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Study Early Childhood Education at Curtin

Early Childhood Education

Bachelor Degree

B-EDEC

Course
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
CRICOS
020852A
Duration
4 years full-time
Credit
800
Location
Curtin Perth, Curtin Kalgoorlie

Outline

Play an important role in shaping the social and cognitive development of young children.

Mojuan Luo

I love this course! It has many practical subjects to learn – English, science, art, music, physics, mathematics, curriculum and early-years philosophy. My internship at a primary school was an amazing experience. I learned a lot from my mentor, my supervisor and teachers from other classes.

Highly ranked course

Curtin’s education courses were ranked in the top 150 in the world in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Professional recognition

Recognised by the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia and equivalent national bodies.

Early childhood teachers are integral in shaping the social and cognitive development of children during their formative years.

This initial teacher education degree provides the skills, knowledge and practical learning experiences needed to teach young children (aged 0–8 years) in early education settings. These include early learning and childcare centres, kindergarten, pre-primary and junior primary classes.

You will learn about child development, the curriculum areas and the importance of family partnerships. You’ll also choose two elective units from a list of education subjects to broaden your learning. 

As part of the course you will complete four professional work experience placements in schools or early learning centres. These placements are undertaken in full-time blocks, regardless of your study mode. You may have the opportunity to undertake a rural, interstate or overseas placement.

Teaching placements

  • Year 2: a three-week full-time block
  • Year 3: five one-day visits plus a three-week full-time block, and a four-week full-time block
  • Year 4: a ten-week full-time block (one school term)

Before you apply

You will need to submit a non-academic statement with your course application to be considered for entry to this degree.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • Curtin’s education courses were ranked in the top 100 in the world in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
  • Staff teaching in the Early Childhood program are active researchers and scholars who represent a high level of expertise in their disciplinary fields.
  • You will be immersed in a technology-enhanced learning environment, where group interaction and collaborative activities will help develop your teaching capability.
  • This course integrates education theory with classroom practice. You will undertake 21 weeks of teaching experience in both primary classrooms and early learning centre settings.
  • The School of Education receives consistently positive feedback from employers, who say Curtin graduate teachers are of excellent quality and well prepared for the education industry.

How this course will make you industry ready

  • Your learning will address the specific needs of early childhood educators, ensuring you graduate with the competencies required to be a successful teacher. 
  • All units are mapped to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority Framework.
  • You will build a professional digital portfolio that showcases your teaching abilities to potential employers.
  • You will complete 21 weeks of teaching practice over the course of your studies, including a 10-week internship where you will take responsibility for a class of children under the mentorship of a qualified teacher.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Teachers Registration Board of WA, and is recognised nationally as an initial teacher education qualification. Graduates can register as a teacher in Australia and other countries that recognise Australian teaching qualifications.

Career information

Careers

  • Early childhood teacher
  • Junior primary teacher
  • Education advisor and reviewer
  • Early learning centre manager
  • Early learning centre educator
  • Nanny

Industries

  • Early education (government and non-government)
  • Education (government and non-government)

What you'll learn

  • apply high-level discipline knowledge, principles and concepts associated with effective teaching of children from birth to 8 years
  • draw from theory and research to apply knowledge of the needs of students from diverse backgrounds and across the full range of abilities to enhance learning
  • assess student learning and analyse diverse sources of data to support valid judgements of student learning
  • plan and deliver effective teaching and learning experiences with demonstrated impact
  • use technologies appropriately for learning and teaching
  • engage in professional learning and demonstrate capacity for leadership; demonstrate personal literacy and numeracy competencies to the required accreditation standard
  • engage in critical and reflective practice based on local, national and international research
  • create and manage positive learning environments for all students, including those from diverse cultural backgrounds

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 8.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 8.0
Overall band score 7.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2018 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
HKDSE 15
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India (CBSE) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Please select a country above.

Essential course prerequisites

Mathematics is desirable.

Applicants will also be required to engage in reflection of non-academic attributes related to teaching. Students will be responsible for meeting any costs associated with this process. 

 

Entry to this course will not be possible based on work experience alone. This is consistent with current practice for accredited Initial Teacher Education courses taught by the School of Education.

Applicants will also be required to engage in reflection of non-academic attributes related to teaching. Students will be responsible for meeting any costs associated with this process. 

 

Entry to this course will not be possible based on work experience alone. This is consistent with current practice for accredited Initial Teacher Education courses taught by the School of Education.

Other requirements and notes for this course

All students are required to successfully complete four compulsory professional experience placements as part of designated units throughout the course. These placements must be undertaken in registered schools or early learning centres where the language of instruction is English. 

Placements are undertaken on a full-time basis for the number of days shown in a continuous block and students need to plan carefully to ensure they are able to meet this commitment. The total number of days of professional experience in the course will satisfy all states' requirements for teacher registration. 

None of the four professional experience placements can be broken or split into shorter periods.

No more than 25% of professional experience days may be undertaken in schools or early learning centres outside Australia. Therefore, students will only be able to complete one 3 week placement outside Australia and will be required to complete all other placements within Australia. 

Students will be required to have a current and valid Working with Children clearance as required by the state or country in which the placement provider is located. They will also need to meet any other relevant State requirements before engaging in any work with children or professional experience. If students have any doubt about their eligibility to acquire these clearances they should contact the local Teacher Registration Authority.

Students are required to provide evidence of successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students (LANTITE) prior to completing their course. The test is managed by ACER and details of the test (for example, sample questions, the Test Window dates, and registration) can be found at: https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/

Students are responsible for meeting the costs associated with taking these tests, which are a national requirement applicable to all teaching graduates. 

Students are expected to have successfully completed the LANTITE between the first and final professional experience unit.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

International student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $352*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $15,500*
Total indicative course fee $123,500*
Indicative year 1 fee $31,000*

Fee year: 2021

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $352*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $15,800*
Total indicative course fee $125,900*
Indicative year 1 fee $31,600*

The fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. The indicative tuition fee is subject to an annual tuition fee increase of up to 5 per cent and may be subject to legislative change.

The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.

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