Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Teaching (Birth-12 Years)

Charles Darwin University (CDU)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00300K (NT/VIC); 03286A (NSW)

The Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Teaching is an innovative course that prepares you to become an early childhood teacher and/or a primary school teacher. This gives you flexible and versatile employment options. During the course, you explore issues, concepts and practices which are common and specific to both early childhood education (including before school settings) and primary school education. You'll learn about:play and learning scienceslanguage and literacypreparation for teachinghealth and physical educationscience in educationtechnology and design for educationcurriculum and programmingmathsleadership and advocacy in early childhood contextshumanities, social science and the environment.This unique teacher education course offers two career options for graduates. It is an initial-teacher education qualification that encompasses working with children from birth to age 12 in both early childhood settings and primary schools.The course is designed to:develop professional knowledge and skills for teaching children from birth to 12 yearsprepare you for new and changing educational roles in early childhood and primary schoolsdevelop your skills as a reflective teacherexplore the connection between theory and practice in early childhood and primary school educationensure continuing awareness of the environmental and cultural influences on teaching and learning in early childhood and primary schoolsbetter understand the needs of learners and communities with diverse linguistic and cultural orientations, including Indigenous learners.


The Bachelor of Education Early Childhood Teaching (Birth - 12 Years) is made up of common units, core theory and professional experience units as well as some general elective units. The Bachelor of Education Early Childhood Teaching combines theory-based units and practical placements. During the course, you will complete four professional experience blocks that require full-time commitment.At CDU, you can study a Bachelor of Education Early Childhood Teaching online, on campus or a mix of both. You can also choose to study part-time or full-time, and over two or three semesters each year. This makes it easier to fit study in with your life and work commitments. All students have access to and are encouraged to make use of online learning materials and interaction.All students must pass prior to graduation the ACER Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) as required by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). The cost of the testing will be met by the student. Refer to check the pre-requisite and assumed knowledge requirements prior to enrolment.A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 320 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless otherwise indicated.Experience units MUST be undertaken in the following sequence: EPE102, EPE111, EPE211, EPE312.Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirementsCommon Units(2 units)20Common units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below:CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring SustainabilityCUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilitySelect Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.Core Units(28 units)290Compulsory Core units totalling 290 credit points as detailed below:ECL123 Mathematics in Early Years (new title 2020)ECL155 Preparation for Teaching in Early Childhood Education (new title 2020)ECU100 Arts for EducationECU101 Health and Physical Education in Schools (new title 2020)ELA100 English Language and Literacy in Education 1EMA100 Mathematics Education 1: Content Knowledge for TeachingEPE102 Professional Experience: Planning for Early Childhood Learning (previously coded EPE101)EPE111 Professional Experience: Planning for Learner Development (previously coded EPE110)ECL224 Science in the Early YearsECL228 Humanities, Social and Environmental Education in Early Childhood (new title 2020)ECL246 Music and Movement in Early ChildhoodECU204 Technology and Design for EducationELA201 Teaching English as an Additional LanguageEMA200 Mathematics Education 2: Curriculum and Pedagogy in Primary MathematicsEPE211 Professional Experience: Planning for Learning and Assessment (previously coded EPE210)ESC220 Science in EducationEST203 Teaching Indigenous LearnersEST221 Health, Environment and Wellbeing in Early Childhood Education (new title 2020)ECE301 Play in Early Childhood EducationECE302 Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood ContextsECE303 Curriculum and Programming in Early ChildhoodECE304 Critical Reflection on Early Childhood Theory and PracticeECL300 Approaches to Literacy in the Early YearsECU301 Humanities and Social Science PedagogyELA301 Literacy Capability in Context (new title 2020)EPE312 Professional Experience: Engaging in Evidence-Based Practice (20cp) (previously EPE310)EST302 Researching Classroom PracticeEST303 Special Needs in the ClassroomElective(1 unit)10Units totalling 10 credit points selected from 100 or 200 level units offered by the UniversityUnits offered externally by other Higher Education Providers may be included subject to the written approval of the Course Coordinator. For example, the following units offered through BBI The Australian Institute of Theological Education:REDU800 Foundations for Religious Education: Theory and Practice (BBI)REDU801 Religious Education in the Contemporary Classroom (BBI) 320Total Credit Points Students who commenced in or after 2013No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.Of the total 320 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)* not more than 120 credit points may be taken from 100 level units* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or aboveStudents should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.


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Standard entry requirements

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
CDU Online International: $26,712 No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years

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