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Summary
Bachelor of Education Specialisation Early Childhood (BEDU)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • External

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 32 units

Duration
  • 4 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba

This program is currently being re-accredited and is, as a consequence, likely to undergo some changes.
View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Birth to 8 years

Giving children the best possible start to life is a valuable role you can play in many education setting from birth to 8 years. USQ’s Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) enables you to work expertly in child care centres, Kindergartens and primary schools. Offered online, on campus or a combination of both, this practical degree fits in with your life.

With regular opportunities to engage with current educators and industry, such as the Education Department, Queensland College of Teachers and Catholic Education, you’ll be able to cross the gap between theory and the classroom. This is why our graduates are highly sought after and employable.

Already have an Early Childhood qualification?

Already have an early childhood qualification from TAFE or another recognised provider? USQ may be able to offer you credit/RPL to help you finish your degree faster.

Professional accreditation

Graduates of the Bachelor of Education are eligible to apply for teacher registration through the Queensland College of Teachers. To be eligible for registration in Queensland, both domestic and international students complete a minimum of 40 days of supervised practical experience in Australian schools.

In addition to completing all requirements for the degree, students need to pass the Personal Literacy and Numeracy Test (PLANTITE) prior to graduation. It's recommended that students pass the PLANTITE before the successful completion of 16 courses. Please register for the PLANTITE test through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website.

This program is approved with the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and the Office for Early Childhood Education and Care (Queensland).

Live interstate or overseas? You will need to investigate registration eligibility on an individual basis. 

Graduates of the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) will be well qualified for employment in traditional and diverse roles in a range of early childhood settings in Queensland and elsewhere in Australia and in many overseas jurisdictions, subject to local requirements.

Other specialisations for the Bachelor of Education: Primary Education and Secondary Education.

Professional experience

In addition to the courses listed below, you will also need to complete professional experience. These experiences provide you with opportunities to put theory into practice.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 10
plus 10 x shared courses
10
plus 8 x specialisation courses
8
plus 4 x discipline courses
4
plus 110 days of professional experience  -
Total 32
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 6560
Domestic full fee paying AUD 19040

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

Professional experience

This program includes a compulsory professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

15/66
OP/Rank
This is the 2017 OP / Rank for this program.
Bonus points may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your OP/Rank. The bonus points don’t apply to all applicants or all programs. Please read the information on USQ’s Admissions Bonus Schemes carefully to find out what you may be eligible for.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisites: English (4, SA), Mathematics A (4, SA) or equivalent
  • Year 12 science subject (4 SA) or equivalent
  • From Semester 1 2018 you will be required to submit a statement addressing suitability criteria. For information on selection guidelines, including the process for assessing an applicant's non-academic capabilities, please see the selection guidelines for initial teacher education courses
  • Special entry pathways may be available. Please contact USQ

Note: You must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of professional experience placements within this degree.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 7.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Alternate pathways

A number of other pathways are also available if you haven't been able to study previously or don't meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.


How to apply

Apply with QTAC
If you're new to USQ
OR
Apply with USQ
If you're a current or previous USQ student (Not Head Start students)

Note: Semester 3 intake is only available in on-campus at Springfield and online.

QTAC codes

Mode Codes
External 908185
Springfield 928181
Toowoomba 908181

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 26 February 2018.
  • Semester 2, 2018 - applications close Monday 2 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 16 July.
  • Semester 3, 2018 - applications close Monday 5 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 19 November. 

If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

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