Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to Five Years) (Accelerated)

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 4 locations


18 months

Fees (first year)*

$4440 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Beginning February 2024
Applications open August 2023
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning June 2024
Applications open April 2024


Make a difference to the lives of young children through a degree in early childhood education.

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to Five Years) (Accelerated) is designed for students dedicated to a career teaching in prior to school settings.

Early childhood teachers help lay critical learning and development foundations for young children, teaching them the building blocks of numeracy, literacy, music, art and literature. Graduates of this course will have a strong grounding in early childhood curriculum and pedagogy and will have the confidence and practical experience to teach across all year levels from birth to five years.

Developed in response to workforce needs in the early childhood sector, the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to Five Years) (Accelerated) program offers Diploma trained educators working in paid employment in early childhood settings, the opportunity to graduate with a four-year equivalent early childhood teaching qualification in 18 months while continuing to work.

Victorian applicants only:

ACU is partnering with the Victorian Department of Education to provide you with an opportunity to advance your career as an early childhood teacher. You'll graduate in 18 months with the equivalent of a four-year bachelor's degree. Financial support is available to cover the cost of your studies, and you can complete the degree while you continue to work.

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Queensland applicants only

Elevate your career and graduate as an early childhood teacher within 18months. If you're in Queensland, looking to establish a career as an Early Childhood teacher and have a diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, our Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to Five Years) (Accelerated) is the perfect option to advance your career. Financial support is available to assist with the cost of your studies.

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Professional experience

You will be required to complete 80 days –  Year 1: 15 days, 15 days; 15 days; Year 2: 15 days, 20 days.

Work placement

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. You’ll be placed in relevant prior-to-school settings at different stages of your course to ensure your practical experience evolves alongside your theoretical knowledge base. Our placement program also gives you diverse educational experiences, so you’ll be in a better position to choose your future career path.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for registration as an early childhood teacher in government, independent, Catholic, and other faith-based early learning centres and early childhood education settings.

The course is approved by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority, (ACECQA) as an Early Childhood Teacher qualification.

This course will not lead to primary or secondary teacher registration.


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • early childhood education
  • kindergarten teaching
  • policy development

Course details

Course structure

Course map

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Commencing Professional Term 3

  • Education Studies UnitsEDES100Understanding Learning and Teaching10 cp
  • Early Childhood UnitsEDMA163Exploring Mathematics and Numeracy10 cp
  • Effective Teaching UnitsEDET100Effective Teaching 1: Becoming a Teacher

    PEP BLOCK 15 days: 3-5 years

    10 cp
  • Early Childhood UnitsEDEC111Early Years Curriculum and Play-Based Pedagogies

    PEP 15 DAYS: 3-5 years, same setting as EDET100

    10 cp
  • Education Studies UnitsEDES105Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges, Histories and Cultures10 cp
  • Early Childhood UnitsEDEN100Foundations of Literacy10 cp
  • Effective Teaching UnitsEDET111Effective Teaching 2: Curriculum Planning and Pedagogy

    PEP 15 days 3-5 years

    10 cp
  • Early Childhood UnitsEDEN102Children's Literature for Early Reading10 cp
  • Early Childhood UnitsEDSI168Science, Inquiry and Sustainability10 cp

Commencing Professional Term 5

Graduate statement


As an ACU graduate you have personal insight founded on an understanding of who you are as a professional, a citizen and a scholar. You embrace change and growth through critical self-awareness and learning autonomy. You are empowered to seek truth and meaning, drawing on the principles of justice, equity, and the dignity of all human beings.


As an ACU graduate you value human dignity and diversity. This appreciation is founded on deep reflection, and empathy. You have experience of Indigenous Knowings and perspectives and can engage respectfully when working alongside Australia's First Peoples. You can connect with people and cultures and work with community in ways that recognise the dignity of the human person and all cultures


As an ACU graduate you utilise imagination and innovation to solve problems. You critically analyse information from a range of sources to creatively solve practical problems and use critical thinking to make decisions and advance the common good. You appreciate the role of innovation and creative thinking in developing a better future for each person and community.


As an ACU graduate you recognise your responsibility to work for social justice and a sustainable world founded on a commitment to human dignity and the common good. You lead change through respectful collaboration and effective communication of ideas to diverse peoples, groups and communities in local and global contexts. You are empowered to positively impact your profession and the community.

