In a nutshell
The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching) course offered online by the University of New England (UNE) gives you the skills and understanding you’ll need to work successfully as an early childhood educator.
Taught by professionals who are immersed in their field, you will be supported to achieve your best.
As you learn about child psychology and development, the various curriculum approaches and standards relevant to Australian education (as well as being globally applicable), the broader social and cultural contexts of teaching, and explore various teaching methodologies and resources, you will become equipped to meet children’s diverse learning needs, and to create a stimulating and engaging learning environment.
The course also covers the professional practice of teaching including leadership, ethics, administration and stakeholder communication.
Practical industry experience
This course includes a mandatory work placement component to ensure that you graduate with a strong mix of practical industry experience that complements your learning. Depending on the basis of your admission, you will be required to complete 30 to 60 days of placement, 5 or 10 of which need to be outside of your usual workplace, in consultation with the School.
What you’ll need
To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
- Hold a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, or equivalent; AND
- Have completed early childhood workplace experience following completion of the diploma, comprising one year full-time (or equivalent) as room leader; or two years full-time (or equivalent) experience as an accredited family day care provider, or early childhood assistant/aide, or accredited before/after school carer; AND
Meet the standard minimum English language requirements; OR
- Hold an ACECQA-recognised bachelor’s degree in early childhood; AND
- Provide written evidence that the bachelor’s degree included at least 10 days of professional work experience within the birth–2 years age group, or written evidence that at least 10 days of work experience within the birth–2 years ago group was completed following award of the degree
In order to undertake a professional placement in NSW, you will also be required to:
- Obtain a current Working With Children Check
- Complete anaphylaxis training
- Demonstrate that you are fit for practice
You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.
In this education course, the subjects you study may include:
- Professionals in early childhood education
- Leadership in early childhood: 5 days practical experience
- Young children as communicators
- Growing up children: 10 days practical experience
- Families and early childhood education
- Play in learning environments
- Social justice in early childhood education
- Early education philosophy and practice: 15 days practical experience
- Young children discovering multiliteracies
- Young children and the creative arts: 5 days practical experience
- Young children as explorers: 5 days practical experience
- Young children as mathematicians: 10 days practical experience
- Leadership interactions in early childhood
- Literacy in early childhood: 10 days practical experience
- Children, childhood and contemporary influences
- Young children with exceptional development
Why University of New England?
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.
With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.
To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.