Melbourne Polytechnic's Associate Degree of Early Years Studies is ideal for those wanting to work with young children. This course is an embedded exit point for the Bachelor of Education (Early Years).
Help give children the best start in life
Do you love working with infants and toddlers? Would you like to work as a room leader in long day care settings?
The two year course:
- provides the skills and industry qualifications to be employed as a qualified educator within children’s services (as registered with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development – DEECD)
- provides excellent practical skills developed through an integrated program with a mixture of on campus learning and professional placement each week
- provides knowledge on children from birth to 12 years
- covers very contemporary material – there is a strong focus on social justice and equity, covering multiple perspectives and educational spaces
- is a supportive program with a personal approach that recognises students as individuals
- is also available part-time (four years)
On successful completion of the Associate Degree, students are able to articulate into a Bachelor Degree or exit with a para-professional qualification.
Please contact the department to find out more about our Early Years Education courses.
VTAC CodePreston 6900669382
DepartmentEducation - HE
This course includes a practicum component, equalling up to 184 days.
Modes of DeliveryPracticum, Classroom
FeesFind out more on fees and charges
Entrance RequirementsCurrent and Non-Current VCE applicants: Minimum study score of 25 in one of the VCE units 3 and 4 English group of subjects, demonstrated personal attributes suitable for teaching, capacity to undertake work at degree level as demonstrated through participation in an interview and selection process including completion of a written task, Working With Children check before course commencement. Apply through VTAC or direct entry. Applicants should contact the Education Department to arrange an interview. For more information, applicants are encouraged to attend one of Melbourne Polytechnic's Information Nights. SPECIAL/ALTERNATIVE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care pathway: Successful completion of the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, demonstrated personal attributes suitable for teaching, capacity to undertake work at a degree level as demonstrated through participation in an interview and selection process including completion of a written task, Working With Children check (at enrolment). Students granted entry to the course via this pathway will have a maximum of eight credits available to them under the RPL agreement. Mature aged applicants (over 21 years): Demonstrated personal attributes suitable for teaching, capacity to undertake work at a degree level as demonstrated through participation in an interview and selection process including completion of a written task, consideration of success at secondary school and any further studies undertaken, Working With Children check (at enrolment). Bachelor of Education (Early Years): Students who successfully complete the Associate degree can apply for admission into the Bachelor degree program. Students must show they meet the English and Maths admission requirements of these programs.
Pathways to further studyThe Associate Degree of Early Years Studies is an embedded exit point for the Bachelor of Education (Early Years).
Units Of Study
Credit points are a basic measure of student workload. All subjects are given a credit point value. Most subjects at Melbourne Polytechnic are 12 credit points. A normal full-time annual workload is 96 credit points. The academic year is divided into two main semesters; full-time students usually enrol in 48 credit points each semester, part time students usually enrol in 24 credit points each semester or less.
|BED111||Foundation in education|
|BED112||Education for wellbeing|
|BED113||Curriculum 1: play based learning|
|BED114||Language and communication|
|BED115||Theories of identity|
|BED116||Arts in curriculum|
|BED117||Ethical & professional & practice (curriculum frameworks)|
|BED118||Curriculum 2: introduction to curriculum and pedagogy|
|BED211||Exploring numeracy 1|
|BED212||Literacy 1: introduction to multiple literacies|
|BED214||Supporting learning environments|
|BED215||Issues of equity: education, families and communities|
|BED216||Interdisciplinary learning through the arts|
|BED217||Curriculum 3: the curriculum cycle|
|BED218||Exploring science in the early years|