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Bachelor of Early Childhood (BECH) - BECh

QTAC code (Australian and New Zealand applicants): Toowoomba campus: 908151

CRICOS code (International applicants): 056707B

 On-campusExternal
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Campus:Springfield, Toowoomba Campus — Springfield, Toowoomba 
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:3 years full-time, 7 years part-time 
Program articulation:

To: Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

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Email: study@usq.edu.au  
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Professional accreditation

Graduates from the BECh will have met the requirements of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and can apply for recognition of being an Early Childhood Teacher (ECT) in prior to school settings. Students outside of Australia should check with their relevant authority regarding accreditation requirements. Please note, students graduating from this program, in Queensland, are not eligible for teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT).

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Program objectives

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Early Childhood program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply understandings related to children's learning and their development as unique, capable and competent citizens with rights and responsibilities

  2. Explain and use broad theoretical and contemporary frameworks of curricula and learning frameworks

  3. Implement appropriate pedagogies, principles and practices across birth to eight years

  4. Explain and implement ethically and socially responsible practices and behaviours aligned with the rights of the child, and administrative, legislative and regulatory requirements

  5. Use active inquiry to investigate and respond to the capabilities, strengths, interests and needs of children and their families and communities from an ecological perspective and using professional judgement

  6. Research and advocate for key issues of focus around child and family guided by an autonomous commitment to improving professional knowledge and practice

  7. Apply effective communication strategies to establish, engage with, and nurture strong collaborative communities of practice so as to effectively and sensitively support and respond to families and children from diverse contexts and backgrounds .


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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • The specified minimum entry requirement as determined by Overall Position (OP), tertiary entrance rank or equivalent qualification.^

  • English (4, SA) or equivalent

  • Mathematics A, B or C (4, SA) or equivalent

  • Science (4, SA) or equivalent.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 5


All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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These are determined by the University for specific programs each Semester. The 2018 OP and tertiary entrance ranks are based on agreed QTAC schedules which assess formal study at Year 12 or equivalent level, tertiary, preparatory, professional or vocational qualifications or work experience, as detailed in the QTAC Assessment of Qualifications Manual and QTAC Assessor Guidelines.

Special admissions may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your Selection Rank. The additional points don't apply to all applicants or all programs. Please read the information about USQ's Special Admissions carefully to find out what you may be eligible for.

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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The Bachelor of Early Childhood program is comprised of 24 units at undergraduate level (AQF Level 7) as follows:


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Program completion requirements

Within the 24 units required to complete this program, there also is a strict professional experience requirement as follows:

  • 80 days supervised placement.


Please refer to the Professional experience section of this Handbook for further information.

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Required time limits

The standard duration for completion of this program is three years full-time or seven years part-time. Students have a maximum of seven years to complete this program.

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Core courses

Core Courses  Semester of offer External/Online  Semester of offer Toowoomba Campus  Semester of offer Springfield Campus 
EHF1100 Framing the Professional  1, 2  1, 2  1, 2 
ECL1100 Language Development and Early Literacy Learning  1, 2, 3  1, 2  1, 2 
ECM1100 Early Mathematical Thinking  1, 2, 3  1, 2  1, 2 
ECF1100 Foundations of Early Childhood   1, 2  1, 2  1, 2 
EDC1100 Childhood Development (Birth - 12 years)  1, 2  1, 2  1, 2 
EDC2200 First Nations Education  1, 2  1, 2  1, 2 
ECH1200 Early Years Health and Active Play  1, 2  1, 2  1, 2 
EDE2010 Childhood, Play and Play-based Learning  1, 2  1, 2  1, 2 
EDE3103 Perspectives of Early Years Curriculum, Play and Pedagogy  1, 2 
ECA2100 Early Childhood Creativity and the Arts  1, 2 
EDE2201 Contexts for Learning and Development  1, 2 
EDC2400 Educating Learners with Special Needs Across Contexts  1, 2  1, 2  1, 2 
EHE1100 English Curriculum and Pedagogy in Early Primary  1, 2  1, 2  1, 2 
ECF2200 Relating with Families  1, 2 
ECP2200 Childhood Resilience and Wellbeing  1, 2 
ECP3200 Early Scientific Thinking and Inquiry  1, 2 
EDE3009 Leadership and Professional Practices  1, 2 
ECF3100 Contemporary Approaches to Infant and Toddler Curriculum and Pedagogy  1, 2 
EHM1200 Mathematics in Early Primary  1, 2  1, 2  1, 2 
EDX1250 Arts Curriculum and Pedagogy 1: Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts  1, 2  1, 2  1, 2 
EDC2100 Supportive Learning Environments: Cultivating Effective Classrooms  1, 2 
ECL3100 Intercultural Communication in Early Learning Contexts  1, 2 
ECL2200 English Curriculum and Pedagogy in Early Primary 2  1, 2 

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Electives/Approved courses

As detailed in the Program structure section of this Handbook, students are required to select one Special Interest course from the table below.

Special Interest Area/Course  Semester of offer External/Online  Semester of offer Toowoomba Campus  Semester of offer Springfield Campus 
English 
EPE2201 Catering for Diversity in Literacy Learning 
EDO3472 Children's Literature     
Mathematics 
EPM2200 Developing Mathematical Content Knowledge 
EPM3200 Teaching Mathematics to Children with Diverse Needs     

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Professional experience

Within the 24 units required to complete this program, there also is a strict Professional Experience requirement as follows:

  • 80 days supervised placement.


Students can only undertake a maximum of one course with a professional experience component in the one semester.

Of the required supervised professional experience, all students, domestic and international, must complete a minimum of 50% of the supervised placement in Australia.

