Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Study Mode: On-Campus
Campus Locations: Melbourne, Sydney
Attendance Mode: Full-time, Part-time

CRICOS Code: 102713G

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education is your pathway to an exciting career as an early childhood teacher where you will gain a contemporary body of knowledge and skills to educate children from birth to five years across a variety of settings and professional roles. Central to the course design is the significance of the development and learning that occurs between birth and starting school for every child.

This degree is for anyone who has a genuine interest in understanding and enhancing children’s learning in a comprehensive and holistic manner. It is also suitable for those who have completed a related qualification and want to further their education to become an early childhood teacher.

Key Information

AWARD

Bachelor of
Early Childhood Education

DURATION

4 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)

FIRST INTAKE

February 2021

CAMPUSES

Melbourne
Sydney

STUDY MODE

On-Campus

Overview

 

The importance of access to early childhood education and its long-term benefits is well recognised. In the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education you will study the significance of the learning and development that occurs between birth and starting school for every child. As graduate early childhood teachers, you will have an understanding of educational theory and contemporary approaches to empower you to design and deliver curriculum that enhances each child’s learning dispositions and cognitive, social, emotional and physical development skills.

During your four-year degree, you will develop skills in play pedagogy to teach literacy, maths, science, technology, engineering, arts, music, dance, drama, multimodal media, and STEM to young children. This will be balanced with safety, health and wellbeing; documentation, planning and assessment; sustainable practices; working with families and communities; diversity and inclusion practices; advocacy and research; pedagogical and educational leadership; and service provision and management.

As part of the degree, you will actively engage in 80 days of professional experience across four discrete placements to develop your teaching practice with young children. The final 30-day placement will give you the opportunity to consolidate your pedagogical and leadership practice, and the confidence and practical experience to enter the sector as a graduate early childhood teacher.

This qualification is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework.

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Course Structure

What will I learn?

 

  • Teaching theory, skills and practice directed specifically for the learning and development of children aged birth to five years through meaningful learning experiences and curriculum based on sound pedagogical principles.
  • The importance of play-based learning where children are actively engaged with activities that, while incorporating elements of play, also supports their learning and development
  • How to encourage children’s participation and support diversity, equity and inclusion in the early years with emphasis on the construction and dynamics of families and communities in diverse contexts.
  • The correlation between social and emotional development and behaviour, the importance of promoting and encouraging children’s agency and positive behaviour, and how to support children to self-regulate, develop their social-emotional skills and connect through positive social interactions.
  • Preparation for educational leadership and service management including how to critically analyse issues and policy developments in the sector and to reflect on their own practice as professional early childhood educators
  • Professional experience through a series of placement under the supervision of experienced educational leaders, giving you a real sense of early childhood education practices.

Study Sequence
 

The course consists of 32 subjects including four placement subjects. You must successfully complete all subjects to graduate with the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (192 credit points).

Each academic year consists of three study periods called trimesters. Each trimester consists of twelve weeks of teaching plus one exam week.

A full-time study load is eight subjects per year across three trimesters.
A part-time study load is typically five subjects per year.

Click here to see a typical full-time study plan

 

Delivery & Workload
 

Course delivery for the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education is a combination of on-campus lectures, tutorials, out of class self-directed study and workplace learning.

Each year includes the completion of one placement to accumulate 80 days professional experience by the end of the degree.

You should allow for 3 hours per subject for on-campus lectures and tutorials. For each subject, you should then spend approximately 10 hours per week for self-directed study to complete prescribed readings, practice skills, research, study and complete assessments.

Subjects

Year 1

EPRO101 Professional Practice

This subject explores the role of the early childhood professional; the operations of early childhood settings; relevant conventions, legislation, regulations, codes of conduct; policy; and quality assurance processes that inform the day to day practices of an early childhood teacher.

Assessments: Report (30%), Presentation and Leaflet (30%), Essay (40%)

ECUR102 Exploring Play and Documentation

This subject explores early childhood play theory and pedagogy; the role of the early childhood teacher in play; how to reflect on and utilise play to document, assess, plan and reflect on children’s learning and development; as well as the variety of documentation techniques utilised in early childhood settings to document and create play environments for children.

