Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units). Find out more about feesAUD 33,990 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units). Find out more about fees
Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.
The early years of any child's life are crucial to their later education and life experience. 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 Education (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours) 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 teachers, and K-6 (Primary) teachers in and beyond the New South Wales Government, Catholic, and Independent school sectors. The program aims to develop graduates who are inspirational teachers with the capability to act professionally, knowledgeably 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.
The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours) program places a special emphasis on preparing graduates who can critically evaluate education research, and have the capacity to design, implement and evaluate their own educational research project. For Honours graduates this degree is a pathway into higher degree research programs, such as the Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy. The Honours degree provides specific opportunities for graduates to pursue careers in educational research, education publication writing or editing, education policy analysis, as well as the typical professions for Education graduates including an Early Childhood Teacher, Early Childhood Centre Director, K-6 (Primary) school teacher, community educator, education consultant, curriculum developer, educational materials developer, curriculum evaluator, and educational administrator.
Program learning outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will have:
- Coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines and knowledge of research principles and methods
- Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence
- Become inspirational teachers who act professionally, ethically, and effectively
- Become insightful scholars who engage in rational enquiry into the theory and practice of education
- Become innovative leaders who play a constructive role in public discourse on education
- Cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence
- Cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts with advanced understanding in some areas
- Cognitive skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding
- Technical skills to design and use research in a project
- Communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
- Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with initiative and judgement in professional practice and/or scholarship
- Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
- Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability for own learning and practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
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Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree
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Admission to the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours) program is via Direct Honours Application. Admission is not available through UAC or Internal Program Transfer.
Eligible applicants must achieve a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 (Credit grade average) over the first two years (160 units) of the program, including 80 units of Education courses incorporating both EDUC1103 and EDUC2102.
The Honours program Application Form is available here
Please submit the completed application form to the Bachelor of Education (Honours) Program Convenor for assessment or eligibility. Applications must be submitted by the Friday of Week 13, Semester 2, Year 2.
Further information on the Honours Program can be found here.
For further information, please also refer to the Bachelor Honours Policy
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.
The NSW Education Standards Authority Requires that the test results be no more than two years old at the time of application. Students seeking employment in Australia will also have to demonstrate that they have passed the national Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) students, before they will be able to be graduated and accredited as a teacher.
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, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.
Compulsory program requirements
This degree requires students to participate in placements in NSW Department of Education or other NSW school or service providers via the completion of teacher observations and small group participation, and 90 days of professional experience across three placements. During placement, students will be subject to the policies and procedures of the placement facility. Placements may extend beyond normal semester times and students must meet their own associated travel and accommodation costs, where applicable. Students must meet all the Education Placement Requirements , including a NSW Working with Children clearance. Students must check the professional experience website for all placement information.
Working With Children Check
Child Protection Awareness Training
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.
EDUC2066 - Teaching, Learning and Play in Early Childhood
EDUC2186 - Quality Teaching and Student Learning K-6
EDUC4147 - Early Childhood/Primary Professional Experience
Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority
New South Wales Education Standards Authority
Academic requirements for program completion
Total units required
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.
International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au
The program requires the successful completion of a total of 330 units.
Students are required to successfully complete:
- 330 units of Core Courses.
Students must complete a minimum of 40 units at each level (1000, 2000, 3000, 4000) with no more than 120 units at the 1000 level.
Students must only complete courses that form part of the program.
Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.
- 2018 - Semester 1 - Program Plan - B Education (Early Childhood & Primary) (Honours) 156.2 KB
- 2019 - 2021 Semester 1 - Program Plan - B Education (Early Childhood & Primary) (Honours) 156.4 KB
Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of the program.
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|EDUC1048||Becoming a Teacher: Primary and Early Childhood Context||10 units|
|EDUC1055||Foundations of Child Development||10 units|
|EDUC1070||Foundation of Creative Arts for Early Childhood and Primary Teachers||10 units|
|EDUC1103||Schooling, Identity and Society||10 units|
|HIST1051||The Australian Experience||10 units|
|LING1000||Foundations of Language - Primary and Early Childhood contexts||10 units|
|MATH1900||Elementary Mathematics||10 units|
|PUBH1020||Foundations of Early Childhood Health and Well-Being||10 units|
|SCIM1040||Foundations of Science and Technology||10 units|
|EDUC2066||Teaching, Learning and Play in Early Childhood||10 units|
|EDUC2102||Educational Psychology: Learners and the Learning Process||10 units|
|EDUC2186||Quality Teaching and Student Learning K-6||10 units|
|EDUC2200||The Future of Teaching and Learning||10 units|
|EDUC2744||K-6 Science and Technology||10 units|
|EDUC2746||K-6 Society and Environment||10 units|
|EDUC2747||K-6 PDHPE||10 units|
|EDUC2748||K-6 Literacy 1||10 units|
|EDUC2749||K-6 Numeracy||10 units|
|ABOR3500||Aboriginal Education, Policies and Issues||10 units|
|EDUC3055||Pedagogies of Numeracy from Birth to 12 Years||10 units|
|EDUC3066||Early Childhood Education and Care: Children's places||10 units|
|EDUC3075||Multiliteracies, Communication and the Young Child||10 units|
|EDUC3103||Inclusive Education in Early Childhood and Primary Settings||10 units|
|EDUC3745||K-6 Creative Arts||10 units|
|EDUC4025||Leadership, Advocacy and Administration in EC Settings||10 units|
|EDUC4147||Early Childhood/Primary Professional Experience||30 units|
|EDUC4175||Pedagogies of Reading and Writing: Birth to 12 Years||10 units|
|EDUC4955||Education Honours I: Introduction to Education Research||10 units|
|EDUC4965||Education Honours II: Research Design and Methods||10 units|
|EDUC4975||Honours III - Thesis A||10 units|
|EDUC4985||Honours IV - Thesis B||10 units|
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.
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 our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.
AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens 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. More information is available online.
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