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 online 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 (UAI)

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

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 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 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

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $12,528
Full Course Fee: $100,224

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: $12,528
Full Course Fee: $100,224

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 the results you’ve earned so far in Years 11 and 12 can secure 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 an on-shore Australian High School. For more information, and to apply for Early Admission, head to the UOW Early Admission website.

Indicative Criteria
Indicative Early Admission criteria for this degree.
The indicative criteria shows the subjects and results that we believe you need to have a good chance of performing well in this degree.

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

Mature aged students can apply through direct entry and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. A cover letter statement of suitability should be attached to the online application.

Typically 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.

Additional Criteria

 

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

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.

Session Details:

Session: 26 February - 21 June 2018
Block teaching on campus: 16-20 April 2018 (TBC)

Wollongong

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on29 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

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.

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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