The accreditation process involves a rigorous assessment of an initial teacher education (ITE) program against a set of nationally agreed standards. Accreditation standards and procedures are designed to ensure that all graduates of ITE meet the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Graduate career stage. This ensures the program is of high quality and prepares pre-service teachers for the teaching profession. The process also includes an assessment of a provider’s quality assurance and continuous improvement mechanisms, as well as ensuring that the provider has a nationally endorsed teaching performance assessment which all graduates must successfully complete.
In Queensland, each program is assessed by a panel of nationally trained assessors that includes school leaders, employers, practising teachers and higher education representatives. A mandatory site visit involving forums with school partners, graduates, ITE students and the teaching staff of the ITE program is embedded in Queensland reaccreditation processes. Panels make a recommendation to the QCT’s Professional Standards Committee, which holds responsibility for granting accreditation and determines the length of the accreditation period. A maximum of five years accreditation may be granted.
More information on the accreditation process may be found at: www.aitsl.edu.au/deliver-ite-programs/standards-and-procedures.
|Provider||James Cook University|
|Program title||Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)|
|Program duration in equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL)||4 years|
|Minimum program duration||4 years|
|Stage of schooling||Early Childhood|
|Mode(s) of delivery||On Campus / Online|
|Campus location(s)||Cairns, Townsville, Singapore, Online|
|Date of current accreditation||31/12/2018|
|Accreditation outcome*||Five-year accreditation period granted|
|Accreditation expiry date (optional)||30/12/2023|
|Quality assurance processes in place||
Quality assurance processes include, but are not limited to:
Program description and rationale
To graduate with a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) students are required to complete 96 credit points as per the course structure, including units in key learning areas, curriculum and pedagogical content knowledge, and a primary specialisation.
The learning/subject area available for the primary specialisation is English/literacy.
The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) includes 120 days of supervised professional experience, with 70 days in primary schools and 50 days in prior to school settings. Students undertake a further 20 days of either an Internship or Work-Integrated Learning in a service organisation.
For further information including entry requirements and career opportunities, please visit: Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)
James Cook University graduates have successfully passed the national literacy and numeracy test (LANTITE), the final Queensland Professional Experience Reporting Framework (QPERF) and the Graduate Teaching Performance Assessment (GTPA).
* Nationally accredited ITE programs delivered in Queensland are subject to ongoing monitoring, including: