Bachelor of Education - The Early Years (Dean's Scholar)

Course summary

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

The Bachelor of Education - The Early Years (Dean's Scholar) is a program for high-achieving students who wish to continue their studies through honours and research degrees. As a Dean's Scholar you will make a scholarly contribution to your field of study and to UOW. You will have access to an academic mentor, extended library privileges, invitations to attend school workshops and seminars, and networking events. There is also the opportunity for casual employment in the UOW Faculty of Social Sciences, community research, or projects supervised by leading practitioners or scholars for 15 hours per year.

For the duration of this four-year degree Early Years students will engage in continuous professional mentoring through the Professional Partners in Practice (PPP) program. This will give you invaluable sector experience and professional connections that will enhance your employment pathways and opportunities.

Throughout the degree students spend up to 16 weeks teaching in Early Childhood Education and Care Centres and two weeks in the Community and Family sector, complementary to the mentoring experience within the Professional Partners in Practice program.

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, Social Science

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

1821

ATAR-SR

90

IB Score

33

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

081896F

UAC Code

755211

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Recent Secondary Education Admission Criteria These criteria may be used to gain admission to this course for students who are currently in year 12 or have recently completed their secondary education.

Recent secondary education students can gain admission to this course via non-ATAR or ATAR-based options.

NON-ATAR ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options students may be admitted on the basis of criteria other than ATAR.

Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take an individual approach to understanding potential for academic success. Each student is assessed based on key qualities across academic readiness, motivation & passion, planning & persistence, and communication & collaboration.

Early Admission

Students may be admitted to this course via Early Admission.

ATAR-BASED ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options, students may be admitted on the basis of ATAR or ATAR plus additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

Guaranteed entry selection ranks

The minimum score for guaranteed entry (or for consideration if this course has limited places) is an ATAR-Selection Rank of 90 or an IB of 33. This includes the effect of adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors

Adjustment factors, such as the subjects you are studying, the area in which you live or equity and access schemes, are taken into consideration and these will be combined with your ATAR to adjust your selection rank and make it higher than your ATAR. Find out more about UOW's adjustment factors.

Other Admission Criteria

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you have a UOW College Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care you may apply for up to 48 credit points 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

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.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the Dean's Scholar degree is competitive.
Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia. Assessment of eligibility may also involve participation in an interview process.


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)

106

25

25

28

27

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


CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you have a UOW College Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care you may apply for up to 48 credit points 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

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.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$13,824 (2020)

$110,592 (2020)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2019.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2019

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2020 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 25 – 27 February 2020
Session: 2 March – 25 June 2020

Applications Close
Applications are not accepted for this course; eligible candidates will be identified by an internal selection process.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of Early Childhood Education and Care pedagogies, policies and professional practice.
2 Demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of child development, curriculum content and innovative approaches to planning and assessment.
3 Apply guided and self-directed enrichment activities on campus, in early childhood educational, and in community settings.
4 Demonstrate and apply ongoing analysis of and engagement with the philosophy, ethics and practice of Early Childhood Education and Care.
5 Demonstrate effective communication as reflective, ethical, informed and engaged professionals when working with children, colleagues, families, and the wider community.
6 Apply qualities of an active professional who is articulate with regards to the theory-practice nexus and the role of the teacher as researcher.
7 Demonstrate autonomous problem solving, leadership and advocacy skills based on knowledge of current early childhood documents and agendas.
8 Demonstrate and apply a holistic understanding of socially inclusive practice and respect for culture and diversity in Australian society.

Course Structure

 The Bachelor of Education – The Early Years (Dean's Scholar) requires the following:

  1. The successful completion of 192 credit points, comprising:
    1. core subjects to the value of 180 credit points;
    2. elective subjects to the value of 12 credit points from Education or the General Schedule with approval from the Academic Program Director as outlined below; 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.    
  3. Students must maintain a minimum weighted average mark (WAM) of 80 in each year of enrolment, from and including Year 2, to remain enrolled in the Dean’s Scholar program.  
Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Autumn session
EDLE100 Learning in Higher Education 6 Autumn
EYHS101 Children's Health, Safety and Wellbeing 6 Autumn
EYMP101 Early Childhood Contexts 6 Autumn
EYPP101 Play and Pedagogy 6 Autumn
Spring session
EYCA102 Creative Arts Education in Early Childhood Settings 6 Spring
EYPP112 Professional Partnerships 6 Spring
EYLL102 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood 6 Spring
EYPD102 Observing Children 6 Spring
Year 2
Autumn session
EYCD201 Child Development: Concepts and Foundations 6 Autumn
EYFE201 Historical and Philosophical Perspectives in ECEC 6 Not available in 2020
EYPD201 Curriculum Content and Programming 6 Autumn
EYEN202 Numeracy in Early Childhood 6 Autumn
Spring session
EYED201 Inclusion in the Early Years 6 Spring
EYIT202 STEM in Early Childhood 6 Spring
EYCD202 Child Development: Social and Emotional Foundations of Learning 6 Not available in 2020
EYPE202 Physical Environments for Learning in the Early Years 6 Spring
Year 3
Autumn session
EYCA301 Arts-based Pedagogy and Practice 6 Not available in 2020
EYCC301 Contexts of Development: Children, Families and Community 6 Not available in 2020
EYCD301 Fostering Effective Learning in Children Birth to 3 Years 6 Not available in 2020
EYFE301 Early Intervention and the Community Context 6 Autumn
Spring session
EYAE302 Aboriginal Education for Booris 6 Not available in 2020
EYLL302 Birth to 3 Years: Pedagogy and Practice 6 Spring
EYMP302 Management and Administration in Early Childhood Education and Care 6 Spring
EDAR302 Advanced Research Methods 6 Spring
Year 4
Annual session
EYPD401 Early Years Project 12 Annual
Autumn session
EYTE401 Contemporary Theories and Practice in Early Childhood 6 Autumn
EYMP402 Advocacy and Leadership in Early Childhood 6 Autumn
EYLL402 Enriching Language and Literacy in the Early Years 6 Autumn
Spring session
EYTS401 Transition to School 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
And ONE of the following electives or an elective at 200, 300 or 400 level from Education or the General Schedule with approval from the Academic Program Director:
EYEK402 Engaging Koori Kids and their Families 6 Spring
EYST302 Science & Technology for the Early Years 6 Spring

For information regarding timetables, tutorials, and classes please the visit the Timetables and Classes page.

Compulsory Work Placement / Online Components

This course contains a total of 630 hours or approximately 90 days of compulsory work-based placements, completed over 34 weeks throughout the degree. This course may also contain compulsory components to be completed online.

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).

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

This degree is accredited through 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.

Career opportunities
  • School teacher 
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Educational consultant
  • Educational manager
  • Preschool teacher
  • Private college teacher
  • Recreational activities coordinator
  • Sport development officer
  • TAFE teacher
  • Training and development officer
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