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Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education - 326JA

Course Code: 326JA
Course Version: 1
Location:
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Discipline(s): Academic Program Area - Education
CRICOS Code: 088695C
Lowest Selection Rank: 60
English Language Requirements: There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an overall academic IELTS or equivalent of 7.5 with no band score below 7.0 and a score of not less than 8.0 in both speaking and listening. For alternate/equivalent ways of meeting the English requirements for this course please view the English Proficiency Requirements document on the university website.

Nurture the next generation from birth to Year Six

The University of Canberra leads the way in providing up-to-date education degrees that prepare teachers for a future-focused career. Our Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education is designed for those interested in working as a teacher in Early Childhood Centre’s, preschool and/or primary school settings who are interested in working as a teacher in early childhood and/or primary school settings.

Our course is carefully structured with a balance between theory and practice in teaching. You will engage in a series of theoretical education units grouped with a range of professional experience placements that span different levels and organisational modes of the pre-school and primary education sector.

Study a Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education at UC and you will:

  • gain appropriate scientific, literacy and numeracy knowledge
  • learn the theories and principles that are the foundation for educational issues and practice in primary and early childhood settings
  • demonstrate understanding of student needs and differences and the relevance of these to learning in inclusive, indigenous, EALD and mainstream settings
  • plan and develop appropriate teaching activities for students from a diverse range of backgrounds
  • develop and implement effective assessment strategies and carry out evaluation of teaching programs, resources and your own teaching
  • apply the requisite content knowledge for all primary school curriculum areas to teaching, assessment and reporting methods, alternate/enhanced literacy and numeracy strategies and the effective use of ICT in teaching and learning
  • reflect on your practice and experiences and engage in a process of continual improvement.

Career opportunities

  • Primary school teacher
  • Early childhood teacher

Work-integrated learning

This course has also been designed and developed in partnership with the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) and the requirements of the CIT Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care are subsumed into the first year of this course.

Course specific information

This course is delivered in partnership with CIT. CIT staff deliver the first year of the course, which is the equivalent of the CIT Diploma of Child Care. The competencies required for the Diploma have been redesigned to be delivered as University units, at AQF level 7 and on the UC Campus. 

Admission Requirements

Normal UC requirements for admission to an undergraduate course.

In addition there is a pathway into this course for applicants who have completed the CIT Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (or equivalent qualification from another ACECQA approved Diploma course). Credit for 7 units (21 credit points) of this course will be granted to applicants who have completed an ACECQA accredited Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. The 21 credit points will be based upon credit being granted for:

- 10169 - Infant and Toddler Education - 3 cp, Level 1
- 10170 - Pedagogy of Relationships in Early Childhood Education - 3 cp, Level 1
- 10171 - Health and Wellbeing in Early Childhood Education - 3 cp, Level 1
- 10172 - Regulatory Frameworks in Early Childhood Education - 3 cp, Level 1
- 10173 - Curriculum Design in Early Childhood Education - 3 cp, Level 1
- 10174 - Development in Early Childhood Education - 3 cp, Level 1
- 10175 - Quality Improvement in Early Childhood Education - 3 cp, Level 1

Applicants with equivalent Diplomas from providers other than CIT also be granted the same 7 units of credit. Where an applicant does not have a completed Diploma (ACECQA approved), NO credit will be granted.

Additional Admission Requirements

Students must obtain a Working with Vulnerable People Check.

Assumed Knowledge

ACT: English & Maths (T with C minimum pass) NSW: Higher School Certificate English and Maths minimum.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education B EC & Prim Ed

Alternate Exit Awards

Bachelor of Educational Studies

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.


Professional Accreditation

This course requires external accreditation from two independent regulatory authorities. The Early Childhood profession is regulated by ACECQA and is accredited by ACECQA in order for graduates to be employed in Early Childhood settings. The Primary profession in the ACT is regulated by the ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) and is accredited by ACT TQI in order for graduates to be employed in Primary Schools.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
1. Demonstrate that they possess the appropriate scientific, literacy and numeracy knowledge to properly inform their teaching, communication and administrative responsibilities. UC graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
Communicate effectively.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of theories and principles that are the foundation for educational issues and practice in early childhood and primary settings. UC graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
Communicate effectively.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical frameworks that underpin a comprehensive understanding of early childhood and primary school learners. UC graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
Communicate effectively.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Think globally about issues in their profession.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas.
4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of student needs and differences and the relevance of these to learning in inclusive, indigenous, EALD and mainstream settings within early childhood centres and primary schools. UC graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
Communicate effectively;
Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
Work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Think globally about issues in their profession;
Understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
Communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings.
5. Plan and develop appropriate teaching activities for students from a diverse range of backgrounds. UC graduates are professional:
Communicate effectively;
Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
Work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Think globally about issues in their profession;
Understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
Communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings.
6. Develop and implement effective assessment strategies and carry out evaluation of teaching programs, resources and their own teaching. UC graduates are professional:
Communicate effectively;
Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems.
7. Apply the requisite content knowledge for all Early Childhood and Primary School Curriculum areas to teaching, assessment and reporting methods, alternate/enhanced literacy and numeracy strategies and the effective use of ICT in teaching and learning. UC graduates are professional:
Communicate effectively.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas;
Evaluate and adopt new technology.
8. Reflect effectively on their practice and on their experiences within their profession and use that reflection to engage in a process of continual improvement. UC graduates are professional:
Communicate effectively;
Display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload;
Take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
Be self-aware.

Course Duration

Standard eight semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.

Honours

None.

Offerings

  • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
  • Past Offerings
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

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