What you will study
In your first year you will be introduced to the foundations of early childhood education, commence studies in how to teach the K-6 English curriculum and learn about child development. You will also engage in studies that will expand your knowledge of the constructions of childhood, family and society, language and literacy development, Australian history, geography and society, science and technology, and creative arts.
In your second year you will study the psychology of learning and teaching, the social contexts of education and commence studies in how to teach the K-6 science and technology curriculum, and the K-6 personal development, health and physical education curriculum. You will expand your knowledge of mathematics, child health and wellbeing, and multiliteracies and the communicating child. You will also engage in your first 20-day supervised professional experience placement in an early childhood setting, where you will focus on children’s play and its relationship to learning.
In your third year you will study special education, or how to work with young children who have additional and diverse learning needs, and have the opportunity to employ the strategies you learn, including how to integrate the curriculum in your teaching. You will continue your curriculum studies in K-6 mathematics, K-6 human society and its environment, and K-6 creative arts. You will also study the theory and practice of classroom and behaviour management and expand your understanding of the pedagogies of numeracy. You will have the chance to develop your teaching skills through two 20-day supervised professional experience placements, one in a K-2 setting, and one in a 3-6 setting.
In your final year you will also study methods for inquiring into early childhood education, Aboriginal education, policy and issues, advanced pedagogies of reading and writing and the leadership, advocacy and administration of early childhood settings. You will also have the opportunity to complete two elective courses of your choice. Your year will conclude with a 30-day internship where you will assume the leadership of a group in an early childhood centre.
In this program you will have the opportunity to complete an Honours year that may provide you with an additional competitive advantage in the job market upon graduation.
This degree program is subject to approval from the NSW Institute of Teachers.