Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)(Birth - 5 Years)

Course Code 4770
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Course duration: Four years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus and/or distance education available*
*Only students working in 'prior to school settings' may complete this degree via distance. All other students will need to be enrolled on-campus for the first four semesters, and then have the option to complete the remainder of units via distance education.

Location Lake Macquarie

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Avondale's Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) (Birth - 5 years) allows you to graduate with the ability to teach in early childhood education and care services and preschools. The course allows you to learn about children's play, thinking, learning, development and current issues in early childhood. You will engage in practical classroom experience early on in your course.


Career Opportunities


Early Childhood graduates leave with the skills for potential employment in the following areas:
• Early Childhood teacher
• Day care centre pedagogical leader or nominated supervisor (after one year of teaching)
• Family day care coordinator

Graduates leave qualified to teach in independent and community based early childhood education and care services in Australia.

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


ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS
ATAR of 63.00+ or equivalent (e.g. OP of 15 or less)

WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK

Current legislation requires that all students who will be working with children or young people must take responsibility to make online application for  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/wellbeing-and-learning/child-protection/child-protection-training

All students enrolled in education degrees must complete the above and evidence of completion must be submitted to the Professional Experience Placement Officer. This will cover all early childhood education and care service visits undertaken as part of education course placements in NSW services.

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

Pre-service teachers must take a copy of Working With Children Check form/card with them to their placement early childhood education and care service. This applies to pre-service teachers doing Professional Experience placements in Australian early childhood education and care services.

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.

Decisions on alternative pathways to admission are made by the Academic Registrar in consultation with the relevant Course Convenor.

ENTRY VIA DISTANCE MODE

If you wish to complete this degree fully in distance mode 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.

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Overseas applicants will have their qualifications assessed by Avondale Admissions in line with the Admission Policy for Undergraduate Higher Education Courses 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/?s=Mzg3

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


Course duration: Four years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus and/or distance education available*
*Only students working in 'prior to school settings' may complete this degree via distance. All other students will need to be enrolled on-campus for the first four semesters, and then have the option to complete the remainder of units via distance education.

Maximum time to complete: 10 years

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)(Birth-5 yrs) is composed of 32 units (192 credit points) of study over eight semesters. All units are worth six credit points (unless otherwise specified).

Title of course of study: Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) (Birth – 5 years)

The course structure is based on eight semesters (each of 13 weeks duration), with four units taught in each semester. It comprises:

32 compulsory units of six credit points each over four years F/T, or P/T Equivalent (192 credit points) that prepare graduates to meet the Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7 and the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) Graduate Teacher Standards

Professional experience requirements embedded within the various EDEP (professional development and experience) units total 95 days. Satisfactory completion of the professional experience requirements of the units in the course is compulsory.

CONTENT OF THE COURSE OF STUDY

The course has four areas of study:
• Curriculum Studies
• Christian Education Studies
• Education Studies
• Professional Development and Experience studies

Curriculum Studies  - EDCE Codes focus on the development of practices and processes of teaching the play-based, intentional, socially just and inclusive early childhood curriculum. They also allow the pre-service educator to develop familiarity with curriculum framework documents and National Quality Standards for Australian early childhood settings.

Christian Studies - CHST Codes reflect the unique philosophy of Avondale and convey in a systematic and intentional manner the religious, ethical and social justice values of Avondale’s own faith tradition; the Seventh-day Adventist Church. There is a particular emphasis on the purposes and practices of Christian education.

Education Studies - EDUC Codes provide a theoretical base to the teaching and learning process while contributing to the development of attributes of caring, competence, commitment, critical-reflective skills and Christian values.

Professional Development and Experience - EDEP Codes address the strategies, skills and practices involved in teaching in an early childhood education and care setting and provide opportunities for continued professional experience, offering increasing responsibility within a variety of settings for periods of two to six weeks at a time.

Elective Unit - Nil

Specialisations - Nil

Rules of Progression - Normally students complete 100 and 200 level units before progressing to higher units. All EDEP Professional Development and Experience units have an enrolment pre-requisite of the prior EDEP unit.

Unit Sequence

192 Credit points

95 days Professional Experience

Each unit is worth 6 Credit Points unless otherwise stated.

Year 1 Semester 1

  • EDCE12500 Play-based Pedagogies
  • BBUS11020 Literacy & Numeracy In an Organization
  • EDCE12000 EC Curriculum - The Arts I
  • EDEP10000 Professional Development and Experience IA

Professional Experience (July, 15 days) 3-5 year olds

Year 1 Semester 2

  • EDCE 22500 Pedagogies of Relationships  
  • EDUC13500 Child Development I
  • EDCE25000 EC Spirituality, Faith and Family Studies
  • EDEP10100 Professional Development and Experience IB

Professional Experience (February, 15 days) 3-5 year olds

 Year 2 Semester 1

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  • EDCE21500 EC Curriculum - Numeracy Technology & Science
  • EDCE23000 EC Curriculum - Multiple Literacies
  • EDEP20000 Professional Development and Experience IIA
  • CHST16110 Studies in Christianity I

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

Year 2 Semester 2

 

  • EDCE24000 Outdoor Play and Sustainability
  • EDEP20100 Professional Development and Experience IIB
  • EDUC29510 Indigenous Education Studies
  • EDCE22000 EC Curriculum - The Arts II

  Professional Experience (February, 10 days) 2-3 year olds

Year 3 Semester 1

  • EDUC20100 Exploring a Christian Worldview
  • EDUC28000 Administration and Management I
  • EDUC16000 Curriculum in Early Childhood – Comparative Perspectives
  • EDEP30000 Professional Development and Experience IIIA

Professional Experience (July, 10 days) 3-5yr olds

Year 3 Semester 2

  • EDUC37400 Planning, Assessment and Evaluation
  • EDUC38300 Leadership and Advocacy
  • EDCE22900 ICT in Early Childhood
  • EDEP30100 Professional Development and Experience IIIB

Year 4 Semester 1

  • EDUC22100 Children with Special Needs
  • EDUC23500 Child Development II
  • EDUC28100 Administration and Management II – Journeys of Change
  • EDEP35000 Professional Development and Experience IVA

Professional Experience (July–August, 30 days) 0-5yr olds

Year 4 Semester 2

  • EDUC30105 Exploring a Philosophy of Christian Education
  • EDUC30103 Multicultural & Indigenous Education Studies
  • EDUC35200 Curriculum in EC – Contemporary Issues
  • EDEP35100 Professional Development and Experience IVB

Accreditation


The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) (Birth - 5 years) is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).


Registration and Self-Disclosure


Endorsement of Avondale’s Education courses by the New South Wales Government Board of Studies, Teaching & Educational Standards 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 familarise 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.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/child-safe-organisations/working-with-children-check and complete the Child Protection Awareness Training. https://corporate.learn.det.nsw.edu.au/course/

All students enrolled in education degrees must complete the above and evidence of completion must be submitted 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.


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