University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Early Learning - Online

Course code/s: EBEL

Course details
Location Online
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 Early Childhood Education and Care to a four-year Bachelor qualification. The course is designed for people who are currently employed in the early childhood profession and offers a flexible online mode of study suitable for full and part-time employees in early childhood. Graduates will be qualified to teach children from birth to five as a kindergarten teacher.

Admissions requirements

Applicants must have a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care or equivalent qualification. It is expected that applicants will be working in early childhood. If this is not the case, students may be required to seek additional employment 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

To assist with planning your enrolment, download a PDF copy of the study plan guide here: Bachelor of Early Learning (EBEL) Bendigo Online 2018 [PDF 130 KB]

The course consists of 1.5 years (180 credit points) of advanced standing granted for completion of the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and a further 300 credit points of study taken over 2.5 years.

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

There are four intake periods: March, May, August and November

Subjects are offered across four 10-week teaching periods. Teaching periods in 2018 are listed below:

Online study period Start date End date
 Online study 1/4 Monday, 5 March 2018 Sunday, 13 May 2018
 Online study 2/4 Monday, 28 May 2018 Sunday, 5 August 2018
 Online study 3/4 Monday, 20 August 2018 Sunday, 28 October 2018
 Online study 4/4 Monday, 12 November 2018 Sunday, 17 February 2019

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.

First year

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

Second year

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

Third year

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

Fourth year

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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