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Bachelor of Education (Early Years and Primary)

VTAC Code: HEBOEEYP CRICOS: 090769E VTAC Number: Preston CSP 6900610401, Preston DFP 6900610402

Overview

Campus

Preston

Campus

Preston

Duration

4 years full time / 8 years part time

Duration

4 years

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

Help shape the next generation

Australia’s demand for high quality teachers is growing as our population and education system expand. With an estimated 93,000 job openings predicted for primary teachers in the next five years, this is an ideal time to pursue a career where your skills are constantly in demand. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Education (Early Years and Primary) will provide you with the skills and qualifications to work in early childhood and primary education, from kindergarten through to primary school teaching. Teaching is a career where you can make a real difference to young lives.

Purposeful and authentic learning

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Education (Early Years and Primary) focuses on the early years of learning and teaching from preschool through to primary school. We have a strong emphasis on experiential and applied learning approaches, encouraging authentic engagement from students, teachers and lecturers alike. You will participate in a holistic and integrated program through a mix of on-campus learning in Melbourne Polytechnic’s dedicated early childhood education facilities.

Your professional placement includes an embedded practical component of 120 days placement in child care, kindergarten and primary school settings. Our experienced academics are experts in their field and will focus on supporting you to develop and share your own professional voice and practice.

A great start to a meaningful career

This degree has a strong employment success rate. It is approved by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and the Victorian Institute of Teaching. The program prepares graduates to respond to the world around them through multiple perspectives, and specifically to recognise diverse communities and that children are citizens of their communities and families. It encourages graduates to bring advocacy into their future classrooms, particularly in relation to making a difference in society.

You will be qualified to work in both early childhood and primary school settings.

Personal Attributes and Selection

The Bachelor of Education (Early Years and Primary) has designed selection criteria and an interview process to ensure that applicants can clearly demonstrate both academic and non-academic competencies needed for effective teacher practice. The Bachelor of Education selection processes are in accordance with the VSF and take into consideration both academic and non-academic attributes. The program is committed to assessing an applicant’s whole of study experience, life experience and aptitude for teaching and learning.

The one on one interview with an academic within the program will assess a candidates personal attributes.

These attributes include motivation to teach, strong interpersonal and communication skills, willingness to learn, resilience, self-efficacy, conscientiousness, organisational and planning skills. For further information on the VSF please visit the Victorian Institute of Teaching website.

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Career Pathways

Where will this take me

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.

Pathways

Successful completion of this course may enable you to study for a Post-graduate qualification.

Course Details

Delivery methods

Your professional placement includes an embedded practical component of 120 days placement in child care, kindergarten and primary school settings.

  • Practicum
  • Classroom

Class Schedule

Timetable is 2 days per week, 9am to 5pm.

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods include written research papers, personal and group presentations, reflective journal practice, and e-portfolio.

