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The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) was developed in consultation with state and national accrediting bodies. It is distinctive in terms of its child-centred philosophy and is supported by up-to-date evidence on best practice in the early years, including research being undertaken through the Centre for Children and Young People, which is co-located with the School of Education.
The course prepares students to teach children from birth to eight years in a variety of childhood contexts, including early childhood centres (childcare), pre-schools and the early years of primary school. It also provides a pathway, within its 32 units, for graduates to gain eligibility to teach in NSW across the range of educational settings from early childhood to upper primary (birth to 12 years).
Graduates of this degree can pursue teaching opportunities in early childhood centres (childcare), pre-schools, other early childhood services and primary schools.
This course is approved by the NSW Institute of Teachers and is nationally recognised. Graduates meet the qualification requirements for accreditation/registration as a teacher in schools across all Australian states and territories.
The course has been placed on the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority’s (ACECQA) list of approved early childhood teacher qualifications. A person who holds a qualification on the list of approved early childhood teaching qualifications is an early childhood teacher for the purposes of the Education and Care Services National Law and Regulations.
Students gain extensive teaching practice in childcare centres, kindergartens, other recognised early childhood services, and primary schools.
The course focuses on understanding the education, care and development of children; childhood studies; and curriculum studies.
Some units are delivered by distance education or online.
To qualify for the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) a total of 384 credit points (usually 32 units) must be completed.
Please note that some majors and units may not be available at each location. Unit availabilities are published for each study period and vary from year to year. Please contact the School for further information.
For course rules and a full list of units, please refer to the Specific Award Rules below.
|Locations||In 2013 some classes at the Gold Coast may be taught out of facilities at Tweed Heads.|
|Coffs Harbour||Session 1|
Southern Cross Drive, Bilinga
|Course Duration||4 years full-time; 8 years part-time
May be completed in a shorter duration subject to unit availabilities.
|Fees and Charges||• Domestic fees
• International fees
• Additional fee information
|School||School of Education|
|Admission, Enrolment and General Enquiries||www.scu.edu.au/enquiries|
|Further Information||Domestic applicants: Ph: 1800 626 481
International applicants: Ph: +61 2 6620 3876; E: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Total Units:||Award Abbreviation:||2013 ATAR equivalent/OP:|
|UAC Course Code||QTAC Course Code||CRICOS Course Code|
|Coffs Harbour: 331157
Gold Coast: 331164
|Coffs Harbour: 051751
Gold Coast: 051561
|Coffs Harbour NSW: 065054D
Gold Coast QLD: 077272F
Lismore NSW: 065054D
Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, workshops, professional experience in schools, and online discussion forums. Some units are delivered by distance education or online.
MySCU is a student’s point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.
The web-based program Blackboard Collaborate delivers advanced on-line learning environments for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces and classrooms. They can share files, presentations, and applications. If the session is recorded, students can view it afterwards.
Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and books of readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.
The SCU library provides a wide range of services including librarian assistance, print and electronic resources, a document delivery service, catalogues, databases, ebooks, ereadings, and full-text journal literature.
The Academic Skills Development team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.
Most units have two or three assessment tasks, which may include a mix of essays, presentations, journals, portfolios, online discussions, quizzes, learning stories, role plays, an assessment of the student's professional experience, and end-of-semester examinations.
Southern Cross University provides students with modern well-equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audio-visual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.
Please note that this course is not available to international students intending to study at Gold Coast.
Pre-requisite Year 12 subjects
There are no pre-requisite subjects required for this course.
On-campus Undergraduate applications
To apply to study an undergraduate degree at a SCU campus, apply online through the NSW Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). For more information please visit either the UAC or QTAC websites: www.uac.edu.au or www.qtac.edu.au. A late fee applies for UAC and QTAC applications received after the 30th of September.
Please refer to the International Office website.
At Southern Cross University, your previous study or work experience may help you cut time off your degree.
We recommend that you apply for advance standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount and type of credit awarded will determine your study plan.
For more details and how to apply please visit the Advanced Standing website.
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Important - Please contact the University for confirmation of the course structure prior to acting on this information. The University accepts no liability for any loss suffered by reason of reliance on this information.
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.4.1 Requirements for Admission
Applicants for admission to candidature must have an assessable entry qualification from a country where English is the main language and where the medium of instruction for that qualification was English, or demonstrate proficiency of English by: