Faculty of Education

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

Key Dates

Scholarships close: 31 October 2013 / 30 June 2014

Applications close:

Study commences: 24 February 2014 / 14 July 2014

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Location: Newnham Campus, Launceston
Cradle Coast Campus, Burnie
Distance/Fully-online

Duration: 4 years full time, up to 9 years part time

Intake: February, July

Entry Requirements: approximately 65 ATAR

Fees: Commonwealth Supported

Course Code: 43A

About the Degree:

Course available to Australian and international students.

UTAS Faculty of Education pre-service teacher courses qualify students for a profession that is challenging and enormously fulfilling. Accredited by the Teachers Registration Board, Tasmania, the courses require students to reflect on and develop their own professional practice to the best advantage of the students they will one day be teaching.

A particular strength of this course is the specialist focus on educational settings from birth to Grade 2 (age 8) and the fact that the qualification you gain upon graduation is recognised as suitable to teach in early childhood contexts (including early childhood centres, kindergartens and schools).

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Professional Experience

Students will undertake Professional Experience placements in Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 of the course. Eligibility to undertake these placements includes completion of all previous year's subjects. For example, to undertake Professional Experience 2, student must have successfully completed all Year 1 subjects. More information...

International Students:

Requirements are the same as for domestic students; applicants must meet minimum English language requirements. International students, please see your international admission requirements.

Course Structure

The structure of our pre-service teacher courses generally includes professional studies and professional experience.

Comprehensive unit details are available from the Course and Unit Handbook.

Summer School 2014

Summer School runs from November 2013 till  February 2014. Enrolments will open in October (Date TBA).

Year 1

Unit code Unit title On-campus/study centre Semester Online study

ESH110

Foundations of Literacy

Launceston, Burnie

1

tick

ESH120

Personal & Professional Numeracy

Launceston, Burnie

1

tick

ESH102

Foundations of Teaching

Launceston, Burnie

1

tick

ESH140

Early Childhood Theories of Teaching & Learning


1

tick

ESH130

Arts Education: Music & Visual Art

Launceston, Burnie

2

tick

ESH105

Curriculum & Pedagogy in Early Childhood

Launceston

2

tick

ESH104

Human Development in Educational Contexts

Launceston, Burnie

2

tick

ESH144

Early Childhood Education


2

tick

Year 2

Unit code Unit title   On-campus/study centre Semester Online study

ESH202

Planning for Positive Behaviour

Launceston, Burnie

1

tick

ESH240

Introduction to HPE

Launceston, Burnie

1

tick

ESH250

An Introduction to Primary Science & Technology

Launceston, Burnie

1

tick

ESH270

Design & Applied Learning

Launceston, Burnie

1

tick

ESH203

Teacher as Planner, Assessor & Reporter

Launceston, Burnie

2

tick

ESH260

Society and Environment (Introduction)

Launceston, Burnie

2

tick

ESH309

English-Literacy: Understanding the Curriculum

Launceston, Burnie

2

tick

ESH319

Primary & Early Childhood Mathematics Pedagogy

Launceston, Burnie

2

tick

Year 3

Unit code Unit title   On-campus/study centre Semester Online study

ESH303

Inclusive Practices in Educational Settings

Launceston, Burnie

1

tick

ESH330

Arts Education: Drama & Dance

Launceston, Burnie

1

tick

ESH340

Advanced HPE

Launceston, Burnie

1

tick

ESH360

Society and Environment (Advanced)

Launceston, Burnie

1

tick

ESH304

Reflective Practitioner: Classroom Researcher

Launceston, Burnie

2

tick

ESH310

Multiliteracies in the English Curriculum

Launceston, Burnie

2

tick

ESH302

Ethics, Education & Teacher Identity

Launceston, Burnie

2

tick

ESH390

Cultural Awareness: Aboriginal Studies

Launceston, Burnie

2

tick

Year 4

Unit code Unit title   On-campus/study centre Semester Online study

ESH320

Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics

Launceston, Burnie

1

tick

ESH350

Planning & Assessing for Effective Learning in Science

Launceston, Burnie

1

tick

ESH380

Digital Technologies

Launceston, Burnie

1

tick

ESH345

Play, Pedagogy & Learning

-

1

tick

ESH347

Documenting Learning & Portfolios for Young Children

Launceston, Burnie

2

tick

ESH348

Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Services


2

tick

ESH306

Preparing for the Profession

Launceston, Burnie

2

tick

ESH346

Integrating the Early Childhood Curriculum through the Arts


2

tick

 
 

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How To Apply

Mid Year Intake is available for this course

Please read the FAQ's prior to applying.

