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Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Teaching (Birth-12 Years)

Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
104641
590290
Online (CSP)
104641
590290
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
0101027
Course duration
Full-time
4 year/s
Part-time
8 year/s
Course duration
Full-time
4 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International on campus
Semester 1
Semester 2
International online
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Yes
Can offers be deferred?
Yes
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

WEDEC1

Award
Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Teaching (Birth-12 Years)
Faculty/College
College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts
Sector
HE
Area of study
Education

The Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Teaching is an innovative course that prepares you to become an early childhood teacher and/or a primary school teacher. This gives you flexible and versatile employment options.

During the course, you explore issues, concepts and practices which are common and specific to both early childhood education (including before school settings) and primary school education.

You'll learn about:

  • play and learning sciences
  • language and literacy
  • preparation for teaching
  • health and physical education
  • science in education
  • technology and design for education
  • curriculum and programming
  • maths
  • leadership and advocacy in early childhood contexts
  • humanities, social science and the environment.

This unique teacher education course offers two career options for graduates. It is an initial-teacher education qualification that encompasses working with children from birth to age 12 in both early childhood settings and primary schools.

The course is designed to:

  • develop professional knowledge and skills for teaching children from birth to 12 years
  • prepare you for new and changing educational roles in early childhood and primary schools
  • develop your skills as a reflective teacher
  • explore the connection between theory and practice in early childhood and primary school education
  • ensure continuing awareness of the environmental and cultural influences on teaching and learning in early childhood and primary schools
  • better understand the needs of learners and communities with diverse linguistic and cultural orientations, including Indigenous learners.

Professional recognition

This course has been accredited through the Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory consistent with the standards established by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership for the Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia.

This program is approved with the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). On graduating, you will be recognised as an Early Childhood Teacher by ACECQA.

On graduating from this course, you will be eligible to register as a teacher across all Australian State and Territory jurisdictions (subject to meeting other eligibility criteria, such as National Literacy and Numeracy test for Initial Teacher Education as per Teacher Registration Requirement, English proficiency and suitability to teach).

Credit transfers and pathways

Pathways for VET to Higher Education

Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC or UAC.

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students that commenced this course and passed the census date in Semester 1, 2021.

Applicant background (Semester one intake 2021) No. of Students % of all Students
A. Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
31 47.0
B. Vocational education and training (VET) study 21 32.0
C. Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
<5 N/P
D. Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR

(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

<5 N/P
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered

(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra offer conditional on minimum ATAR)

8 12.0
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor

(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

<5 N/P
International students <5 N/P
All students 66 101.0

Notes
"<5" - the number of students is less than 5
N/A - Students not accepted in this category
N/P - Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Additional information

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 140.
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.
  • Defence members with service of 1 year or more at the following ranks (or higher) meet the academic entry requirement for this course:
    ~Air Force: Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman, Corporal, Leading Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman
    ~Army: Corporal, Lance Corporal, Private
    ~Navy: Able Seaman, Leading Seaman, Seaman

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Additional admission requirements

Applicants must complete the Teaching Capabilities Statement used to demonstrate suitability for study and work in the teaching profession.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.5
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) Minimum overall score of 176 with no skill below 176
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency Test not accepted for this course.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module Minimum overall score of 58 with no score less than 58 in listening, speaking, reading and writing
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) Minimum overall score of 80 with no score less than 22 in speaking, writing, reading and listening

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

Criminal History Check

You must have cleared a Police Check and/or Working with Children Check before you can undertake your practical placements. If your Police Check and/or Working with Children Check are not cleared by the education sector, you will not be able to undertake practice teaching placements and therefore, will not meet the requirements of the course.

ATAR profile

The following table represents the ATAR and selection rank profile for applicants offered a place on the basis of their ATAR in semester 1, 2021

ATAR based offers only ATAR
(excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest rank to receive an offer 58.65 68.55
Median rank to receive an offer 70.05 75.63
Highest rank to receive an offer 85.80 92.75

Notes
"<5" indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Education Early Childhood Teaching (Birth - 12 Years) is made up of common units, core theory and professional experience units as well as some general elective units. The Bachelor of Education Early Childhood Teaching combines theory-based units and practical placements. During the course, you will complete four professional experience blocks that require full-time commitment.

At CDU, you can study a Bachelor of Education Early Childhood Teaching online, on campus or a mix of both. You can also choose to study part-time or full-time. This makes it easier to fit study in with your life and work commitments. All students have access to and are encouraged to make use of online learning materials and interaction.

Should you choose to study your teaching degree online, you'll complete placements close to home.


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

All students must pass prior to graduation the ACER Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) as required by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). The cost of the testing will be met by the student. Refer to https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/

Please check the pre-requisite and assumed knowledge requirements prior to enrolment.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 320 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless otherwise indicated.
Experience units MUST be undertaken in the following sequence: EPE102, EPE111, EPE211, EPE312.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Common Units
(2 units)
20
Common units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below:

CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability

Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.

