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
- CRICOS Code
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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 )
To complete the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to Five Years), a student must complete 320 credit points (cp).
Sample program map
|Year - Study period||Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4||Unit 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
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
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 -
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
A student who has successfully completed the following requirements may exit from the course with that qualification:
- Non-Award Certificate in Educational Studies
- Diploma in Educational Studies (Tertiary Preparation)
- 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.
View transparency admission information
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
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.
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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.
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Bachelor Degree graduates may be eligible for entry into further postgraduate coursework degree programs.
- 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.
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.
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.
How to apply
QTAC code 113531
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Information on the application procedure
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre.
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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.