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Associate Degree of Early Years Studies

Are you inspired to work with young children? Would you like to work as an educator (room leader) in a long day care setting or as a co-educator (assistant) in a kindergarten? If so, our Associate Degree of Early Years Studies is ideal for you.

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Enrol with us and help give children the best start in life

The Associate Degree of Early Childhood course is an embedded exit point for the Bachelor of Education (Early Years). Enrolling in this two-year course:

  • provides you with the skills and professional qualifications to be employed as a qualified educator within children’s services, as registered with the Department of Education and Training (DET)
  • provides you with excellent practical skills developed through an integrated program with a mixture of on campus learning and professional placements
  • provides you with knowledge on children from birth to 12 years
  • supports you to cover very contemporary material – there is a strong focus on social justice and equity, covering multiple perspectives and educational spaces
  • gives you entry to a supportive program with a personal approach that recognises students as individuals
  • allows you to study part-time (four years)

On successful completion of the Associate Degree, you are able to articulate into a Bachelor Degree or exit with a para-professional qualification.

Contact

For further information on the Associate Degree of Early Years Studies, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or send an email.

Local Students

Code

HEFEADEYS

VTAC Code

Preston 6900669382

Campuses

PRESTON

Department

Education - HE
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 2 years

Part-time: 4 years
This course includes a practicum component, equalling up to 35 days

Modes of Delivery

Practicum, Classroom

Fees

Full Course Fee: $12698

The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

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Materials

A book list will be provided at the commencement of the course

Entrance Requirements

  • current 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 our Education Department to arrange an interview
  • for additional information, we encourage you to attend an 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)
  • if you are granted entry to the course by this pathway you will have a maximum of eight credits available under the RPL (recognition of prior learning) 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): if you successfully complete the Associate degree, you can apply for admission into the Bachelor degree program. To do this, you must show you meet the English and Maths admission requirements of these programs

Pathways to further study

The Associate Degree of Early Years Studies is an embedded exit point for the Bachelor of Education (Early Years). Once you successfully complete the Associate Degree you may apply to complete the Bachelor of Education (Early Years). To be eligible, you must have satisfactorily completed Year 11 Mathematics or equivalent.

Enrolment Intake

  • February

International Students

Code

HEFEADEYS

CRICOS Code

090770A

Campuses

PRESTON

Duration

Full-time: 2 years

Modes of Delivery

Practicum, Classroom

Entrance Requirements


Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency, to include studies equivalent to VCE Units 1 and 2 Mathematics (Australian Year 11)
English: Academic IELTS 7.0 with no individual band below 7.0, Pearson PTE Academic 58 overall, or recognised equivalency*
*Applicants who provide evidence that they have studied English for at least five years in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom or the United States are exempt
Other: Academic IELTS 6.5 overall with no individual band below 6.5 is accepted for applicants holding the Australian Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification
Further: Applicants are required to participate in an interview* to assess personal attributes suiltable for teaching AND complete an essay task on the day of the interview.
*Interviews by Skype or telephone are available for overseas or interstate applicants.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department

Fees

  • Tuition fees per semester: $8200
  • Tuition fees per year: $16400
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Pathways to further study

The Associate Degree of Early Years Studies is an embedded exit point for the Bachelor of Education (Early Years). Once you successfully complete the Associate Degree you may apply to complete the Bachelor of Education (Early Years). To be eligible, you must have satisfactorily completed Year 11 Mathematics or equivalent.

Enrolment Intake

  • February
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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.

Code Subjects
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
BED213 INCLUSIVE EDUCATION
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