Bachelor of Education - The Early Years (Honours)

Course summary

The Honours program is an alternative option for students wishing to undertake research during the fourth year of either the Bachelor of Education - The Early Years pass degree or the Bachelor of Education - The Early Years (Dean's Scholar) degree. Entry to your honours year is based on application and merit.

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.

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.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake exchange, study abroad and international cultural immersion programs.

Working closely with two supervisors, you will undertake a major project during the program, you will undertake special experiences for research work either in the field or that examine other aspects of education. The degree will culminate in the production of a thesis or other project work that disseminates your research findings and the results from your project and research inquiry.

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
  • Developing skills and experiences in research in educational settings.

Course information

Study area

Education, Social Science

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

341

ATAR (UAI)

-

IB Score

26-27

Duration

4 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

Flexible, On Campus

Cricos

080835E

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

Students who have achieved a high level of academic performance in the first three years of the Bachelor of Education - The Early Years may apply to complete the fourth year at Honours level, provided they meet the entry requirements below.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of all required 100, 200 and 300 level subjects prior to admission to Honours (please review the Honours Subject checklist).
  • Achievement of an approved standard of achievement (WAM of 75+) during the first, second and third years of the undergraduate degree.
  • A suitable study proposal.
  • A suitable and willing primary supervisor and a co-supervisor.

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 75 in Academic Reading and Writing)
Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Additional Criteria

 

Credit Transfer

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

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

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $11,928
Full Course Fee: $95,424

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: $11,928
Full Course Fee: $95,424

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.

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

A student wishing to undertake the Honours program must be enrolled in either the Bachelor of Education – The Early Years or the Bachelor of Education – The Early Years (Dean’s Scholar). Students who have achieved a high level of academic performance in the first three years of their degree may apply to complete the fourth year at Honours level, provided they meet the entry requirements below.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of all required 100, 200 and 300 level subjects prior to admission to Honours (please review the Honours Subject checklist).
  • Achievement of an approved standard of achievement (WAM of 75+) during the first, second and third years of the undergraduate degree.
  • A suitable study proposal.
  • A suitable and willing primary supervisor and a co-supervisor.

Additional Criteria

 

Credit Transfer

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

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

2018 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.

Admission information

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 Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

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


STARTING YOUR JOURNEY

Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. It means having the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. It means belonging to a University with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality—benefits that will help support you in your future career.


Admission criteria


Higher education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Vocational education & training

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Recent secondary education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Work & life experience

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

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 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (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)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

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

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on 29 September.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 29 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 19 January 2018.
  • International applicants: One week prior to the course commencement date.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Education – The Early Years (Honours) will demonstrate:

  1. A broad and coherent knowledge of Early Childhood Education and Care pedagogies, policies and professional practice.
  2. The successful completion of a sustained independent research project utilising the skills of analysis, synthesis and knowledge that will identify the research findings pertaining to an educational issue.
  3. Developed cognitive, practical and communication skills to foster wellbeing in children and to collaborate respectfully with families, communities and educators.
  4. The ability to coherently communicate to a variety of audiences the research findings.
  5. An active professional who is articulate with regards to the theory-practice nexus, its role and theirs as the teacher as researcher.
  6. 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.
  7. Higher order thinking in relation to current and future educational challenges.
  8. A holistic understanding of socially inclusive practice; respect for culture, diversity and community in Australian society.
  9. Ethical and responsible behaviour. 

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Education – The Early Years (Honours) requires the following:

  1. The successful completion of 192 credit points, comprising:
    • 28 core subjects (186cp);
    • 1 elective subject (6cp); and
    • 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. The Honours grade will be calculated using Method 3. For further information refer to the General Course Rules
Subject Code subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Autumn
HAS 111 Essential Academic Skills 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 of the following electives:
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 Academic Program Director 6 Autumn
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 Betw 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
EDAR302 Advanced Research Methods 6 Spring
Year 4
Autumn
EYTE401 Contemporary Theories and Practice in Early Childhood 6 Autumn
EYTS401 Transition to School 6 Autumn
EYRT401 Early Childhood Honours Thesis 24 Annual
Spring
EYLL402 Children's Literature in the Early Years 6 Spring
EYMP402 Advocacy and Leadership in Early Childhood 6 Spring

 

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

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

Why choose this course

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 Early Start facility, which connects our 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 virtual and physical spaces that encourage collaboration between the students, academics, community members, children and parents.

Career opportunities
  • School teacher 
  • Child care worker
  • 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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