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Undergraduate

Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) - BEd(Curtin) - B-EDEC Humanities
Indicative ATAR 70 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley, Albany or Kalgoorlie This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 4 years full-time

Course overview

Curtin’s early childhood education course is an exciting program that provides a well-respected qualification for teaching young children.

The course aims to develop graduates who are highly regarded for the quality of their preparation and their dedication to the teaching profession. Upon graduating with this degree you will be qualified to teach children from birth to eight years of age.

You will be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the integration of educational theory and classroom practice and will be responsive to the changing cultural, social and individual needs of young children and their families. 

The course encompasses child development, the importance of family partnerships and develops a solid knowledge of the curriculum learning areas.

In this course you will learn the skills, knowledge and experience you need to teach children from birth to eight years in early childhood centres, kindergarten and pre-primary, and junior primary classes to year 3.

The course encompasses child development, the importance of family partnerships, and develops a sound knowledge of the curriculum learning areas. It will provide you with practical learning experiences in early childhood education settings.

Core education
Core studies in this course are: curriculum studies, professional studies, professional experiences in early learning centres and other educational settings, educational psychology, learning technologies, and inclusive education.

The first year of the course is a common first year with the Bachelor of Education (Primary Education) and includes core studies and interactions with children, educational settings and educators. In the remaining three years, core studies are undertaken concurrently with electives and professional experience.

The School of Education has served Western Australia’s education community through its leadership in teaching, scholarship and research since 1974. We prepare professionals for practice in a wide range of education-related fields and we’re known nationally for the quality of our programs, teaching and graduates.

Electives
The program includes three elective units which can be used towards an area of personal interest. These can be chosen from the many units available across the University, however the School of Education recommends electives are taken in areas complementary to early childhood education, from areas including health studies, psychology, speech and hearing, and Aboriginal education. Alternatively, you can take electives that contribute to a specialisation such as Educational Technology, Inclusive Education or Catholic Education.

Teaching practice
Working with children and educators is central to the early education program. You will work within the early learning sector for varying lengths of time during the program. This culminates in a final 10-week placement, where you will have the major responsibility for a group of children, under supervision of a mentor educator. In addition to this, you are strongly encouraged to link with educators, early learning centres and schools in a voluntary capacity, in order to gain as much valuable experience as possible. There are opportunities for a country practice or an interstate or international internship placement.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.

70

STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Written English and MC Verbal

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Mature age entry

Discover other ways you can qualify

Essential WACE courses

English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR

Other requirements

By demonstrating your previous experience, aptitude, or qualifications in a portfolio application, you could now gain entry into our courses. Find out more about portfolio entry.

TAFE requirements

A TAFE certificate IV and evidence of English competency, or a TAFE diploma.

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course:

Notes

You will be required to pass a literacy and numeracy competency test in the first year of the degree. These tests comprise of spelling, essay writing and knowledge of mathematics content appropriate to early childhood teachers.

Fees

Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

The requirements of this course may attract additional costs. For more information visit other fees and charges.

Professional recognition

Curtin's Bachelor of Education is recognised nationally as an initial pre-service teaching qualification.

Credit for previous study

If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty to discuss eligibility for credit for recognised learning (CRL).


Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Teacher - Early Childhood
  • Child Care Coordinator
  • Childcare Worker
  • Nanny
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Pre-Primary Teacher
  • Junior Primary School Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Education Administrator
  • Policy Development Officer

Why Early Childhood Education?

  • Curtin’s education courses were ranked number in the top 100 in the world in the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
  • Five of our Department of Education staff members have recently received prestigious national teaching awards.
  • You will be immersed in an e-learning environment which complements your studies. You will be encouraged to participate in the learning process and there is a focus on group interaction and continuous assessment.
  • This course integrates education theory with classroom practice for all areas. You will undertake 20 weeks of teaching internship and be offered opportunities for international exchange, internship, Honours, Master and Graduate programs.
  • The Department is proud of its consistently positive feedback from employers who say Curtin teachers are of excellent quality and well prepared for the education industry.  

 

How this course will make you industry ready

This course comprises units on teaching strategies, planning lessons, classroom management, learning processes, educational psychology and curriculum studies. You will also complete 20 weeks of teaching practice over the course of your studies, including a 10 week internship where you will have the major responsibility for a class of children under the mentorship of a qualified teacher.