Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)


Offered at Caboolture Semester 1, 2018 subject to final approval

Program summary

Make a life-long difference to children and their futures.

The early years of children’s lives are incredibly important. Your contribution to early childhood education and care strengthens a child’s learning for life. Our program is designed to qualify you for early childhood teaching (birth to eight years) and enables you to lead and work across a wide range of settings including childcare, kindergarten and primary school, with a focus on Prep to Year 3.

You’ll learn about the importance of wellbeing, play and inspirational environments in early learning. Benefit from Supervised Professional Experiences in a range of early childhood settings - linking knowledge and practice. You’ll also gain valuable and rewarding Wider Field Experience where you engage with community projects and work with children, families and communities.

Our program has been developed in partnership with leading educational bodies, and as you graduate you’ll be eligible to register with the Queensland College of Teachers.

Personal statement requirement

As part of your application, you will need to write a 1000-word personal statement on why you think you would make a great teacher, and why influencing the future appeals to you.

After you have submitted a QTAC application for this program, QTAC will contact you with further information about the written statement and how to complete your application.

More information is on the QTAC website.

Post-admission requirements

Students must complete 95 days of Supervised Professional Experience, 20 days of an internship and 75 hours of Wider Field Experience. Students must obtain a Blue Card (or link their existing Blue Card to USC) prior to commencing SPE. Blue Card applications should be submitted at least 12 weeks prior to the SPE start date. View the Blue Card Fact Sheet for further information. Blue Cards are free-of-charge for Education students when applying through the School of Education at USC.

Students will also need to successfully complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students. For more information on this Government initiative please visit the Students First website. Further information on the test, including sample test questions and registration information, please visit the Australian Council of Educational Research website.

Career opportunities

Early Childhood teacher, primary school teacher, Manager of Early Childhood centre, private practice tutor, education consultant, community education centre leader, College/University lecturer, zoo education officer, education exhibition organiser, Education Policy Analyst, children’s television presenter, youth support worker, teacher of English overseas, children’s advocate leader.


Early Childhood Australia.


Queensland College of Teachers.

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What will I study

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Program structure

Introductory courses (8)

COR109 Communication and Thought
EDU101 Human Development and Learning
EDU103 Integrating ICTs into Learning
EDU104 Foundations of Literacy and Numeracy
EDU109 Professional Experience: Play and Pedagogy in Early Learning
EDU110 Engagement and Behaviour in Early Learning
EDU112 Professional Experience: Communities and Partnerships
EDU115 Creative Expression and Play through the Arts and Technology

Advanced courses (24)

EDU206 Sustainability Through Play and Pedagogy
EDU208 Professional Experience: Learning Theories in Early Learning
EDU209 Teaching Mathematics in the Early Years
EDU212 Science Teaching in the Early Years
EDU213 Teaching English: Curriculum and Pedagogy
EDU214 Teaching Arts in the Early Years
EDU216 Teaching HPE in the Early Years
EDU217 Professional Experience: Evidence Based Decision Making in Early Learning
EDU218 Inclusive Practices and Intervention in Early Education
EDU308 Professional Experience: Responding to Individual Learner Needs
EDU309 Teaching Science in Primary Schools
EDU318 Professional Practice: The Inquiring Teacher
EDU300 Assessing Learning
EDU331 Transitions in Curriculum and Pedagogy
EDU339 Professional Experience: Curriculum Approaches and Pedagogies
EDU340 Teaching Reading and Writing
EDU344 Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood
EDU400 Teaching Primary School Mathematics
EDU408 Professional Experience: Teacher Identity and Professional Practice
EDU409 Internship
EDU410 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives in Learning and Teaching
EDU415 Teacher as Researcher
SCS203 Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Courses offered at Caboolture are yet to be confirmed

Total units: 384

Recommended study sequence

Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 384 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete a minimum of 80 days of Supervised Professional Experience, plus 15 days in a childcare setting and 20 days of an internship, with the majority completed as full-time blocks
  • Complete 5 days (25 hours) of Wider Field Experience
  • Successfully complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students. For more information on this Government initiative please visit the Students First website. Further information on the test, including sample test questions and registration information, please visit the Australian Council of Educational Research website.
To commence supervised professional experience (SPE) you must:
  •  Obtain a Blue Card (or link your existing Blue Card to USC) prior to commencing supervised professional experience. Applications should be submitted at least 12 weeks prior to the SPE start date. View the Blue Card Fact Sheet for further information
  • Complete PrePlace and a Student Placement Agreement (further information will be provided by the placement office upon enrolment)
  • Be willing to travel to attend supervised professional experience placements
  • Visit Education - Supervised Professional Experience (SPE) for more information regarding requirements for placements
Program notes
  • Cross-institutional study is not permitted for the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • The Study Overseas Program is not currently available to Early Childhood students
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Refer to the 'Planning your study' page to manage your progression
  • Courses offered at Caboolture are yet to be confirmed

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?


The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • USC Tertiary Preparation Pathways (TPP) students who are currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years; or
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students; or
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement;
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester enrolment dates.

Current students

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester dates.

Enrolling is a 2 step process:

Step 1 - Enrol in your courses

You can enrol in courses for Study period 2 now. This gives you the opportunity to plan your study well in advance.

Note: If you enrol in a course but don't select a class time (step 2), you'll be charged the fee for the course at census date. You can swap, drop or add courses up until the end of week 2, and remove courses from your enrolment up until census date. View key dates in the academic calendars.

View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.

Step 2 - Select your class times 

Check the Academic calendar for the timetable release date for each study period. When the timetable has been released you can use the Timetable Planner* to plan your class times.

All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)

Once Class selection opens*, select your class times in USC Central by following the instructions in the video below or the Select your class times PDF guide.

Tip: Select your classes as soon as Class selection opens as classes can fill quickly.

* We will be in contact with you to let you know when the Timetable Planner is available and Class selection opens.

How to enrol once class selection has opened

If class selection is open and you are yet to enrol in your courses, you can enrol in your courses and select your class times in one step.

Check the Academic Calendar for Class selection open date to confirm.

View the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF Guide (565KB).

Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students

Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.

New students 

Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.

Plan your study

Before you re-enrol it's important to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.

Confirm your enrolment

View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in Blackboard.

To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.

Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.

More information

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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