Core Units
(28 units)
290 Compulsory Core units totalling 290 credit points as detailed below:

ECL123 Mathematics in Early Years (new title 2020)
ECL155 Preparation for Teaching in Early Childhood Education (new title 2020)
ECU100 Arts for Education
ECU101 Health and Physical Education in Schools (new title 2020)
ELA100 English Language and Literacy in Education 1
EMA100 Mathematics Education 1: Content Knowledge for Teaching
EPE102 Professional Experience: Planning for Early Childhood Learning (previously coded EPE101)
EPE111 Professional Experience: Planning for Learner Development (previously coded EPE110)
ECL224 Science in the Early Years
ECL228 Humanities, Social and Environmental Education in Early Childhood (new title 2020)
ECL246 Music and Movement in Early Childhood
ECU204 Technology and Design for Education
ELA201 Teaching English as an Additional Language
EMA200 Mathematics Education 2: Curriculum and Pedagogy in Primary Mathematics
EPE211 Professional Experience: Planning for Learning and Assessment (previously coded EPE210)
ESC220 Science in Education
EST203 Teaching Indigenous Learners
EST221 Health, Environment and Wellbeing in Early Childhood Education (new title 2020)
ECE301 Play in Early Childhood Education
ECE302 Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Contexts
ECE303 Curriculum and Programming in Early Childhood
ECE304 Critical Reflection on Early Childhood Theory and Practice
ECL300 Approaches to Literacy in the Early Years
ECU301 Humanities and Social Science Pedagogy
ELA301 Literacy Capability in Context (new title 2020)
EPE312 Professional Experience: Engaging in Evidence-Based Practice (20cp) (previously EPE310)
EST302 Researching Classroom Practice
EST303 Special Needs in the Classroom

Elective
(1 unit)
10

Units totalling 10 credit points selected from 100 or 200 level units offered by the University

Units offered externally by other Higher Education Providers may be included subject to the written approval of the Course Coordinator. For example, the following units offered through BBI The Australian Institute of Theological Education:

REDU800 Foundations for Religious Education: Theory and Practice (BBI)
REDU801 Religious Education in the Contemporary Classroom (BBI)

  320 Total Credit Points

 

Students who commenced in or after 2013
No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.

Of the total 320 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
* not more than 120 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or above

Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Study plan


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit
CO/P = Practicum/Placement
SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability CU ECU100 Arts for Education CO
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU EMA100 Mathematics Education 1: Content Knowledge for Teaching CO
ELA100 English Language and Literacy in Education 1 CO EPE102 Professional Experience: Planning for Early Childhood Learning (previously coded EPE101) CO/P
ECU101 Health and Physical Education in Schools (new title 2020) CO ECL155 Preparation for Teaching in Early Childhood Education (new title 2020) CO
Year 2
EPE111 Professional Experience: Planning for Learner Development (previously coded EPE110) CO/P EST203 Teaching Indigenous Learners CO
ECL123 Mathematics in Early Years (new title 2020) CO ECL224 Science in the Early Years CO
EMA200 Mathematics Education 2: Curriculum and Pedagogy in Primary Mathematics CO ECL228 Humanities, Social and Environmental Education in Early Childhood (new title 2020) CO
ECL246 Music and Movement in Early Childhood CO ECU204 Technology and Design for Education CO
Year 3
EPE211 Professional Experience: Planning for Learning and Assessment (previously coded EPE210) CO/P ESC220 Science in Education CO
ELA201 Teaching English as an Additional Language CO EST221 Health, Environment and Wellbeing in Early Childhood Education (new title 2020) CO
ECE301 Play in Early Childhood Education CO ECL300 Approaches to Literacy in the Early Years CO
Elective E ECE303 Curriculum and Programming in Early Childhood CO
Year 4
ECE302 Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Contexts CO ECE304 Critical Reflection on Early Childhood Theory and Practice CO
EST302 Researching Classroom Practice CO ECU301 Humanities and Social Science Pedagogy CO
EST303 Special Needs in the Classroom CO EPE312 Professional Experience: Engaging in Evidence-Based Practice (20cp) (previously EPE310) CO/P
ELA301 Literacy Capability in Context (new title 2020) CO    

 

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Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit
CO/P = Practicum/Placement
SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability CU
    CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
    ECU100 Arts for Education CO
    ECL155 Preparation for Teaching in Early Childhood Education (new title 2020) CO
Year 2
ECU101 Health and Physical Education in Schools (new title 2020) CO EMA100 Mathematics Education 1: Content Knowledge for Teaching CO
ELA100 English Language and Literacy in Education 1 CO EST203 Teaching Indigenous Learners CO
EPE102 Professional Experience: Planning for Early Childhood Learning (previously coded EPE101) CO/P ESC220 Science in Education CO
ECL123 Mathematics in Early Years (new title 2020) CO ECL228 Humanities, Social and Environmental Education in Early Childhood (new title 2020) CO
Year 3
EPE111 Professional Experience: Planning for Learner Development (previously coded EPE110) CO/P ECU204 Technology and Design for Education CO
ECL246 Music and Movement in Early Childhood CO EST221 Health, Environment and Wellbeing in Early Childhood Education (new title 2020) CO
ELA201 Teaching English as an Additional Language CO ECL224 Science in the Early Years CO
EMA200 Mathematics Education 2: Curriculum and Pedagogy in Primary Mathematics CO ECL300 Approaches to Literacy in the Early Years CO
Year 4
EPE211 Professional Experience: Planning for Learning and Assessment (previously coded EPE210) CO/P ECE303 Curriculum and Programming in Early Childhood CO
ECE301 Play in Early Childhood Education CO ECE304 Critical Reflection on Early Childhood Theory and Practice CO
ECE302 Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood Contexts CO ECU301 Humanities and Social Science Pedagogy CO
EST303 Special Needs in the Classroom CO EST302 Researching Classroom Practice CO
Year 5
EPE312 Professional Experience: Engaging in Evidence-Based Practice (20cp) (previously EPE310) CO/P    
ELA301 Literacy Capability in Context (new title 2020) CO    
Elective E    

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Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2022: Fees and charges for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

Domestic students - undergraduate studies

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS

 

 

SATAC

 

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW

 

 

 

UAC

 

MyNextCourse

Direct applications are available to students who have completed a CDU or BIITE* course at a Certificate III level or higher. Most CDU and BIITE enabling programs are also accepted through this process.

MyNextCourse

*Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

You will need a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

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