Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to Five Years)

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 3 locations

Duration
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
CRICOS Code
083213M
IELTS
Overall score of 6.5. An individual score of 6.5 in all tests.
Fees (first year)*
$26848
Start dates
February 2024, February 2025, February 2026

Overview

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to Five Years) is aimed at those students dedicated to a career teaching in a birth to five setting.

Developed in response to workforce needs in the early childhood sector, the course can be undertaken as a natural progression for graduates of the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care or as a standalone course. Graduates of the course will have a strong grounding in early childhood curriculum and pedagogy.

We also recognise that an early childhood educator is likely to teach a diverse range of students across the course of their career. Our students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to respond to this diversity.

Professional experience

You will be required to complete 85 days – Year 1: Community Engagement minimum 35 hours; Year 2: 15 days, 15 days, 15 days; Year 3: 15 days, 5 days; Year 4: 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 schools and a range of 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.

Careers

Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • early childhood education
  • kindergarten teaching
  • policy development

Employment rates

84% of Early Childhood and Primary Teaching students are employed full-time within 4 months of graduating. (2019 Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey )

Course details

Course structure

Course map

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Please note: Course maps are subject to change.

Commencing Semester 1

  • Education Studies UnitsEDES100 Understanding Learning and Teaching OREducation Studies UnitsEDES103 Understanding Learners and Their Contexts OREducation Studies UnitsEDES105 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges, Histories and Cultures

    All 3 Units must be completed. EDES103 includes Community Engagement (minimum of 35 hours)

    10 cp
  • Early Childhood UnitsEDSI168Science, Inquiry and Sustainability10 cp
  • Early Childhood UnitsEDMA163Exploring Mathematics and Numeracy10 cp
  • Early Childhood UnitsEDEN100Foundations of Literacy10 cp
  • Education Studies UnitsEDES100 Understanding Learning and Teaching OREducation Studies UnitsEDES103 Understanding Learners and Their Contexts OREducation Studies UnitsEDES105 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges, Histories and Cultures

    All 3 Units must be completed. EDES103 includes Community Engagement (minimum of 35 hours)

    10 cp
  • Education Studies UnitsEDES100 Understanding Learning and Teaching OREducation Studies UnitsEDES103 Understanding Learners and Their Contexts OREducation Studies UnitsEDES105 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges, Histories and Cultures

    All 3 Units must be completed. EDES103 includes Community Engagement (minimum of 35 hours)

    10 cp
  • Early Childhood UnitsEDEC100Health, Family and Young Learner Wellbeing in the Early Years10 cp
  • Early Childhood UnitsEDEN102Children's Literature for Early Reading10 cp

Not all campuses will necessarily offer three units in every semester; students will need to choose units from the available options


Commencing Semester 2

Not all campuses will necessarily offer four units in every semester; students will need to choose units from the available options

Diploma credit - Commencing Semester 1

Students who have completed the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113/CHC50121) will be eligible for credit for the following units on entering the Bachelor of Education (Birth to Five Years). To receive this credit, you will need to complete a Credit Application form and submit this to your Course Administrators. After the credit is applied you will have the equivalent of three years of full-time study (260 credit points) remaining to complete the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to Five Years)

  • EDES103 – Understanding Learners and their Contexts (10cp)
  • EDEC100 – Health, Family and Young Learner Wellbeing in the Early Years (10cp)
  • EDEC211 – Infant and Toddler Studies (10cp)
  • EDEC310 – Young Children’s Social and Emotional Competence in Early Childhood Contexts (10cp)
  • EDEC314 – Leadership, Management, Administration and Advocacy (10cp)
  • EDET300 – Effective Teaching 4: Diverse Learning and Inclusive Education (10cp)
  • EDAR164 – Nurturing Creativity in Young Children (10cp)
  • Specified Elective: EDEC313 – Health and Wellbeing in the Early Years (10cp)

Not all campuses will necessarily offer three units in every semester; students will need to choose units from the available options

Diploma credit - Commencing Semester 2

Students who have completed the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113/CHC50121) will be eligible for credit for the following units on entering the Bachelor of Education (Birth to Five Years). To receive this credit, you will need to complete a Credit Application form and submit this to your Course Administrators. After the credit is applied you will have the equivalent of three years of full-time study (260 credit points) remaining to complete the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to Five Years)

  • EDES103 – Understanding Learners and their Contexts (10cp)
  • EDEC100 – Health, Family and Young Learner Wellbeing in the Early Years (10cp)
  • EDEC211 – Infant and Toddler Studies (10cp)
  • EDEC310 – Young Children’s Social and Emotional Competence in Early Childhood Contexts (10cp)
  • EDEC314 – Leadership, Management, Administration and Advocacy (10cp)
  • EDET300 – Effective Teaching 4: Diverse Learning and Inclusive Education (10cp)
  • EDAR164 – Nurturing Creativity in Young Children (10cp)
  • Specified Elective: EDEC313 – Health and Wellbeing in the Early Years (10cp)

Not all campuses will necessarily offer three units in every semester; students will need to choose units from the available options

Accelerated (26 Months) - Commencing Professional Term 3

Accelerated (26 Months) - Commencing Professional Term 6

Graduate statement

Insight

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.

Empathy

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

Imagination

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.

Impact

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

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

Overseas study available

Our undergraduate education students can undertake professional experience and community engagement in locations like Kiribati and Solomon Islands. Students work with communities to raise the level of student engagement and offer professional development to local teachers. This intensive professional learning for teachers increases flexibility and adaptability as an educator and provides a global perspective for a better understanding of differences within classrooms.

Entry requirements

View transparency admission information

International applicants

Applicants require the equivalent of Australian Year 12 certificate and an IELTS overall score of 6.5, and an individual score of 6.5 for all tests. Pre-requisites may also apply for entry into some major and minor sequences.

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

Pathways into course for international applicants

If you don’t currently meet the direct entry requirements for admission to your chosen program, don’t worry. Our range of pathway programs can help you build the language proficiency, academic skills and confidence you need to succeed. 

Find out more about English language programs 

Find out more about the ACU Foundation Studies program 

Find out more about Diploma pathways 

Further study

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

Fees

Course costs

  • Unit fee: $3356
  • Average first year fee: $26848
  • Estimate total cost: $107392

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

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 

Scholarships

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.  

Search our scholarships 

How to apply

International applicants

Brisbane

Apply through QTAC

QTAC code 113531

Direct application

Apply now

Information on the application procedure

International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre.

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Staff Profile

Dr Debra Phillips

Campus Course Coordinator (Blacktown, North Sydney)

Dr Debra Phillips is an Education lecturer and campus course co-ordinator (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

1st Year 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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