After completing the first two years of the BEd (Early Childhood) course students may gain entry into the honours program based on academic performance. Honours units replace some of the units in the regular program. The honours option allows selected students to complete a program in research methodology and conduct their own research under supervision. Furthermore, this program enhances the efforts of high potential students to influence professional practice through research, and facilitates access for students to proceed to research-based studies at Masters or Doctoral level.
Four and a half years full-time or equivalent part-time
Mode of Delivery
On campus (Lake Macquarie)
The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) (Honours) degree course is accredited by the NSW Department of Education and Training.
The CRICOS registration number for the degree is: Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) (Honours) 066836K
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.
An average mark of 75% or greater in the units of the undergraduate program is needed for admission to the honours program.
Course Information Booklet
For more details on the content of this course please download the following booklet:
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) (Honours) (see page 6)
The Undergraduate Handbook contains detailed information on each unit.
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Graduates of the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) course can seek employment in the following areas:
Long day care centres as room leaders, Early Childhood Centre Supervisors and Authorised Supervisors (after one-year of teaching experience)
Teaching in State Government Preschools
Teaching in Pre-Kindegarten school settings
Infant teaching (Kindergarten-Year 2) in school settings
Postgraduate study can lead teachers into the Early Intervention and Special Education Environments
The information provided is a guide but will give you a rough idea as to the costs associated with studying at Avondale. Actual fee amounts vary on the enrolled course and the units that are taken. Please contact us if you have further questions.
If you are a domestic student, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (HECS-HELP). There are two forms of HECS-HELP assistance:
This is a loan from the Australian Government for all or part of your student contribution amount. No repayment is required until your income exceeds the threshold $44,912 (2010-2011) (CPI Indexed).
If you pay up-front all, or at least $500, of your student contribution amount for units by the census date, you will receive a 20% discount on the amount you pay. Some students are required to pay their student contribution upfront and are ineligible for the upfront discount.
If you are a domestic full fee-paying student, you may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance. FEE-HELP is available for most Avondale higher education courses. FEE-HELP is a Commonwealth loan scheme that assists eligible students to defer payment of their tuition fees. FEE-HELP can cover all or part of a student’s tuition fees, up to a lifetime limit of $86,422 (2011). The $86,422 (2011) FEE-HELP limit is indexed each year. A loan fee of 20% applies to FEE-HELP loans for undergraduate courses of study. The FEE-HELP limit does not include the loan fee. No repayment is required until your income exceeds $44,912 (2010-2011) (CPI indexed).