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 Subject Elective Description Year Semester
EDU101 Philosophies and Theories of Teaching and Learning Core This first-year subject provides you with an introduction to education through an investigation of the early years of education’s historical, philosophical, political and sociological bases and its intersections with broader curriculum theory and praxis. You will be introduced to different perspectives of education to understand how philosophies, theories and beliefs influence teachers’ decisions and practices in the classroom. You will explore diverse educational theories and examine contemporary perspectives and issues in early childhood and primary education in Australia and internationally. You will reflect on yourselves as learners, as well as your own backgrounds and experiences of education and the impact of these on your own identities as teachers. You will develop broad understandings of the range of contemporary practices available to teachers across the early years continuum and develop and reflect on your own philosophies of education. 1 1
EDU102 Performing Arts Core This is the first of a series of three arts subjects that develop your knowledge of performance arts, specifically dance, drama and music. It introduces you to strategies to support children’s engagement with and learning through the arts. The subject introduces education students to the role of the performing arts in the holistic development of children and adults. You will learn the importance of creativity, curiosity, self-expression and multi-modality in the learning process and how to effectively plan, facilitate and support this through the performing arts and deepen this critical reflection. You will come to appreciate the benefits of the performing arts as a way to explore personal, cultural and social worlds and as a vehicle for self-expression and communication, and its advantages in an anti-bias pedagogical approach to support diversity and inclusion. You will experience the arts as a possible space to explore the value of multiple perspectives and as a context for transformative education. 1 1
EDU103 Curriculum Approaches in Education Core This first-year subject provides an exploration of curriculum theory and how curriculum development principles intersect with concepts of individual and group dynamics in learning to support equitable educational outcomes for children across diverse contexts. You will engage with broad principles of curriculum theory and explore the model of the curriculum cycle to investigate key aspects of observation, documentation, interpretation, planning, implementation and reflection in teaching and learning. You will develop your teaching skills by undertaking, documenting and interpreting diverse observations of children and collecting relevant data to use to evaluate student learning and modify teaching practice. You will identify the ways that data is used to inform individual and group learning plans and support the planning and delivery of learning programs that maintain and build on learning outcomes. You will become skilled in drawing from diverse theoretical understandings of the child and their social contexts in order to consider the most effective and equitable ways to support children’s learning. 1 1
EDU104 Introduction to Wellbeing Core In this first-year subject you will learn about the range of factors that influence children’s growth, learning and development with a focus on social and emotional behaviour. You will explore practices, strategies and experiences which promote wellbeing, including classroom and behaviour guidance. A key focus includes understanding how relationships influence the developing child and their sense of self-efficacy and self-worth. A consideration of major theories that have influenced contemporary understandings of wellbeing will be discussed, along with the ways these can be applied to support children’s social and emotional learning. 1 1
EDU105 Play-Based Pedagogies Core This first-year subject provides an introduction to curriculum theory and praxis and critically examines play-based learning as a pedagogical approach in early years education. You will begin to develop your knowledge of the connections between learning, teaching and play, and the skills required to question and reflect on this in order to implement responsive, reciprocal and respectful teaching practices across diverse contexts in the early years. 1 2
EDU106 Language, Literacy and Communication (Birth – 8) Core This subject investigates how language and emergent literacy develop in infants and young children from birth to 8 years. You will investigate theories and approaches to supporting early language and literacy development, taking into account the experiences of children from a diverse range of linguistic and cultural backgrounds. You will consider the relationship between family, community, care and educational settings and their implications for practice. You will also learn to assess, monitor and plan children’s language and literacy development to enable them to become effective communicators. 1 2
EDU107 Global Perspectives and Comparative Education Core This first-year subject introduces you to the global context of early childhood education, educational debates, changes and reforms, both locally and globally. You will be introduced to framework documents, political contexts and the practical elements of education around the world. You will examine the concept of comparative education and the benefits and limitations involved with this process. You will have the opportunity to critically examine chosen countries alongside the Australian context and begin to recognise global approaches to education, and the need for collaborative knowledge building when working in the profession at the political level and as teachers in the field. 1 2
EPX102 The Emerging Professional: Childcare (Birth-2 years) 15 days Core This first-year subject is the first of seven professional experience subjects that is designed specifically to support you as emerging professionals prior to your first childcare placement. The focus of this subject is establishing and maintaining relationships with children and colleagues as the foundation for ethical and equitable engagement within teaching communities. You will gain knowledge about how the relevant frameworks and policies, anti-bias curriculum and the curriculum cycle inform teaching and learning. You will also explore a range of teaching strategies, develop an in-depth understanding of the importance of using inclusive and multimodal data-gathering techniques and be introduced to using Mahara ePortfolios as a documentation tool for your learning. 1 2
