BP046 - Bachelor of Education

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Plan: BP046PEC - Bachelor of Education (Primary and Early Childhood Education)
Campus: Bundoora Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

The BP046PEC Bachelor of Education (Primary and Early Childhood Education) uses a variety of active learning and teaching approaches, including: face-to-face and online components, case studies, action research, reflective techniques, presentations, group-based learning, discussions, negotiated learning (such as work-based projects), and professional practice experiences in primary schools, early childhood   and other educational settings.

The program also utilises a range of assessment methods to evaluate your learning, with the aim of developing critical thinking skills and reflective practice. Assessment components include both formal assessments and informal self assessments so that you can monitor your own learning. A range of approaches to assessment will enable you to demonstrate your  knowledge, skills, and application of knowledge and skills across courses. Formative assessment will be provided throughout the semester, and summative assessment is undertaken at the completion of each course.

Assessment will be used to provide you with feedback on your progress. The learning outcomes linked to courses can be effectively assessed by, (for example): written assignments, individual and group presentations, short answer question or multiple-choice tests, examinations,  reflective journals where you will conduct an analysis of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experiences, and reports on the design of individual programs for learners. Your capacity to perform as a pre-service teacher in schools will be assessed through written reports completed by your Professional Experience Mentors.

An important aspect of the assessment of this program is to provide you with critical feedback from lecturers, peers and others (for example, Professional Experience Mentors) on your understanding and reflections of key criteria related to working effectively with curriculum, learners and colleagues as a pre-service school teacher. Lecturer feedback will be used as a way of further developing your capabilities. You will also use self assessment and reflections to demonstrate your own understanding of the content. In the final year of your studies you will undertake a research project to bring together the knowledge and skills you have aquired in the program.

 

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Work integrated learning

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. As a student enrolled in this RMIT University program you will:

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
  • interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities;
  • complete these activities in real work contexts or situations; and in addition:
  • these interactions and the work contexts provide distinctive sources of feedback to you to assist your learning.

Any or all of these aspects of a Work Intergrated Learning (WIL) experience may be simulated.

The program has been designed to provide a minimum of 140 days supervised professional practice. Education Studies and Professional Experience courses link content and assessment with professional practice and provide opportunities for Work Integrated Learning.

The designated WIL courses in this program are:

TCHE2112 Orientation to Teaching

TCHE2490 Educational Settings and Society

TCHE2517 Linking Theories to Practice in Early Childhood Education

TCHE2486 Professional Experience: Connected Classrooms

TCHE2519 Linking Theory and Practice: Children Birth to Two

TCHE2611 Professional Experience: Inclusive Education in Early Childhood Settings

TCHE2612 Professional Experience: Learning Across the Curriculum in Early Childhood

TCHE2464 Leadership in Early Childhood Settings

TCHE2491 Professional Experience: Applied Education Project

This program provides work related projects in the learning activities and assessment. In your Professional Experience you will be learning about your future role as an educational professional. The feedback you receive from your lecturers, Professional Experience Mentors (PEM) and others on Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activities and assessment will be vital for your learning. The program prepares and supports you for these experiences.

Please note that to undertake the Professional Experience courses in year one to year four of the program, you must provide a satisfactory working with children check. If you are not able to provide this, you will be unable to complete the program.

 

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Program Structure

To graduate you must complete the following:
 

All courses listed may not be available each semester

 

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Year One of Program

Complete the following Nine (9) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Orientation to Teaching12TCHE2112Bundoora Campus
Children's Learning and Development: Birth - 1212TCHE2482Bundoora Campus
Teaching Reading12TCHE2452Bundoora Campus
Teaching Physical Education12TCHE2481Bundoora Campus
Educational Settings and Society12TCHE2490Bundoora Campus
Introduction to Mathematics and Numeracy12TCHE2458Bundoora Campus
Introduction to Arts Education12TCHE2457Bundoora Campus
Teaching Australian History and Society12TCHE2473Bundoora Campus
The Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students0TCHE2573Bundoora Campus
 
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Year Two of Program

Complete the following Eight (8) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting12TCHE2469Bundoora Campus
Education Theories and Practice12TCHE2447Bundoora Campus
Teaching Measurement, Geometry, Chance and Data12TCHE2479Bundoora Campus
Linking Theories to Practice in Early Childhood Education12TCHE2517Bundoora Campus
Professional Experience: Connected Classrooms12TCHE2486Bundoora Campus
Teaching Writing12TCHE2453Bundoora Campus
Discovering Science12TCHE2446Bundoora Campus
Languages and Literacies in Early Childhood Education12TCHE2459Bundoora Campus
 
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Year Three of Program

Complete the following Eight (8) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Professional Experience: Learning Across the Curriculum in Early Childhood12TCHE2612Bundoora Campus
Geography in a Global Context12TCHE2450Bundoora Campus
Early Literacy Foundation to Year 212TCHE2488Bundoora Campus
Linking Theory and Practice: Children Birth to Two12TCHE2519Bundoora Campus
Professional Experience: Inclusive Education in Early Childhood Settings12TCHE2611Bundoora Campus
Developing a sense of number12TCHE2489Bundoora Campus
Promoting Health Education12TCHE2470Bundoora Campus
Art, Aesthetics and Young Children12TCHE2443Bundoora Campus
 
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Year Four of Program

Complete the following Eight (8) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Teaching as Reflective Practice12TCHE2324Bundoora Campus
Understanding Diversity and Difference12TCHE2483Bundoora Campus
Critical Issues in School Mathematics12TCHE2445Bundoora Campus
Leadership in Early Childhood Settings12TCHE2464Bundoora Campus
Professional Experience: Applied Education Project12TCHE2491Bundoora Campus
Developing Literacy: 3-612TCHE2480Bundoora Campus
Education Futures: Imagining Policy and Practice12TCHE2448Bundoora Campus
Current Issues and Contexts in Early Childhood Education12TCHE2492Bundoora Campus
 

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Program transition plan

In 2018, the program structure for the Bachelor of Education has been updated.  All students will be enrolled in the updated program structure effective Semester 1, 2018.

The changes are:

Removal of Professional Experience requirements  in TCHE2488/2507 PX: Early Literacy F-2 and TCHE2489/2510 PX: Developing a Sense of Number 
 Addition of Professional Experience placements in TCHE2454/2524/2553  Inclusive Education and TCHE2465/2505/2557  Learning Across the Curriculum 
move TCHE2454/2524/2553 Inclusive Education from 4th year to 3rd year
move TCHE2483/2509 Understanding Diversity and Difference from 3rd year to 4th year core*

*If you have already successfully completed TCHE2483/2509 Understanding Diversity and Difference, then you are advised to enrol into TCHE2454/2524/2553 Inclusive Education.

All courses you have successfully completed in the old structure will be recognised in the new structure. If you are undertaking a reduced load or have not satisfactorily completed some of your courses, are on Leave of Absence (LOA), or have deferred studies, you will not be disadvantaged by the change of program structure. You will not incur any extra costs or be required to complete extra credit points as a result of this change in program structure.

All students are welcome to individual academic advisement and confirmation of requirements for completion of the program. Please contact the Program Manager, nicky.carr@rmit.edu.au, to arrange this.

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