The Catholic Education Strand of the BEd Primary / Early Childhood Course
Information about the Catholic Education Strand in BEd courses
The Catholic Education Strand is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) or the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) courses at CQUniversity. Acceptance into the Catholic Education strand of these courses is by application and an interview process that usually occurs in September/October each year. Staff from the Catholic Education Office (Rockhampton Diocese) run information sessions prior to the closing date for applications.
The Catholic Education Strand provides a unique opportunity to complete the requirements of your initial teacher education course at the same time as you meet the accreditation requirements for teaching in a Catholic school and for teaching Religious Education in a Catholic school. This accreditation is a requirement for permanent employment with Catholic Education in the Rockhampton Diocese. Schools in the Rockhampton Diocese extend from Mackay in the north to Bundaberg in the south and west to Longreach but this accreditation is recognised for employment purposes throughout all Catholic Dioceses in Australia.
It is important to know that you can be employed to teach in Catholic schools across Australia without the accreditation that this program provides but you cannot achieve permanent employment status until you have completed an approved course that builds your professional knowledge and skills for teaching in this sector. This means that if you are employed in a Catholic school and do not have the accreditation that completion of the units in the Catholic strand provides, you will have to enrol in and complete a post-graduate course before you can be employed in Catholic Education on a permanent basis.
The list of key points below summarises information about the Catholic Education strand that is important for you to know about this enrolment option:
- You must apply and be accepted into the strand by Catholic Education Office (Rockhampton Diocese)
- You do not have to be a member of the Catholic faith to apply and be accepted into this strand of your course
- The Catholic Education strand builds your knowledge of the Religion curriculum offered to students in Rockhampton Diocesan schools so you must undertake Professional Practice 3, 4 & 5 in a Catholic school in this region (See the area bounded by CEO Rockhampton outlined above)
- Your academic transcript will be recognised for the purpose of accreditation to teach in the Catholic school system anywhere in Australia
- The first unit in the Catholic Education strand occurs in the first term of the third year according to the full-time course planner so you can apply and be accepted into this strand in either the first or second year of your course
- The course structure permits you to gain two qualifications at the same time as you progress through your course. Because of this, you will complete an additional/alternative assessment task in PP3 and in the Internship for the course if you are accepted into this strand of your course of study.
Special requirements for the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
If you are studying the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) at CQUniversity, you will complete some placements that prepare you for teaching young children.
Firstly, you will complete Professional Practice 2 in a kindergarten setting. You will prepare for this placement by completing specialised early childhood units that develop your knowledge and understanding of appropriate strategies for supporting and documenting young children’s learning.
In addition to this placement, all pre-service teachers in the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) must complete a minimum of 10 days experience with children in the age group from birth to 2 years of age. This placement, which is in addition to your other professional experience placements, is a requirement for recognition of your degree with the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (commonly referred to as ACECQA).
Attached here you will find the overview of workplace planning, observation and reflection tasks that you will complete during the 10-day placement along with a letter of introduction and a form for recording details of the centre where you complete the placement. You are expected to produce evidence that you have completed this placement as an assessment task for the unit EDEC11029 Policy and Research in Early Childhood in Term 2 of your third year of study. Further information about this placement will be provided to you by the Head of Course for the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood).