BP260 - Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)

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Plan: BP260 - Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)
Campus: Bundoora Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)
Award abbreviation: BEd(EarlChildEd)
Total credit points: 384
Career: UGRD
Duration: Equivalent to FOUR (4) years Full Time or EIGHT (8) years Part Time
Location: Onshore, Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Education (360H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/education
ASCED code: 070101
CRICOS code: 075101G

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) focuses on the education and care of children from birth to 8 in a range of early childhood settings. This program provides you with professional learning to foster positive developments and learning for infants, toddlers and preschool aged children. Emphasis is given to developing partnerships with families of young children and collaborating with other professionals in supporting young children in their development and learning. You will develop competence in pedagogical approaches through professional experience, projects and other practical learning experiences and make links with theory and practice drawn from both Australian and international contexts and research.

Upon completion of this program, you will be a professional practitioner possessing broad knowledge and skills to address children's developmental and learning needs, including those with special needs in inclusive settings. You will understand children and diversity, and be able to collaborate with colleagues, families and community. You will be a competent advocator, researcher and communicator in early childhood education and care. You will be able to plan, assess, manage and lead quality education program for young children and families.

Upon graduation, you will be eligible for employment in a diverse range of early childhood organisations, both locally and internationally, and other government agencies.

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Articulation and pathways

RMIT University and the Huazhong Normal University (HNU), Wuhan, China have an articulation agreement in which students who have successfully completed prescribed pre-requisite courses in the Bachelor of Education program at HNU, will recieve 192 credit points of advanced standing into the RMIT BP260 Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) Program.

Due to changes in the entry requirements of BP260 Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)  the last intake from C5290 Diploma of Education Support will be July 2016.  

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program. Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, subject to program entry requirements.

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Entrance requirements

Program Entry Requirements 

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.

For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page.


Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics; and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL.

Please note that to undertake 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.

English language requirements

minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent.

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page

Extra requirements

Non year 12 applicants must submit a VTAC Personal Statement and include their reasons for wanting to study the course. Applicants should also detail any work experience when completing a VTAC Personal Statement.

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External accreditation and industry links

External Accreditation

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) is accredited by the Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)(www.acecqa.gov.au) for accreditation of the BP260 Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education).

When accredited, graduates of the program will be eligible for membership of Early Childhood Australia (ECA) (www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au)

Successful completion of the program will allow you to meet the requirements of ACECQA for employment in kindergartens, early learning centres and childcare settings.

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) will allow graduates to apply for Provisional Registration with Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

Industry Links

The program has a range of linkages the early childhood education sector and regularly collaborates with professional bodies such as ECA and community groups including local councils on a range of issues of mutual interest.

The program is taught by qualified academics who have strong industry links and current professional experience. Early childhood education practitioners participate as guest lecturers and sessional lecturers. Early childcare settings in Melbourne and Victoria provide students with work placements, a key component of the early childhood education degree.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library. Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, ejournals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

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