Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

2022 course information for Domestic Students
2022 course information for International Students

updated 6:03 AM on Tue, 3 August

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR
60
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
3 years full-time
Location
Gold Coast, Lismore, Online
Start date
March, July
Course code
3007003
Course abbreviation
BECE
Credit points
288
Equivalent units
24
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

There is strong demand for qualified early childhood educators. This degree gives you a three-year qualification to work in early childhood settings with children from six-weeks-old to six-years-old.

Core units cover early childhood principles and practices, and also includes literacy, language and pedagogical approaches for early childhood education. Students investigate contemporary issues in early childhood  education, leadership and management, and health and wellbeing in the early childhood environment.

The course includes extensive placement experience in settings that might include early childcare centres, preschools and other early childhood services. As you will be interacting with children and young people, upon enrolment you will be expected to apply and attain a valid Working with Children Check for your state or territory. See professional experience requirements.

There is strong demand for qualified early childhood educators. This degree gives you a three-year qualification to work in early childhood settings with children from six-weeks-old to six-years-old.

Core units cover early childhood principles and practices, and also includes literacy, language and pedagogical approaches for early childhood education. Students investigate contemporary issues in early childhood  education, leadership and management, and health and wellbeing in the early childhood environment.

The course includes extensive placement experience in settings that might include early childcare centres, preschools and other early childhood services. As you will be interacting with children and young people, upon enrolment you will be expected to apply and attain a valid Working with Children Check for your state or territory. See professional experience requirements.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To meet the minimum English language requirement, an applicant must satisfy one of the following criteria:

  1. have completed senior secondary study equivalent of Australian Year 12 or have completed at least one year of full-time study (or equivalent part-time study) at AQF diploma equivalent or higher where:
    1. the country where those studies were undertaken is listed in Rules Relating to Awards – Rule 2, Section 2 – English Language Proficiency Requirements and
    2. the language of instruction was English; or
  2. achieved a minimum test score within two (2) years of the date of application for admission, equal to or above the minimum listed below:
    1. International English Language Test System (IELTS). The applicant must have a minimum overall score of 6.5, including a minimum result of 6.5 in speaking and listening, reading and writing; or
    2. International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR). The applicant must have a score of at least 4+ in each of the four areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall Score6.5
Reading6.5
Writing6.5
Listening6.5
Speaking6.5

About the course

Core content areas cover:

  • Literacy, language and pedagogical approaches 
  • Issues in contemporary education
  • Leadership and management
  • Health and wellbeing in the early childhood environment.
 
Please note: Some units in this course are only delivered online and online students may need to attend on-campus workshops.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3
LismoreTerm  1, Term  3
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3

International students

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

STAR Early Offer

If you're a current Year 12 student you can register for our STAR Early Offer program and may be eligible to receive an early offer based on your School Principal's recommendation. STAR Early Offers must be undertaken in Session 1.

Apply for your STAR Early Offer
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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Demonstrate analytical and critical skills to transform and disrupt thinking in early childhood educational based practice.

Demonstrate an understanding of diverse ways of knowing and learning in early childhood education settings to inform connected and compassionate ways of teaching.

Demonstrate an ability to identify and solve problems with intellectual independence.

Demonstrate an ability to develop innovative and creative responses to local and global challenges in early childhood education settings.

Demonstrate a knowledge of social justice and ethical principles in early childhood education settings.

Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to legislative requirements and codes of conduct relevant to the early childhood education profession.

Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of the early years curriculum framework and National Quality Standards.

Demonstrate an evidence based understanding and knowledge of the pedagogy for effective early childhood educational practice.

Demonstrate the capacity for self-reflective learning and critical thinking with responsibility and accountability in professional practice.

Demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional development through self-directed learning and reflective practice.

Communicate clearly, coherently and independently with exposition of knowledge and ideas in both oral and written forms.

Demonstrate teamwork and leadership skills in early childhood education settings.

Apply and integrate an understanding of social, indigenous and cultural diversity, and respect for the identity of all persons.

Demonstrate proactive and inclusive strategies for diverse groups in early childhood education settings

Demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of the impacts of culture, cultural identity and linguistic background on the education of the students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.


Assessment methods

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.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be trained Early Childhood teachers with a three-year qualification. Good career prospects exist in childcare centres, preschools and other early childhood services.

Professional placement

You’ll complete a substantial program of professional teaching experiences as part of your degree in a range of early childhood environments, enabling you to apply your theoretical knowledge in real-world educational settings.

As you will be interacting with children and young people, upon enrolment you will be expected to apply and attain a valid Working with Children Check for your state or territory. See professional experience requirements.

All students need to successfully complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) prior to undertaking the first professional experience placement.

Professional recognition

This new course is pending accreditation from the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority.

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Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, students must complete the equivalent of 28 units (288 credit points), comprising:
Permission to undertake a professional experience placement will at all times be at the discretion of the Head of School.
 
Exit Awards
Students may be eligible to exit with the Associate Degree of Educational Studies after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points), comprising 16 core units.
 
Students may be eligible to exit with the Diploma of Interdisciplinary Studies after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising 8 core units.
 
Inherent Requirements
Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Equity and Inclusion website. If you have a disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to meet these requirements please refer to the Student Equity and Inclusion website for further information and contact details.

 


Course structure


Schedule of units

TitleNote

Core Units -students must undertake all of the following.

EDUC1003 -  Foundations for Education Note 2
ENGL1005 -  Foundations: Language & Literacy
MATH1002 -  Foundations: Mathematics and Numeracy
EDUC1006 -  Interdisciplinary Studies: Crossing the Line Note 2
SCIN1006 -  Science and Technology: All Things Matter
CRTV1001 -  Creativity and the Arts
TCHR1002 -  Play and Pedagogies in the Early Years
HLTH1002 -  PDHPE: Mind, Body and Soul
CLST1002 -  HSIE: The Universe Next Door
TCHR1001 -  Early Childhood Principles and Practice
TCHR2008 -  Theory to practice: Competency and Capability of Preschoolers
TCHR2003 -  Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood
EDUC1004 -  Education and Change: The Lifelong Learner
EDUC6009 -  Education and Indigenous Australians: Ways of Knowing and Being
EDUC2021 -  Storylines: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking
TCHR2010 -  Theory to Practice: Education and Care for Infants and Toddlers
EDUC3023 -  Education for Inclusion and Diversity: The Responsive Teacher
TCHR3001 -  Early Childhood Matters
TCHR6007 -  Creative Arts for Early Childhood Education
TCHR6006 -  Health, Wellbeing and the Environment in Early Childhood Education
EDUC2020 -  Education and ICT: Digital Disruptions
TCHR2002 -  Children, Families and Communities
EDUC3024 -  Education and the Environment: More than Human
TCHR3004 -  Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood
TCHR2007 -  Professional Experience: Early Childhood I Note 1
TCHR2011 -  Professional Experience: Early Childhood II Note 1
TCHR2013 -  Professional Experience: Early Childhood III Note 1
TCHR3010 -  Professional Experience: Early Childhood IV Note 1


Notes

Note 1: This unit involves a professional experience placement.
Note 2: This unit involves observation days.

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