Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to Five Years)

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 3 locations

Study mode
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Overall score of 6.5. An individual score of 6.5 in all tests.
Fees (first year)*
Start dates
February 2024, February 2025


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.


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

To complete the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to Five Years), a student must complete 320 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1

Choose ONE 10 cp unit from:EDES100 Understanding Learning and Teaching OR EDES103 Understanding Learners and Their Contexts OR EDES105 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges, Histories and Cultures

EDSI168 Science, Inquiry and Sustainability

EDMA163 Exploring Mathematics and Numeracy

EDEN100 Foundations of Literacy

Year 1 - Semester 2

Choose the TWO 10cp units from the list above THAT WERE NOT COMPLETED IN SEMESTER 1 OF YEAR 1.

EDEN102 Childrens Literature for Early Reading

EDEC100 Health, Family and Young Learner Wellbeing in the Early Years

Year 2 - Semester 1

EDET100 Effective Teaching 1: Becoming a Teacher

Core Curriculum

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society


PHIL102 Theories of Human Nature


PHIL104 Introduction to Ethics

EDEC111 Early Years Curriculum and Play-Based Pedagogies

EDEN290 English Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1 (B-8)

Year 2 - Semester 2

EDET111 Effective Teaching 2: Curriculum Planning and Pedagogy

EDAR164 Nurturing Creativity in Young Children

EDEC366 Positive Environments for Learning and Development

EDMA290 Mathematics Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1 (B-12)

Year 3 - Semester 1

EDES101 Educational Thought

EDES104 Digital Cultures and Capabilities

EDEC313 Health and Wellbeing in the Early Years


EDTE260 Technologies Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment in the Early Years


EDFD316 Young Children and Spirituality

EDEC310 Young Childrens Social and Emotional Competence in Early Childhood Contexts

Year 3 - Semester 2

EDET211 Effective Teaching 3 Positive Environments to Engage Young Learners

Core Curriculum

Unit 2: UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World


PHIL320 Ethics, Justice and the Good Society

EDEC461 Pedagogy of Relationships in Early Childhood

EDEC211 Infant and Toddler Studies

Year 4 -

Summer or

Professional Term 1

EDES300 Comparative Education: Local and Global Contexts


EDFX204 Engaging with Global Communities Personal Professional Learning in International Education Contexts

EDEC314 Leadership, Management, Administration and Advocacy


Year 4 - Semester 1

EDET300 Effective Teaching 4: Students with Disability and Inclusive Education

EDAR460 Arts as Meaning in Early Childhood


Year 4 - Professional Term 6

EDET460 Effective Teaching 5: Understanding and Implementing Assessment and Data Informed Practice

EDEC360 Professional Identities in Early Childhood

EDES302 Professional Communication

Year 4 - Professional Term 7

EDET461 Effective Teaching 6: Professional Engagement and Reflection

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Semester I Intake

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]

  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

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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 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.


Course costs

  • Unit fee: $3196
  • Average first year fee: $25568
  • Estimate total cost: $102272

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 


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

International applicants


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.


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.


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