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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)

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Course overview

The early years of life are a time of rapid brain development as the foundations of learning and development are laid. High quality early childhood education makes a difference to the lives of young children during their prior-to-school years and the early years of schooling. As an Early Childhood Education student you will focus on the education and care of children aged from birth to eight years, learning about development, behaviour and wellbeing.

Overall you will experience 100 days of workplace learning in a range of early childhood (prior to school) and school locations. We draw on our strong partnerships in a variety of educational settings to organise suitable placement for you in a variety of venues.

This course is nationally accredited through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) in association with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). Graduates of this course will be eligible to apply for Teacher registration in Australia.

The Bachelor of Education1 (Early Childhood Education) is also fully accredited with ACECQA, the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority.

Note: The programme is not an Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA)-accredited programme. Graduates who wish to work in the local early childhood sector will need to submit an application to ECDA for Teacher Registration via a preschool. Approval by ECDA will be subjected to the applicant meeting the requirements for Teacher Registration.

Download our brochure to find out more about the Education degrees offered at JCU. Should you need further assistance, you can join the discussion below or contact us via phone or our admissions email.

1 The students will be eligible for the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) award title if they have completed a minimum of 41 days of placement in prescribed education placements in Australia.

The students who have not completed 41 days of placement in Australia will graduate with a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education degree.

Campus
Singapore
Start dates
March, July, November
Duration
3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
Study mode
On campus

Subjects

Course Structure

3 trimesters per year
Full-time: normally 4 subjects per trimester
Part-time: normally 2 subjects per trimester

Subject Requirement

Students need to complete the following subjects:

Level 1

Any 1 of the following subjects:

  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Introduction to Counselling
  • Australian Society: An Introduction to Sociology
  • Education Perspectives and Practice
  • Science and Sustainability in Education
  • Foundations of Language and Literacy in Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Care 1
  • Technologies for Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Arts Education
  • Educational Psychology: Learners and Learning
  • Teaching Mathematics and Numeracy in Primary
    and Early Childhood Settings

Level 2

  • Health and Physical Education for Early Childhood
  • Early Childhood Mathematics and Numeracy
  • Early Childhood Language and Literacy
  • Planning for Engaging Learning
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
  • Humanities and Social Sciences for Early Childhood
  • Science Education for Early Childhood
  • Students with Reading Difficulties

Level 3

  • Inclusive Education: Differentiated Learning for
  • Students with Special Needs and Abilities
  • English as an Additional Language/Dialect for Indigenous Learners
  • Technologies Across the Curriculum
  • Advanced English Education for Early Childhood
  • Early Childhood Mathematics and Numeracy 2
  • Reflective Teaching Cycles and Positive Learning Environments (ECE)
  • Early Childhood Education and Care 2

Level 4

  • Service Learning
  • Indigenous Futures
  • Fourth Year Professional Experience A
  • Fourth Year Professional Experience B
  • Leading Wellbeing and Sustainability in Learning Communities
  • Teachers as Ethical and Collaborative Change Agents
  • Education across Culturally Diverse Contexts

Additional Information

1.Students who complete the degree and undertake as part of the degree a minimum of 41 days of placement in prescribed education placements in Australia will receive a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) and will be eligible to apply for registration as a teacher in Australia through recognition of completing an accredited course. Those who complete this fully accredited Australian program must undertake professional experience in Australia and are required to take the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) and meet the standards as a condition of graduation.

*Travel and living expenses in Australia will be at students’ own cost.

2. Students who complete the degree and who do not undertake 41 days of Professional Experience in Australia will receive a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education degree and will have to check on eligibility to apply for registration as a teacher in Australia on an individual basis.

3. Upon graduation students must demonstrate an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.5 (with no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas, and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening) as required by the Queensland College of Teachers in order to be eligible to be a teacher in Queensland, Australia. The cost of testing will be met by applicant.

4. All students are required to attend a compulsory 5-day on-campus intensive Professional Orientation Program in their final year of study. This intensive program prepares you for your transition to teaching.

5. International students on a Student Pass will have to complete the professional experience subjects in countries other than Singapore.

Eligibility & Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of 12 years of schooling or equivalent

Pre-requisite

  • English subject equivalent to Grade D or higher in A level English or any language rich subject, or Grade C or higher in AS level
    English and/or successful completion of any English language rich subject deemed comparable to Australian standards,
    assessed on a case-by-case basis
  • Mathematics A or B or C subject equivalent to Grade D or higher in A level Mathematics, or Grade C or higher in AS level Mathematics, or Grade of C or higher in O level Mathematics
  • Authority Science subject equivalent to Grade D or higher in A level or C or higher in AS level: Biology, Biology (Human),
    Chemistry, Physics

Additional Requirements

  • Applicant needs to submit a QTAC Online Questionnaire / Personal Statement for assessment

English Requirements

  • Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of an overall score
    of 6.5 in Academic IELTS (or equivalent) with sub-scores no less than 7.0 in Speaking and Listening and no less than 6.0 in
    Reading and Writing; or
  • Satisfactory completion of James Cook University Singapore English Language Preparatory Program (ELPP)

Attendance Requirements

International students holding a valid Student’s Pass are required to attend at least 90% of scheduled classes per month. Failure to attend classes is a breach of the student visa conditions. Being absent from classes for a continuous period of seven days or more, or attendance falling below 90% without valid reasons will result in the student needing to surrender their Student's Pass for cancellation.

Domestic students must attend at least 75% of the scheduled lecture and tutorial activities to be eligible for assessment.

Career Outcomes

Early Childhood Education is a specialised field of education that leads to work in schools, preschools, kindergartens and childcare centres. A typical day is active and rewarding, involves indoor and outdoor work, and may require after-school hours.

Tuition Fees

Domestic* International
S$60,776 S$62,916

*Fees apply to all Singapore residents (Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and all pass holders excluding those holding a Student Pass)

Note: All course fees include prevailing 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST)

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Note: International students in Singapore on a Student Pass are not permitted to work. For more information please visit http://www.ica.gov.sg.

James Cook University is EduTrust Certified. The EduTrust certification scheme is administered by the Committee for Private Education (CPE), a part of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG). EduTrust requires all students to be covered under a Fee Protection Scheme. In James Cook University, this is provided through an insurance protection scheme. Further, EduTrust also requires that the students must be covered under a medical insurance coverage which has provision for hospitalisation, surgery and treatment costs throughout their course duration. James Cook University will advise in the Standard Student Contract the total amount of insurance payable.

For more details please visit the Committee for Private Education (CPE), a part of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) website: www.cpe.gov.sg

Disclaimer
Although James Cook University endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.