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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) (BEED) - BEd

QTAC code (Australian and New Zealand applicants): Springfield campus: 928181; External: 908185; Toowoomba campus: 908181

CRICOS code (International applicants): 0100825

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Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
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:4 years full-time, 9 years part-time 

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Professional accreditation

Graduates from this program will have met the requirements to apply for teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) and will have also met the requirements of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

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Program objectives

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Education program, students should be able to:

  1. Know students and how they learn (possess a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts)

  2. Know the content and how to teach it (transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to others)

  3. Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning (well-developed cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to others)

  4. Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments (apply knowledge and skills with initiative and judgement in planning, problem-solving and decision making in professional practice)

  5. Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning (analyse, generate and transmit solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems and transmit knowledge and ideas to others)

  6. Engage in professional learning (through collaborative professional practice apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge and skills in a range of contexts to undertake professional work and as a pathway for further learning)

  7. Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers, and the community (through professional integrity and ethical practice present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas in order to communicate knowledge, skills and ideas to others).


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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 07. Graduates at this level will have broad and coherent knowledge and skills for professional work and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

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Program Information Set

View USQ’s admission criteria, student profiles and a summary of all offers made under Course Admission Information Set via the QTAC website.

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Admission requirements

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

  • Have achieved a minimum Overall Position (OP) 15, tertiary entrance rank 68 or equivalent qualification.^

Academic:


Non-academic:

As a result of a national requirement, submission of a 1000-word personal statement that demonstrates Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) competencies. The personal statement must address two categories that show your understanding of and motivations for studying the program:

  • Category 1: Interest in teaching children/young people;

  • Category 2: Involvement in personal learning and leadership activities.


Information regarding the rationale surrounding this admission requirement, is available at Ask USQ.

For information regarding the selection guidelines for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programs, including what is expected of you in your 1000-word personal statement, please visit the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) website.

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These are determined by the University for specific programs each Semester. The 2019 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 Education Early Childhood program is comprised of 32 units at undergraduate level (AQF Level 7) structured as follows:

  • 29 core courses; and

  • one three-unit specialisation.


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Program completion requirements

Within the 32 units required to complete this program, there are strict requirements for professional experience. These requirements are broken down to 105 days supervised placement within various settings to include 15 days in a Birth-2 year setting, 25 days in a 2-4 years Early Childhood education setting, 65 days in a Primary school setting and 20 days unsupervised placement.

Please refer to the 'Professional experience' section of this program entry for further information.

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education

In addition to successfully completing all requirements for the program, students are required to pass the personal Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) in order to graduate from the Bachelor of Education Early Childhood program. The LANTITE assesses initial teacher education students’ literacy and numeracy skills. For important information about the LANTITE and how this applies to you in your program of study, please go to the LANTITE FAQ at Ask USQ. You can register for the LANTITE test through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website.

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Required time limits

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

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Core courses

Early Childhood

Course  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, 3 
ECM1100 Early Mathematical Thinking  1, 3 
ECF1100 Foundations of Early Childhood   1, 2 
EDC1100 Childhood Development (Birth - 12 years)  2, 3 
EDC2200 First Nations Education  1, 2  1, 2  1, 2 
ECH1200 Early Years Health and Active Play   
EDE2010 Childhood, Play and Play-based Learning  1, 2 
EDE3103 Perspectives of Early Years Curriculum, Play and Pedagogy  1, 2     
ECA2100 Early Childhood Creativity and the Arts 
EDE2201 Contexts for Learning and Development  1, 2     
EDC2400 Educating Learners with Special Needs Across Contexts  1, 2, 3  1, 2  1, 2 
EHE1100 English Curriculum and Pedagogy in Early Primary  1, 2, 3  1, 2 
ECF2200 Relating with Families     
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, 3 
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  2, 3   
ECL2200 English Curriculum and Pedagogy in Early Primary 2  1, 2 
ECP4100 Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Early Years of School  1, 2 
EDX2260 Teaching Science in Early Primary  1, 2, 3 
EHT4100 Technologies Curriculum and Pedagogy  1, 2, 3 
EDX2190 Humanities and Social Sciences: Evoking Curiosity  1, 2 
EDX1450 HPE Curriculum Studies 1  1, 2  1, 2  1, 2 
EDC4000 Preparing for the Profession  1, 2, 3 

