ATAR cut-off
62.50
70.85 (Median ATAR)
61.60
68.45 (Median ATAR)
About ATARs
International entry requirement

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.5
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0 (R,W), 8.0 (L,S)

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Duration

4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 12366
CRICOS code: 084156G

Program handbook

Description

The early years of any child's life are crucial to their later education and life experience. To be entrusted with teaching and caring for young children is an enormous responsibility but also a great privilege. Early childhood teaching is a truly rewarding professional career where you can really make a difference.

The Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary)(Honours) program at the University of Newcastle aims to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for a highly successful career in teaching. Graduates of this program will be able to seek employment as Preschool and Early Childhood teachers, and K-6 (Primary) teachers in and beyond the New South Wales Government, Catholic, and Independent school sectors. The program aims to develop graduates who are inspirational teachers with the capability to act professionally, knowledgably and effectively in their educational destinations; insightful scholars with the capability to engage in rational enquiry into curriculum, policy and practice; and innovative leaders with the capability to play a constructive role in public discourse on and beyond education.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Inspirational teachers who act professionally, knowledgably and effectively
  • Insightful scholars who engage in rational enquiry into the theory and practice of education
  • Innovative leaders who play a constructive role in public discourse on education

Details

Information correct as at28th Jun 2017 10:26am
Program code12366
AQF level

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 4 years full-time.
ATAR (2017)
LocationCut-offMedian
Callaghan Campus62.5070.85
Ourimbah61.6068.45

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Assumed knowledgeHSC or equivalent at a level that complies with Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW entry requirements
Recommended studiesHSC English and Mathematics, or equivalent.
Term typeSemesters
Fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Education and Arts
Contributing schools
  1. Wollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies
  2. School of Education
  3. School of Humanities and Social Science
  4. School of Medicine and Public Health
  5. School of Psychology
  6. School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code084156G

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Admission information

Admission requirements

In accordance with the Rules Governing Admission and Enrolment [000966], Academic Senate is responsible for prescribing the academic requirements for admission to any program. This includes special admission. Applicants will need to meet any additional selection criteria specified for the program in the Program Handbook or in the current edition of the University Admissions Centre (UAC) guide.

There are a number of ways to gain entry to the Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours) program at the University of Newcastle. Students may be considered for admission on the basis of:

1.  NSW HSC or equivalent - irrespective of age of qualification.

2.  The entry criteria and a range of comparable pathways to teaching degrees that satisfy the expectations of the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) are as follows:

  • Applicants who have achieved three HSC Band 5s with one of those in English* will be admitted directly into the Bachelor of Teaching (Honours) program of their choice.
  • For students lacking just one Band 5 result in English, there is an opportunity to enrol in a summer English course (10 units). Completing this course with a “Pass” will be comparable to achieving the Band 5 in English.
  • Applicants who have not achieved three HSC Band 5s with one of those in English will be admitted to an 80-unit first-year Discipline Studies pathway inside the Bachelor of Teaching (Honours) program of their choice.
  • For applicants in this category, progression to second-year is contingent upon passing an approved 80-unit discipline studies pathway.

3.  Completed or partly completed higher education studies;

4.  TAFE qualifications;

5.  Overseas qualifications equivalent to Australian studies (International);

6.  A University approved special admission bonus points scheme:

  • Educational Access Scheme (EAS); and
  • Regional and Rural Bonus Points Scheme
  • SpecialTertiaryAdmissionsTest (STAT)

7.  A University approved special admission scheme:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Admission Scheme;
  • Elite Athletes Admission Scheme;
  • Special Circumstances Admission Scheme; and
  • Guaranteed Entry Admission Scheme.

Mid Year Admission

In some instances, mid year admissions may extend the duration of the program due to the requirement to complete a year of discipline studies within the program.  However, for many students, it will still be possible to complete within the 4 years minimum timeframe.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants seeking admission to this program whose first language is not English will need to demonstrate that they have sufficient English language proficiency by satisfying the criteria listed in the English Proficiency Policy.The NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (and the national AITSL accreditor) require applicants from a non-English speaking background to demonstrate adequate English proficiency. They define this as an average band score of 7.5 in IELTS with no score below 7.0 in any of the four skill areas and no score below 8.0 in speaking and listening; a level 4 score in all four skill areas in ISPLR; or a PEAT test result of Band A in each of the four skill areas. The New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) (and the national AITSL accreditor) requires that the test results be no more than two years old at the time of application.


Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.


