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

Handbook

This program has been discontinued, and there will be no further intake for new students. The information in this program is for continuing students only, who are already enrolled in the program.

Students commencing from 2015 should refer to the handbook for our new program: Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours)

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

Information correct as at

27th Apr 2015 3:47am

Program Code

12216

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face

Duration

Domestic - 4 years full time or part time equivalent.

International - 4 years full time.

Term Type

Semesters

Relevant University rules and policies

CRICOS Code

Description

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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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, 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/

Post-admission Requirements

  • National Police Certificate
  • Working With Children Check
  • Prohibited Employment Declaration

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.

EDUC2065 - Play and Learning

EDUC2185 - Managing the K-6 Learning Environment

EDUC4045 - Early Childhood Internship


Professional Recognition

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

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 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.


Transition Arrangements

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.


Program Structure

Core Courses

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

AART1010Foundations in Creative Arts
  • Semester 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 Development
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC1738K-6 English
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
HIST1051The Australian Experience
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
LING1100Language in Early Childhood
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
MATH1900Elementary Mathematics
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
PUBH1020Foundations of Early Childhood Health and Well-Being
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SOCA1040Constructions of Childhood, the Family and Society
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC2065Play and LearningNot currently offered10 units
EDUC2102Educational Psychology: Learners and the Learning Process
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
EDUC2103Schooling, Identity and Society
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
EDUC2185Managing the K-6 Learning Environment
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
EDUC2744K-6 Science and Technology
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC2747K-6 PDHPE
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
SCIM2030Foundations of Science and TechnologyNot currently offered10 units
ABOR3500Aboriginal Education, Policies and Issues
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
EDUC3055Pedagogies of Numeracy from Birth to 12 Years
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC3075Multiliteracies, Communication and the Young Child
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC3103Early Childhood Special Education
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC3185Integrated and differentiated curriculum
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
EDUC3739K-6 Mathematics
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
EDUC3745K-6 Creative Arts
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC3746K-6 Society and Environment
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC4025Leadership, Advocacy and Administration in EC Settings
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC4045Early Childhood Internship
  • Semester 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 Years
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units

Non Honours or Graded Honours option

Choose either Non Honours or Graded Honours.

Graded Honours
Compulsory Courses

Complete the following courses to fulfil the requirements of this option

EDUC4955Education Honours I: Introduction to Education Research
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC4965Education Honours II: Research Design and Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC4990Honours III: Project and Thesis
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
Non Honours
Directed Courses

Choose 20 units from the following directed courses

EDUC3065Diversity and Inclusion in Early Childhood
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
EDUC4035Inquiry into Early Childhood Philosophy and Practices
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
Electives

Complete 20 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.

20 units

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.


Additional Information

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.


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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Special Needs

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.

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