Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
This highly-structured and intensive program qualifies students to work with children from birth to eight years, in both childcare and school settings. Designed to be completed over five years of full-time study, the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood & Care: 0-8 Years)/Bachelor of Science is a perfect combination of theory and practice. The Education component of the program covers traditional subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science and the Humanities plus special early childhood education courses such as Play and Pedagogy. In addition, students will undertake 32 weeks of practical experience in a range of childcare and classroom settings. As part of the Bachelor of Science component of the double degree students will study a set of core interdisciplinary Science courses including experimental design, maths, biology and chemistry. These courses provide the basis for strong skills in scientific investigation, including data collection and analysis, critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and effective communication. Building on these core Science courses, students will deepen the study of Science by selecting a Science Stream that matches their interests: Biology & Environment, Environment & Heritage, Human & Medical Science, or Multidisciplinary Science. Each Stream ensures in-depth knowledge and skill development through practical experience in the classroom, the laboratory, and in the field. It is a federal government requirement for all Education students in Australia to pass the national Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE). The test is administered externally by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). Students must register and pay for the test. In addition all Education students need to successfully complete the Graduate Teaching Performance Assessment (GTPA) after their final Professional Experience.
- 3 core curriculum courses
- 34 compulsory education courses
- 32 weeks practicum
- 12 science courses
- Early childhood education
- Environmental Management
- Human and medical science
Standard entry requirements
- Refer to Notre Dame general admission criteria
Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia
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All teacher education students in WA are required to sit the national Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) and demonstrate the required minimum level of personal literacy and numeracy prior to graduation.