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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 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 Early Childhood Educators or Primary / Elementary school teachers, in their home countries (Graduates should check their local accreditation requirements to determine the suitability of this program). 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.
Career opportunities include: Early Childhood Teacher, Early Childhood Centre Director, Primary school teacher, specialist teacher in primary school, community educator, educational researcher, education publication writer or editor, education policy analyst, education consultant, curriculum developer, educational materials developer, curriculum evaluator, and educational administrator.
Program learning outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will have:
- a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
- 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 critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
- cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
- cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
- communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
- demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making 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 professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
- become inspirational teachers who act professionally, ethically, and effectively
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Level 7 Bachelor Degree
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Admission to this program is available to international students only and requires the successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.
All Applicants must have an English Language proficiency equivalent to an IELTS Overall Score of 6.5, with a Section Minimum in all areas of 6.5.
Admission to this program is restricted to applicants from countries where there is no reciprocal accreditation with NESA. It is the applicant’s responsibility to determine if this degree will be accepted as a teaching qualification in their own state, country or territory or the country in which they intend to teach.
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.
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 two placements:
- Completion of 20 days teacher observations - consisting of 10 days in an Early Childhood setting catering for 0-5 year olds, and 10 days in a K-6 setting in a NSW Department of Education or other NSW school or service providers; and
- Completion of 50 days - consisting of 10 days observation (5 days in an Early Childhood setting and 5 days in a Primary School) and 40 days of supervised practice in an Early Childhood setting (the definition of which may vary according to the jurisdictional requirements) in their own state, country or territory or the country in which they intend to teach.
Placements may extend beyond normal semester times and students must meet their own associated travel and accommodation costs, where applicable.
During placement, students will be subject to the policies and procedures of the placement facility.
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.
EDUC2301 - Australian Early Childhood and Primary Education
EDUC4301 - International Internship: Early Childhood (Birth-12 Years)
Academic requirements for program completion
Total units required
4 years full-time.
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 Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary Studies) program requires the successful completion of 330 units.
Students must complete 320 units of Core courses and 10 units of Electives.
Students will be required to undertake the final Internship course, EDUC4301 International Internship: Early Childhood (Birth-12 years), in their own state, country or territory or the country in which they intend to teach.
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.
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 this program.
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|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|
|EDUC2102||Educational Psychology: Learners and the Learning Process||10 units|
|EDUC2200||The Future of Teaching and Learning||10 units|
|EDUC2301||Australian Early Childhood and Primary Education||Not currently offered||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|
|EDUC3065||Diversity and Inclusion in Early Childhood and Primary School Settings||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|
|EDUC4035||Inquiry into Early Childhood Philosophy and Practices||10 units|
|EDUC4175||Pedagogies of Reading and Writing: Birth to 12 Years||10 units|
|EDUC4182||Research as Practice||10 units|
|EDUC4301||International Internship: Early Childhood (Birth-12 Years)||Not currently offered||40 units|
Complete 10 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.
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. However, the Faculty suggests the following course options that may complement your program or major.
A full list of courses that are available to study as an elective can be found in the course handbook.
|EDUC3800||Intercultural Understanding for Educators||10 units|
|EDUC3802||Applied Learning in Diverse Contexts||10 units|
|EDUC6000||Understanding Aspirations for Greater Equity||10 units|
All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.
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 Faculty 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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