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Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education - 326JA

Course Code: 326JA
Course Version: 2
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Discipline(s): Academic Program Area - Education
UAC Code: 364103
CRICOS Code: 088695C
Lowest Selection Rank: 60.7
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 children from birth to Year Six

If your ambition is to work as a teacher in a preschool, early learning centre or primary school, then UC’s Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education will provide you with a broad and innovative education degree which prepares you for a future-focused career.
Taught in partnership with the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), which delivers the first year of the course as a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, this four-year degree is carefully structured with a balance of both theory and practice in teaching.
During your first year of study, you’ll undertake professional teaching placements in early childhood and preschool settings.
Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) units across your remaining three years are taught on-site in schools, providing you with ongoing opportunities to engage with children of all ages and embrace your course learnings first-hand. Whether you choose to launch your career in an early childhood or primary school environment, you’ll graduate classroom-ready and keen to inspire the next generation of children aged 0 to 12.

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, English as an Additional Language or Dialect (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 required 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 Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in teaching and learning
  • reflect on your practice and experiences and engage in a process of continual improvement.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

A teaching degree, by its very nature, is the embodiment of Work Integrated Learning (WIL), with its focus on compulsory professional teaching practice.
During this course, you’ll undertake a minimum of 120 days of practical placement within schools and educational facilities, including at least 40 days in an early childhood environment and 80 days across a range of primary school settings.

In addition to this, the course content is developed by early childhood and primary education professionals, and kept relevant and up-to-date through consistent monitoring of, and engagement with, the industry.

You’ll undertake authentic assessment tasks which are highly relevant to the day-to-day practice of teaching, and will take part in regular professional development activities, field trips to educational sites, lectures hosted by guest speakers from a range of education and teaching backgrounds, and more.

Career opportunities

  • Early childhood teacher
  • Early learning centre director
  • Educational leader
  • Early childhood policy adviser
  • Early childhood advocator
  • Early intervention teacher
  • Primary school teacher
  • Principal
  • Deputy principal
  • Executive teacher
  • Special needs teacher
  • Gifted and talented teacher
  • Relief teacher
  • Private tutor
  • Schools policy adviser
  • Children’s services manager
  • OSHC coordinator (Out of School Hours Care)
  • Schools engagement coordinator

Course specific information

This course is delivered in partnership with Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT). CIT staff deliver the first year of the course, which is the equivalent of the CIT Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. The competencies required for the Diploma are embedded in the University units, which are taught at the AQF7 level.
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 8 units (24 credit points) of this course will be granted to applicants who have completed an ACECQA-accredited Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. The 24 credit points will be based upon credit being granted for:

  • 10173 – Curriculum Design in Early Childhood Education – 3cp, Level 1
  • 10174 – Development in Early Childhood Education – 3cp, Level 1
  • 10171 – Health and Wellbeing in Early Childhood Education – 3cp, Level 1
  • 9874 – Human Development and Learning – 3cp, Level 1
  • 10169 – Infant and Toddler Education – 3cp, Level 1
  • 10170 – Pedagogy of Relationships in Early Childhood Education – 3cp, Level
  • 10172 – Regulatory Frameworks in Early Childhood Education – 3cp, Level 1
  • 10175 – Quality Improvement in Early Childhood Education – 3cp, Level 1

Applicants with equivalent diplomas from providers other than CIT will also be granted the same 8 units of credit. Where an applicant does not have a completed diploma (ACECQA approved), no credit will be granted.

Students must obtain a Working with Vulnerable People Check before their first placement.

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.

On graduating, students must register with the appropriate state teaching body in order to teach.

 

Enquiries

Prospective Domestic Students
Email study@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email international@canberra.edu.au or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the University Student Centre by Email student.centre@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1300 301 727

Admission Requirements

Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:
- Year 12 ATAR
- other Australian Qualification
- work experience
- overseas qualification

We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to the University via alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes.
More information is available on our Alternative Entry page: http://www.canberra.edu.au/future-students/applications/apply-now/alternative-entry


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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 8 units (24 credit points) of this course will be granted to applicants who have completed an ACECQA accredited Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. The 24 credit points will be based upon credit being granted for:

- 9874 - Human Development and Learning - 3 cp, Level 1
- 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 8 units of credit. Where an applicant does not have a completed Diploma (ACECQA approved), NO credit will be granted.

Additional Admission Requirements

All applicants will be required to complete a written statement in response to questions designed to assess their suitability for the teaching profession. Applicants' responses to these questions must be deemed satisfactory for them to be admitted to this course.

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

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2019 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Credit Arrangements

Credit arrangements (if available) for this course can be found on the University's Credit Search website.

Course Requirements

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Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.

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

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2019 CSP $27,500
2020 CSP $28,500

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.


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
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

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