EDU001 Working Ethically (Elective) Elective This first-year subject provides an exploration of legislative frameworks and pedagogical practices that support working ethically in early childhood education settings. You will engage with a variety of legislative frameworks to develop an understanding of the expectations within each framework. Additionally, you will develop your ability to link theory with practice and begin to consider how you can use the frameworks to guide your future practice. This subject includes a particular focus on ethical practice, including being a professional and developing ethical relationships with children, families and other educators. You will have the opportunity to critically reflect on your current understandings of ethical practice and develop goals for future teaching practice. 1 2
EDU201 Visual Arts and Media Elective This is the second year arts subject, focusing on media arts and visual arts. You will learn how to engage children in learning by integrating these art forms into other discipline areas, such as literacy and numeracy. You will engage with contemporary research to build your philosophical and pedagogical position on how the arts can both engage and support learners. The subject will require you, through hands-on art experiences, to question your own philosophical and pedagogical biases in order to deepen your understandings of the core themes: multiple perspectives, intentional & strategic teaching, social justice & equity and critical reflection. This subject requires you to investigate how children engage with and develop knowledge and skills through the arts. 2 1
EDU202 Early Years Mathematics Core This subject explores the theoretical perspectives and pedagogical strategies in the teaching and learning of numeracy and mathematics from birth to 8 years. This includes exploration of key issues associated with how children acquire early mathematical concepts, processes and knowledge and problem-solving skills through meaningful experiences in music, play, art, languages, manipulative and other hands-on experiential learning activities. The content addresses the transition from informal to formal mathematical concepts in young children and the importance of the home numeracy environment to engage and successfully support children's learning of mathematics, including oral language and vocabulary development. 2 1
EDU203 Exploring Science and Technology in the Early Years Core This second-year subject explores the diverse theories that underpin science education and how these inform curriculum design and teaching practices. It critically examines the historical contexts of science education with particular attention to equity considerations such as gender and culture in relation to teacher confidence and efficacy. You will gain knowledge about scientific concepts and a range of approaches to teaching science and continue to develop the skills to plan, implement and evaluate early learning science experiences that support children to critically problem-solve and develop creative thinking skills. 2 1
EPX201 The Evolving Professional 1: Childcare (3-5 years) 15 days Core This second-year subject is the second of seven professional experience subjects and is designed to support you as evolving professional prior to your early childhood placement with children aged three to five years old. The focus of this subject is for you to explore the significance of professional relationships and identity to learning and teaching, within the context of leadership, advocacy and teacher as researcher. You will revisit and refine your data-gathering techniques drawing on the Mosaic approach and gain knowledge about implementing each stage of the curriculum cycle. You will also expand your repertoire of teaching strategies, further enhance your documentation skills and examine the purpose and significance of critically reflective practice. 2 1
EDU204 Number and Algebra Core This subject is designed to give you a deep understanding of the mathematics and numeracy needed for quality teaching and learning in primary school contexts. You will explore theories of mathematics and effective numeracy teaching and learning practices, with an emphasis on number (numeration and computation) and algebra, and the thinking necessary to build meaningful approaches to these core mathematics strands. Real-world problem-solving and application of mathematics are emphasised in numeration and computation with whole numbers and fractions. Topics in algebraic thinking are also examined using this approach, to ensure primary school children develop an informal knowledge of algebra concepts and processes for later years. You will develop a critical understanding of the societal and cultural diversity that informs mathematics and numeracy teaching. Local, Indigenous and international educational research and policy are drawn upon to inform the development of professional knowledge and skills and dispositions. 2 2
EDU205 Australian Indigenous Education Core This second-year subject provides a theoretical framework for understanding colonisation and its impacts broadly across Australia and applying this to understand the impact of colonisation on local Indigenous peoples. You will develop skills in implementing curriculum that addresses the realities of Australia’s history and in employing culturally appropriate and respectful approaches to introducing Indigenous Australian content within and through curricula for all children. 2 2
EDU206 Critical Education in a Global World Core This second-year subject develops understanding of the theories, principles and pedagogies that inform critical education. It critically examines the relationships among power, society, oppression, education and change as a philosophical and pedagogical exploration. This critical examination is then used to draw attention to the connection between leadership and advocacy and highlight the importance of these for creating critical communities. In this subject, you will gain knowledge of a range of strategies for building critical communities and professional partnerships. You will also further develop your skills to critically reflect on your own identities and articulate how this informs your capacity to advocate for social justice and transformation across diverse contexts. 2 2
EPX202 The Evolving Professional 2: Primary (Victorian Curriculum Focus) 15 days Core This second-year subject is the third of seven professional experience subjects and is designed to support you as evolving professional prior to your first primary school placement. The focus of this subject is for you to explore and define professionalism in teaching practice, examine your philosophies in the primary school context and build communication skills with learners and the school community. It is an opportunity to refine lesson-planning skills that have been developed in other subjects, and consider these through an interdisciplinary lens. You will also explore a range of teaching strategies to build your repertoire for working with learners. 2 2
