Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

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On Offer Yes
Award Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
Accepting Applications Applications for Semester 2, 2014 are now being accepted
Program Coordinator Dr Sue Emmett
Contact Hours (per week) Approximately 15 hours on campus and 24 hours self-directed learning per week.
Classes Held

Higher Education students can expect the majority of classes to fall any time between 8:30 am and 6:30pm, Monday to Friday. The timetable for Higher Education programs will be finalised when offers are made.

Commences February and July
Program Outline

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) program aims to prepare teachers to work confidently and competently with children in early childhood and primary school settings. Settings may include; primary (Prep to 6), kindergarten, pre-schools, occasional care, out of school hour's care and long day care centres.

The objectives of the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) are to:

- Prepare graduates with flexible capabilities, and hence employment opportunities;
- Incorporate learning technologies and learning about associated pedagogies;
- Prepare graduates who recognise the importance of commitment to exemplary professional practice;
- Actively facilitate the lifelong learning of pre-service teachers in early childhood education and prepare them to contribute to a wide range of learning communities;
- Build partnerships with learning professions and communities;
- Emphasise the importance of regional communities, facilitate work with and in them, and reinforce the university's central roles in regional development.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) program prepares individuals to work as a teacher in primary (prep to grade 6) and early childhood settings (birth to 5 years old).

Program Rules and Requirements

This program consists of 32 compulsory courses with no electives. Each year of study is designed to answer particular questions both as a focus for student learning and to reflect their development towards becoming qualified and competent early childhood teachers/educators.

Compulsory Courses:

YEAR 1: Teacher Identity; Technology and Communities of Knowledge; Successful Learners*; Understanding Early Human Development*; Language, Literacies and ICT's for Young Children, Health and Physical Education Curriculum; Creating Safe and Supportive Learning Environments; Communities of Learners;

YEAR 2: Investigating: Science and Environmental Education, Approaches to Teaching in the Arts; Diversity: Children, Families and Communities*; Young Peoples Worlds*; Individual Expression: Art, Movement and Music; Language and Literacies in the Primary Years; Ecology of Childhood; Investigating: Numeracy and Technology*;

YEAR 3: Play as Curriculum in Early Childhood Settings; Learning and Teaching Mathematics; Introduction to Science Education; Programming in Early Childhood*; Teacher as Leader; Students with Special Needs; Social Education and Humanities Curriculum; Teacher as Advocate*;

YEAR 4: Early Childhood Partners in Learning (summer semester)*; Teacher as Researcher; Learning English as a Second Language; Indigenous Education; Professional, Policy, Practice and Responsibility; Integrated Curriculum Studies; The Reflective Practitioner*.

* These courses include a Professional Experience component (approximately 100 days throughout the four year program), where students are required to travel throughout Victoria to attend schools, childcare centres, kindergartens, family day care and other education environments. Placements are arranged by the Professional Experience Administrator in accordance with the School of Education guidelines. Associated travel and accommodation costs are the responsibility of the student.

Program Content

For further information regarding the Program Content for this program, please select the link below:
Fee Schedule

Program Majors AvailableGeneral
Indicative Program Structure
This Indicative Program Structure is not to be used for enrolment purposes. Refer to information provided by your school for your individual program structure.

The indicative fees are for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Not all Post Graduate Programs offer a Commonwealth Supported Place. Please refer to our Schedule of Fees page for more information regarding Indicative Program fees.

General Credit Points CSP Fee

Varied Structure
EDECE4001 Partnerships In Learning 15 $756

Year 1 Semester 1
EDBED1001 Technology & Communities Of Knowledge 15 $756
EDBED1003 Successful Learners 15 $756
EDECE1002 Understanding Early Human Development 15 $756

Year 1 Semester 2
EDBED1004 Communities Of Learners 15 $756
EDBED1005 Health & Physical Education Curriculum 15 $756
EDECE1005 Creating Safe And Supportive Learning Environments 15 $756
EDECE1014 Language, Literacy And Icts For Young Children 15 $756

Year 2 Semester 1
EDBED2002 Young People'S Worlds 15 $756
EDBED2004 Approaches To Teaching In The Arts 15 $756
EDECE2011 Diversity: Children, Families And Communities 15 $756
EDECE2012 Investigating: Science And Environmental Education 15 $756

Year 2 Semester 2
EDBED2006 Language And Literacies In The Primary Years 15 $756
EDECE1001 Teacher Identity 15 $756
EDECE2005 The Ecology Of Childhood 15 $756
EDECE2013 Investigating: Numeracy And Technology 15 $756
EDECE2014 Individual Expression: Art, Movement And Music 15 $756

Year 3 Semester 1
EDBED2005 Introduction To Science Education 15 $756
EDBED3008 Teaching And Learning Maths 15 $756
EDECE3005 Programming In Early Childhood 15 $756
EDECE3006 Play As Curriculum In Early Childhood Settings 15 $756

Year 3 Semester 2
EDBED3005 Indigenous Education 15 $756
EDBED3006 Students With Special Needs 15 $756
EDECE3012 Teacher As Advocate 15 $756
EDECE3014 Teacher As Leader 15 $756

Year 4 Semester 1
EDBED3004 Learning In English As A Second Language 15 $756
EDECE3013 Teacher As Researcher 15 $756
EDBED3002 Social Education And Humanities Curriculum 15 $756

Year 4 Semester 2
EDBED4003 Integrated Curriculum Studies 15 $756
EDBED4004 Professional Policy, Practice & Responsibility 15 $756
EDBED4008 The Reflective Practitioner 30 $1,511

Indicative Totals:



All courses listed in bold are core courses which must be undertaken as part of this program.
All courses listed in italics are electives - they are examples only, of some of the many courses available within the program.

