Early years and primary education

Your qualification will be a Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Early Years and Primary Education

If you are looking forward to creating the future by teaching young children, but are open minded about the particular age group or the education sector you work in, this specialisation is for you. It will qualify you to teach infants and children from birth to 12 years of age in childcare, kindergartens, preschools and primary schools.

Early years education is an important growth area in education and there is an increasing demand for highly qualified early childhood professionals. There is also an ongoing need for excellent primary teachers. This dual sector qualification will offer you multiple options as a graduate, ensuring your flexible skills remain in demand across a range of communities and contexts.

You will study in depth how to develop children's creative, physical, personal, intellectual and social capabilities, engaging them in meaningful learning through innovative teaching approaches. Education studies include contemporary child development, psychology and the social and cultural context of education. This provides the foundations for understanding holistic and play-based learning and implementing effective early childhood and primary teaching practice.

You will acquire a rich repertoire of strategies to promote children's literacy and numeracy and support their transition to school. You will study how primary-school-aged children learn and how they can be effectively taught across the primary curriculum. Areas of study will include the following: English and literacies, mathematics, arts education, humanities and social education, science, health and physical education, and studies of the environment and sustainability.

At least 90 days of professional experience will provide hands-on teaching practice in early childhood centres, kindergartens, preschools and primary schools. You will learn to work in partnership with families and communities to support children's learning.

This qualification provides an excellent preparation for your future as a leader and manager in a range of early childhood education and primary school settings.

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Specialisation Details

Location
On-campus at Peninsula: Full time
Start Date
First Semester (February)

'When working together with your mentors and other staff you also gain insight and knowledge from a different viewpoint and you're then able to bring these ideas with you into your teaching.' - Kyla Golledge, Bachelor of Education (Honours) specialising in Early Year and Primary Education