EPX101 The Emerging Professional: Childcare (Birth-2 years) 15 days Core This second-year subject is one of seven professional experience subjects and is designed specifically to support you as emerging professionals prior to your first childcare placement. The focus of this subject is establishing and maintaining relationships with children and colleagues as the foundation for ethical and equitable engagement within teaching communities. You will gain knowledge about how the relevant frameworks and policies, anti-bias curriculum and the curriculum cycle inform teaching and learning. You will also explore a range of teaching strategies, develop an in-depth understanding of the importance of using inclusive and multi-modal data gathering techniques and be introduced to using Mahara ePortfolios as a documentation tool for your learning. 2 2
EDU301 Social and Emotional Health Core This subject explores diverse identity theories and includes the role of equity considerations and the teacher’s perceptions and responses in children’s identity formation and in building relationships. You will learn to distinguish between self-concept, self-esteem and self-efficacy, and the teacher’s role in their development and promotion. You will also investigate how emotional and social competence is related to understanding others. Common theories to inform your understandings of social and emotional health will be of focus along with an exploration of how these are applied to classroom practice. 3 1
EDU302 Health and PE Core This third-year subject develops physical education in the Victorian Curriculum. This unit provides the opportunity for you to critically analyse and engage with health and physical education (HPE) curricula and pedagogies in the early and primary years. The unit aims to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of teaching and learning strategies that ensure student health and physical education. You will learn how to plan and implement the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and Victorian curriculum, enabling you to develop confidence and competence within this field. 3 1
EDU303 Measurement and Geometry Core In this unit, you will explore and evaluate theoretical perspectives and pedagogical approaches in the learning and teaching of numeracy and mathematics, with a focus on problem-based, hands-on measurement and geometry. The subject takes an inclusive, practical, problem-solving approach that is responsive to the needs of all children and develops their self-esteem and a positive disposition towards mathematics. You will apply these effective approaches to the design of your teaching sequences. 3 1
EPX301 The Dynamic Professional 1: Primary 15 days Core This third-year subject is the fourth of seven professional experience subjects and is designed to support you as dynamic professionals prior to your second primary school placement. The focus of this subject is for you to explore the holistic needs of learners, particularly considering health and wellbeing. You will have the opportunity to practise the assessment cycle, including assessing, moderating and reporting. You will also explore a range of strategies and tools to inform teaching and learning to improve student outcomes. 3 1
EDU304 Inclusive Education Core This third-year subject continues to prepare you to support diverse learning requirements of all students in their future classroom contexts in inclusive and responsive ways. The subject will focus on the fundamental concepts underpinning inclusive education and educators’ obligations under national legislation, with emphasis on evidence-based universal strategies that support participation and learning across a range of abilities. You will develop an understanding of the historical, philosophical and theoretical background of inclusion, as well as developing scholarly knowledge of current research and the implications for teaching practice for diverse learners in inclusive settings. Throughout this subject, you will engage with learning tasks to consider how beliefs, attitudes, values and theoretical understandings impact on practices related to making content, instructional strategies and assessment accessible to diverse learners in inclusive settings. The subject aims to build pedagogical practice for creating safe and supportive inclusive learning environments. 3 2
EDU305 English in Early Primary (F – Y2) Core This third-year core subject is designed to engage you in contemporary research, theoretical frameworks and current educational trends for teaching and learning within the early primary English discipline, curriculum levels 1 and 2. The focus will be on developing specific knowledge and skills central to formal learning of reading and writing in lower primary, for example, the English coding system and phonics, text comprehension, text composition and genre understanding. It builds on a previous subject EDU106 Language, Literacy and Communication (Birth–8) that explores broad concepts of multiple literacies by embedding these within the primary setting, for example through critical literacy in text choice. You will apply evidence-based research and theories for practical application through lesson and program design that specifically caters for Foundation to Year 2 primary schoolchildren. You will learn to use the planning cycle to assess, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate teaching and learning programs to ensure children make gains within the English learning area. Differentiation will be a fundamental component of planning that reflects responsiveness to data narratives. Themes of inclusion will pervade the subject and family involvement a key idea for exploration. If you successfully complete this core subject, you are eligible to undertake the advanced subjects of the primary specialisation stream. 3 2
ELL302 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners (Elective) Elective This third-year advanced subject is part of the primary specialisation stream. It focuses on best practice for supporting culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) learners, including children with English as an additional language/dialect (EAL/D). You will research and critically discuss the role of children’s home languages for learning English language and for literacy development. You will develop a deeper understanding of culturally sensitive practices so you can respond ethically to a diverse range of learners when providing instruction within and outside of the English curriculum frameworks. Subject content complements knowledge and skills acquired in English in the Primary Years (Foundation–2) and English in the Upper Years (3–6). Learning within this subject supports the fourth year advanced subject of the primary specialisation stream, Interventionist Pedagogical Practice. 3 2