Students must also hold a valid Blue Card within Queensland or hold a valid Working with Children Check as well as having completed any further training/certificates relevant to the state where they are completing their Professional experience.

For further information regarding professional experience and education placements, please visit the USQ website.

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IT requirements

For information technology requirements, please refer to the minimum computing standards.

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Other program requirements

Students must maintain good standing in this program. Please refer to the Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Procedure.

Students must also hold a valid Blue Card within Queensland or hold a valid Working with Children Check as well as having completed any further training/certificates relevant to the state where they are completing their Professional experience.

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Articulation

Students who complete this program may articulate to the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood).

From 1 January 2018, all applicants for initial teacher education programs nationally, including USQ's Bachelor of Education, must meet both academic and non-academic entry criteria, detailed in the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Education .

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Exit points

This program contains provision for two generic exit awards, as follows:

  • Associate Degree in Education Studies (DAES) - available at the completion of 16 approved courses, 8 of which must be education courses; and

  • Diploma of Education Studies (DPES) - available at the completion of 8 education courses.


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Credit

Candidates eligible for admission into this program may be eligible for up to 16 units of credit on the basis of successful completion of relevant, equivalent undergraduate level study completed at a recognised university or institution.

Credit approved in this program will not automatically apply to other USQ programs. Claims for credit should be submitted prior to or at the time of enrolment. Each claim will be assessed on individual merit in line with the Credit and Exemptions Procedure.

For instructions on applying for credit, please visit our website.

Recommended enrolment pattern

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Early Childhood

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Students are strongly encouraged to follow the recommended enrolment pattern for their program. This is particularly important in respect to Professional Experience. Delaying Professional Experience may delay program completion by up to three (3) years.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirementsComments
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
EHF1100 Framing the Professional11,211,2Students must be enrolled in one of the following: BECH or BEDU (Early Childhood or Primary or Primary+Special Educ) Co-requisite: BEDU (Primary) Only - EPP1100 or EDC1300 Enrolment is not permitted if CMS1000 or EDC1200 has been previously completed
ECL1100 Language Development and Early Literacy Learning11,211,2,3Enrolment is not permitted in ECL1100 if EDX3270 has been previously completed.
ECM1100 Early Mathematical Thinking11,211,2,3Enrolment is not permitted in ECM1100 if EDX3280 has been previously completed.
ECF1100 Foundations of Early Childhood11,211,2Enrolment is not permitted in ECF1100 if EDC1400 has been previously completed.
EDC1100 Childhood Development (Birth - 12 years)11,211,2
EDC2200 First Nations Education11,211,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or BECH
ECH1200 Early Years Health and Active Play11,211,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BECH. Enrolment is not permitted in ECH1200 if EDC1300 has been previously completed.
EDE2010 Childhood, Play and Play-based Learning11,211,2Pre-requisite: (ECF1100 or EDC1400) and (EHF1100 or CMS1000 or EDC1200) and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BECH 10 day supervised Professional Experience
EDE3103 Perspectives of Early Years Curriculum, Play and Pedagogy2121,2Pre-requisite: EDE2010 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BECH 15 day supervised Professional Experience
ECA2100 Early Childhood Creativity and the Arts2121,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BECH Enrolment is not permitted in ECA2100 if EDC2300 has been previously completed
EDE2201 Contexts for Learning and Development2121,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BECH
EDC2400 Educating Learners with Special Needs Across Contexts21,221,2,3
EHE1100 English Curriculum and Pedagogy in Early Primary21,221,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BEDU (Primary) or BEDU (Primary + Special Education) or BECH Enrolment is not permitted in EHE1100 if EDX1170 has been previously completed
ECF2200 Relating with Families2221,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BECH Enrolment is not permitted in ECF2200 if EDO2104 has been previously completed
ECP2200 Childhood Resilience and Wellbeing2221,2Enrolment is not permitted in ECP2200 if EDE4010 has been previously completed
ECP3200 Early Scientific Thinking and Inquiry2221,2Pre-requisite: EDE3103 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BECH Enrolment is not permitted in ECP3200 if EDX3160 has been previously completed 20 day supervised Professional Experience
EDE3009 Leadership and Professional Practices3131,2Pre-requisite: ECP3200 and EDC1400 and EDX3160 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BECH Co-requisite: ECF3100 or EDE2101 15 day supervised Professional Experience
ECF3100 Contemporary Approaches to Infant and Toddler Curriculum and Pedagogy3131,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BECH Co-requisite: EDE3009 Enrolment is not permitted in ECF3100 if EDE2101 has been previously completed
EHM1200 Mathematics in Early Primary31,231,2Students must be enrolled in one of the following: BEDU (Early Child) or BEDU (Primary) or BEDU (Primary+Special Educ) or BECH Pre-requisite: BEDU (Early Child) Only - ECM1100 or EDX3280 Enrolment is not permitted if EDX1280 has been previously completed
EDX1250 Arts Curriculum and Pedagogy 1: Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts31,231,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BEDU (Primary) or BEDU (Primary + Special Education) or BECH
EDC2100 Supportive Learning Environments: Cultivating Effective Classrooms3131,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BEDU (Primary) or BEDU (Primary + Special Education) or BECH or MOLT (Primary) Co-requisite: BEDU (Primary) Only - EDP2111
Special Interest Area Course3232 See Electives/Approved Courses
ECL3100 Intercultural Communication in Early Learning Contexts3231,2Enrolment is not permitted in ECL3100 if EDE4012 has been previously completed
ECL2200 English Curriculum and Pedagogy in Early Primary 23231,2Pre-requisite: EDE3009 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BECH Enrolment is not permitted in ECL2200 if EDX2170 has been previously completed 20 day supervised Professional Experience