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Institute of Early Childhood

Frequently asked Questions

 Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about IEC programs of study. The tabs on the right will direct you to information about specific programs of study.

General FAQ

If I don't have a high enough ATAR, are there other ways I can get in to university?

Yes, the first is Non Award study.  This is designed for students who don't have the required ATAR. Non award study is when you pay for your units as you go. In your first year, you are only allowed to study part time (2 units a semester). Once you have completed and passed your first year, you can then apply for a HECS supported place. For more information on Non Award Study, you can contact the Centre for Open Education on 9850 7470 or http://www.coe.mq.edu.au/nonawd.htm

Another option is the Mature Age Jubilee Scheme.  This is for people who are over the age of 21 and have never studied at university. This will give you an advantage to get into the course. For more information on this you can visit the below website. http://www.studentadmin.mq.edu.au/pathways/jubilee.html

If I study via distance, are there on campus days I need to attend?

Most units include on-campus sessions for intensive teaching and learning. In most cases, attendance at these sessions is compulsory with the length of time usually between 1 or 2 days for each unit. Students who are undertaking professional experience units (ECHP units) are also required to complete 3-4 week professional experience blocks in early childhood and school-based settings.

What is the difference between a part time and full time work load?

Part-time students generally complete 2 units a semester which involves around 18 hours of study a week. A full time work load can be anywhere from 38 - 40 hours a week. This includes listening to lectures and readings for assignments. Full time students generally complete 4 units per semester.

Am I allowed to do my professional experience (prac) at my workplace?

It is not recommended that students do their pracs at their work place. On occasions, permission is granted to do one prac in the workplace. It is best to check with the practicum office: iec.prac@mq.edu.au or you can call them on 9850 9822.

Can a person work anywhere in Australia with the early childhood degrees?

Students completing the Institute of Early Childhood teaching degrees will meet the registration requirements for both the Department of Human Services (for prior to school settings) and the NSW Institute of Teachers (for school-based settings). As there is not currently a national framework for early childhood teaching degrees in Australia, you may find that curriculum/practicum requirements differ state by state. If you live interstate, it is best to check with your relevant registration body to ensure that our degree meets with local registration requirements.

I received a degree from overseas. What is my degree equivalent to in Australia?

Macquarie University cannot determine what your qualification is equal to in Australia. You will need to go through AEI- NOOSR. Australian Education International (AEI) will assess your qualifications. Please note this may take some time and there is a fee. For more information http://www.aei.gov.au/Services-And-Resources/Services/Assessment-of-Overseas-Qualifications/Our-Assessments/Pages/default.aspx

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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)

How long is this course and what age group am I qualified in?

The Bachelor of Education will qualify you to teach from 0 to 12 years old. With this degree you can teach in preschools, day care centres and primary school settings. This degree is 4 years full time and 8 years part time.

Will I receive credit if I have completed a Diploma of Children's Services?

Students entering the Bachelor of Education with a Diploma of Children's Services will gain credit for 3 units of study. These units are ECH113, ECH126 and ECHP122. Credit is NOT given for a Certificate III or partially completed diploma.

Are there any prerequisites to apply for this course?

There are no prerequisites to apply for this course.

Can this course be done via distance (external mode)?

Yes it can. Please note most units include on-campus sessions for intensive teaching and learning. In most cases, attendance at these sessions is compulsory with the length of time usually between 1 or 2 days for each unit. Students who are undertaking professional experience units (ECHP units) are also required to complete 3-4 week professional experience blocks in early childhood and school-based settings.

How do I apply for this course?

You can apply for this course on the UAC website (www.uac.edu.au). 
UAC Internal course code is 300407 
UAC External course code is 300415

What are the Maths and English requirements?

The NSW Institute of Teachers requires students to attain a minimum competence of HSC Band 4 English and Maths. Students entering the degree who have not reached this level of attainment can undertake units during their university study to demonstrate the required competence. MATH106 is a core unit in the B.Ed(ECE) degree and is equivalent to HSC Band 4 Maths. LING109 as an elective, and can be undertaken to meet the Band 4 English requirements. Alternatively, students may choose to complete a TAFE HSC equivalent.

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Bachelor of Teaching (Birth to 5 years)

What age group am I qualified in?

The Bachelor of Teaching (0-5) will qualify you to teach from 0 to 5 years old. This degree provides students with a 3 year qualification.

How long is this course and will I receive credit if I have completed a Diploma of Children's Services?

The Bachelor of Teaching is 3 years full time. Students who have a Diploma of Children's Services will gain credit for 7 units, which is nearly one year.

Are there any prerequisites to apply for this course?

As of 2012 there is no prerequisite for this course.

Can this course be done via distance?

Yes it can.  Please note most units include on-campus sessions for intensive teaching and learning. In most cases, attendance at these sessions is compulsory with the length of time usually between 1 or 2 days for each unit. Students who are undertaking professional experience units (ECHP units) are also required to complete 3-4 week professional experience blocks in early childhood settings.
How do I apply for this course?
You can apply for this course on the UAC website (www.uac.edu.au). 
UAC Internal course code is 300420
UAC External course code is 300421

Can I upgrade from a Bachelor of Teaching to a Bachelor of Education?

At the moment, Macquarie University does not offer a degree that will upgrade you from 6yrs - 12 yrs old. Those students who wish to teach in the primary-school years are best to either consider the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) offered by the Institute of Early Childhood, or the Bachelor of Education (Primary) offered by the Department of Education.

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