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 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.

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.

You can study on-campus at Wollongong with weekly classes, or in flexible mode. Flexible delivery means lecture content and other activities will be delivered online, while tutorials will occur during a one week block at Wollongong Campus. Students enrolled in the flexible instance have access to regional campus facilities and student support services.


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

1816

ATAR-SR

70

IB Score

24-25

Duration

4 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

Flexible, On Campus

Cricos

064117B

UAC Code

755111 and 755113

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 (where year 12 students are assessed on a combination of their results so far, and a personal interview with UOW staff).

Students with results indicated below will gain an Early Admissions interview for this course.

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 70 or an IB of 24-25. 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. These adjustments used to be called ‘bonus points’. 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 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

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.

ENTRY 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 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 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

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

$13,536 (2019)

$108,288 (2019)

* 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 2017.

Applicant background

2017 intake

2017 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 2017

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 25 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

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

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2019 Autumn

Wollongong

Enrolment and Orientation: 26 - 28 February 2019
Session: 4 March – 27 June 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 28 September 2018. Late applications will not be considered.
  • International Applicants: 15 February 2019. Late applications may be considered.

2019 Autumn

Wollongong

Enrolment and Orientation: 26 - 28 February 2019
Session: 4 March – 27 June 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 28 September 2018. Late applications will not be considered.
  • International Applicants: This course is not available to international applicants.

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 Apply ongoing analysis of and engagement with the philosophy, ethics and practice in Early Childhood Education and Care.
3 Demonstrate and apply developed cognitive, practical and communication skills to foster wellbeing in children and to collaborate respectfully with families, communities and educators.
4 Demonstrate an understanding of the theory-practice nexus, its role and theirs as the teacher as researcher.
5 Apply 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 Demonstrate and apply 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
Year 1
Autumn
HAS 111 Essential Academic Skills 6
EYIT101 Engaging with Technology in Early Childhood Education 6
EYMP101 Early Childhood Contexts 6
EYPP101 Play and Pedagogy 6
Spring
EYCA102 Creative Arts Education in Early Childhood Settings 6
EYFE102 Childhood Sociology: Children in the Family, Community and Society 6
EYLL102 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood 6
EYPD102 Observing Children 6
Year 2
Autumn
EYDC201 Child Development and Care 6
EYEP201 Effective Partnerships for Early Childhood Professionals 6
EYPD201 Curriculum Content and Programming 6
Plus ONE of the following electives:
EYED201 Inclusion of Children with Additional Needs in Early Years Education 6
Or any 100, 200 or 300 level subject from Education or the General Schedule with approval from the Academic Program Director 6
Spring
EYEN202 Numeracy in Early Childhood Education 6
EYFE302 Historical and Philosophical Perspectives In Early Years Education 6
EYHS202 Children's Health, Safety and Wellbeing 6
EYPE202 Physical Environments for Learning in the Early Years 6
Year 3
Autumn
EYER301 Educators as Researchers 6
EYCC302 Contexts of Development:Interconnections Betw Child,Family&Community 6
EYDC301 Birth to 3 Years: Physical Care and Development 6
EYFE301 Early Intervention - A Broad Approach 6
Spring
EYAE202 Aboriginal Education for Booris 6
EYLL302 Birth to 3 Years: Developing Language Interactions 6
EYMP302 Early Childhood Education and Care Services - Management and Admin 6
Plus ONE of the following electives:
EYEM202 Music and Movement in Early Childhood 6
EYST302 Science & Technology for the Early Years 6
Or any 200, 300 or 400 level subject from Education or the General Schedule with approval from the Academic Program Director 6
Year 4
Autumn
EYPD401 Early Years Project 12
EYTE401 Contemporary Theories and Practice in Early Childhood 6
EYTS401 Transition to School 6
Plus ONE elective at 200, 300 or 400 level from Education or the General Schedule with approval from the Academic Program Director 6
Spring
EYLL402 Children's Literature in the Early Years 6
EYMP402 Advocacy and Leadership in Early Childhood 6
Plus ONE of the following electives:
EYEK402 Engaging Koori Kids and their Families 6
EYST302 Science & Technology for the Early Years 6
Or any 200, 300 or 400 level subject from Education or the General Schedule with approval from the Academic Program Director 6

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

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.

Compulsory Work Placement / Online Component 

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.

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).

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

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 
  • 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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