ATAR:
Not required*
*Offers made in 2022. More about ATAR
Duration: 
3 years full time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Hybrid
Application due dates:
Direct applications are due on 25 September 2022

Overview

Upgrade your early childhood diploma to a bachelor degree in just two years while working in the sector, with the accelerated Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching at Victoria University.

If you hold a diploma in early childhood education, you can complete this specialised Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching in just two years, graduating ready to work as an early-childhood teacher.

Evening classes are held online through Zoom, which means you can work and study at the same time.

The course complements our three-year Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, which caters to applicants without a diploma in the discipline.

Throughout the course, you’ll develop expertise in working with children from birth to 5 years, deepening your understanding of:

  • teaching methods for kindergarten, childcare, and other early-childhood settings
  • early-childhood learning theories
  • cultural competency, including Aboriginal perspectives.

Assessments are designed to draw on and develop your current knowledge. You’ll complete exercises that relate to your early-childhood education and childcare work, such as creating art-based responses, designing learning opportunities, and reflecting on workplace documentation.

With funded 3-year-old kinder rolling out across Victoria, kindergarten teachers are in great demand. On graduation, you will be well placed to find a rewarding early-childhood teaching role in the sector.

Course delivery

Scheduled with working educators in mind, the accelerated Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching is delivered online via Zoom, after work.

No classes are taught at St Albans Campus (which is the course administrative centre).

One Saturday per month, you’ll also attend a supportive, in-person class, where you can develop networks with educators, to support you throughout your studies and into your first years as an early childhood teacher.

If you have further queries about this course, please email [email protected].

The course addresses the requirements needed to register as an early-childhood teacher as outlined by:

The Victorian Government offers an early childhood scholarship and incentive program.

After enrolment in this course, Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents can apply for a $25,000 scholarship.

In total, you will benefit from 80 days of supervised teaching experience, half of which can be completed in your current early childhood education and care workplace. Placement hours include:

  • 10 days with infants and toddlers in long daycare
  • 15 days with 3–5 year olds in long daycare
  • 10 days 'Playwork' pedagogy
  • 15 days in an accredited kindergarten program
  • 30 days in an early childhood education setting with a supervising mentor.

We have many exciting projects, partnerships and initiatives to help you learn from experience working with young children.

If you hold a recognised early childhood diploma, you will qualify for 96 credit points advanced standing.

This means that you will only need to undertake the second- and third-year units listed under 'course structure' below, letting you graduate with a degree within two years (full time study).

Careers

Early childhood education job openings are expecting massive growth (ACECQA).

Thanks to the essential experience you’ll get from reflecting on your practice while working in early childhood settings, you’ll be ready to register as a teacher as soon as you graduate.

Typically, our students find work in kindergartens, childcare centres and other early childhood settings, in jobs such as:

  • kindergarten teacher
  • early childhood teacher.

Check the salary for early-childhood teachers in Australia on the government site, Labour Market Insights.

 

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education students will be required to complete:

  • 288 credit points of Core studies

Students also undertake practical placements that include 80 days supervised professional experience.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

We are the first Australian university to use a 'block' model of learning, where you study one unit at a time rather than juggling several at once.

Introduced in 2018, the VU Block Model has improved our student results and achievements, and has won awards for innovation and excellence. Initially for first-year students, it now applies to all students studying at our Melbourne campuses.

You'll study in short bursts, called blocks, of three 2-3 hour face-to-face teaching sessions per week.

Each block focuses on one unit (subject) and is only four weeks long, with up to four days between. Our two semesters have four blocks each, and there are optional blocks over winter and summer where you can catch up on a missed unit.

Some courses have labs and pracs too, and these are generally scheduled on the same days as teaching sessions. There are also workshops where you'll develop your study skills and prepare for your future career.

Find out more about the VU Block Model.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Initiate teaching and learning practices that foster learner engagement in complex contexts and foreground Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander standpoints in early childhood education.  
  2. Critically reflect on different ways of knowing, being, and doing founded on the view of children and families as capable contributors to conceptual and pedagogical decision-making in learning and teaching.  
  3. Design teaching practices that reflect an ability to contextualise, question, resist, rethink, and act towards equity and the public good.  
  4. Exhibit a broad and coherent body of knowledge of pedagogy, curriculum and assessment in relation to the changing nature of education in a rapidly-evolving global context.  
  5. Critically review and articulate a range of oral and written communication techniques, including in the use of Information and Communication Technologies, to engage and connect with students, their parents/carers and the wider community,  
  6. Design learning opportunities that embrace a rich and varied curriculum, ensure that learning and teaching approaches are based on sound ethical principles and foster reciprocal relationships in early childhood settings.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

In addition to your tuition fees, you may also be charged a Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admissions

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Essential requirements for admission

Potential students must live or work in one of the eligible Local Government Areas. They must provide evidence of living and/or working in the LGA (e.g. a letter from their employer, a utility bill with their home address).

Admission criteria

The minimum criteria for admission varies depending on your education background. If you’re not sure which criteria applies to you, use the help tool on this page or make an enquiry and we can assist.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the last 2 years)

  • Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (e.g. VCE) or
  • an Australian or overseas equivalent or
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB).

Importance of ATAR for this course

ATAR+

We consider both ATAR and other criteria

NA

ATAR is not a consideration. We use other criteria

Admission criteria

Find out if you meet the admission criteria for a bachelor degree at VU.

Why is ATAR not applicable?

You will not need an ATAR score to meet the admission requirements for this course. Only the successful completion of your secondary school studies, and any additional prerequisites. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their prior experience, ATAR, age, socioeconomic or educational background.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET/TAFE) study

This information is for people who have completed an accredited award at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Admission criteria

Find out if you meet the admission criteria for a bachelor degree at VU.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with higher education study

This information is for people whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course.

Admission criteria

Completion of a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, or equivalent.
If the Diploma is more than ten years old, applicants for the course must also submit a CV indicating their work experience in the Early Childhood education and care sector.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with work & life experience

This information is for applicants who left secondary school more than two years ago and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.

Admission criteria

Find out if you meet the admission criteria for a bachelor degree at VU.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Additional information

Students will require a Working with Children Check to be eligible to undertake and participate in workplace visits, placements or projects. Use the following site link to obtain additional information:
http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/

Students will receive advanced standing of 96 credit points for their Diploma qualification equivalent to first year units.

Students will study in hybrid form, using Online Real Time (ORT) evening classes and in person classes on some weekends. As far as possible students will be grouped according to the local government area.

Pathways & credits

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course chair or academic adviser.

How to apply

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Find out more about applying for our courses.

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Direct applications are due on 25 September 2022

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