Students commencing from 2016 should refer to the handbook for our new program:
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours)
Note: This program is no longer available to new students, the information below is relevant to currently enrolled, continuing students only.
Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) / Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies
Information correct as at
1st May 2016 10:15pm
Mode of Delivery
- Face to Face
Domestic - 4 years full time or part time equivalent.
International - 4 years full time.
Relevant University rules and policies
The early years of any child's life are crucial to their later development - emotionally, educationally and physically. 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 (Primary)/Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies 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 educators, and K-6 (Primary) teachers in and beyond the New South Wales (NSW) Government, Catholic, and Independent school sectors. The program aims to develop graduates who are inspirational teachers with the capability to act professionally, ethically 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.
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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, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.
Compulsory Program Requirements
The programs in the School of Education incorporate both traditional and innovative approaches to professional experience. Students will complete the equivalent of 90 days professional experience in relevant school settings in a four-year Bachelor program. This matches the current Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) requirements for professional experience in four-year undergraduate initial teacher education programs.
NOTE: All teacher education students are required to do one professional experience placement of 20 days at a location outside of the local region (ie. in other parts of NSW or Australia). Students normally do this "out-of-area" placement in the third year of the program. IMPORTANT: Some professional experience placements occur during university vacation times. Please check the professional experience website for placement dates before you book a holiday. http://www.newcastle.edu.au/faculty/education-arts/peu/education/
National Police Certificate
Working With Children Check
Prohibited Employment Declaration
Compulsory Program Requirements - Review of Progress
Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW
Graduates of an accredited initial teacher education program will be eligible for registration with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards, 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.
Early Childhood Education and Care Directorate of the NSW Department of Education and Communities
This program has been approved as a 0-5 qualification by the Early Childhood Education & Care Directorate of the NSW Department of Education and Communities. Specifically, through its accreditation process the ECECD has determined that the program: * Does meet the required qualifications for the position of Authorised Supervisor under Part 2 Clause 16 (2) (c) of the "Children's Services Regulation 2004". * Does meet the required qualification for the position of Primary Contact Staff Member for Children under Two Years under Part 4 Clause 52 (2) (a), (b), (c), or (d) of the "Children's Services Regulation 2004". * Does meet the required qualifications for the position of Teaching Staff Member under Part 4 Clause 52 (4) (a) or (b) or (c) of the "Children's Services Regulation 2004".
Academic Requirements for Program Completion
Total Units required
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.
The program requires the successful completion of 320 units that are normally offered as 40 units per semester for eight semesters.
Students are required to successfully complete:
- Core Courses - 280 units
- Directed Courses - 20 units
- Electives - 20 units.
As programs are regularly reviewed and updated some students may experience changes to their program of study during the course of their enrolment, and which may require transition arrangements. Students affected by changes to the program or experiencing transition problems are advised to check existing arrangements at "Additional Information". Students should consult with the Program Convenor or Student Hub for further information re transition arrangements.
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
|AART1010||Foundations in Creative Arts||10 units|
|EDUC1055||Foundations of Child Development||10 units|
|EDUC1738||K-6 English||10 units|
|HIST1051||The Australian Experience||10 units|
|LING1100||Language for Early Childhood Educators||10 units|
|MATH1900||Elementary Mathematics||10 units|
|PUBH1020||Foundations of Early Childhood Health and Well-Being||10 units|
|SOCA1040||Constructions of Childhood, the Family and Society||10 units|
|EDUC2102||Educational Psychology: Learners and the Learning Process||10 units|
|EDUC2103||Schooling, Identity and Society||10 units|
|EDUC2185||Managing the K-6 Learning Environment||10 units|
|EDUC2744||K-6 Science and Technology||10 units|
|EDUC2747||K-6 PDHPE||10 units|
|ABOR3500||Aboriginal Education, Policies and Issues||10 units|
|EDUC3055||Pedagogies of Numeracy from Birth to 12 Years||10 units|
|EDUC3075||Multiliteracies, Communication and the Young Child||10 units|
|EDUC3103||Early Childhood Special Education||10 units|
|EDUC3185||Integrated and differentiated curriculum||10 units|
|EDUC3745||K-6 Creative Arts||10 units|
|EDUC4025||Leadership, Advocacy and Administration in EC Settings||10 units|
|EDUC4045||Early Childhood Internship||20 units|
|EDUC4175||Pedagogies of Reading and Writing: Birth to 12 Years||10 units|
Non Honours or Graded Honours option
Choose either Non Honours or Graded Honours.
Students in this program may elect to complete a 40 unit embedded Honours program, assuming they meet and maintain the eligibility requirements. These requirements are determined by the Academic Senate, and can be found on the University website.
Students must undertake 40 units of research courses, namely EDUC4955 Education Honours I: Introduction to Education Research (10 units), EDUC4965 Education Honours II: Research Design and Methods (10 units) and EDUC4990 Honours III: Project and Thesis (20 units). See Program Convenor for further information regarding eligibility for Honours.
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students
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.
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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided 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. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.