Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Birth-12 years)

Course Code 4210
Course duration /
Study mode

Course duration: Four years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus with distance education available for distance education available for students who are currently employed in an early childhood education and care or school setting
Maximum time to complete: Ten years

 

Location Lake Macquarie

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Avondale’s Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Birth – 12 years) is available on campus, or online. This course is offered completely online for those currently working in childcare (only), making it even easier for students to fit study around their work and personal life.


Career Opportunities


BA/BTch (Birth - 12 years) graduates leave with the skills to gain employment in the following areas:

  • Early Childhood teacher
  • Primary teacher (Prep or Kindergarten to Year 6)
  • Preschool teacher
  • Day care centre educational leader or nominated supervisor (after one year of teaching)
  • Family day care coordinator

Graduates leave qualified to teach in the prior to school settings for birth - 5 years and in church, private, independent and state school systems in both Australia and overseas. In addition to education-related careers, teachers often find careers in the corporate world where organisational and relationship skills are valued by employers.


Admission Criteria


DIRECT ENTRY:
ATAR of 63.00+ (or equivalent e.g. OP of 15 or less)

English Language Proficiency Requirement for Teachers in NSW
International students require an International English Language Test Score (IELTS) of at least 8.0 for speaking and listening prior to being employed as graduate teachers in New South Wales.
For further information on entry requirements visit http://www.avondale.edu.au/Main::Future_Students::Avondale_Early_Childhood_fact_sheet.pdf

ALTERNATE ENTRY
If your ATAR is below 63.00 (or equivalent), you may still be able to gain entry into this degree on a conditional basis. Previous work experience and educational qualifications will also be considered upon application.
For further information on alternative pathways into a course visit www.avondale.edu.au/admissionrequirements

ENTRY VIA DISTANCE MODE
If you wish to complete this degree fully in distance mode then you must be employed on at least a part-time basis in an early childhood education and care setting or a school setting, for the duration of your enrolment as a student at Avondale College.

NSW GOVERNMENT ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
From 2016 applicants require a minimum of three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English, or bridging units or alternate pathways as approved by NSW Education Standards Authority. The Arts units of the Avondale Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Birth – 12 years) meet the requirements for an alternate pathway.

For more information on the new entry requirements visit: http://nswteachers.nsw.edu.au/future-returning-teachers/become-a-teacher/raising-university-entry-standards/

All teacher education students are required to pass a literacy and numeracy test. For more information on this test visit: http://www.nswteachers.nsw.edu.au/future-returning-teachers/become-a-teacher/literacy-and-numeracy-tests/


Course Structure


The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching Birth – 12 years, (BA/BTch Birth – 12 years), is composed of 32 units (192 credit points) of study over eight semesters (or part time (P/T) equivalent). All units are worth six credit points (unless otherwise specified).

Title of course of study: Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Birth – 12 years)

Course duration: Four years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus with distance education available for distance education available for students who are currently employed in an early childhood education and care or school setting
Maximum time to complete: Ten years

Course structure:

The course structure is based on eight semesters (each of 13 weeks duration). It comprises:

  • 32 compulsory units of six credit points each over four years F/T, or P/T Equivalent (192 credit points).
  • Compulsory professional experience requirements embedded within the various Professional Development & Curriculum & Pedagogical studies units total 115 days.

Content of the course of study

The course has four areas of study:

Curriculum Studies:

  • EDUC24106 Curriculum Studies – Teaching Mathematics II
  • EDUC24103 Curriculum Studies – Teaching Primary History, Civics, and Citizenship
  • EDUC21107 Curriculum Studies – Teaching Science & Technology & EC Science
  • EDUC24110 Curriculum Studies – Teaching Primary Geography, Economics & Business
  • EDUC24108 Curriculum Studies – From Theory to Practice
  • EDUC34111 Curriculum Studies – Teaching Biblical Belief

Christian Education Studies:

  • EDUC30105 Exploring a Philosophy of Christian Education

Discipline Specific Studies:

