Early Childhood Education
Curtin University

(Tuition fee is not stated)
3-4 years

Course Description


Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) - BEd(Curtin) - B-EDECHumanities
Guaranteed ATAR 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
Location Bentley, Albany or Kalgoorlie This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July 

You will be required to pass a literacy and numeracy competency test in the first year of the degree. These tests comprise of spelling, essay writing and knowledge of mathematics content appropriate to early childhood teachers.

Duration 4 years full-time

Curtin’s early childhood education course is an exciting program that provides a well-respected qualification for teaching young children.

The course aims to develop graduates who are highly regarded for the quality of their preparation and their dedication to the teaching profession. Upon graduating with this degree you will be qualified to teach children from birth to eight years of age.

You will be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the integration of educational theory and classroom practice and will be responsive to the changing cultural, social and individual needs of young children and their families. 

The course encompasses child development, the importance of family partnerships and develops a solid knowledge of the curriculum learning areas.

In this course you will learn the skills, knowledge and experience you need to teach children from birth to eight years in early childhood centres, kindergarten and pre-primary, and junior primary classes to year 3.

The course encompasses child development, the importance of family partnerships, and develops a sound knowledge of the curriculum learning areas. It will provide you with practical learning experiences in early childhood education settings.

Core education
Core studies in this course are: curriculum studies, professional studies, professional experiences in early learning centres and other educational settings, educational psychology, learning technologies, and inclusive education.

The first year of the course is a common first year with the Bachelor of Education (Primary Education) and includes core studies and interactions with children, educational settings and educators. In the remaining three years, core studies are undertaken concurrently with electives and professional experience.

The School of Education has served Western Australia’s education community through its leadership in teaching, scholarship and research since 1974. We prepare professionals for practice in a wide range of education-related fields and we’re known nationally for the quality of our programs, teaching and graduates.

Electives
The program includes three elective units which can be used towards an area of personal interest. These can be chosen from the many units available across the University, however the School of Education recommends electives are taken in areas complementary to early childhood education, from areas including health studies, psychology, speech and hearing, and Aboriginal education. Alternatively, you can take electives that contribute to a specialisation such as Educational Technology, Inclusive Education or Catholic Education.

Teaching practice
Working with children and educators is central to the early education program. You will work within the early learning sector for varying lengths of time during the program. This culminates in a final 10-week placement, where you will have the major responsibility for a group of children, under supervision of a mentor educator. In addition to this, you are strongly encouraged to link with educators, early learning centres and schools in a voluntary capacity, in order to gain as much valuable experience as possible. There are opportunities for a country practice or an interstate or international internship placement.

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