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Institute of Early Childhood

Early Childhood Studies

Our society has, increasingly, become aware of the importance of the first years of life. The growth and early experiences of young children are critical not only because of the richness of the early years, but because of the centrality of these years to later life. In addition to teacher education programs, the Institute of Early Childhood offers the opportunity to study a range of subjects which can lead to a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major (coherent study) in early childhood. A specialisation in the understanding of young children (from birth through to age eight) enables graduates to work in a variety of areas including policy development, community services, and the media. The Institute provides units of study which consider the development of children (including those with disabilities) within the family and social context; young children's learning and experience of the arts, literacy, maths, science and technology is explored, as well as the management principles and skills necessary for leadership positions in children's services.

This degree will not qualify graduates to teach in educational settings with young children, but will enable them to specialise in early childhood studies. It may supplement study or experience in other social sciences including behavioural science, psychology and sociology. The specific requirement for the completion of the degree (with a minimum of 68 credit points) is the completion of a combination of units which comprise at least 12 credit points from ECH units at 300 level or above. This will include the completion of appropriate prerequisites at 100 and 200 level. These requirements do not include the undertaking of Reflective Practice (supervised practice teaching).

Further Information:

Mail: Student Services
Institute of Early Childhood
Macquarie University, NSW 2109
Phone: (02) 9850 9820
Fax: (02) 9850 9890

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