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Bachelor of Education - The Early Years

Course summary

Early Years education enriches learning in children from birth to five years by giving children the opportunity to maximise potential and develop a foundation for learning. It focuses on the significance of education and opportunity for children to ensure health, development, wellbeing and equal opportunity.

This degree

For the duration of this four-year degree you will be part of the Professional Partners in Practice (PPP) and engage in a continuous professional mentoring program. This will give you invaluable industry experience and professional connections that will enhance your employment pathways and opportunities. You will 'learn by doing' in the Professional Experience Program, spending up to 16 weeks teaching in early childhood education and care centres.

During your study you will have opportunities for rural and international professional experiences, to study overseas with UOW's international exchange and study abroad partners, and to join international cultural immersion programs. Your subjects are delivered flexibly; mixing face-to-face and online learning.

UOW also offers an Honours program'an embedded fourth year of study involving a research project, which is taken under academic supervision. Entry to honours is based on application and merit.

What you will study

During this degree you will study:

  • The development of young children and their connection to family, community, and culture
  • Improving education and developmental outcomes for children
  • Establishing relationships with children and families
  • Cultural and social diversity
  • Early intervention and transition to school
  • Leadership and advocacy
  • Creating physical and social learning environments.

Course information

Study area

Education

Campus

Wollongong, Shoalhaven, Bega, Batemans Bay

Course Code

1816

ATAR (UAI)

70

IB Score

24-25

Duration

4 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

Flexible, On Campus

Cricos

064117B

UAC Code

755108 - 755111*

Academic Requirements

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.

In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

7.5

7.0

7.0

8.0

8.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

110

22

22

24

24

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Distinction (weighted average mark of 75 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)
Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Credit Transfer

If you have a UOW College Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care you may apply for up to 48 credit points of credit towards the Bachelor of Education - The Early Years.

Record Check

New enrolling students will be required to complete the new online Working with Children Check and clearance must be obtained prior to attending Professional Experience.

Please note: Professional Experience is a compulsory component embedded in our undergraduate and Master of Teaching courses. Therefore it is an expectation that students who participate in these courses are capable of meeting the demands of navigating their own way to, from and around the Professional Experience contexts (e.g. school sites). It needs to be noted that the off-campus environment is beyond the control of UOW.

Fees

2017 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $11,472
Full Course Fee: $91,776

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Flexible

Session Fee: $11,472
Full Course Fee: $91,776

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Entry Requirements

Assumed Knowledge: Any 2 units of English.
Recommended Studies: Any 2 units of Mathematics.

EARLY ADMISSION
UOW Early Admission is how your high marks in Years 11 and 12 can earn you a place in a UOW degree before you sit your final exams. This program is for students currently completing their Higher School Certificate, an interstate equivalent or an International Baccalaureate, in Australia only. For more information, and to apply for Early Admission, head to the UOW Early Admission website.

Below is the indicative Early Admission criteria for this degree. These are the subjects and results that we believe you need to have a good chance of performing well in this degree.

Indicative Criteria
At least three ATAR Category A Subjects including English, with a minimum of 70% in standard subjects, or 65% in extension subjects.

Indicative Criteria Dean's Scholar
At least three ATAR Category A subjects including English, with a minimum of 85% in standard subjects and/or 80% in Extension subjects.

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications may be considered for admission:

  • Overseas Year 12 qualification, equivalent to the Higher School Certificate in Australia.
  • A previous Australian Year 12 Higher School Certificate, ie ATAR, UAI, TER, OP, or equivalent
  • A score in the International Baccalaureate equivalent to the required ATAR for this course.
  • Australian Qualification Framework (AQF): Advanced Diploma or Diploma; Cert IV (excluding Trade Certificates) may be considered for some programs
  • A Diploma or Foundation Studies Program from a recognised private institution.
  • TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC)
  • Minimum record of attendance, equal to 1/6 of a bachelor degree from an approved university, provided there is no exclusion or suspension.

Mature Age

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications will be considered for admission:

  • University Access Program (UOW College). The UAP does not provide entry to a 4-year professional degree or any of the double degree programs.
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in the year preceding enrolment. STAT can be used to gain admission to all undergraduate courses other than Engineering and Law. If you haven't been studying for some time you may want to consider a WEA STAT Preparation Course.
  • Limited UAI (5-9 HSC units, including at least 2 units of English) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in year preceding enrolment.

Credit Transfer

If you have a UOW College Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care you may apply for up to 48 credit points of credit towards the Bachelor of Education - The Early Years.

Record Check

New enrolling students will be required to complete the new online Working with Children Check and clearance must be obtained prior to attending Professional Experience.

Please note: Professional Experience is a compulsory component embedded in our undergraduate and Master of Teaching courses. Therefore it is an expectation that students who participate in these courses are capable of meeting the demands of navigating their own way to, from and around the Professional Experience contexts (e.g. school sites). It needs to be noted that the off-campus environment is beyond the control of UOW.

Fees

2017 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Flexible

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Shoalhaven
Flexible

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Bega
Flexible

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Batemans Bay
Flexible

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

2017 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences
27 February 2017

Applications Close

Key dates are:

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on 30 September.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 30 September. (Late applications may be accepted where places are available.) On-time direct applicants will be advised of their application outcome by no later than 20 January 2017.
  • International applicants: One week prior to the course commencement date.

Session Details
Orientation: 21 - 23 February
Session: 27 February - 22 June

Shoalhaven, Bega, Batemans Bay

Session Commences

27 February 2017

Applications Close

Key dates are:

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on 30 September.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 30 September. (Late applications may be accepted where places are available.) On-time direct applicants will be advised of their application outcome by no later than 20 January 2017.