Assessments: Essay (30%), Leaflet (30%), Documentation, Planning and Assessment Records (40%)

EPRO103 Holistic Child Development

This subject explores child development; developmental theories and influences; genetics and growth; the brain and neuroscience; developmental domains and milestones; learning dispositions; and the importance of using child development to inform the pedagogical practices of an early childhood teacher.

Assessments: Research Task (30%), Booklet (40%), Exam (30%)

EPRO104 Diversity and Equity

This subject explores diversity and equity in the early years context; personal and professional cultural identity and competence; dominant discourse and bias in practices; the diversity and richness of inclusion in an early childhood curriculum of First Nations Peoples and culture, abilities, race, ethnicity, linguistics, gender, sexuality, and spirituality by an early childhood teacher.

Assessments: Report (30%), Essay (30%), Presentation and Leaflet (40%)

EPRO105 Safety, Health and Wellbeing

This subject explores the significance of a holistic approach to the health, wellbeing, wellness, nutrition and safety of infants and children in early childhood education and care settings.

Assessments: Presentation and Report (30%), Essay (40%), Exam (30%)

ETCH106 Development, Assessment and Planning (3 to 5 years)

This subject explores child development, teaching practices and pedagogy, assessment and planning for nurturing and educating children three to five years.

Assessments: Annotated Bibliography (30%), Essay (30%), Booklet (40%)

ETCH107 Exploring Creativity

This subject explores creativity in the early years across all curriculum areas, as well as the early childhood teacher’s role in documenting, assessing, and planning meaningful learning experiences to foster creativity and support children’s holistic development.

Assessments: Essay (30%), Presentation and Leaflet (40%), Reflective Practice Journal (30%)

PLAC907 Professional Experience (3 to 5 years)

This subject applies learned theory, knowledge, skills, and practices of an early childhood teacher in an approved early childhood education setting with children aged three to five years.

Assessments: Portfolio (40%), Service Report (15%), Supervising Academic Report (15%), Student Report (15%), Essay (15%)

Year 2

EPRO201 Theoretical Perspectives and Pedagogy

This subject investigates early childhood theories, perspectives and understandings that influence early childhood teachers’ pedagogical approaches to curriculum design, implementation, analysis, and reflection.

Assessments: Essay (30%), Presentation and Leaflet (40%), Report (30%)

EDEV202 Understanding and Supporting Exceptionality

This subject investigates contemporary inclusive education approaches in facilitating learning outcomes for all children, as well as in-depth studies of areas of exceptionality for inclusion in curriculum and teaching practices in early childhood settings.

Assessments: Essay (30%), Report (40%), Presentation (30%)

ETCH203 Understanding and Guiding Behaviour

This subject investigates teachers understanding of the links between children’s contexts, development, and behaviour, as well as early childhood teaching strategies and approaches to support children’s behaviour and nurture positive self-esteem, wellbeing, self-regulation, and emotional intelligence.

Assessments: Essay (30%), Leaflet (30%), Presentation (40%)

EPRO204 Working with Families and Communities

This subject investigates the diversity, complexity and changing nature of contemporary families and childhoods in differing contexts; theories and intervention strategies in working with individuals, families and communities; as well as the significance of engaging with relevant community organisations, external professionals, events and services.

Assessments: Presentation (30%), Essay (30%), Report (40%)

ETCH205 Sustainability Perspectives in the Early Years

This subject investigates the key concepts, theories, priorities, and practices of education for sustainability, as well as teaching strategies and curriculum provision to nurture children’s active citizenship in sustainable practice.

Assessments: Essay (30%), Project (40%), Exam (30%)

ETCH206 Development, Assessment and Planning (0 to 3 years)

This subject investigates child development, teaching practices and pedagogy, assessment and planning for nurturing and educating children birth to three years.

Assessments: Exam (30%), Booklet (40%), Documentation, Planning and Assessment Records (30%)

ECUR207 Curriculum Approaches and Teaching Strategies

This subject investigates the historical, contemporary, and critical approaches to curriculum provision; the teaching strategies and national teaching standards required of an early childhood teacher; and the creation and facilitation of effective early childhood curriculums through the provision and management of learning environments across diverse contexts.