EWB302 Wellbeing and Science of Learning (Elective) Elective This third-year subject is an advanced subject of the primary specialisation stream which focuses on the science of learning guided by educational neuroscientific concepts and principles. Content includes a general understanding of the nervous system with instruction in basic brain architecture relevant to emotional and academic learning within classroom settings. Key theories include cognitive load theory and neuroplasticity. You will learn how emotions, memory and attention play a key role in cognitive processes and higher order thinking, or executive function. The subjects lays the foundation for more in-depth brain science that is explored in the fourth-year primary specialisation advanced subject Tailored Wellbeing and Trauma-Sensitive Practice. 3 2
EPX302 The Dynamic Professional 2: Kindergarten & Preferential 15 and 5 days Core This third-year subject is the fifth of seven professional experience subjects and includes two placements: a three-week block in kindergarten and a one-week preferential placement. This subject is designed to support you as dynamic professionals prior to your second kindergarten placement. The focus of this subject is for you to explore the significance of professional engagement to learning and teaching, within the context of broader professional communities. You will gain knowledge about diverse roles, workplace contexts and learning and teaching communities, and critically examine how diversity is informed by the intersection of power, place and pedagogy. You will also continue to consolidate your knowledge and implementation of all stages of the curriculum cycle and nuance your documentation skills using Mahara ePortfolio. 3 2
EDU401 Humanities Core This fourth-year subject will develop understandings of the humanities and social sciences learning areas in the Victorian Curriculum. This is a broad field of learning that provides scope for schools to organise curriculum in ways that include the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, as well as learning encompassed in the general capabilities (through personal and social and intercultural learning) and the cross-curriculum priority areas (Sustainability, Engagement with Asia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives). You will explore how the humanities and social education can be taught in various ways in primary schools, including through specific subjects such as geography, history, economics and civics & citizenship, and/or through multidisciplinary units, utilising enquiry, philosophy and/or project-based approaches. You will also develop knowledge and understanding of various theories and pedagogies involved in teaching these learning areas. You will continue to develop and refine the skills of curricular analysis, planning and implementation in these learning areas. 4 1
EDU402 Inquiry Learning in the Arts Core This fourth-year subject develops your knowledge, skills and practices in enquiry-based learning in and through the arts. In this subject, you will explore how the disciplines of the creative arts (dance, drama, media arts, music, visual art) can be taught within primary school settings in ways that engage and extend upon children’s interests, skills and needs. You will examine philosophical and pedagogical approaches that underpin quality creative arts programs in the primary school years. You will select a topic (for example, race, class, differing abilities or gender) to research, learn about and draw on to inform your own art project. You will be encouraged to work as artists and will explore the working lives of artists to develop an appreciation of the arts in ways that incorporate historical and contemporary perspectives, knowledge and skills. You will actively participate in creating and presenting your art work (through an exhibition or performance) and learn to appreciate and critique both your own and others’ artwork. 4 1
EPX401 The Transforming Professional 1: Kindergarten (TPA) 20 days Core This fourth year subject is the final early childhood professional experience subject and includes two placements; the five-day transition placement at the beginning of the kindergarten year and a three-week block later in the semester. This subject is designed to support you as transformational professionals prior to your ready-to-teach kindergarten placement. The focus of this subject is for you to explore the significance of embodying the professional in your learning and teaching. You will gain knowledge about kindergarten transitions and establishing relationships with children and families at the beginning of the teaching year. In preparation for becoming graduate teachers, you will develop the requisite skills for employment and job applications. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to critically reflect on your own transition from pre-service teacher to graduate teacher and articulate how this is underpinned by the GTS. You will lead the teaching and learning in the placement setting and are required to take full responsibility for designing and delivering the curriculum for a full two-week period and to document all of your learning using Mahara ePortfolio. 4 1
ELL401 Interventionist Pedagogical Practices (Elective) Elective This fourth-year advanced subject is part of the primary specialisation stream. It addresses research-based theories and models of literacy learning with particular reference to children with specific learning difficulties (SLD) and implications for literacy learning. You will examine issues of literacy learning difficulties, realise the centrality of early intervention and develop strategies and plans aimed at ongoing support for children who, for a variety of reasons, have not made expected progress. You will be introduced to the response to intervention model (RTI) to provide targeted, proactive and responsive teaching and learning programs guided by multiple points of formative, summative and/or diagnostic data. Critical evaluation of contemporary literature on learning difficulties (and disabilities) will be undertaken, with an emphasis on the relationship between theory and teaching practice. Additionally, there will be a focus on undertaking professional communication with a range of relevant stakeholders, for example working with families and carers, educational psychologists, speech pathologists, support workers. This subject is designed to provide you with the information and skills necessary to guide instruction within the literacy classroom. It complements and extends upon core literacy subject content. 4 1