Domestic Students apply online using the eApplication system.

International students please see apply now.

Enquiries

Prospective students should read the FAQ's before making any decisions about course entry. For further information please contact:

Course Coordinator Enrolment and Administration
Dr Bronwyn Reynolds
Kerri-Ann Wells
Phone: +61 3 6324 3909 Phone: +61 3 6324 3045


Janette Kaye
Phone: +61 3 6324 3396

FAQ

 

1. What subjects should I have studied at senior secondary level?

There are no specific prerequisite subjects but success at the senior secondary level in subjects such as English, Maths, Language study, the Arts, Science, History and/or Geography, Sociology, and Psychology is an advantage.

2. I have completed previous study; can I receive recognition for prior learning?

Students are encouraged to apply for recognition of prior learning, which includes formal study undertaken in recognised tertiary institutions, or other demonstrated learning achievement. The double advantage website provides more information on formal articulation arrangements that exist.

The eApplications process asks if applicants want credit for previous study. Please indicate 'yes' and ensure that certified copies of your certificates of completion are provided to the Admissions Office.

3. Is the workload heavy?

Whether on-campus or off-campus, each student should allow approximately 10 hours of focussed study per unit, per week. This estimate includes lectures, tutorials and workshops which generally equate to 3-4 hours per unit, per week.

4. Is there professional experience included?

Students must be available to attend unpaid Professional Experience at schools on a full-time basis for a number of weeks each year, totalling a minimum of 80 days over 4 years. A Teachers Registration Board Good Character Check is required for placements.  See tips for getting started.

5. What professional recognition will I get for completing the course?

UTAS Faculty of Education pre-service teacher courses are accredited through the Teachers Registration Board, Tasmania. Graduates from the course are eligible for registration with the Teachers Registration Board, Tasmania upon successful completion of the degree through the online application process. The Mutual Recognition Act (Mutual Recognition Act 1992 (Cth) or the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 (Cth)) entitles those who are already registered (in the first state) to register in the other states of Australia and New Zealand. Please note that this does not apply to New South Wales – more information.

6. Are there any scholarships available?

The University of Tasmania believes that as far as possible a student's financial situation should not be allowed to be an impediment to a university education. With the assistance of State and local governments, business and industry in Tasmania, and generous benefactors, the University is able to provide awards to make access to the benefits of tertiary education easier.

The Tasmania Scholarships program runs on a calendar year basis. Applications for most awards commencing in Semester 1 open at the beginning of August and close strictly on 31 October in the year prior.

For more information see Scholarships.

7. Can I study by distance/externally?

Yes. Student can complete the coursework entirely online, externally with no on campus requirements. Note that Professional Experience must be attended in educational settings.

All units are available both face to face (internal) at the Newnham Campus (Launceston) and Cradle Coast Campus (Burnie) and externally. To suit their lifestyle, students have the flexibility to enrol in both internal and external units within the same semester.

8. Are any units offered over summer?

Each December the Faculty of Education commences a Summer School. The units that are offered and the mode of study change each year. Summer school units are generally released in late September/October each year. Students will be notified by email.

9. What if I canít attend Orientation?

Some students may not be able to attend on-campus Orientation because of distance or other commitments. Online Orientation takes you through how to get organised for study, find support and set yourself up for academic success. Online Orientation can also be a handy backup for students who attend on-campus orientation and want reminders or further information. The Faculty also provides a specific orientation through MyLO (My Learning Online) which is accessible again and again throughout the year.

10. Do I have to pay fees up-front?

UTAS Faculty of Education pre-service teacher courses are Commonwealth supported for citizens of Australia, permanent residents, New Zealand Citizens and holders of humanitarian visas.

Australian citizens, and holders of humanitarian visas who are resident in Australia for the duration of the course, may defer their payment via HECS-HELP. Permanent residents and New Zealand citizens must pay up-front for the units in which they are enrolled each semester. For more information please refer to Course Costs.


International students should refer to the International students’ website.

