Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

This course from the Sydney School of Education and Social Work will give you a professional qualification to teach children from birth to five years in early childhood education settings.

Our innovative four-year teacher education program incorporates introductory and advanced curriculum units, a strong social justice and leadership focus, placement experiences in early childhood settings that exceed minimum requirements, scope to develop and apply research skills in an honours strand, and opportunities to develop strong practical and research skills.

You will study specialist units in early childhood education and development,
complemented by generalist units in education and professional studies, as well as elective units of study in the sciences, social sciences and humanities offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Science, and the University of Sydney Business School.

In second year you will begin observing and interacting with small groups of young children (ages three to five). In third year you will undertake professional experience in an early childhood setting with children from birth to three years. By fourth year you will be competent to teach in an early learning centre using your professional judgement and autonomy. Your final, fourth-year, 30-day internship will be complemented by a practitioner inquiry research project, in which you focus on an area of specialisation.

Course outline

Study plan

Year 1

Semester 1
Education, Teachers and Teaching - 6 Credit points
Introduction to Early Childhood Education - 6 Credit points
Learning through Play in Early Childhood - 6 credit points
1 Junior Arts, Science or Business elective - 6 Credit points
Semester 2
Human Development and Education - 6 Credit points
Health and Wellbeing in Early Childhood - 6 Credit points
History and Philosophy of Early Childhood Education - 6 Credit points
1 Junior Arts, Science or Business elective - 6 Credit points

Year 2

Semester 1
Educational Psychology- 6 Credit points
Ethics, Politics and Social Justice - 6 Credit points
Language and Communication in Early Childhood - 6 Credit points
Science in the Early Years - 6 Credit points
Semester 2
Social Perspectives on Education - 6 Credit points
Creative Arts in Early Childhood - 6 Credit points
Professional Experience EC 1 - 6 Credit points
Professional Communication - 6 Credit points

Year 3

Semester 1
Positive Approaches to Special Education - 6 Credit points
Mathematics in Early Childhood - 6 Credit points
Infant-Toddler Learning and Development - 6 Credit points
Professional Experience EC 2 - 6 Credit points
Semester 2
Reading and Applying Educational Research (or Education Honours Preliminary) - 6 Credit points
Creative Arts in Early Childhood 2 - 6 Credit points
Leading and Managing Qualty EC Services - 6 Credit points
Professional Experience EC 3 - 6 Credit points

Year 4

Semester 1
Partnering with Families on the Margins - 6 Credit points
STEM in Early Childhood - 6 Credit points
Language and Literacies - 6 Credit points
Education III Research with Young Children - 6 Credit points
Semester 2
Early Childhood Policy and Advocacy - 6 Credit points
Internship Research Project - 6 Credit points
Early Childhood Internship - 6 Credit points
Education III Option Unit of Study (or Education Honours Dissertation) - 6 Credit points

Majors

What is a major?

Instead of a major, we offer specialist units in early childhood education drawn from the following key learning areas:
• child development
• health and wellbeing
• early childhood curriculum and teaching in the creative arts, mathematics, literacy and science
• management, leadership and advocacy
• families, community and diversity
• reflective practice and teacher inquiry

These units are complemented by general units that examine education and teaching in Australian from sociological, political, historical and psychological perspectives.

You can also undertake two elective units of study from other faculties within the University. The Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Science and the Business School offer studies in the humanities, sciences and social sciences.

Further course information

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study. Except with the permission of the Dean, a candidate must complete all unit of study requirements specified for each year, including professional experience units, before proceeding to the next year.

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject. Electives can be selected from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Science, and Sydney Business School (subject to permission from the Sydney School of Education and Social Work).

Course opportunities

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) includes significant professional experience placements in early childhood settings. The placements begin in the second year of the course and the amount of responsibility and duration of the placements progressively increases until the final placement in which students are competent to teach under minimal supervision.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Examples include teaching in a range of early learning centres and preschools (birth – 5 years). Qualified early childhood teachers are in
high demand and early childhood education is a high priority for both federal and state governments in Australia. This qualification is not suitable for teachers seeking employment in the Kindergarten to Year 6 school sector.

Course accreditation

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) is listed under the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) approved qualification list.

Further study

Eligible candidates may apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program with the Sydney School of Education and Social Work comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master's degrees include capstone independent research projects, supervised by experts in the field of study, which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

About honours

Honours is available to meritorious students who complete an alternative set of units of study in Semester 2 of Year 3 and Semester 2 of Year 4. Admission to the honours program is by permission of the program coordinator after the completion of Semester 1 of Year 3. Admission and award requirements for honours in the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) are set out in the Resolutions of the Sydney School of Education and Social Work.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

Inherent requirements for programs in early-childhood education

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, the Sydney School of Education and Social Work has identified inherent requirements for coursework-award courses in Early Childhood Education. In order to successfully complete such a course, students must possess the qualities and skills listed in the document below.

http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/future_students/resources/inherent-requirements/IR-EC-230915.pdf (pdf, 68kB)

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates.

Current students applying to transfer from one bachelor degree to another, apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the transferring courses page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor degree must apply through UAC.

For other useful information, visit our How to Apply page.

International students

How to apply

Visit the How to Apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students

The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.