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Bachelor of Education (Early Years)

Would you like to work in vibrant preschool or primary teaching and learning environments? Does developing student voice and agency excite you? Our Bachelor of Education (Early Years), boasts an innovative applied learning program, strong community partnerships and a high employment success rate to make that a reality.

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The learning opportunity

The Bachelor of Education (Early Years) offers a unique learning opportunity, with the chance for you to participate in an innovative and applied learning program through a mix of on-campus learning and professional placement.

Throughout the course, you will work in preschool, primary and community settings to complete at least 120 days of supervised teaching practice. You will also have the opportunity to experience our unique internal placement program, involving preschool and primary school students authentically learning in a state of the art on-campus observation facility.

Purposeful and authentic teaching and learning

The course focuses on the early years of learning and teaching from preschool to primary school and has a strong emphasis on experiential and applied learning approaches, encouraging authentic engagement from students, teachers and lecturers, alike.

Our approach focuses on the co-construction of learning, on harnessing multiple voices and experiences and on critical reflection, leading to purposeful teaching and learning and equitable and just outcomes.

You will be supported to develop a strong personal learning and teaching identity, purpose and voice and to be open to practicing new ideas and forms of enquiry with our childcare, kindergarten and school partners.

How will you learn?

You have a unique opportunity for participating in a holistic and integrated program through a mix of on campus learning and professional placement. An imbedded practical component of 120 days placement in child care, kindergarten and primary school. You will also experience internal placement sessions in on campus prac facility as well as attend field day visits to gain critical industry experience.

How will we support you?

We offer personalised learning experiences with small class sizes and a focus on supporting you to develop and share your own professional voice and practice. We will support you in developing a sense of agency and confidence in your learning and in your teaching practice.

The course boasts lecturers who have significant and broad experience across a range of education contexts and who are committed learners as well as teachers; we model effective teaching and learning and will work collaboratively with you on a sequenced and visible learning pathway on which you are encouraged to chart and feel confident to communicate your own progress in your own words.

Your Qualification

We consider choice and a recognition of individual purpose, important and offer you real choice. By enrolling in the Bachelor of Education (Early Years), you are able to choose two pathways:

  • if you choose to complete the full course (four years) and become a qualified kindergarten and primary teacher, your choice would enable you to apply for dual registration (Kindergarten and Primary) with the VIT (Victorian Institute of Teaching)
  • alternatively, after successfully completing the first two years of study, you may choose to exit with an Associate Degree in Early Years Studies and work as an educator (room leader) in a long day care children’s service or as a co-educator (assistant) in a kindergarten

What is important in either choice is that you chart your own learning and teaching course.

Professional Recognition

This initial teacher education degree is accredited by the Tertiary Educational Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) and is approved by the VIT against the National Graduate Teacher standards for the purposes of teacher registration in Victoria and the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). Graduates intending to apply for teacher registration in Victoria should carefully check all VIT requirements relating to this process.

Salary and employment outlook

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Education (Early Years) has a strong employment success rate. Positive completion of this course may enable you to study for postgraduate qualifications and there is great opportunity in the education sector to progress your career, facilitated by further study and/or workplace experience, for senior and specialised roles.

You can learn more about graduate salaries and graduates job outcomes for teaching and early childhood education at Graduate Careers Australia and you can look at industry trends and employment prospects by visiting Australian Government Job Outlook.

Course Accreditation

The degree is accredited by TEQSA (Tertiary Educational Quality Standards Agency), ACECQA (Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority) and the VIT (Victorian Institute of Teaching).

More information

Please contact us (see details below) if you require clarification or to find out the latest fees information.

Melbourne Polytechnic has a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places available to students enrolling in the full degree.

Please note: it is in your best interest to use both VTAC codes (CSP and Full Fee) when applying through VTAC as this increases your changes of selection.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Contact

For additional information on the Bachelor of Education (Early Years) program, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or send an email.