AQF framework

Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Exit Points

A student who has successfully completed the following requirements may exit from the course with that qualification:

  1. Non-Award Certificate in Educational Studies
  2. Diploma in Educational Studies (Tertiary Preparation)
  3. Bachelor of Educational Studies

Graduates of this course are Early Childhood Teachers (ECT). None of these qualifications qualifies a student to teach in a Primary or Secondary school in Australia. 

Additional course information

The course includes an articulation pathway for graduates of the AQF level 5, Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, providing credit recognition and, for selected cohorts, direct admission into year two of the course

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant:

  1. must have completed a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care or an equivalent qualification approved by ACECQA;
  2. Victoria and New South Wales students must also be currently employed by an eligible early childhood service that delivers (or intends to deliver) a funded kindergarten program.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2024 Admission.

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Applicants with recent secondary education

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.  

If your school result was affected by circumstances outside of your control, such as financial hardship, illness, disability or a challenging home environment, you may qualify for an access scheme. You can apply through your TAC as part of your application process.  

Learn more about access schemes 

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

For current year 12 students 

If you’re a current Year 12 applicant you can be given a selection rank separate from, and in addition to, your ATAR if you’ve completed a competency-based and graded AQF Certificate III or above. 

For non-school leavers 

If you’ve completed, or are completing a competency-based AQF Certificate IV or AQF diploma you will be assigned a selection rank by your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC). This is an entry score based on your individual qualifications and achievements. 

ACU has partnerships with TAFE and many private education providers. If you have completed a qualification with one of these partners, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry and/or credit into a related ACU degree. Please apply through your local TAC and then submit a credit application for your previous study. 

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

If you have completed at least two units of AQF-recognised study at bachelor level or above, you’ll be assigned a selection rank based on your study level, duration and grade point average that will be applied during the admission process. 

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner. 

Learn more about recognition of prior learning 

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If you have no formal education qualifications you may be eligible for a selection rank based on your work, life or service experience.

  • If you’ve been in paid employment, relevant to the course you’re applying for, for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent), this work may be assessed for your selection rank.
  • If you’re 21 years or older you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through your local TAC.
  • You can apply for an ACU bridging course. Our bridging courses allow you to transition back into studying and can give you a head start on the relevant undergraduate degree.
  • If you have served in the defence force, your rank and time in service may contribute to your selection rank.

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English language requirements

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • Overall score of 6.5. An individual score of 6.5 in all tests

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

  • 58 with a minimum of 58 in all four communicative skills

Test of English as a Foreign Language – Academic (TOEFL)

  • Internet based total of 79: minimum 24 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading and 20 in listening and speaking

ACU English Language Test

  • B (65-74%)

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)

  • Overall CAE score: 176. Minimum score of 176 in all tests

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Pathways into course for current or recent Year 12 students

If you can’t meet the ATAR requirement for your choice of course and you’re currently completing Year 12 or finished Year 12 in the two years previously, we have entry programs to get you where you want to be. 

Alternatively, you may be able to complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course: 

Understand your pathway options 

Pathways into course for applicants with previous study and/or life experience

Are you applying to ACU as a non-school leaver? 

By that we mean, you’re not currently completing Year 12 and haven’t completed it in the two years previously. If the answer is yes and your selection rank isn’t enough to meet the requirements for your desired course you still have a number of options to help you achieve your study goals. 

If you’re over 21, you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) , or you can complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course. 

Explore the pathways to your future 

Further study

Bachelor Degree graduates may be eligible for entry into further postgraduate coursework degree programs.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$4440 CSP

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

Explore your options 


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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How to apply

Domestic applicants

Direct application

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Staff Profile

Dr Debra Phillips

Campus Course Coordinator (Blacktown, North Sydney)

Dr Debra Phillips is an Education lecturer and campus course coordinator (Blacktown, North Sydney) at Australian Catholic University. Her doctorate awarded in 2020, an autoethnographic analysis of suicidality, provided background for her ongoing work into teachers’ mental health. Dr Phillips’ current research and writing explores how teachers manage and negotiate workload stressors to continue teaching. Dr Phillips comes from a background of school-based teaching practice and a background of post-graduate study in education, gender studies, narrative and theology which has provides an informed position for her lectures in educational psychology, teachers’ mental health and disability education.

Dr Carmel Turner

Campus Course Coordinator (Brisbane)

Dr Carmel Turner is an Education lecturer in literacy and literature at the Australian Catholic University. She is the Campus Course Coordinator (Brisbane) for the Bachelor of Education (primary), Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and primary) and Bachelor of Early Childhood (B-5). Dr Turner's area of research focuses on using picture books in the classroom for literacy development, inspired from over 30 years experience teaching in primary schools.


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