Contributing Schools and Faculties
- School of Creative Arts
- School of Education
- School of Humanities and Social Science
- The Wollotuka Institute
Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery
Face to face on campus.
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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.
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 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.
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 NSW Institute of Teachers requirements.
HSC study in the area of your preferred teaching specialisation if completing the BTeach (Primary).
- National Police Certificate
- Working with Children Check
- Prohibited Employment Declaration
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’.
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.
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 NSW Institute of Teachers (NSWIT) 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/
In addition to its approval as a K-6 qualification by the NSW Institute of Teachers, 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 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.
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.
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.
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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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|EDUC3065||Diversity and Inclusion in Early Childhood||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)|
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
|EDUC4035||Inquiry into Early Childhood Philosophy and Practices||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)|
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
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