EWB401 Tailored Wellbeing and Trauma Sensitive Practice (Elective) Elective This fourth-year advanced subject is part of the primary specialisation stream and builds on EWB302: Wellbeing and Science of Learning. You will learn how to work sensitively with a range of diverse learners to build and maintain wellbeing. You will understand trauma from a science perspective, investigate literature about trauma-sensitive practice and rationalise a range of responsive approaches to ameliorate effects of trauma on the child. You will curate and appraise a range of supportive resources to enable effective social and emotional health outcomes for students, parents/carers and educators. There will also be an opportunity to explore legislative and administrative requirements regarding child wellbeing. 4 1
EDU403 English in Upper Primary (Years 3 – 6) Core This fourth-year core subject is an extension of EDU305 English in the Early Years (Foundation–Year 2). It is designed to engage you in contemporary research, theoretical frameworks and current educational trends for teaching and learning within upper primary, curriculum levels 3 and 4 of the English discipline. You will continue to develop specific knowledge and skills central to formal learning of reading and writing as children progress in their literacy development. You will resume use of the planning cycle to assess, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate teaching and learning programs, and begin to recognise and cater for students who may require additional support to make gains in their learning. Differentiation will feature throughout planning. However, emphasis will be on developing more specialised knowledge for specific learning profiles, including dyslexia and dysgraphia, and utilising a response to intervention model for specific case studies. Themes of inclusion will continue to pervade the subject with community partnerships a key idea for exploration. If you complete this core subject, you are eligible to undertake advanced subjects of the primary specialisation stream. You will be expected to demonstrate competency in your own English language and proficiency in academic literacy skills relevant for teaching children. 4 2
EDU404 STEM and Digital Literacy Core This fourth-year subject explores the key ideas and practices surrounding science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) within primary education. It aims to introduce you to relevant digital technologies and associated pedagogies that align with contemporary STEM education. It further aims to develop sufficient knowledge and theoretical frameworks about core STEM ideas and practices along with the critical thinking skills to enable you to develop an interest in continuing STEM education. This subject fosters a recognition of the commonalities that these four disciplines share and examines the various ways that STEM has been framed, defined and conceptualised by various stakeholders. It investigates the history of science from the Renaissance and Enlightenment through to the present and extending into the future, referencing reflexive social and cultural change. This will provide you with sufficiently broad contextual knowledge with which to understand the nature of and need for continual educational innovation and the value of teaching 21st-century skills in the classroom. Project-based learning, enquiry learning and design challenges are explored and positioned as the key STEM pedagogical models which you will use to assist children to meet the opportunities and challenges of this unprecedented technological era. The subject will examine contemporary research and theoretical frameworks of STEM learning as they relate to curriculum design and delivery, with particular reference given to the technologies element of the Victorian Curriculum. This subject has an emphasis on skill development in digital technologies so that you will become aware of the key principles and become comfortable in the use of block coding, robotics, electronics, digital video, audio software, animation, virtual and augmented reality, and 3D printing. Through critical reflection on your own experiences with STEM and the course, you will analyse and evaluate the impact of your developing pedagogy. You will ultimately develop the essential skills and knowledge required to develop your own transdisciplinary, highly engaging STEM units. 4 2
EDU405 Statistics and Data Core This unit is designed to further develop and deepen your pedagogical and curriculum knowledge for teaching primary school mathematics. The unit will focus on the underlying principles and concepts that enable teachers to critically evaluate data and teaching strategies in planning, implementing, monitoring and assessing mathematics learning experiences for formative and summative purposes at the whole-class and individual levels. A response to intervention framework will be explore to identify and support maths/numeracy difficulties and students requiring extension (gifted and talented). Assessment practices are considered, particularly in respect to identifying your current mathematical understanding and its usefulness in informing teaching and learning opportunities and identifying mathematics learning difficulties such as dyscalculia. Building on knowledge of numeracy and pedagogies in mathematics, you will extend and deepen your knowledge of mathematics curriculum and the application of authentic and open-ended numeracy investigations that connect mathematics across the curriculum and in the wider community. An emphasis will be placed on teaching and learning statistics and probability, and the role of using and managing resources, including digital technologies, that engage students in the learning of mathematics (link to STEM and digital literacies). 4 2
EPX402 The Transforming Professional 2: Primary (TPA) 30 days Core This fourth-year subject is the fourth of seven professional experience subjects and is designed to support you as dynamic professionals prior to your second primary school placement. The focus of this subject is for you to explore the holistic needs of learners, particularly considering health and wellbeing. You will have the opportunity to practise the assessment cycle, including assessing, moderating and reporting. You will also explore a range of strategies and tools to inform teaching and learning to improve student outcomes. 4 2
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Requirements