11. What other costs should I consider?

Most units require students to have access to prescribed text books in order to complete assignments. Take into account the costs of stationery, resource materials and postage. All units have some online component so broadband internet access costs must also be taken into consideration. The university has computer laboratories which are available for on-campus students to use.

12. Do I have to volunteer in a school or child-care centre?

The School of Education strongly encourages all pre-service teachers to maintain regular contact with schools. For this reason, volunteering in an educational setting or classroom is highly recommended.

13. Where can I buy textbooks?

The Co-op Bookshop offers general books; textbooks and stationery, located in the Student Union Building on the Hobart campus or Newnham Drive Launceston campus. Alternatively you can purchase your texts online from the Co-op Bookshop.

14. As a distance student, how can I get my ID card?

Online students will need to liaise directly with the Student Centre with regard to their ID cards. The current procedure is for students to send a passport photo and proof of ID and signature (e.g. photocopy of your drivers licence) to the Student Centre, Locked Bag 1345, Launceston 7250. This can also be sent electronically to the Student Centre. The student ID card will give you ready access to the UTAS libraries and access to reciprocal interstate university libraries.

15. As a distance student what access do I have to the library?

Information on remote access to the library can be gained from the library website.

The Flexible Library Service is a service offered by the Library to UTAS staff and students who are:

  • Living or undertaking practical placement more than 40km from the Launceston and Sandy Bay campuses during semester or;
  • Undertaking studies or working at the Cradle Coast Campus or;
  • Registered with the University as a student with special needs due to a disability.

Services offered:

  • You can request specific items from the Library catalogue and have them posted to your designated address;
  • You can request articles or extracts from books to be posted or sent as an electronic attachment to your email.
 

16. As a distance student where will I sit my exam?

Each unit has different assessment requirements. If the unit you are enrolled in has an examination, any queries relating to sitting the examinations at a different location should be directed to the Examinations Office. All correspondence from the Examinations Office will be done only via email.

If you are a distance education student undertaking exams whose Study Centre is Isolated (I), or Interstate (N), the Examinations Office will send you an email about your exams at the beginning of the semester. This information will become clearer to you when you are at the stage of enrolling in your units.

17. Can I undertake honours?

There is provision to undertake the final year at honours level. A high level of academic achievement overall is a pre-requisite and eligible students will be invited to participate in the honours program. More information.

18. I live in a remote area, how do I get internet access?

Units are online and this means that you will need to have access to a broadband connection.  If you live in a remote or regional area of Australia with limited or no access to commercial broadband providers you will find information on satellite broadband, and the Federal Government's support, on the following website (or type "Australian Broadband Guarantee" into google).

19. What is the process after I apply?

Submitting you application is the first step to becoming a student. If successful you will receive an offer to join the course. The following steps provide a process so you understand the transition into University life.  If successful, you will:

  • Receive an email from admissions with an offer to join the course
  • Accept your offer online
  • Apply for credit – if applicable, by sending in transcripts
  • Wait for an email from the Faculty of Education, which will assist with the next step in the enrolment process
  • Enrol in your units
  • Order you textbooks
  • Use your University email account
  • Log on to MyLO
  • Become familiar with the Faculty of Education website, in particular the Professional Experience information
  • Apply for your Good Character Check
  • Attend orientation
  • Commence study
  • Remember to check your University email account regularly.

20. Managing your student details and changes of enrolment

The UTAS eStudentCentre provides students with the ability to view and manage their student enrolment and student details online. Subsequent changes to your enrolment can also be completed through the eStudentCentre. Follow the link to Enrolments>Manage Enrolment. When amending enrolments it is vital that you are aware of Key Semester Academic and Financial Penalty Dates.

21. Webmail account

All communication with you will be via your UTAS webmail account. You will be able to login easily wherever you have internet access. The University requires you to use your UTAS webmail account when emailing staff. This helps us to verify that you are a genuine UTAS student. This is especially important if you are making enquiries about your enrolment, academic progress, or disclosing information that may be sensitive or confidential. It is important to check your webmail account regularly.

22. Who do I go to for help during my studies?

Our education student adviser. Their role is to assist you to adjust to university life and to help resolve any issues that may be affecting your university studies.

23. What do I need to know about Literacy and Numeracy Competency testing?

Find out more about Literacy and Numeracy Competency testing by reviewing this short FAQ document [PDF 333KB].