Specialisations

As detailed in the Program structure section of this entry, students must select a three-course specialisation from the choices of English or Mathematics detailed in the table below:

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     
EPE4200 Working with Language Learners     
Mathematics       
EPM2200 Developing Mathematical Content Knowledge 
EPM3200 Teaching Mathematics to Children with Diverse Needs     
EPE4200 Working with Language Learners     

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Professional experience

Within the 32 units required to complete this program, there are strict professional experience requirements. These requirements are broken down to 105 days supervised placement within various settings to include 15 days in a Birth-2 setting, 25 days in a 2-4 years Early Childhood Education setting, 65 days in a Primary school setting and 20 days unsupervised placement.

Students are required to undertake Professional Experience in accordance with the number of days and placement settings as indicated in the program accredited by the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) and the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Students can 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 Australian Primary and/or Secondary school settings.

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 which they are completing their Professional Experience.

For further information please visit the Professional Experience and education placements 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 which they are completing placement their professional experience.

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Related programs

Embedded within this program, there is a 24 unit Bachelor of Early Childhood degree. The structure for the 24 unit Bachelor of Early Childhood degree is comprised of the first 24 units of this program as detailed in the recommended enrolment pattern.

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Exit points

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

  • Bachelor of General Education Studies (BGES) - available at the completion of 24 approved courses; 12 of which must be education courses;

  • 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 24 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 or a specific specialisation will not automatically apply to other specialisations or 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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Recommended enrolment pattern