Compulsory program requirements

Professional experience courses are scheduled to give students the opportunity to link theory with practice. Students start the first professional experience placement by observing the teacher and working with small groups in the centre. This is followed by initial experiences in teaching the full class under the direct supervision of the teacher. Students build on their teaching competencies during the 90 days of placement throughout the program, by the time of graduation they have developed the classroom skills and the professional aptitudes of a competent teacher. Some placements overlap with university vacations, so students should check the professional experience dates before booking travel. See Professional Experience Unit

Post-admission requirements

  • Anaphylaxis Training

  • Working With Children Check

  • Child Protection Awareness Training

Compulsory program requirements - Review of progress

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their program.

EDUC2066 - Teaching, Learning and Play in Early Childhood

EDUC2186 - Quality Teaching and Student Learning K-6

EDUC4146 - Early Childhood/Primary Professional Experience


Professional recognition

Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority

Graduates of this program will be recognised as having Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) approved early childhood education and care qualification as Early Childhood Teachers (under the National Quality Framework (NQF)). Early childhood teachers can pursue careers as teachers in different early childhood settings, such as kindergarten, day care or preschool.

New South Wales Education Standards Authority

Graduates of an accredited initial teacher education program will be eligible for registration with the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA), and can pursue careers as teachers or educators in both the NSW Department of Education and Communities, Catholic Education and Independent school systems; and in public and private sectors both nationally and internationally.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

320 units

Program duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program requirements

The program requires the successful completion of a total of (but no more than) 320 units that are normally offered as 40 units per semester for eight semesters.

Students are required to successfully complete:

Core Courses - 290 units

Compulsory Courses - 20 units (Ungraded Honours pathway) or 30 units (Graded Honours* pathway)

Electives - 10 units (Ungraded Honours pathway only)

Graded Honours* pathway available only to those students who meet and maintain the eligibility requirements; students will be required to complete 30 units of compulsory research courses. 

Students must complete a minimum of 40 units at each level (1000, 2000, 3000, 4000) with no more than 120 units at the 1000 level.

Students must only complete courses that form part of the program.


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EDUC1048Becoming a Teacher: Primary and Early Childhood Context
  • Summer 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Port Macquarie)
  • Winter - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC1055Foundations of Child Development
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC1070Foundation of Creative Arts for Early Childhood and Primary Teachers
  • Winter - 2017 (Port Macquarie)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
HIST1051The Australian Experience
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
LING1100Language for Early Childhood Educators
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
MATH1900Elementary Mathematics
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
PUBH1020Foundations of Early Childhood Health and Well-Being
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
SCIM1040Foundations of Science and Technology
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
EDUC2066Teaching, Learning and Play in Early Childhood
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC2102Educational Psychology: Learners and the Learning Process
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
EDUC2103Schooling, Identity and Society
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
EDUC2186Quality Teaching and Student Learning K-6
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
EDUC2744K-6 Science and Technology
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Port Macquarie)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC2746K-6 Society and Environment
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
EDUC2747K-6 PDHPE
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
EDUC2748K-6 Literacy 1
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
EDUC2749K-6 Numeracy
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
ABOR3500Aboriginal Education, Policies and Issues
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Port Macquarie)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC3055Pedagogies of Numeracy from Birth to 12 Years
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC3065Diversity and Inclusion in Early Childhood
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC3066Early Childhood Education and Care: Children's places
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC3075Multiliteracies, Communication and the Young Child
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC3103Early Childhood Special Education
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC3745K-6 Creative Arts
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Port Macquarie)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC4025Leadership, Advocacy and Administration in EC Settings
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC4146Early Childhood/Primary Professional Experience
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
20 units
EDUC4175Pedagogies of Reading and Writing: Birth to 12 Years
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC4940Research Design and Critique
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Port Macquarie)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units

Honours STREAMS

Choose either Graded Honours or Ungraded Honours.

GRADED HONOURS
Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EDUC4965Education Honours II: Research Design and Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC4990Honours III: Project and Thesis
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
20 units
UNGRADED HONOURS
Compulsory Courses

Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EDUC4035Inquiry into Early Childhood Philosophy and Practices
  • Summer 3 - 2017 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC4182Research as Practice
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
Electives

Complete 10 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

10 units

Honours

All students who complete the requirements of the program will be eligible for ungraded Honours. High performing students may be eligible to undertake the Graded Honours stream. Students admitted to the graded Honours stream are required to successfully complete 30 units of research courses. The criteria for the determination of class of Honours are detailed in the Bachelor Honours Policy [000990] located in the University Policy Library. See Program Convenor for further information regarding eligibility for Graded Honours.


Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

International students intending to seek accreditation to teach should seek clarification of accreditation requirements with their proposed/intended employment authority prior to undertaking the program. Responsibility for clarification of suitability of undergraduate qualifications for employment with an employing authority rests with the student.


International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Special needs

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online