Indicative Program Structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen Program.
Please contact the FedUni for further information on available options.
Information Sessions
There are currently no information sessions scheduled.
Professional Recognition

Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)
Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to apply for a Working With Children Check (WWCC)?

Yes, apply for the Volunteer WWCC


School of Education and Arts (Ref 06278)

Contact Us

Tel: 5327 9000
Freecall: 1800 333 864

International Students This information may not apply to international students.
For further information contact:
International Student Programs
Tel: +61 3 5327 9018
Additional Program Information

DomesticDomestic students are students who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian permanent visa. Show InternationalInternational students are students who are not Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian permanent visa. International students must pay overseas/international fees.
FedUni Code TS5
VTAC Code Mt Helen: 3700537431, Horsham: 3700337431
Mid year entry Yes
Credit Points 480
Duration (EFTSL) 4 years

Four years full-time, or part-time equivalent.

Mt Helen (Ballarat): On Campus
Western Campuses: Combined on-campus + online delivery

Location Horsham Campus
Mt Helen Campus (Ballarat)
Application Method Application is via VTAC at Mid Year applicants and current FedUni students wishing to transfer to another FedUni program are required to complete the Direct Application for Admission (Internal Transfer) form. To obtain a copy of this form, please visit
Entry Requirements Successful completion of VCE including prerequisites Units 1 and 2 - General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods (either), Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in English (any); interstate or overseas equivalent.

Successful applicants are required to apply for a Police Check and Working With Children Check (WWCC) before commencing their program. A copy of the Police Check and WWCC card must be supplied to the University prior to commencing professional experience placements.

Information regarding the WWCC can be found at

Information regarding Police Checks can be found at
Extra Requirements

Non-VCE applicants who apply via VTAC must complete the VTAC Personal History form and submit this form to VTAC with their application. Non-VCE applicants who are required to attend an interview will be notified of the arrangements by telephone or mail.

Pathways/Alternate Entry

Credit will be considered if you have successfully completed higher education or TAFE studies in a relevant area. Advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on your eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications.

Candidates seeking alternate entry to the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) can consider the following options;

  1. Successfully complete the Diploma of Children's Services (Early Childhood Education & Care), and then apply for entry into the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) with up to one year of credit.
  2. Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST) - designed to provide you an alternate entry into tertiary study. On successful completion of FAST, students can apply for the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) for Semester 1, 2015. (The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) is unlikely to offer a mid-year intake in 2014).

Negotiated offers will be taken into this program. This degree is a REEP eligible program.

Students can progress to the Master of Education Studies as a prelude to a higher degree in research or a professional qualification

Indicative Fees Indicative Fee total for a Commonwealth Supported Place: $24,191

Please visit to obtain further information regarding Indicative Program Fees.

For further information regarding Commonwealth Supported Places and HECS-HELP please visit

For further information regarding student contributions for Commonwealth Supported Places please visit

Show DomesticDomestic students are students who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian permanent visa. InternationalInternational students are students who are not Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian permanent visa. International students must pay overseas/international fees.
Academic Entry Requirement To access the Entry Requirements for this program click here.
English Language Requirement

Overall IELTS band score of 7.5, with no less than 8.0 in writing and speaking and no less than 7.0 in reading and listening

VTAC (International) 3700537433
CRICOS Program Code 065656M
FedUni Code TS5
Duration (International) 4 years
Fee - Annual Fee 2014 $15,700

assignments, group work, essays, class presentations, portfolios and possible exams.

RPL and Credit Transfer International students wishing to apply for RPL and Credit Transfer are required to provide syllabus of previous study undertaken at time of applying for a program. Not all programs offer RPL and Credit Transfer. Contact the International Student Programs office at
Teaching Location (International Students)

Mt Helen Campus

Application Method International students currently studying VCE in Victoria (Australia) are required to apply through VTAC. All other international students applying for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework degrees are required to apply through the Federation University Australia's International office. All international students applying for Higher Degrees by Research are required to apply through Research Services.
Entry Requirements - International International students must meet the following basic entry requirements (see below):
  • English language entry requirements
  • Academic entry requirements
  • Extra Requirements - Int

    There are no additional entry requirements to enter this course other than the University Entry Requirements listed above.

    Pathways (International) Please refer to the contact listed under 'Program Enquiries'

    For further information regarding Commonwealth Supported Places and HECS-HELP please visit

    For further information regarding student contributions for Commonwealth Supported Places please visit

    Program Enquiries - International International Student Programs:
    Tel: +61 3 5327 9018 Fax: +61 3 5327 9017
    Further Information Contact Us:
    Tel: 1800 FED UNI (1800 333 864) Email:

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    The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

    All information contained in this publication including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of going to press as at the date above, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

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    Information correct as at 16/Apr/2014
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