  • EDUC11101 Curriculum Studies – Teaching Mathematics I & EC Numeracy
  • EDUC14101 Curriculum Studies – Teaching Creative Arts I
  • EDUC24112 Curriculum Studies – Teaching Creative Arts II
  • EDUC11104 Curriculum Studies – Teaching English I & EC Literacy
  • EDUC24104 Curriculum Studies – Teaching English II
  • EDUC31105 Curriculum Studies – Teaching Health, Physical Education & Early Childhood Outdoor Play
  • EDUC24106 Curriculum Studies – Teaching Mathematics II
  • EDUC24103 Curriculum Studies – Teaching Primary History, Civics, and Citizenship
  • EDUC21107 Curriculum Studies – Teaching Science & Technology & EC Science
  • EDUC24110 Curriculum Studies – Teaching Primary Geography, Economics & Business
  • EDUC24108 Curriculum Studies – From Theory to Practice
  • EDUC34111 Curriculum Studies – Teaching Biblical Belief

Education Studies:

  • EDUC11102 Child Development Birth – 12yrs
  • EDUC22104 Managing the Primary Classroom Environment
  • EDUC31101 Leadership, Management & Advocacy
  • EDUC31104 Diversity & Inclusion Birth – 12yrs
  • EDUC21102 ICT, Learning & Research
  • EDUC30103 Multicultural & Indigenous Education

Professional Development and Experience Studies:

  • EDUC11103 Professional Development 0-36 mths
  • EDUC21104 Professional Development 2-5yrs
  • EDUC22102 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies Primary – Planning & Assessment for Learning
  • EDUC22103 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies Primary – Teaching & Researching for Effective Learning
  • EDUC31103 Alternative Pedagogies & Professional Development – Preparation for the Workplace

Christian Education Units

These units are specifically designed to allow students to examine education from a holistic Christian perspective where the spiritual dimension of personhood is included and integrated.

Curriculum Studies

Focus on the development of practices and professes of teaching the play based, intentional, socially just and inclusive early childhood curriculum and primary school curriculum. They also allow the pre-service educator to develop familiarity with curriculum framework documents for Australian early childhood settings and syllabus documents for the Australian Curriculum and NSW School System.

Discipline Specific Studies

Discipline Specific units are non-teacher education units that focus on the development of content knowledge across, health, families, communities and the management of a business. These areas constitute core background knowledge that early childhood education and care educators can apply to their future role as educational leaders and administrators of children, families and their communities. All of these units promote reflective practice and encourage students to re-negotiate their stories of self. These units are undertaken in the first year of the course.

Education Studies

Provide a theoretical base to the teaching and learning process

Professional Development and Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies

Address the strategies, skills and practices involved in teaching in an early childhood setting and primary school setting. They provide opportunities for continued professional experience, offering increasing responsibility within a variety of settings in both prior to school and primary school.

Rules of progression

Normally students complete 100 and 200 level units before progressing to higher units.

All Professional Development units have an enrolment pre-requisite of the prior Professional Development or Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies unit.

 

Course Sequence

Professional Experience 60 days prior to school (45 days 3-5yrs, 15 days 0-2yrs) + 60 days school

Each unit is worth 6 Credit Points unless otherwise stated.

Year 1 Semester 1

  • CSTD14300 Christian Studies
  • MNGT14500 Organisations in a Business Context
  • WHPE10101 Foundations of Wellness
  • BBUS11020 Literacy & Numeracy in an Organization

Year 1 Semester 2

  • DTFN11100 Food Nutrition & Health
  • SCTS11100 Exploring the Physical & Natural World
  • MNGT16100 Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • HPFH 20101 Families & Their Communities

 Year 2 Semester 1

  • EDUC11101 Curriculum Studies Teaching Mathematics I & EC Numeracy
  • EDUC14101 Curriculum Studies Teaching Creative Arts I
  • EDUC11102 Child Development Birth-12yrs
  • EDUC11103 Professional Development 0-36mths - Planning for the learning environment (8 days in-semester)

Professional Experience (July, 15 days) 0-2 year olds

Year 2 Semester 2

  • EDUC11104 Curriculum Studies Teaching English I & EC Literacy
  • EDUC24112 Curriculum Studies Teaching Creative Arts II
  • EDUC22102 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies Primary Planning & Assessment for Learning (5 days in-semester)
  • EDUC21104 Professional Development 2-5yrs – Planning for the Learning Environment (7 days in-semester)

