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

Course Code 4210
CRICOS Code 057299E
Course duration /
Study mode

Course duration: Four years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus (distance education available for students who are currently working in childcare (only))

Location Lake Macquarie
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Avondale’s Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Birth – 12 years) (BA/BTch (Birth - 12 years)) is available on campus, or by distance education. This course is offered by distance for those currently working in childcare (only), making it even easier for students to fit study around your 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 school 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 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)

WORK AND LIFE EXPERIENCE

If your ATAR is below 63.00 (or equivalent), you may still be able to gain entry into this degree on a provisional basis. Previous work experience and educational qualifications will also be considered upon application.

Alternative admission may be obtained by one or more of the following methods:

  • Previous post-secondary qualifications at an appropriate level
  • Appropriate scores in the UniTEST and the Tertiary Online Written Assessment (TOWA)
  • Special Consideration (disadvantaging factors impacting on Year 12 results)

Students successfully completing the first one or two semesters of the Diploma of General Studies may articulate into an Avondale Bachelor degree and receive academic credit for any relevant degree units successfully completed in their Diploma of General Studies course.

Students who hold a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care or equivalent may be eligible for up to 13 credit points of advanced standing

ENTRY VIA DISTANCE MODE OF STUDY

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 of Higher Education.

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.

NON-ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

From 2018, applicants for initial teacher education (ITE) courses must also meet non-academic entry requirements.  The non-academic requirement for this course consists of a written statement that you need to supply as part of the application process for entry into this course.  See the following link for details: www.avondale.edu.au/education-non-academic-entry-requirements

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

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/Woking-with-children/New-Working-With - Children-Check/Volunteers-and-students and complete the Child Protection Awareness Training https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/proflear/cpat/index.html

Evidence of the completion of the above must be submitted to the Professional Experience Placement Officer. This will cover all local school visits undertaken as part of education courses and school and early childhood placements in NSW schools and early childhood education and care services.

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 form/card with them to their placement school and early childhood education and care service. This applies to pre-service teachers doing Professional Experience placements in all Australian schools and early childhood education and care services.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Overseas applicants will have their qualifications assessed by Avondale Admissions in line with the Admission to Higher Education Undergraduate Courses Policy found at http://www.avondale.edu.au/about/policies/display/?s=MjQ=  Overseas applicants are also required to satisfy Australian Government visa requirements http://www.avondale.edu.au/about/policies/display/

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

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.


Course Structure


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 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 full-time, or part-time equivalent (192 credit points).
  • Compulsory professional experience requirements embedded within the various Professional Development & Curriculum & Pedagogical units total 120 days.

Content of the course of study

The course has seven core units and five areas of study:

Discipline Specific Studies

  • ENGL11100 Critical Approaches to Literature
  • WHPE10101 Foundations of Wellbeing
  • BBUS11020 Literacy & Numeracy in an Organisational Context
  • DTFN11100 Food Nutrition & Health
  • SCTS11100 Exploring the Physical & Natural World
  • ARTS11100 Interpreting & Producing Media Messages
  • HPFH 20101 Families & Their Communities

Christian Education Studies:

  • CHST16110 Studies in Christianity I
  • EDUC30105 Exploring a Philosophy of Christian Education

Curriculum Studies:

  • EDUC11101 Curriculum Studies – Teaching Mathematics I & EC Numeracy
  • EDUC11105 Curriculum Studies – Teaching Creative Arts I & EC Arts
  • EDUC21103 Curriculum Studies – Teaching Creative Arts II & EC Arts
  • 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 Studies

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

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.

Curriculum Studies

Focus on the development of practices and processes 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.

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.

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

  • CHST16110 Studies in Christianity I
  • ENGL11100 Critical Approaches to Literature
  • WHPE10101 Foundations of Wellbeing
  • BBUS11020 Literacy & Numeracy in an Organisational Context

Year 1 Semester 2

  • DTFN11100 Food Nutrition & Health
  • SCTS11100 Exploring the Physical & Natural World
  • ARTS11100 Interpreting & Producing Media Messages
  • HPFH 20101 Families & Their Communities

 Year 2 Semester 1

  • EDUC11101 Curriculum Studies- Teaching Mathematics I & EC Numeracy
  • EDUC11105 Curriculum Studies- Teaching Creative Arts I & EC Arts
  • EDUC11104 Curriculum Studies- Teaching English I & EC Literacy
  • EDUC11103 Professional Development 0-36mths - Planning for the learning environment

Professional Experience (July, 23 days) 0-2 year olds

Year 2 Semester 2

  • EDUC21103 Curriculum Studies- Teaching Creative Arts II & EC Arts
  • EDUC22102 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies Primary Planning & Assessment for Learning
  • EDUC21104 Professional Development 2-5yrs – Planning for the Learning Environment
  • EDUC11102 Child Development Birth-12yrs

Professional Experience ( February, 37 days) 3-5 year olds

Year 3 Semester 1

  • EDUC24104 Curriculum Studies- Teaching English II
  • EDUC24110 Curriculum Studies- Teaching Primary Geography, Economics & Business
  • 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

  • EDUC31104 Diversity & Inclusion Birth-12yrs
  • EDUC31105 Curriculum Studies - Teaching Health, Physical Education & Early Childhood Outdoor Play
  • 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


To find out more about any of the units listed here, copy the unit code and then search for that unit here.

Practical Experience


BA/BTch Birth – 12 years Placements

Professional experience placement requirements in the course consist of 60 days in prior to school settings and 60 days in school settings.

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). It also has professional accreditation with both  the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) & the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).


Registration and Self-Disclosure


Endorsement of Avondale’s BA/BTCH (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 Head of Discipline. 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 https://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/child-safe-organisations/working-with-children-check and complete the Child Protection Awareness Training https://education.nsw.gov.au/student-wellbeing/child-protection/child-protection-training

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


Course Enquiries

Admissions

Phone: +61 2 4980 2377
Email: study@avondale.edu.au
Monday-Thursday, 9.00am-5pm
Friday, 9.00am-12.00noon

Student Experience Survey

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching

Fees

Commonwealth Supported Places and FEE-HELP available for eligible students, see www.studyassist.gov.au


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Scholarships

There are scholarships available for those enrolled in teaching courses, see http://www.avondale.edu.au/future-students/finance/scholarships/#avondale_course 

Testimonials

"The course is really good at helping me build confidence in myself as an educator."
- Early Childhood graduate.