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Guide to entry cut-offs
- Kelvin Grove 13
- Caboolture 15
- Kelvin Grove 72
- Caboolture 68
- Specialise in the education and development of children from birth to eight years
- Graduate and work in Queensland as a registered teacher in early childhood settings such as child-care and from Prep to Year 3
- Gain extensive classroom experience through practical placement and an internship
- Course is recognised nationally and internationally (additional requirements may apply in some locations)
- Study a complementary areas, such as health and physical activity, music, inclusive education, Indigenous education, and research
|QTAC course code||Kelvin Grove: 404162; Caboolture: 464162|
|QUT course code||ED92|
|Course duration||4 years full-time|
|Start month||2013 & 2014 February|
|Deferment||You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.|
2014 On campus
2013 Note: In 2013, years 1 and 2 will also be offered at QUT's Caboolture campus. Students may need to transfer to the Kelvin Grove to complete the remainder of the course. The full course is offered at Kelvin Grove campus.
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Why choose this course?
As an early childhood specialist, you can play an instrumental role in the education and development of children from birth to eight years. Each day in early childhood brings new challenges and opportunities to assist with a child’s growth and love of learning. Career opportunities in early childhood education are increasing and experts who can design early childhood programs and engage younger children in learning are in demand.
At QUT, we combine outstanding academic programs with leading-edge research taught by early childhood experts. You will be supported by leading academics and experience unique, real-world opportunities that prepare you to teach in early childhood.
As early childhood specialists, graduates are prepared to work in early childhood settings including Prep Year and the lower three years of primary school. Graduates have a range of career options including teaching in a primary school and leadership roles in childcare settings.
This course meets the requirements for registration as a teacher in Queensland. It is recognised nationally and internationally; however, additional requirements may be needed for some locations.
The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) is an approved childcare qualification with the Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment (Office for Early Childhood Education and Care) and is accredited by the New South Wales Department of Community Services for employment in children’s services.
Credit for prior learning (Advanced standing)
Students admitted with a completed Diploma of Children’s Services (Early Childhood Education and Care) or Advanced Diploma of Children’s Services (or an equivalent accredited qualification) will be automatically granted one year of credit (advanced standing) of 96 credit points and be eligible to complete the degree in three years full-time.
You will focus on yourself as a commencing early childhood educator with foundation studies and exploration of essential professional characteristics. You will be introduced to early childhood curriculum areas related to literacy, ICTs and the arts and will also engage in work-integrated learning in the form of community activities.
You will focus on field experiences and curriculum studies in the creation of supportive learning environments for children. You will also undertake professional studies units which will focus on theory and practice relevant to early childhood settings, and consider the social and cultural implications of how education is constructed and organised.
You will focus on field experiences, further curriculum and professional studies contextualised in practical settings for children. You will build on your knowledge to understand and value inclusive educational practices for working with diverse cohorts of young children, including those with special needs. You will complete two of the four option units which can be undertaken in a diverse range of areas.
Your final year of study moves towards integrating the understandings you have developed with your professional practice by focusing on work-integrated learning, ethics and professionalism, and identity as a beginning practitioner. You will undertake your final two option units and your expertise in early childhood will converge to prepare you for your final field experience and internship.
You will have the opportunity to select complementary options (four units) in one or more of the following areas:
- Exploring the Sciences and Environment
- Health and Physical Activity
- Integrated Arts Curriculum
- Intercultural and International Teacher
- Literature and Media Studies
- Managing Learners and Learning
- Mathematics and ICT
- Middle Years of Schooling
- Research (for high-achieving students)
- Studies in Inclusive Education
- Studies in Indigenous Education
- Visual and Performing Arts .
The complementary options are subject to availability.
Guide to entry cut-offs
- Kelvin Grove 13
- Caboolture 15
- Kelvin Grove 72
- Caboolture 68
Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:
We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).
Literacy course requirements
All Bachelor of Education students are required to satisfactorily complete assessment criteria relating to Queensland College of Teachers' (QCT) literacy standards by the end of year three of their course in order to meet the course and QCT professional accreditation requirements.
Literacy modules have been developed as a remedial action for students who do not attain satisfactory standards on the relevant literacy criterion during their assessment in the first year of their studies. Students will have the support of the First Year Experience Coordinator. Students may attempt these modules any number of times during the first three years of their program.
At the end of year three, unsatisfactory results within course work and these modules may result in a recommendation for an early exit from the four-year degree. The literacy requirement will also apply to double degree students with a slight variation.
Working with Children Check: blue card
You'll need to apply for a blue card because you'll be working with children or young people as part of this course. There's no cost if you apply through QUT.
Submit your blue card application to the QUT Student Centre as early as possible - ideally, as soon as you've received your offer.
If you don't receive your blue card before the start of a unit that requires contact with children, you may be unable to participate and your grades may be affected. You may also still have to pay fees for the unit.
Did you get an OP 1-5?
If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.
Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.
There are compulsory purchases associated with this course that aren't covered by your tuition fees. See additional costs.
2014: CSP $3,100 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)
2013: CSP $3,000 (indicative) per Semester (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)
Student Services and Amenities Fee
You'll need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.
HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees
You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.
Scholarships and financial support
You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.
These scholarships are available for this course:
You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments
How to apply for Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.
Are you ready to submit your application?
You're ready if you've:
- Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
- Checked important dates.
- Checked you meet the entry requirements.
- Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.
All done? Then you're ready to apply.
Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (Kelvin Grove: 404162; Caboolture: 464162) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.
After you've submitted your application to QTAC
If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.