Assessments: Essay (30%), Presentation (30%), Report (40%)

PLAC908 Professional Experience 2 (0 to 3 years)

This subject applies learned theory, knowledge, skills, and practices of an early childhood teacher in an approved early childhood education setting with babies and toddlers.

Assessments: Portfolio (40%), Service Report (15%), Supervising Academic Report (15%), Student Report (15%), Essay (15%)

Year 3

ECUR301 Language and Literacy in the Early Years

This subject examines children’s acquisition of language; learning opportunities to support language and literacy in early childhood environments; and the role of the early childhood teacher in facilitating each child’s language through teaching strategies such as singing, rhyming, storytelling, and digital technology.

Assessments: Research Task (30%), Essay (40%), Test (30%)

ECUR302 Mathematics in the Early Years

This subject examines various theoretical underpinnings and key concepts of mathematics education; the role of the early childhood teacher; teaching strategies and the content areas for teaching mathematics in early childhood education settings.

Assessments: Essay (30%), Report (40%), Test (30%)

ECUR303 Digital Technology and Media in the Early Years

This subject examines digital technologies and media in contemporary early childhood pedagogy; service provision; continued professional learning; and the use of multimodal media, digital technologies, coding, and robotics with children.

Assessments: Literature Review (30%), Learning Experience Plans and Resources (40%), Presentation (30%)

ETCH304 Teaching Curriculum: Literacy and Numeracy

This subject examines the contemporary literacy and numeracy approaches to educating young children; and the role of the teacher and teaching strategies required to design curricula and embed literacy and numeracy into play-based learning opportunities.

Assessments: Research Task (30%), Teaching Portfolio (40%), Report (30%)

ETCH305 Teaching Curriculum: STEM

This subject examines contemporary STEM approaches to educating young children; and the role of the teacher and teaching strategies required to design curricula and embed science, technology, engineering, and mathematics into play-based learning opportunities.

Assessments: Annotated Bibliography (30%), Teaching Portfolio (40%), STEM Fair (30%)

ETCH306 Teaching Curriculum: Music, Dance and Drama

This subject examines contemporary creative arts approaches to educating young children; and the role of the teacher and teaching strategies required to design curricula and embed music, movement, dance, and drama into play-based learning opportunities.

Assessments: Report (30%), Teaching Portfolio (40%), Performance (30%)

ETCH307 Teaching Curriculum: Art

This subject examines contemporary creative arts approaches to educating young children; and the role of the teacher and teaching strategies required to design curricula and embed visual, media and sensory art into play-based learning opportunities.

Assessments: Presentation (30%), Teaching Portfolio (40%), Art Show (30%)

PLAC909 Professional Experience 3 (3 to 5 years)

This subject applies learned theory, knowledge, skills, and practices of an early childhood teacher in an approved early childhood education setting with children aged three to five years.

Assessments: Portfolio (40%), Service Report (15%), Supervising Academic Report (15%), Student Report (15%), Essay (15%)

Year 4

EPRO341 Inclusive Perspectives in Early Childhood Education

This subject synthesises the key principles, theories, legislation and government programs informing inclusive education in early childhood settings; as well as educational scholarship in applying approaches, perspectives and pedagogical practices to design contemporary inclusive learning environments, curriculum, and assessment for all children.

Assessments: Essay (30%), Report (40%), Presentation (30%)

ECUR342 Contemporary Curriculum in Early Childhood Education

This subject synthesises international and national early childhood curriculum models; current issues, debates, and ongoing professional learning in contemporary early childhood curriculum provision; as well as the impacts of educational policy decisions on families, children, the community, and society.

Assessments: Annotated Bibliography (30%), Report (30%), Project and Presentation (40%)

This subject synthesises Indigenous education in Australia; the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations, cultures, practices and beliefs on embracing reconciliation in early childhood service provision; as well as the role of the teacher in  embedding First Nation perspectives through applying historical and contemporary culturally related learning provisions.

