Bachelor of Education - Early Childhood and Special Education / Bachelor of Disability Studies

Flinders University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00114A

This double degree prepares students to combine study of early childhood education with studies in Special Education and Disability. This course aims to support students to become effective educators of young children in the early years (birth to age 8) including those with disabilities, learning or behavioural difficulties. The course will incorporate topics across the areas of general education studies, early childhood education studies, special education and disability studies. Through professional experience placements in early childhood settings, students will be able to combine their theory knowledge with their areas of specialisation and put them into practice.

Structure

The degree prepares students for a range of professional roles related to supporting young children with disabilities and their families within the broader community. The degree will incorporate topics across the areas of general education studies, early childhood education studies, special education and disability studies. Through professional experience placements in early childhood settings, students will be able to combine their theory knowledge with their areas of specialisation and put them into practice. The degree is available in internal (on campus) mode only and part-time students should note that most classes are held during the day. The course includes the required block professional experience placements.

Subjects

  • Education-early childhood and special
  • Disability studies

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 or equivalent qualifications
  • Or mature age entry (STAT)
  • Or TAFE/VET qualifications
  • Or higher education transfers
  • Or completion of a foundation studies program. Applicants must complete a non-academic assessment task as part of their application to demonstrate their motivation to teach, their strong interpersonal and communication skills, willingness to learn, resilience, self-efficacy, and strong organisational and planning skills.

Recognition

Upon successful completion you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia. Graduates looking for employment in other parts of Australia and overseas may be required to meet additional conditions. Graduates meet Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority employment criteria. Completing the disability studies double degree makes you eligible to register as a developmental educator with Developmental Educators Australia Inc (DEAI).

Further information

All School of Education pre-service teachers must obtain a Child-Related Employment Screening letter before undertaking their Professional Experience. This is a requirement of the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD), in agreement with the Catholic Education and Independent Schools Boards. Pre-service teachers who are not cleared will not be able to complete the requirements of the course. The process is managed by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) Screening and Licensing Branch. In addition to the above, students must complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) prior to commencing the professional experience topics.

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