Local Students

Code

HEFEEDEY

VTAC Code

6900669401 (Commonwealth Supported Place), 6900669402 (Full Fee)

Campuses

PRESTON

Department

Education - HE
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 4 years

Part-time: 8 years
An embedded practical component is included, equalling up to 184 days.

Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Practicum, Classroom

Fees

Full Course Fee: $25396

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

Find out more on fees and charges

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Assessment Methods

Assessment may include, but is not limited to:
  • reflective journal
  • group presentations
  • observations
  • quizzes
  • e-portfolio
  • curriculum planning
  • reporting
  • literacy and numeracy program
  • philosophy statement
  • debates

Materials

A book list will be provided to students at the commencement of the course.

Entrance Requirements

All applicants will be required to attend an interview demonstrating 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. Please contact the Education Office to arrange an interview. Current VCE Applicants
A minimum study score of 25 in one of the VCE units 3 and 4 English group of subjects and completion of VCE units 1 and 2 of General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods.* Other Applicants
A minimum study score of 25 in one of the VCE units 3 and 4 English group of subjects (or studies equivalent) and completion of VCE units 1 and 2 of General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods (or studies equivalent), OR successful completion of STAT Multiple Choices test. Please call the Education Office is you would like to discuss your suitability or a possible pathway for you to enter the course. Special Admission
If you meet the above course entry requirements and have completed a Diploma of Early Childhood and Education, or equivalent, you may also be eligible to eight subject credits and can enrol directly into the second year of the program. Required
Successful completion of a Working With Children Check prior to commencement of the course.

Pathways to further study

Successful completion of this course may enable you to study for a Masters qualification

Career Pathways

This qualification will allow you to apply for dual registration (Kindergarten and Primary) with the VIT (Victorian Institute of Teaching). You can also work as an educator (room leader) in a long day care children’s service or as a co-educator (assistant) in kindergarten

Enrolment Intake

  • February

International Students

Code

HEFEEDEY

CRICOS Code

090769E

Campuses

PRESTON

Duration

Full-time: 4 years

Modes of Delivery

Practicum, Classroom

Entrance Requirements

All applicants will be required to attend an interview, which can be arranged by Skype or telephone, demonstrating 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.
Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency, to include studies equivalent to VCE Units 1 and 2 Mathematics.
English: Academic IELTS 7.0 with no individual band below 7.0
Credit for Prior Learning: Applicants holding the Australian Diploma of Early Childhood Development and Care, or equivalent qualification may also be eligible to eight subject credits and can enrol directly into the second year of the program

Assessment Methods

Assessment may include, but is not limited to:
  • reflective journal
  • group presentations
  • observations
  • quizzes
  • e-portfolio
  • curriculum planning
  • reporting
  • literacy and numeracy program
  • philosophy statement
  • debates

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

Successful completion of this course may enable you to study for a Masters qualification

Career Pathways

This qualification will allow you to apply for dual registration (Kindergarten and Primary) with the VIT (Victorian Institute of Teaching). You can also work as an educator (room leader) in a long day care children’s service or as a co-educator (assistant) in kindergarten

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
BED311 EXPLORING NUMERACY 2
BED312 REFLECTIVE & CRITCIAL PRACTICE
BED313 LITERACY 2: ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERACY IN PRIMARY SCHOOL
BED314 CURRICULUM 4: ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION
BED315 ABORIGINAL & TORRES ISLANDER EDUCATION
BED316 CRITICAL EDUCATION IN A GLOBAL WORLD
BED317 TRANSITIONS, LEADERSHIP & ADVOCACY
BED318 HEALTH & PE
BED411 ENGAGING WITH RESEARCH
BED412 EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY
BED413 DESIGN TECHNOLOGY AND DIGITAL LITERACIES
BED414 HUMANITIES
BED415 INQUIRY LEARNING IN THE ARTS
BED416 EXPLORING NUMERACY 3
BED417 LITERACY 3: STUDIES IN ENGLISH
BED418 TEACHER IDENTITIES