Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)

Early childhood teachers are in high demand. There’s never been a better time to study early childhood education.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Berwick
Flexible Delivery - Gippsland
Flexible Delivery - Wimmera
On-line Learning
Location
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Ballarat - Mt Helen
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Berwick
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Flexible Delivery - Gippsland
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Flexible Delivery - Wimmera
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On-line Learning
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Length
4 years
(480 credit points = 4.0 EFTSL)
ATAR
Year 12 applicants will be ranked based on their ATAR and ATAR Adjustment Factors – e.g. Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) and Subject Adjustments.

Become a confident and qualified early childhood teacher with Federation University.

You may be working in the early childhood field and want to upskill, straight out of school or changing careers. You will discover how young children learn and how you can develop and support their learnings in these critical early years. This is a hands-on course that will get you into the classroom for a minimum of 80 days of supervised teaching placement so you can put into practice what you have learnt. You will develop the skills to teach in a variety of early education settings which may include kindergartens, pre-schools and long day care centres, including those in special needs settings.

A range of scholarships from the Victorian Department of Education and Training are available to help support your dream of a becoming an early childhood teacher, especially if you’re a regional student.

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is a pathway into the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education). You may receive 1 year of credit (120 credit points) through this pathway.

We provide a number of pathways and options to ensure you can follow your dream of becoming a great teacher. Visit our Become a Teacher website and use our interactive study tool to find your path to a rewarding career in education.

  • Day care educator
  • Early childhood educator
  • Kindergarten teacher
  • Preschool teacher

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Year 1

Semester 1

LITERACY AND NUMERACY
EDBED1011, 15 credit points
LEARNING AND TEACHING
EDBED1016, 15 credit points
CURRICULUM THROUGH PLAY
EDECE1019, 15 credit points

Semester 2

UNDERSTANDING EARLY HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
EDECE1002, 15 credit points
HEALTH AND SAFETY IN EARLY CHILDHOOD
EDECE2019, 15 credit points
WELLBEING IN EARLY CHILDHOOD CONTEXTS
EDECE2021, 15 credit points

Year 2

Semester 1

FOUNDATIONS OF LANGUAGE AND LITERACY
EDECE2022, 15 credit points
THE EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONAL
EDECE2023, 15 credit points
GUIDING BEHAVIOUR
EDECE3022, 15 credit points
Elective Course (1)

Semester 2

PLANNING, SUPPORTING AND ASSESSING
EDECE1020, 15 credit points
NUMERACY AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY
EDECE2017, 15 credit points
EARLY CHILDHOOD LANGUAGE AND LITERACIES
EDECE2020, 15 credit points
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 2
EEZED2723, 15 credit points

Year 3

Semester 1

NATURE PEDAGOGY
EDECE3018, 15 credit points

Semester 2

INFANTS AND TODDLERS
EDECE3029, 15 credit points
FIELD BASED INTERNSHIP
EEZED3723, 15 credit points
Elective Course (1)

Year 4

Semester 1

CURRICULUM APPROACHES
EDECE2016, 15 credit points
EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP
EDECE4002, 15 credit points
TEACHER AS RESEARCHER
EDECE4003, 15 credit points

Semester 2

Approx. 12 hours per week
This program requires a total of 640 placement hours, across 16 weeks.
Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students and recent secondary graduates (the past 2 years)

Prerequisites

  • Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of any Mathematics, or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics;
  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English.

This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

Guaranteed ATAR

This program has a guaranteed ATAR.
If you meet the program pre-requisites and any ‘Essential Requirements for Admission’, we will guarantee you a place in this program with this ATAR. We use the adjusted ATAR, factoring in subject adjustments and SEAS as detailed below..

Subject Adjustments

A study score of 35 in any Business, Economics or any Information Technology equals 3 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 5 points.

SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme)

Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to apply for the Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS). Depending on eligibility and your circumstances, a SEAS application may provide support for your course application. 

Entry requirements (non year 12)

 

Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education Study

  • Satisfactory completion of at least one year of tertiary study in a relevant field or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory program such as the FedUni Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST); and
  • Meets the VCE Maths and English requirement benchmarks.

Literacy and Numeracy test: If VCE Maths and/or English requirements or equivalent have not been met, a literacy and/or numeracy assessment is required to demonstrate the prerequisite requirements.  Applicants required to complete the assessment will be notified.


Admission criteria for applications with a Vocational Education and Training study

  • Successful completion of a TAFE qualification at Certificate III or IV in a cognate or appropriate area, such as Community Services, Education Support, Children's Services, or Nursing; and
  • At least one year of experience in a relevant area of education or support service and;
  • Meets the VCE Maths and English requirement benchmarks.

OR

  • Successful completion of a recognised TAFE Diploma program in a cognate or an appropriate area and;
  • Meets the VCE Maths and English requirement benchmarks.

Literacy and Numeracy test: If VCE Maths and/or English requirements or equivalent have not been met, a literacy and/or numeracy assessment is required to demonstrate the prerequisite requirements.  Applicants required to complete the assessment will be notified.


Admission criteria for applications with work and life experience

  • Applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies should include a personal statement detailing all relevant experience to strengthen their application.

Literacy and Numeracy test: If VCE Maths and/or English requirements or equivalent have not been met, a literacy and/or numeracy assessment is required to demonstrate the prerequisite requirements.  Applicants required to complete the assessment will be notified.

Extra Requirements

 

Working with children check

Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional placements. 

 

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700511341 (Mt Helen), 3700811341 (On-line Learning), 3701311341 (Flexible Delivery - Gippsland), 3701811341 (Berwick), 3702011341 (Flexible Delivery - Wimmera)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: TU5

CRICOS code: 102485C (Berwick), 102485C (Churchill), 102485C (Mt Helen)

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$3,985 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2022

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Candidates seeking alternate entry to this course can consider the below options:

  • Defined TAFE pathway: A defined TAFE pathway program exists for this degree. Please note that additional essential requirements for admission may apply following completion of this pathway. CHC50113 or CHC50908 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care | credit for 120 credit points
  • Other TAFE Studies: Apply for a relevant TAFE course, at any TAFE provider, and then apply to articulate into this program. You may receive credit for TAFE studies undertaken, which will be individually assessed upon request, after you enrol in your bachelor level course.
  • University Studies: Consider beginning your teaching studies with our pathway program FAST

Credit will be considered if you have successfully completed higher education or TAFE studies relevant to this degree. Advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on your eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications.

 

 

Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection. You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per course, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

School of Education

Course coordinator

Susan Emmett