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 specialisation. This is particularly important in respect to Professional Experience. Delaying Professional Experience may delay program completion by up to four (4) 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: BEED or BPED or BECH or BEDU (Early Child or Primary or Primary+Special Educ or Special Educ or HPE Primary or SHPE Primary) Enrolment is not permitted in EHF1100 if EDC1200 has been previously completed
ECL1100 Language Development and Early Literacy Learning1111,3Enrolment is not permitted in ECL1100 if EDX3270 has been previously completed.
ECM1100 Early Mathematical Thinking1111,3Enrolment is not permitted in ECM1100 if EDX3280 has been previously completed.
ECF1100 Foundations of Early Childhood1111,2Enrolment is not permitted in ECF1100 if EDC1400 has been previously completed.
EDC1100 Childhood Development (Birth - 12 years)1212,3Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in: Bachelor of Education Early Childhood (BEED) or Bachelor of Education Primary (BPED) or Bachelor of Education Secondary (BSED) or Bachelor of General Studies (BGEN) or Bachelor of Early Childhood (BECH)
EDC2200 First Nations Education11,211,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEED or BSED or BEDU or BECH
ECH1200 Early Years Health and Active Play1212Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEED or BEDU (Early Childhood) or BECH. Enrolment is not permitted in ECH1200 if EDC1300 has been previously completed.
EDE2010 Childhood, Play and Play-based Learning1211,2Pre-requisite: EDC1400 or (ECF1100 and (EHF1100 or CMS1000 or EDC1200)) Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BECH or BEED Co-requisite: ECL1100 or ECM1100 or EDX3270 or EDX3280 10 day supervised Professional Experience
EDE3103 Perspectives of Early Years Curriculum, Play and Pedagogy11,2Pre-requisite: EDE2010 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEED or BEDU (Early Childhood) or BECH 15 day supervised Professional Experience
ECA2100 Early Childhood Creativity and the Arts2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEED or BEDU (Early Childhood) or BECH Enrolment is not permitted in ECA2100 if EDC2300 has been previously completed
EDE2201 Contexts for Learning and Development21,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEED or BEDU (Early Childhood) or BECH
EDC2400 Educating Learners with Special Needs Across Contexts21,221,2,3Successful completion of 8 courses is required before enrolment in EDC2400
EHE1100 English Curriculum and Pedagogy in Early Primary21,221,2,3Students must be enrolled in: BEDU (Early Child or Primary or Primary+Special Ed or Special Ed or HPE Primary or SHPE Primary) or BECH or BGEN or BEED or BPED. Enrolment is not permitted in EHE1100 if EDX1170 has been previously completed.
ECF2200 Relating with Families22Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BEED or BECH Enrolment is not permitted in ECF2200 if EDO2104 has been previously completed
ECP2200 Childhood Resilience and Wellbeing21,2Enrolment 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 BEED or BECH Enrolment is not permitted in ECP3200 if EDX3160 has been previously completed 20 day supervised Professional Experience
EDE3009 Leadership and Professional Practices31,2Pre-requisite: ECP3200 or (EDE2101 and EDE2010) and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BEED or BECH 15 day supervised Professional Experience
ECF3100 Contemporary Approaches to Infant and Toddler Curriculum and Pedagogy31,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BEED or BECH Co-requisite: EDE3009 Enrolment is not permitted in ECF3100 if EDE2101 has been previously completed
EHM1200 Mathematics in Early Primary3231,2,3Students must be enrolled in: BEDU(EarlyChild or Prim or Prim+SpecEd or SpecEd or HPE Primary or SHPE Prim) or BEED or BPED or BECH Pre-req: BEDU(EarlyChild) 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 Ed) or BEDU (Special Ed) or BEDU (HPE Primary) or BEDU (SHPE Primary) or BECH or BGEN or BEED or BPED
EDC2100 Supportive Learning Environments: Cultivating Effective Classrooms3131,2Students must be enrolled in: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BEDU (Primary) or BEDU (Primary+Special Ed) or BEDU (Special Ed) or BEDU (HPE Primary) or BEDU (SHPE Primary) or BECH or MOLT (Primary) or BEED or BPED Co-requisite: BEDU (Primary) Only - EDP2111
Special Interest Area courseSee Electives/Approved Courses
ECL3100 Intercultural Communication in Early Learning Contexts3232,3Enrolment 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 or BEED Enrolment is not permitted in ECL2200 if EDX2170 has been previously completed 20 day supervised Professional Experience
ECP4100 Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Early Years of School4141,2Pre-requisite: ECL2200 and ECP3200 and EDE3009 and ECP2200 and EDC2400 and ECF2200. Students must be enrolled in: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BECH or BEED. Enrolment is not permitted in ECP4100 if EDE4103 has been previously completed. 25 day supervised Professional Experience
EDX2260 Teaching Science in Early Primary 4141,2,3Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BEDU (Primary) or BEDU (Primary + Special Ed) or BEDU (Special Ed) or BEDU (HPE Primary) or BEDU (SHPE Primary) or BECH or BEED or BPED
EHT4100 Technologies Curriculum and Pedagogy 4141,2,3Students must be enrolled in: BEDU (Early Child or Primary or Primary+Special Educ or Special Educ or HPE Primary or SHPE Primary) or BECH or BEED or BPED. BEDU (Early Child) Only - Enrolment is not permitted if EDC3100 has been previously completed.
Special Interest Area courseSee Electives/Approved Courses section
EDX2190 Humanities and Social Sciences: Evoking Curiosity 4241,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BEDU (Primary) or BEDU (Primary + Special Education) or BEDU (Special Education) or BEDU (HPE Primary) or BEDU (SHPE Primary) or BECH or BEED or BPED
EDX1450 HPE Curriculum Studies 1 41,241,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BEDU (Primary) or BEDU (Special Education) or BEDU (HPE Primary) or BEDU (SHPE Primary) or BECH or BEDU (HPE Secondary) or BEED or BPED
Special Interest Area courseSee Electives/Approved Courses section
EDC4000 Preparing for the Profession*4241,2, 3Pre-requisite: ECP4100 or EDE4103 or EDP4130 or EDS4401 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or BEED or BPED or BSED 20 day unsupervised Professional Experience

Footnotes
*The internship in EDC4000 requires QCT internship authorisation for this course in the final semester of study. Please refer to the Course Specifications for details and enrolment instructions for the semester 3 offer.