Session Details
Orientation: 21 - 23 February 2017 (TBC)
Session: 27 February - 22 June 2017

Course structure

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Education - The Early Years will demonstrate: 

  1. A broad and coherent knowledge of Early Childhood Education and Care pedagogies, policies and professional practice. 
  2. Ongoing analysis of and engagement with the philosophy, ethics and practice in Early Childhood Education and Care.
  3. Developed cognitive, practical and communication skills to foster wellbeing in children and to collaborate respectfully with families, communities and educators.
  4. An understanding of the theory-practice nexus, its role and theirs as the teacher as researcher.
  5. Emerging skills in autonomous problem solving, adaptive and innovative approaches to planning, programming and evaluating for all learners in the Early Childhood Education and Care context.
  6. A holistic understanding of socially inclusive practice; respect for culture, diversity and community in Australian society.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Education – The Early Years requires the following:

  1. The successful completion of 192 credit points, comprising:
    1. 27 core subjects (168cp);
    2. 4 elective subjects (24cp); and
    3. No more than 60 credit points may be at 100 level.
  2. The successful completion of the Professional Experience components embedded in the course.  
Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Autumn
EDFE101 Education Foundations 1: Learning and Development 6 Autumn
EYIT101 Engaging with Technology in Early Childhood Education 6 Autumn
EYMP101 Early Childhood Contexts 6 Autumn
EYPP101 Play and Pedagogy 6 Autumn
Spring
EYCA102 Creative Arts Education in Early Childhood Settings 6 Spring
EYFE102 Childhood Sociology: Children in the Family, Community and Society 6 Spring
EYLL102 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood 6 Spring
EYPD102 Observing Children 6 Spring
Year 2
Autumn
EYDC201 Child Development and Care 6 Autumn
EYEP201 Effective Partnerships for Early Childhood Professionals 6 Autumn
EYPD201 Curriculum Content and Programming 6 Autumn
Plus ONE elective:
EYED201 Inclusion of Children with Additional Needs in Early Years Education 6 Autumn
Or any 100, 200 or 300 level subject from Education or the General Schedule with approval from the Director of Academic Studies
Spring
EYEN202 Numeracy in Early Childhood Education 6 Spring
EYFE302 Historical and Philosophical Perspectives in Early Years Education 6 Spring
EYHS202 Children's Health, Safety and Wellbeing 6 Spring
EYPE202 Physical Environments for Learning in the Early Years 6 Spring
Year 3
Autumn
EYER301 Educators as Researchers 6 Autumn
EYCC302 Contexts of Development: Interconnections Between Child, Family & Community 6 Autumn
EYDC301 Birth to 3 Years: Physical Care and Development 6 Autumn
EYFE301 Early Intervention - A Broad Approach 6 Autumn
Spring
EYAE202 Aboriginal Education for Booris 6 Spring
EYLL302 Birth to 3 Years: Developing Language Interactions 6 Spring
EYMP302 Early Childhood Education and Care Services - Management and Admin 6 Spring
Plus ONE of the following electives:
EYEM202 Music and Movement in Early Childhood 6 Spring
EYST302 Science & Technology for the Early Years 6 Spring
Or any 200, 300 or 400 level subject from Education or the General Schedule with approval from the Director of Academic Studies
Year 4
Autumn
EYPD401 Early Years Project 12 Annual
EYTE401 Contemporary Theories and Practice in Early Childhood 6 Autumn
EYTS401 Transition to School 6 Autumn
Plus ONE elective at 200, 300 or 400 level from Education or the General Schedule with approval from the Director of Academic Studies
Spring
EYLL402 Children's Literature in the Early Years 6 Spring
EYMP402 Advocacy and Leadership in Early Childhood 6 Spring
Plus ONE of the following electives:
EYEK402 Engaging Koori Kids and their Families 6 Spring
EYST302 Science & Technology for the Early Years 6 Spring
EYCC302 Contexts of Development: Interconnections Between Child, Family & Community 6 Spring
Or any 200, 300 or 400 level subject from Education or the General Schedule with approval from the Director of Academic Studies

Minors

Students in the Bachelor of Education – The Early Years can undertake a minor study from another Faculty. A minor consists of an approved combination of subjects which have a minimum value of 24 credit points offered by one or more academic units, of which 12 credit points should be at least 200 level or higher. The cross-counting of subjects towards majors, minors and core degree requirements is limited to one subject.

Students should check that there is room within their degree structure to accommodate a minor study and still meet their degree requirements; and that the subjects are able to be studied in line with PEx requirements. If in doubt, students should seek academic advice before undertaking a minor study.

Students should also note that some subjects listed for minor studies may require other subjects as pre/co-requisites and that due to demand or space limitations, some subjects may have quotas. Students are advised to check for specific subject information in the online subject database before selecting subjects.

Dean's Scholar

A Dean's Scholar program is available for high achieving students. For more information refer to the Bachelor of Education - The Early Years (Dean's Scholar).

Honours

Students who have achieved a high level of academic performance in the first three years of the degree may complete the fourth year at Honours level. For more information refer to the Bachelor of Education - The Early Years (Honours).

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Education - The Early Years is accredited through the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Why choose this course?

UOW Education degrees produce career-ready accredited graduates with extensive professional experience and strong industry links. Early Years education at UOW is a nationally recognised specialised program with a reputation for innovation in early years education.

You will learn with the latest education technology, including access to UOW's new Early Start facility, which connects our Wollongong and regional campuses with early childhood education and care services across NSW, and with partners in national and international institutions. Early Start has created an authentic landscape for learning through collaboration between the students, academics, community members, children and parents.

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