The Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth - 5 / Birth - 12) provides students with the opportunity to complete an Arts degree with an Arts major, a major in Education Studies and a sub-major in Early Childhood Studies.
Graduates of this degree are eligible for direct entry into the Master of Teaching (Birth - 5 Years / Birth - 12 Years) via the Transition to Teaching pathway. Completion of both the Bachelor’s and Master’s courses provides a teaching qualification for early childhood (Birth - 5 Years) or early childhood and primary teaching (Birth - 12 Years). Eligible students will receive advice during their final study session in the Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth - 5 / Birth - 12) regarding how to accept an offer into the Postgraduate course to attain a teaching qualification.
- Director of Academic Program - Dr. Dianne Dickenson
- Course Advisor(s) with signing rights - Assoc Prof Carol Liston
The Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth - 5/Birth - 12) equips you with a foundation in English, contemporary society and Australia and the world. It provides a wide base for understanding issues in complex and diverse cultural, social and educational contexts.
By undertaking the Bachelor of Arts pathway, you are required to complete an Education Studies major and an Early Childhood sub-major as part of your Arts degree. After three years, you may choose to graduate with the Bachelor of Arts and work in child and family support services. However, the option to complete a Master of Teaching (Birth-5 Years/ Birth-12 Years) exists if you wish to obtain a teaching qualification for prior-to-school and primary school. There is also an exit point for early childhood, allowing you to graduate with a Master of Teaching (Birth-5 Years) and teach in prior-to-school settings.
Professional experience placements occur in early childhood settings such as long day care and preschool in the M Teaching (Birth-5 Years) and also in early childhood settings and primary school in the M Teaching (Birth-12 Years). Field day visits feature throughout the Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree.
Students who have a Diploma in Children's Services are eligible to apply for academic credit for eight units (one year of study), enabling you to complete the Arts degree in two years full-time. Note, separate UAC codes apply for the Diploma Pathway - 729022 (Bankstown), 729023 (Parramatta) and 729024 (Penrith).
The Bachelor of Arts and Education component of this program is offered at Penrith, Bankstown, and Parramatta with a small selection of units online.
- Assumed knowledge: 2 units of HSC Mathematics and 2 units of HSC English or equivalent.
- Recommended studies for school leavers: Band 4 or above in both HSC English and HSC Mathematics or equivalent; or a completed Diploma of Children's Services or relevant VET award.
- Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).
- Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.http://www.uac.edu.au/
- International applicants must apply directly to the Western Sydney University via the International Office.
- International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.
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