Teachers in early childhood education and the early years of school introduce the foundations of all curriculum learning areas (including numeracy, literacy, music, art, science, humanities, technology, health and physical education) to children and support children’s social, emotional, intellectual and physical development within early childhood settings. 'Early childhood' covers the prior to school setting (Birth to Five) and 'early years' covers both early childhood and the early years of school, though early years’ graduates teach up to grade 6.
At ACU we understand that as an early childhood or early years’ teacher you are likely to teach a diverse range of children, so our courses have been designed to provide you with a solid understanding and skill set to effectively deal with social, cultural and developmental diversities.
In addition to developing first-class teachers, we are also committed to building future leaders in the field. For this reason we also focus on your development as a teaching professional throughout your course, offering instruction and skill development around leadership, management, advocacy and wellbeing. Our courses are approved by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and 'nationally approved' through the Victoria Institute of Teaching, meaning that our graduates can register as a school teacher in any state.
At ACU we offer pre-service degrees at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Supervised professional experience is at the heart of all our pre-service teacher education courses and the Faculty will find appropriate placements to suit the needs of your course.
We also offer an 18-month Master’s for qualified
As an ACU Early Childhood/Early Years Education graduate what valued skills will you possess?
- A deep understanding of the importance of the early years and your role as an educator, developed through a balance of practice and theory
- A strong grounding in early childhood curriculum and pedagogy
- The values, attitudes, attributes, knowledge and skills to enable you to be an effective, committed and engaged early childhood educator in diverse education settings, nationally and internationally
- A passion for and commitment to the generation and dissemination of knowledge, skills and attitudes that can facilitate the implementation of high quality early childhood and/or early years education for all children
- A capacity to act as an accomplished and articulate advocate for the rights and responsibilities of all children within your professional, community, outreach and/or research context
Where to from ACU?
- Kindergarten/pre-school teachers in prior-to-school settings (and prep to Year 6 teachers when combined with a Primary specialisation)
- Children’s services professionals in children’s service agencies
- Policy professionals in government and non-government organisations
- Directors of Early Childhood Centres
- Tertiary educators (Master’s graduates)
Graduates from ACU (Early Childhood) have gone on to build successful careers as: