Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
This course is designed for people seeking to attain an Initial Teacher Education qualification in order to register as a teacher in Australia and any other countries that recognise an Australian teaching qualification. Specifically, this course provides a qualification for those intending to teach at the early childhood level of education from birth to eight years. Students will develop advanced critical skills, knowledge and understanding concerning best practice in education and in meeting the needs of children. Students will have four opportunities to engage in professional experience in schools, culminating in a final professional placement of 10 continuous weeks.
Detailed information about the course structure is available through official Curtin pages: http://handbook.curtin.edu.au/courses/31/319439.html
- The program is sequential and developmental in nature and consists of core studies, professional experience units and option units catering for the specific needs of educators in the early childhood context. All students are required to successfully complete four compulsory professional experience placements as part of designated units throughout the course. These placements must be undertaken in registered schools or early learning centres where the language of instruction is English. Placements are undertaken on a full-time basis for the number of days shown in a continuous block and students need to plan carefully to ensure they are able to meet this commitment. The total number of days of professional experience in the course will satisfy all states' requirements for teacher registration. No more than 25% of professional experience days may be undertaken in schools or early learning centres outside Australia. Therefore, students will only be able to complete one 3 week placement outside Australia and will be required to complete all other placements within Australia. None of the four professional experience placements can be broken or split into shorter periods.
Standard entry requirements
Please refer to https://study.curtin.edu.au/offering/course-ug-bachelor-of-education-early-childhood-education--b-edecv2/ for further information on entry to this course.
This course is nationally recognised and accredited as an initial teaching qualification.
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority requires all Early Childhood Education pre-service teachers to pass a literacy and numeracy competency test during their degree. These tests comprise spelling, essay writing and knowledge of mathematics content appropriate to early childhood teachers.
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