Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) / Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies

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This program is available for continuing students only and from 2015 has been replaced by the Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood & Primary) (Honours) (Program code 12366)

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.


Study a language (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.


Admission Requirements (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.

You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you may be eligible.


Assumed Knowledge (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

HSC or equivalent.

Band 4 Mathematics and Band 4 English in NSW HSC. Students who do not meet this requirement on entry will have to demonstrate equivalent achievement before graduation as per Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards requirements.


Selection Criteria (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Milestone:
  • National Police Certificate
  • Working with Children Check
  • Prohibited Employment Declaration

Credit Transfer (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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/future-students/non-school-leavers/applying-and-credit.


Honours (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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.


Practical Experience (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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/


Professional Accreditation (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

In addition to its approval as a K-6 qualification by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards, 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".

International Students (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. 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/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.


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Students with disabilities 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 reasonably 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.


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International applicants 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 applicant.

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/unit/ctl/lsp/

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.


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The Bachelor of Teaching(Primary)/Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies program is offered as a 4 year full time program or part-time equivalent. 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.

Students will complete the equivalent of 90 days professional experience in relevant educational settings (40 days in Primary schools and 50 days in Birth-5 year old settings). Professional teaching experiences may involve placement in educational settings in a variety of geographic regions outside the Newcastle area. Professional teaching experiences are supervised by Early Childhood, Primary School or University staff, and students are expected to satisfy a range of professional teaching competencies as part of the successful completion of the program.

All students are expected to successfully complete one professional experience placement at a location distant from the university campus (outside of the Hunter and Central Coast regions). This out-of-area placement usually occurs in the third year of the program.


Transition Arrangements Back to top

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 "Further information". Students should consult with the Program Convenor or Student Hub for further information re transition arrangements.


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Back to topElectives (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 20 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.20 units
For more information on electives, including online electives, please visit the Electives page. (opens in a new page)
Back to topYear 1 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
AART1010Foundations in Creative ArtsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
EDUC1045Foundations of Early Childhood EducationNot currently offered10 units
EDUC1055Foundations of Child DevelopmentSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
HIST1051The Australian ExperienceSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
LING1100Language in early childhoodSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SCIM1040Foundations of Science and TechnologySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SOCA1040Constructions of Childhood, the Family and SocietySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC2744K-6 Science and TechnologySemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
MATH1900Elementary MathematicsSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
PUBH1020Foundations of Early Childhood Health & Well-BeingSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC2065Play and LearningNot currently offered10 units
EDUC2102Educational Psychology: Learners and the Learning ProcessSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
EDUC2103Schooling, Identity and SocietySemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
EDUC2747K-6 PDHPESemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
EDUC3075Multiliteracies, Communication and the Young ChildSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC3745K-6 Creative ArtsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
Back to topYear 3 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
EDUC1738K-6 EnglishSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC2185Managing the K-6 Learning EnvironmentSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC3055Pedagogies of Numeracy from Birth to 12 YearsSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC3103Early Childhood Special EducationSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC3185Integrated and differentiated curriculumSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
EDUC3739K-6 MathematicsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
EDUC3746K-6 Society and EnvironmentSemester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
ABOR3500Aboriginal Education, Policies and IssuesSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
EDUC4025Leadership, Advocacy and Administration in EC SettingsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC4045Ethics, Partnerships and Professionalism: Early Childhood InternshipSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
EDUC4175Pedagogies of Reading and Writing: Birth to 12 YearsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
Back to topDirected Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 20 units from Directed Courses (for students NOT taking Honours).
EDUC3065Diversity and Inclusion in Early ChildhoodSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC4035Inquiry into Early Childhood Philosophy and PracticesSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
Back to topHonours (for eligible students only) (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements for Honours (for eligible students only).
EDUC4955Education Honours I: Introduction to Education Research

Taken in place of 10 units of Directed Courses

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC4965Education Honours II: Research Design and Methods

Taken in place of 10 units of Directed Courses

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC4990Honours III: Project and Thesis

Taken in place of 20 units of electives

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units