This contemporary four-year Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching prepares students to teach children from birth to 12 years.
Graduates will be qualified early childhood and primary teachers, eligible to apply for Victorian Institute of Teaching registration and able to seek employment as primary school teachers (Foundation to Year 6), and early childhood teachers within licensed early childhood settings, including Kindergartens (Birth to 4 years old), in Victoria.
Our students learn through a combination of on-campus theory and well supported practicum experiences. Students attend practicum within every semester of the course and across a range of early childhood education areas including pre-schools/kindergartens and primary schools.
All Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching academic staffs have extensive industry experience in early childhood and primary settings, as well as higher education teaching experience.
This course has Victorian Institute of Teaching accreditation.
All new students commencing in a higher education course must attend their faculty course orientation and Holmesglen's higher education orientation.
Teacher Education Early Childhood / Primary (birth to 12 year old).
The eight practicum subjects, one each semester, are work-based placements. These placements are in early childhood services and primary schools.
This course consists of 40 core subjects, comprising 32 theory subjects and 8 practicum subjects (practical placements) that provide 141 days of supervised placement in early childhood education and care settings, and primary schools.
A variety of assessment methods are used, including practical strategy assessments, case studies, essays, exams, individual and group presentations, reports, role play simulations and hurdle task requirements.
Abilities-based learning and teaching
Australian Families: Past and Present
Communication to support children's learning and wellbeing
Community and professional partnerships
Contemporary issues in early childhood education
Design, creativity and technology
Disability and additional needs
Early childhood learning and teaching 1
Early childhood learning and teaching 2
Introduction to professional practice
Leadership and Management
Literacy 1: Developing Literacy
Mathematics 1: Developing mathematical understanding
Multicultural and multilingual perspectives
Observation and assessment
Physical development and movement
For details of credit points, subject objectives, learning outcomes, contact hours, pre-requisites and co-requisites, download the Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching subject summary (Word - 54kb).
The following requirements apply to all applicants
Literacy and numeracy requirements
- Numeracy: VCE units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of Maths: General Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics; and
- Literacy: VCE units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). See below for further details.
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
Applicants who do not have the literacy and numeracy subject requirements are required to complete the relevant STAT, Written English and/or Multiple Choice test.
Literacy: Applicants that do not have the literacy subject prerequisites are required to complete the STAT Written English test and achieve a median score of 150 to meet the course literacy entry requirement.
Numeracy: Applicants that do not have the numeracy subject prerequisites are required to complete the STAT Multiple Choice test and achieve a median score of 150 to meet the course numeracy entry requirement.
Find out more about the test and read about the test structure and content.
All applicants are required to attend an interview with an academic staff member. This interview provides the opportunity to learn and ask questions about the course requirements, Holmesglen’s culture and your study experience at Holmesglen. Interviews are approximately 20-30 minutes in duration.
Holmesglen will contact applicants to arrange the interview. Interview details will be confirmed by mail or email. Requests can be made for a teleconference for any applicants unable to attend the interview in person. Interviews are generally conducted within 3 weeks of receiving your application.
Applicants should bring the following documentation, as relevant to you, to the interview:
• evidence of your literacy and numeracy skills, (subject requirements or STAT results),
• previous qualification certificates and academic transcripts, Year 12 results.
It is important that all documents presented are original.
Applicants will be required to complete a self-efficacy assessment prior to enrolment. On the day of your interview, you will be requested to complete the Self-Efficacy Assessment (SEA) online. The SEA is comprised of 10 multiple choice questions, which explore your personality disposition and how to best address your learning and teaching experiences at Holmesglen.
Working with children check
Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) prior to undertaking professional placements (practicums) as part of this course. Check the WWC website for more information.
VTAC SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme)
Applicants applying through VTAC who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to apply for the Special entry access scheme (SEAS). Depending on eligibility and your circumstances, a SEAS application may provide support for your course application. visit how to apply for more details.
Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past two years)
- Pre-requisites - as listed above, along with the following:
- Minimum prerequisite ATAR of 70 (including selection adjustments)
- Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of Maths: General Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics; and
- Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
For Applicants with:
- Higher Education Study
- Vocational and Education Training (VET) Study
- Work and Life Experience
- Prerequisites as for Recent Secondary Education or equivalent, Certificate IV, Diploma or higher.
- Your entire academic record will be considered.
Bridging and/or Enabling Courses
The 22451VIC Diploma of Teacher Education Preparation course is an enabling course for the Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching.
Advanced standing and entry pathways:
• completion of a Certificate IV in Education Support or Diploma of Teacher Education Preparation (Year 1, no advanced standing);
• Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (Year 2, diploma graduates with a distinction average may be eligible to receive advanced standing of up to 48 credit points);
• applicants with education-based bachelor qualifications may be eligible to receive advanced standing of up to 72 credit points (qualification/subjects dependent).
Other requirements of this course
Literacy and numeracy test for initial teacher education (LANTITE)
All students wishing to graduate with a teaching qualification will be required to undertake the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students and successfully complete this by the end of Year 3 of the course.
The test has been introduced to assess those aspects of initial teacher education students' personal literacy and numeracy skills that can be measured through an online assessment tool.
All students enrolled in an initial teacher education course (either undergraduate or post graduate) will be expected to sit and pass the test prior to graduation.
The LANTITE test is designed to assess initial teacher education students' personal literacy and numeracy skills to ensure that teachers are well equipped to meet the demands of teaching, and to assist teacher employers to have increased confidence in the skills of graduating teachers. View further information about this test here.
You may be able to shorten the length of your studies by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training, or work and life experience. Read more about gaining advanced standing and credits.
QUALIFICATION AND RECOGNITION
After completing this course, you will receive the Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching.
The Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching can be used to apply for entry to relevant Masters and other post-graduate qualifications.
Teaching in Early Childhood Programs and Primary School Settings (Foundation to Year 6).
How to apply
Visit How to Apply for more information on the application process.
Year 12 applicants applying for full-time study for February intake should apply through VTAC.
All other applicants should apply directly to Holmesglen.
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Commonwealth Supported Place
The above fees are per annum. These are indicative fees only.
Individual subject tuition fees are available for higher education courses.
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TUITION ASSURANCE REQUIREMENTS
Under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, Holmesglen Institute must meet tuition assurance requirements for persons, other than overseas students, who are enrolled in the higher education courses we offer in the event we cease to provide a course of study in which a student is enrolled. Overseas students refer to the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2002.