Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood - 2018

Undergraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Education.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Course code

D2002

Credit points

144

Abbreviated title

BEdEC

Managing faculty

Education

Admission and fees

Australia

Course progression map

D2002 (pdf)

Course type

Specialist
Bachelor

Standard duration

6 years PT

You have a maximum of 8 years to complete this course for standard admissions (6 years if you are admitted with block credit) including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

Multi-modal (Singapore)

You are required to complete off-campus placements.

Award

Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood

Description

This course will prepare you for a career as a skilled, critical and effective educator in the early childhood sector. You will learn how to work with young children with varied needs to develop their creative, intellectual, physical, personal and social capabilities and how to foster their learning in diverse ways. Professional experience opportunities offered throughout the course will build your knowledge of early childhood teaching and learning.

You will be prepared to teach infants and children from birth to six years of age in childcare, kindergartens and preschools. The curriculum spans birth to eight years of age and you will learn how to engage young children in meaningful learning through innovative pedagogical practice and how to effectively support children's transition to school.

Outcomes

These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate sound knowledge, skills and capabilities relevant to early childhood education
  2. understand the relevance of education policies and theories to pedagogical practice
  3. understand and begin to implement relevant curriculum and pedagogy for young learners in local and global contexts
  4. appreciate the cultural, social, environmental and economic contexts of early childhood settings and the diversity of children and families who experience these contexts
  5. critically reflect upon contemporary issues in early childhood education and research to begin to engage learners and communities for a more equitable and sustainable world
  6. work independently and collaboratively as a professional beginning educator to solve complex problems in educational contexts
  7. use and creatively integrate information and communication technologies to enhance learning
  8. engage with relevant professions and communities to become an ethical leader and practitioner who begins to critically respond to education priorities.

Professional experience

You must satisfactorily complete supervised professional experience as required in Part C under 'Requirements' below.

Before participating in professional experience in any education setting, you must:

  • meet specific security clearances that apply in the state/territory/country where the professional experience is being undertaken
  • complete professional experience orientation provided by the faculty.

For advice on professional experience intervention, support and unsatisfactory progress refer to the Professional experience intervention and support policyProfessional experience intervention and support policy (http://www.monash.edu/education/current-students/policies-and-procedures/professional-experience-intervention-and-support-policy).

Professional experience expenses

You are responsible for any expenses incurred while undertaking professional experience (e.g. transport, equipment).

Structure

The course develops through the themes of education studies and integrated curriculum and discipline studies that come together in professional studies.

Part A. Education studies

These studies provide the theoretical foundations of education that underpin the teaching and learning of young children in varied education settings. You will study contemporary theories of child development, focusing on the birth to eight years age range. You will also study sociology, psychology, diversity and inclusion, the broad principles of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, and develop an understanding of the relationship between education and society at local, national and global levels. These studies emphasise educational inquiry and will ensure that your teaching is informed by current research and practice. You will acquire the foundations to move into leadership roles as your career progresses.

Part B. Integrated curriculum and discipline studies

These studies develop the knowledge and skills you will need to become a skilled and effective educator who is able to draw on an ever-growing and flexible repertoire of strategies to suit particular children, educational contexts and learning outcomes. You will learn how to design, plan and implement engaging, innovative and productive learning experiences in order to meet diverse learners' needs. You will also develop your content knowledge in the subjects you will be teaching in early childhood education settings. The emphasis is on exploring young children's learning holistically in diverse contexts through a range of pedagogical perspectives and practices.

Part C. Professional studies

These studies will provide you with an understanding of professional identity and leadership as well as professional experience through the completion of supervised placement in early childhood settings. Professional experience connects the theoretical components of the other themes with practical aspects of teaching and learning.

Requirements

This course comprises 144 credit points. If you are admitted on the basis of an eligible prior qualification you will be given credit for the level 1 units or for the level 1 and 2 units in the course, depending on the prior qualification.

The course develops through theme studies in Part A. Education studies, Part B. Integrated curriculum and discipline studies, and Part C. Professional studies.

Units are six credit points unless otherwise stated.