Professional Experience ( February, 30 days) 3-5 year olds

Year 3 Semester 1

  • EDUC24104 Curriculum Studies Teaching English II
  • EDUC34109 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Health & Physical Education
  • EDUC22104 Managing the Primary Classroom Environment
  • EDUC22103 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies Primary Teaching & Researching for Effective Learning

Professional Experience (July, 20 days) Kindergarten – Yr2

Year 3 Semester 2

  • EDUC24106 Curriculum Studies Teaching Mathematics II
  • EDUC21107 Curriculum Studies Teaching Science & Technology and EC Science
  • EDUC24108 Curriculum Studies From Theory to Practice
  • EDUC24103 Curriculum Studies Teaching Primary History, Civics and Citizenship

Professional Experience (February, 10 days) Yr3 – Yr6

Year 4 Semester 1

  • EDUC31101 Leadership Management & Advocacy
  • EDUC24110 Curriculum Studies Teaching Primary Geography, Economics & Business
  • EDUC34111 Curriculum Studies Teaching Biblical Studies
  • EDUC31103 Alternative Pedagogies Preparation for the Workplace

Professional Experience (July–August, 30 days) Kindergarten-Yr6

Year 4 Semester 2

  • EDUC31104 Diversity & Inclusion Birth-12yrs
  • EDUC30103 Multicultural & Indigenous Education
  • EDUC21102 ICT, Learning & Research
  • EDUC30105 Exploring a Philosophy of Christian Education

Practical Experience


Placements

Requirements for placement days remain the same those as in the BEd EC/Prim accreditation – 60 days in a primary school setting and 60 days in prior to school settings. The way the course meets these requirements has been reconfigured in the BA/BTch Birth – 12 years.

BA/BTch Birth – 12 years Placements

The goal of professional experience in the workplace is to prepare pre-service teachers to take charge of classroom and cope with the demands of teaching within prior to school early childhood education and care contexts and primary school contexts. Placements provide opportunities for pre-service teachers to:

  • Experience the teaching role in a variety of settings;
  • Observe links between theory and practice;
  • Apply knowledge to practice at regular intervals during their course; and
  • Work towards achieving the Graduate Teaching Standards in the domains of Professional Knowledge, Professional Practice and Professional Engagement.

While the approach to professional placements is common, the scope is selected as appropriate to specific courses and students are expected to demonstrate their proficiency based on the specific outcomes relevant to their course.


Accreditation


The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Birth – 12 years) is accredited by Avondale through its self-accrediting status processes and nationally registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). Accreditation has been submitted to both New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) & the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).


Registration and Self-Disclosure


Endorsement of Avondale’s Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Birth – 12 years) by the New South Wales Government Institute of Teachers Advisory Panel qualifies graduates for employment as teachers in the NSW State public system. Other Australian state governments have different requirements for teachers to become registered to teach in state schools, but normally registration in one state is considered as meeting the requirements for other states.

Information concerning certification requirements is available from the Faculty Dean. You are advised to familiarise yourself with these requirements, as responsibility for registration as a teacher rests with you.

Current legislation requires that all students who will be working with children or young people must take responsibility to make an online application for a NSW Working With Children Check http://www.kids.nsw.gov.au/Working-with-children/New-Working-With-Children-Check/Volunteers-and-students and complete the Child Protection Awareness Training. https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/proflearn/cpat/index.html

All students enrolled in education degrees must complete the above and evidence of completion must be sent or given to the Professional Experience Placement Officer. This will cover all local school visits undertaken as part of education courses and school placements in New South Wales schools.

All students who undertake placements in states other than NSW must also complete a separate Working with Children Check relevant to the state in which they are doing their placement. The placement officer will help with this process.

Pre-service teachers must take a copy of the Working with Children Check form/card with them to their placement school. This applies to pre-service teachers doing Professional Experience placements in all Australian schools.


Where to get further information


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Phone: +61 2 4980 2377
Email: study@avondale.edu.au
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Friday, 8.30am-12.15pm

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