All Applicants

  • All applicants are required to attend an interview demonstrating personal attributes. These include suitability to teaching profession, capacity to undertake work at a degree level.
  • All applicants are required to complete a written task completed during the interview process.
  • A valid Working With Children’s Check (WWC) prior to undertaking professional placement.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

  • Successful completion of Year 12 VCE or equivalent with a minimum ATAR score of 70.
  • A study score of at least 25 in VCE 3&4 English
  • Satisfactory completion of VCE Units 1&2 Mathematics (excluding Foundation Mathematics).

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

  • Applicants in this category are required to demonstrate a study score of at least 25 in VCE 3&4 English and satisfactory completion of VCE Units 1&2 Mathematics (excluding Foundation Mathematics).
  • Or
  • Applicants may demonstrate the equivalence constituting completion of the multiple-choice component of Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT).
  • Applicants who have successfully completed the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (previously known as Diploma of Children’s Services) may be awarded credit to a maximum of eight subjects (1 year) toward the Bachelor degree.

Applicants with higher education

Any other higher education qualification. A completed Bachelor level qualification satisfies all academic requirements.

Applicants with work and life experience

  • Relevant industry or life experience that informs applicants’ choice of study and their confidence in their ability to undertake the study.
  • And
  • A study score of at least 25 in VCE 3&4 English and satisfactory completion of VCE Units 1&2 Mathematics (excluding Foundation Mathematics)
  • Or
  • Applicants may demonstrate the equivalence constituting completion of the multiple-choice component of Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT).

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 or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency 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

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Melbourne Polytechnic is committed to providing transparency to the admissions process. In line with this commitment, we provide you with information that will help in making informed choices about your future studies.

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Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

You may also be required to attend an interview to discuss your career plans, aptitude and understanding of your chosen course of study and the requirements of tertiary study. (This may be conducted face-to-face or by through a video conference call using Skype or other application).

During your interview, you may be asked to provide:

  • Your CV outlining your relevant work and life skills and experience
  • Any letters of reference from employers
  • Documents relating to prior study including course transcripts and subject outlines from other Higher Education Providers if you wish to apply for credit

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call +61 3 9269 8400