Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

Start studying this degree from home. Due to the evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, USC’s classes in Semester 2, 2020 are ready to be delivered online, though we’ll be teaching face-to-face again as soon as we can!

*International students who are offshore (outside of Australia) should contact USC International to discuss their study options.

QTAC applications are open now.

Make a life-long difference to children and their futures.

The early years of children’s lives are incredibly important. This nationally accredited program focuses on children from birth to eight years. In this program you will develop competence and expertise to contribute to young children's sense of agency, wellbeing and learning capabilities.

Study locations
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Caboolture
CRICOS code
077419C
Commence
Semester 1 or Semester 2 ^
Program length (full-time)
4 years
Annual tuition fee 2020
A$24,000
Estimated total tuition fee *
A$96,000
Footnotes
  • Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
  • * Estimated tuition fees are based on 2020 rates. Refer to international fees for more information.
  • Not all majors/minors and elective options are available at every campus. You should refer to the What Can I Study tab, and the proposed study sequence for your chosen campus and intake for further information.
  • Applicants must demonstrate non-academic capabilities as per Personal Statement requirement. Applicants from a non-English speaking background must attain an IELTS score of at least 7.5 with a minimum of 8.0 in speaking and listening and 7.0 in all other subtests. Refer to English language requirements.
  • ^ Semester 2 intake not available.
    Only first year Early Childhood courses available at Gympie. Early Childhood students may continue with shared Primary courses at Gympie in second, third and fourth year.
Study locations QTAC code
  • Sunshine Coast 017401
  • Caboolture ^ 018611
  • Gympie ^ 012811
Refer to the program footnotes
Minimum selection threshold
ATAR - 59.40 OP - 16 Rank - 66
USC program code
ED303
Commence
Semester 1 or Semester 2 ^
Duration
4 years full time or equivalent part time
Study mode
on campus
Prerequisites
English (4,SA), Maths A, B or C (4,SA) an Authority Science Subject (4,SA)
Recommended prior study
A history subject
Other requirements
Applicants must demonstrate non-academic capabilities as per Personal Statement requirement. Applicants from a non-English speaking background must attain an IELTS score of at least 7.5 with a minimum of 8.0 in speaking and listening and 7.0 in all other subtests. Refer to English language requirements.
Total courses
32
Total units
384
Footnotes
  • ^ Semester 2 intake not available.
    Only first year Early Childhood courses available at Gympie. Early Childhood students may continue with shared Primary courses at Gympie in second, third and fourth year.

In this program you will:

  • Learn about the importance of wellbeing, play and supportive environments in early learning
  • Qualify to work and lead in childcare, kindergarten and primary school (with a focus on Prep to Year 3)
  • Connect knowledge and practice through Supervised Professional Experiences in a range of early childhood and school settings
  • Engage with community projects and work with children and their families to gain valuable Wider Field Experience
Personal statement requirement

As part of your application, you are required to complete an online questionnaire to demonstrate your motivation for, and understanding of, the program and profession. In the questionnaire, you will be asked to rank a series of statements in order of what you think is most to least important. You will also need to write a 600-1000 word personal statement on why you think you would make a great teacher, and why influencing the future appeals to you. After you have submitted an application for this program, you will be contacted with further information about the written statement and how to complete your application.

More information is on the QTAC website.

Post-admission requirements

Students must complete 95 days of Supervised Professional Experience, 15 days of an internship and 75 hours of Wider Field Experience. You must obtain a Blue Card (or link your existing Blue Card to USC) prior to commencing SPE. You can submit a free application for a Blue Card through the School of Education. Submit your Blue Card applications during Orientation Week of the semester you commence.

Before you are eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), you will need to successfully complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students (LANTITE). Graduates are eligible to register with the Queensland College of Teachers for teacher registration, and to become members of Early Childhood Australia.

Career opportunities

Early Childhood teacher, primary school teacher, Early Childhood centre leader/director, tutor, education consultant, youth support, children's advocate.

Membership

Early Childhood Australia.

Registration

Queensland College of Teachers.

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