elective Subject



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