In a nutshell
Swinburne Online’s Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) course delivers both the necessary skills to engage with young children and also the qualifications needed to enter into the teaching profession. With accreditation from the Victorian Institute of Teaching, this course allows you to graduate as a qualified childcare professional or primary school teacher.
You’ll be given the skills and confidence to teach children through a variety of methods and activities. You will learn to plan curriculums, understand and deal with varying childhood behaviours and develop confidence in designing and conducting lessons with art, music, maths and literacy.
The industry professionals teaching this course will help you identify and manage different teaching methods based on diverse student needs and classrooms environments.
Gain practical skills
As a part of this course, you will be required to complete 91 days of placement in a range of early childhood contexts such as primary schools and early childhood centres.
What you’ll need
Applicants must meet the following entry requirements to enrol in this course:
- Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), or its equivalent, including units 3 and 4 in English with a minimum score of 25, and meeting the associated minimum ATAR score; OR
- Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification; OR
- Significant and relevant work experience
In this education course, the subjects you will study include:
- Learning and communicating online
- Introduction to curriculum planning and assessment: practicum 1
- Understanding language and literacy
- The world of maths
- Theories of teaching and learning
- Indigenous education and perspectives
- Teaching and learning in the 21st century
- Contemporary perspectives of learning and development for early childhood
- Developing literacy
- Mathematics in practice
- Contemporary perspectives of learning and development
- Understanding and supporting behaviour
- Sustainable education and perspectives
- Curriculum, planning and assessment for primary: practicum 2
- Imagining the world through language and literature
- Science and technology
- Curriculum, planning and assessment for infants: practicum 3e
- Wellbeing and resilience
- Understanding and support inclusion
- Families, communities and citizenship
- Imagining the world through the arts
- Introduction to educational leadership and management
- The healthy and active child
- Play and environment
- Identity: the early childhood professional
- Advocacy and social justice
- Ready to teach primary: practicum 4e
- Ready to teach early childhood: practicum 5e
You will also need to complete 4 elective units.
Why Swinburne Online?
With strong links to industry and a focus on practical skills, Swinburne gives students an edge in the competitive job market. Placing in the prestigious QS Graduate Employability Rankings, Swinburne shapes graduates who are confident and competent in meeting the challenges of a fast-changing world. Over 100 years, Swinburne has educated more than 150,000 graduates in areas ranging from science, technology and engineering through health, education and business to media, design and innovation. Swinburne Online has drawn on more than 20 years’ experience in the online tertiary education space to help over 9,600 students graduate with an industry-recognised qualification.
As a Swinburne Online student you’ll have access to a range of support options to help you get the most out of your learning. A dedicated team of Student Advisors are available seven days a week to answer your questions – academic, technical or administrative. You’ll also be assigned an eLearning advisor who will be your academic point of contact for the duration of your course.