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The Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) / Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies degree develops the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for a career in teaching. Areas of study within the teaching component cover the philosophy and psychology of learning and teaching, the social and cultural contents of education, primary curriculum and pedagogy studies, and professional studies (including a minimum of 90 days professional experience). Early Childhood teachers are concerned with the crucial emotional, educational and physical development of young children.
Graduates of this program are able to seek employment as primary teachers in and beyond the NSW Government, Catholic, and Independent school sectors. Employment opportunities exist not only in school settings, but industries where the ability to educate and impart knowledge is a desirable quality.
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.
Some occupations require a higher level of completed study than an undergraduate degree, and for this reason it is worthwhile considering the range of Honours, Research Higher Degrees (RHD), Postgraduate Coursework programs and additional study options available. These options may also be useful for specialising in a particular area, or to stimulate career change. Some of the future options following a degree in Primary/Early Childhood teaching include:
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. For more information about this program, see Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)/Early Childhood Studies(Honours).
After completing a degree there are a broad range of postgraduate options available in a variety of fields which can allow you to specialise in a particular area of interest or build upon your existing knowledge base. To explore such options please visit the Postgraduate Handbook at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/campaigns/postgrad/.
The following list provides some example jobs available to graduates of a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) / Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.
Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for someone with the skills gained during the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) / Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies.
- Community Project Officer
- Community Services Worker
- Education Officer
- English as a Second Language Teacher (ESL Teacher)
- Events Manager
- Graduate Programs - Public and Private Sectors
- Home School Liaison Officer
- Instructional Designer
- International Aid/Development Worker
Getting the Edge
Most employers seek to recruit people who have relevant work experience and an appreciation for their industry. Here is a check list of ideas about gaining experience and industry knowledge.
- Check the type of experience most employers in your field of interest expect. Don’t overlook the part time work you may be currently doing. Most employers understand that the skills are transferrable even if the work is not in their industry.
- Check your academic program for any courses that involve a placement or the opportunity to undertake an industry based project.
- Check your school for Summer Scholarships for research opportunities.
- Check vacancy sites for advertised traineeships, part time employment and vacation work opportunities in your field.
- Source and approach organisations directly about possible work shadowing or information interview opportunities.
- Source and approach organisations directly for paid work opportunities.
- Consider volunteering.
Note: Gaining experience may be important but not at the expense of your studies. Make sure you do not overload your timetable with unrealistic work commitments.
Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) / Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies graduates find employment opportunities in small, medium or large organisations of varying industries. Below are some examples of organisations that may recruit those holding these degrees. Check employers’ websites for sections titled Employment, Careers, Graduate Programs, or for similar sections. Some employers may also offer vacation work opportunities.
- ACT Association of Independent Schools (Australia)
- ACT Department of Education and Training (Australia)
- Amnesty International (International)
- Association of Independent Schools NSW (Australia)
- Australian Catholic Schools (Australia)
- Australian Defence Force (International)
- Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) (Australia)
- Council of International Schools (International)
- Department of Education and Training (Teach NSW) (Australia)
- Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (Australia)
- Department of Families, Housing, Communities and Indigenous Affairs (Australia)
- Mission Australia (Australia)
- NSW Department of Community Services (Australia)
- NSW Department of Education (Australia)
- NSW Department of Health (Australia)
- NT Association of Independent Schools (Australia)
- NT Department of Education and Training (Australia)
- Oxfam (International)
- Protocol Education (International)
- QLD Department of Education and Training (Australia)
- QLD Independent Schools (Australia)
- SA Association of Independent Schools (Australia)
- SA Department of Education and Children's Services (Australia)
- The Samaritans (Australia)
- TAS Department of Education (Australia)
- TAS Independent Schools (Australia)
- TimePlan (International)
- Uteach Recruitment (International)
- VIC Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (Australia)
- VIC Independent Schools VIC (Australia)
- WA Association of Independent Schools WA (Australia)
- WA Department of Education (Australia)
Some large organisations have specific graduate recruitment programs designed to employ the pick of graduates each year. You must be in your final year of study or recently completed to apply for these programs. The timing of these recruitment drives varies and may occur at any point in the academic year, in some cases starting as early as the first few weeks of the first semester or trimester.
Find out if employers in your area/s of interest have graduate programs, when they typically recruit and what recruitment methods they use. Check with the Careers Service .
Job Prospects and Salary
For up-to-date information please see Job Outlook Australia. This site provides basic Australian labour market information including job prospects, skills requirements and salaries. You might try some of the classifications below as a guide on this site.
Societies and Associations
Associations and societies often provide relevant and up to date information about a variety of issues relating to specific industry sectors. These can be a good starting point to learn more about occupations through profiles, industry news, links to academic journals and information on research developments. Many also offer student membership, conference and professional development activities, newsletters and the opportunity to participate in projects.
- Association of Independent Schools of NSW (Australia)
- Australasia Pacific Play Therapy Association (Australia)
- Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (Australia)
- Australian Literacy Educators' Association (Australia)
- Australian Primary Principals Association (Australia)
- Australian School Library Association (Australia)
Don’t overlook student societies and associations. As well as student chapters of professional associations, some faculties or schools have discipline based student associations. Check your school or faculty web site; perhaps you might start one if one doesn’t exist.
Some academic disciplines run Seminar Programs that involve regular seminars presented by University of Newcastle academics, visiting academics and postgraduate students. Check your schools website for the timetable.
Job Search Sites
Searching job sites is a good way to gain an understanding of: industries recruiting professionals in this field; types of roles and the requirements or expectations of employers for these roles. There are many online job search sites, here are a few to start with:
Australian and International
- CareerHub: the University of Newcastle Careers Service careers and job search site for enrolled students and graduates.
- CareerOne: Australia wide job listings, all levels and industries including executive positions
- MyCareer: Australian and international listings
- Seek: comprehensive Australian job listings, also includes New Zealand and UK listings
- The Big Chair: Management and Executive Jobs
Graduate Attributes and Employability
Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) / Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies graduates will have the skills, abilities and knowledge sought after by a broad range of employers. On completion of the degree, graduates can expect to be:
- Inspirational teachers who act professionally, ethically, and effectively through their:
- knowledge of curriculum, pedagogy, learning and assessment;
- critical insights into curriculum, policy and practice;
- appreciation of, and respect for, student diversity and education’s important role in realising socially just and sustainable futures;
- capacity to communicate effectively, for a variety of purposes, using a range of strategies and technologies; and
- understanding of their legal, social and collegial responsibilities as members of the teaching profession.
- Insightful scholars who engage in rational enquiry into the theory and practice of education through their:
- critical engagement with educational research;
- critical appreciation of the historical, philosophical and socio-cultural contexts of education;
- critical and creative reflection upon the aims and practices of the teaching profession;
- capacity for life-long self-directed learning; and
- commitment to the principles of academic honesty and integrity.
- Innovative leaders who play a constructive role in public discourse within and beyond education through their:
- commitment to continuous improvement in pedagogical practice;
- capacity to respond creatively and effectively to educational change;
- capacity to act autonomously and collaboratively in educational settings;
- ability to communicate effectively about educational issues; and
- recognition of their role as responsible participants and partners in local, national and global communities.