Part A. Education studies (60 points)

You must complete:

  • EDF1033 Education for environment and sustainability
  • EDF1039 Inclusivity and partnerships in early childhood education
  • EDF1303 Understanding learning and learners
  • EDF1304 Understanding teaching for learning
  • EDF2030 Contemporary child development theories and practices
  • EDF2033 Learning with children, their families and communities
  • EDF2039 Children and childhood across time: Policies and practices
  • EDF3030 Diversity in child development
  • EDF3031 Local and global perspectives in education policy
  • EDF3033 Change and transition in children's education

Part B. Integrated curriculum and discipline studies (60 points)

You must complete:

  • EDF1030 English and literacy learning
  • EDF1031 Creative learning in childhood through music and the arts
  • EDF1032 Thinking mathematically from an early age
  • EDF2032 Learning through play pedagogies
  • EDF2034 Learning about patterns, shapes and numbers through play
  • EDF2035 Health and physical wellbeing in the young child
  • EDF3032 Children's literature, storytelling and the arts
  • EDF3034 Children's literacy development
  • EDF3035 Investigating our world: Science, technology and the environment
  • EDF3181 Art, environment and community

Part C. Professional studies (24 points)

You must complete 50 days of supervised professional experience in early childhood settings:

  • EDF1038 Introduction to the early childhood education field
  • EDF1051 Early years professional experience 1A (0 points) (5 days, 3-5 year olds)
  • EDF1052 Early years professional experience 1B (0 points) (5 days, 3-5 year olds)
  • EDF2038 Curriculum, assessment and documentation in education
  • EDF2051 Early years professional experience 2A (0 points) (10 days, 3-5 year olds)
  • EDF2052 Early years professional experience 2B (0 points) (10 days, 0-5 year olds)
  • EDF3038 Professionalism, ethics and interdisciplinary work in education
  • EDF3039 Leadership and management in education contexts
  • EDF3051 Early years professional experience 3A (0 points) (10 days, 3-6 year olds)
  • EDF3052 Early years professional experience 3B (0 points) (10 days, 0-2 year olds)

Credit for prior study

If you are admitted to the course with block credit you will complete units as follows.

If you receive block credit for 48 points you will complete 96 points comprising:

  • EDF2030 Contemporary child development theories and practices
  • EDF2032 Learning through play pedagogies
  • EDF2033 Learning with children, their families and communities
  • EDF2034 Learning about patterns, shapes and numbers through play
  • EDF2035 Health and physical wellbeing in the young child
  • EDF2038 Curriculum, assessment and documentation in education
  • EDF2039 Children and childhood across time: Policies and practices
  • EDF2051 Early years professional experience 2A (0 points) (10 days, 3-5 year olds)
  • EDF2052 Early years professional experience 2B (0 points) (10 days, 0-5 year olds)
  • EDF3030 Diversity in child development
  • EDF3031 Local and global perspectives in education policy
  • EDF3032 Children's literature, storytelling and the arts
  • EDF3033 Change and transition in children's education
  • EDF3034 Children's literacy development
  • EDF3035 Investigating our world: Science, technology and the environment
  • EDF3038 Professionalism, ethics and interdisciplinary work in education
  • EDF3039 Leadership and management in education contexts
  • EDF3051 Early years professional experience 3A (0 points) (10 days, 3-6 year olds)
  • EDF3052 Early years professional experience 3B (0 points) (10 days, 0-2 year olds)
  • EDF3181 Art, environment and community

If you receive block credit for 96 points you will complete 48 points comprising:

  • EDF2034 Learning about patterns, shapes and numbers through play
  • EDF2039 Children and childhood across time: Policies and practices
  • EDF3031 Local and global perspectives in education policy
  • EDF3032 Children's literature, storytelling and the arts
  • EDF3033 Change and transition in children's education
  • EDF3035 Investigating our world: Science, technology and the environment
  • EDF3038 Professionalism, ethics and interdisciplinary work in education
  • EDF3051 Early years professional experience 3A (0 points) (10 days, 3-6 year olds)
  • EDF3052 Early years professional experience 3B (0 points) (10 days, 0-2 year olds)
  • EDF3181 Art, environment and community