Assessments: Research Task (30%), Report (30%), Project and Presentation (40%)

EPRO344 Advocacy and Social Justice in Early Childhood Education

This subject synthesises contemporary issues in social justice in early childhood education; the role of the curriculum in addressing social justice issues to ensure children are participating as democratic citizens within the learning environment; as well as the personal, participatory and political advocacy requirements of the early childhood teacher.

Assessments: Literature Review (30%), Project and Presentation (40%), Journal (30%)

ELDR345 Educational Leadership

This subject synthesises the theories and functions of early childhood educational leadership; the contemporary context of educational leadership in the National Quality Framework and Australian Professional Standards for Teachers; and the professional identity of pedagogical and educational leader in early childhood service provision.

Assessments: Essay (30%), Research Report (40%), Professional Learning Presentation (30%)

ELDR346 Leadership and Service Management

This subject synthesises legislation, business operations, management skills and leadership practices to create a positive service culture with emphasises on informed decision-making and delivering quality early childhood settings to the community.

Assessments: Report (30%), Management Plan (30%), Literature Review (40%)

ELDR347 Researching in Early Childhood Education

This subject synthesises historical and contemporary research projects in early childhood education, as well as designing and implementing small-scale research projects in early childhood settings.

Assessments: Research Proposal (30%), Research Project (50%), Conference Presentation (20%)

PLAC910 Professional Experience 4 (Capstone)

This subject consolidates learned theory, knowledge, skills, and practices of an early childhood teacher in an approved early childhood education setting with children.

Assessments: Portfolio (30%), Service Report (30%), Supervising Academic Report (20%), Student Report (20%).

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education prepares graduates for an exciting career as an early childhood teacher with the skills to educate children from birth to five years across a variety of early childhood settings, and in professional and community roles within the sector. Graduates wishing to advance their learning in early childhood education may be eligible for postgraduate studies.

Professional Accreditation

The course is recognised by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) as an approved early childhood qualification for Early Childhood Teachers under the National Quality Framework. Graduates may be eligible for teacher accreditation recognition via their relevant state regulatory authority. 

Admission Criteria

 

Ikon has a range of admission pathways available to students of all circumstances and academic backgrounds:

  • Australian Year 12 Secondary School Certificate with a minimum ATAR 60
  • Completion of a VET qualification at Diploma level or higher
  • Completion (or partial completion) of a higher education qualification

Applicants may also gain entry in recognition of their work and life experience. You must be at least 21 years of age at course commencement and provide a written admission statement of 300-500 words explaining how the knowledge, skills and personal qualities you’ve gained through your experiences will help you succeed in your studies at Ikon. For more information about writing your admissions statement click here.

All applicants must submit a personal teaching statement of 500 words outlining their reasons for wanting to become an early childhood teacher, and participate in an informal interview.

International applicants, and any applicants who did not complete their previous study in English, must evidence a minimum IELTS Overall Score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.5.

You should choose the admission pathway most relevant to your academic background. To discuss the best pathway for your circumstances, please contact Admissions at 1300 000 933 or via email at admissions@ikon.edu.au.

 

For more information see:

Application Process
Course Admission Policy
Domestic Student Admission Policy
Student Profile Table

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

 

Recognition of Prior Learning is an assessment process used to determine the extent to which a student has achieved the learning outcomes of a subject from earlier learning, experience or achievements. Where equivalence of prior learning can be established, the student is exempt from attending that particular subject in order to complete their course.

You may apply for course credit towards the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education in recognition of prior learning which may result in course credit and exemption from that subject. For more information on the application process, see the Recognition of Prior Learning & Credit Policy or contact Admissions at 1300 000 933 or admissions@ikon.edu.au.

 

Pathways

 

Credit Transfer

Graduates of a vocational CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification may be eligible for entry into the second year of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Eligible applicants may receive course credit via the grade of Advanced Standing for up to 11 subjects.

Graduates of the nested Diploma of Early Childhood Education through Ikon Institute of Australia may gain entry into the third year of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Eligible applicants will receive course credit via the grade of Advanced Standing.

 

Exit Pathway

Students who successfully complete the first two years of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and decide they do not wish to continue their degree studies may exit with the nested award of Diploma of Early Childhood Education.

 

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