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Duration

4 year/s full-time
8 year/s part-time
4 year/s full-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2
On campus - Semester 1, Semester 2
Online - No

Locations

Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus

Credit points required

320

Course code

WEDEC1
SATAC/UAC codes
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Overview

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 advanced standing

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

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.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

Study Education at CDU

Why study education at CDU?

Educate and inspire the next generation with a teaching degree at CDU. You'll gain the skills and knowledge to enter the classroom with confidence, equipped with a nationally-accredited degree to work anywhere in Australia.

  • #1 for teaching employment outcomes in Australia (GUG 2022)
  • Study online, on campus, full-time or part-time as it suits you
  • Complete placements close to home
  • Unique opportunities for regional and remote placements

What will I study?

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.

Course structure

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.


  • 2023 HE unit offerings are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 November 2022.
  • 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 typeCredit PointsSpecific 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)
290Compulsory 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)

 320Total 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


  • 2023 HE unit offerings are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 November 2022.
  • 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 UnitCO = Core Unit
CO/P = Practicum/Placement
SE = Specialist ElectiveE = Elective

 

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring SustainabilityCUECU100 Arts for EducationCO
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityCUEMA100 Mathematics Education 1: Content Knowledge for TeachingCO
ELA100 English Language and Literacy in Education 1COEPE102 Professional Experience: Planning for Early Childhood Learning (previously coded EPE101)CO/P
ECU101 Health and Physical Education in Schools (new title 2020)COECL155 Preparation for Teaching in Early Childhood Education (new title 2020)CO
Year 2
EPE111 Professional Experience: Planning for Learner Development (previously coded EPE110)CO/PEST203 Teaching Indigenous LearnersCO
ECL123 Mathematics in Early Years (new title 2020)COECL224 Science in the Early YearsCO
EMA200 Mathematics Education 2: Curriculum and Pedagogy in Primary MathematicsCOECL228 Humanities, Social and Environmental Education in Early Childhood (new title 2020)CO
ECL246 Music and Movement in Early ChildhoodCOECU204 Technology and Design for EducationCO
Year 3
EPE211 Professional Experience: Planning for Learning and Assessment (previously coded EPE210)CO/PESC220 Science in EducationCO
ELA201 Teaching English as an Additional LanguageCOEST221 Health, Environment and Wellbeing in Early Childhood Education (new title 2020)CO
ECE301 Play in Early Childhood EducationCOECL300 Approaches to Literacy in the Early YearsCO
ElectiveEECE303 Curriculum and Programming in Early ChildhoodCO
Year 4
ECE302 Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood ContextsCOECE304 Critical Reflection on Early Childhood Theory and PracticeCO
EST302 Researching Classroom PracticeCOECU301 Humanities and Social Science PedagogyCO
EST303 Special Needs in the ClassroomCOEPE312 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 UnitCO = Core Unit
CO/P = Practicum/Placement
SE = Specialist ElectiveE = Elective

 

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring SustainabilityCU
  CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityCU
  ECU100 Arts for EducationCO
  ECL155 Preparation for Teaching in Early Childhood Education (new title 2020)CO
Year 2
ECU101 Health and Physical Education in Schools (new title 2020)COEMA100 Mathematics Education 1: Content Knowledge for TeachingCO
ELA100 English Language and Literacy in Education 1COEST203 Teaching Indigenous LearnersCO
EPE102 Professional Experience: Planning for Early Childhood Learning (previously coded EPE101)CO/PESC220 Science in EducationCO
ECL123 Mathematics in Early Years (new title 2020)COECL228 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/PECU204 Technology and Design for EducationCO
ECL246 Music and Movement in Early ChildhoodCOEST221 Health, Environment and Wellbeing in Early Childhood Education (new title 2020)CO
ELA201 Teaching English as an Additional LanguageCOECL224 Science in the Early YearsCO
EMA200 Mathematics Education 2: Curriculum and Pedagogy in Primary MathematicsCOECL300 Approaches to Literacy in the Early YearsCO
Year 4
EPE211 Professional Experience: Planning for Learning and Assessment (previously coded EPE210)CO/PECE303 Curriculum and Programming in Early ChildhoodCO
ECE301 Play in Early Childhood EducationCOECE304 Critical Reflection on Early Childhood Theory and PracticeCO
ECE302 Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood ContextsCOECU301 Humanities and Social Science PedagogyCO
EST303 Special Needs in the ClassroomCOEST302 Researching Classroom PracticeCO
Year 5
EPE312 Professional Experience: Engaging in Evidence-Based Practice (20cp) (previously EPE310)CO/P  
ELA301 Literacy Capability in Context (new title 2020)CO  
ElectiveE  

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Entry requirements

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

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.

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 ModuleMinimum 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 ProficiencyTest not accepted for this course.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleMinimum 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.

 

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Charles Darwin University has arranged some great placements for me, all within 10 minutes of my home in regional New South Wales. I like that you're in a classroom early in the degree, learning the ropes. And I got to experience different types of schools, demographic areas and leadership styles.

Matt

CDU Student

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Course details

Accreditation

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

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course. Students must read and understand the requirements for this course.

Australian qualification framework

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

Student profile

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Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
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

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.auPhone:(08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

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

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

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.

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.

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

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
104641
590290
Online (CSP)
104641
590290
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
0101027

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