Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 7 locations

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
7.0 minimum score in Reading and Writing and a minimum of 7.5 in listening and speaking
Fees (first year)*
Start dates
February 2024, February 2025


Help give children their best start in life. The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) qualifies you to teach children from their birth up to the age of 12. It equips you to inspire and help them develop lifelong learning skills within inclusive environments that encourage and nurture diversity.

You’ll choose a specialist teaching area from English, maths, or religious education and your professional experience placements will be conducted in both early childhood and primary education settings. You may also have an opportunity to complete a community engagement unit overseas where you will spend time with local communities and experience an international classroom. 

If you choose religious education as your specialist teaching area, you will be eligible to teach in Catholic and other faith-based schools.

Professional experience

You will be required to complete a minimum of 100 days. Year 1: Community engagement, minimum of 35 hours. Year 2: 15 days, 15 days. Year 3: 15 days, 15 days, 5 days. Year 4: 5 days, 30 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 educational 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. This degree can also prepare you to teach in Catholic, government and other faith-based schools within Australia.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for registration as primary and early childhood teachers in government, independent, Catholic, and other faith-based schools. This program has been listed on the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) accredited programs list and meets the teacher education component of the qualification requirement for registration (accreditation) as a primary and early childhood teacher in all states and territories. 

It is also listed on the Australian Children's Education and Care Authority (ACECQA) accredited programs list and meets the teacher education component of the qualification requirement for registration (accreditation) as an early childhood teacher.


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • early years education
  • primary school education
  • policy development
  • community centre education
  • private colleges
  • inclusive education settings
  • education and training roles in other sectors – e.g. zoos
  • correction facilities for youth or adults
  • research
  • special education

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 Education (Early Childhood and Primary), 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 TWO 10cp units from:EDES100 Understanding Learning and Teaching OR EDES103 Understanding Learners and Their Contexts OR EDES104 Digital Cultures and Capabilities OR EDES105 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges, Histories and Cultures

EDEN100 Foundations of Literacy

EDES101 Educational Thought

LNTE110 Literacy and Numeracy Diagnostic

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

Literacy specialisation:

EDSI168 Science, Inquiry and Sustainability


Numeracy specialisation

EDMA163 Exploring Mathematics and Numeracy


RE Accreditation:


Introduction to the Bible

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

EDEC111 Early Years Curriculum and Play-Based Pedagogies

LNTE100 LANTITE - Literacy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students


LNTE101 LANTITE - Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students

Year 2 - Semester 2

EDET101 Effective Teaching 2: Curriculum, Planning and Pedagogy

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

EDEN291 English Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 2 (8-12)

Literacy or Numeracy specialisations:

EDSS290 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (F-6)


RE Accreditation:


What Christians Believe

Year 3 - Semester 1

EDMA291 Mathematics Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 2 (F-6)

Literacy specialisation

EDTE260 Technologies Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment in the Early Years


Numeracy specialisation

EDSI168 Science, Inquiry and Sustainability


RE specialisation

EDRE290 Religious Education Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1 data-versionlabel=2 >

EDAR290 The Arts Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment F 6

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

Literacy or Numeracy specialisations:

Core Curriculum

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World


PHCC320 The Just Society


RE Accreditation:

EDSS290 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (F-6)

Literacy specialisation:

EDEN345 Literacy and Diversity Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment


Numeracy specialisation:

EDMA311 Intervention in Numeracy


RE specialisation:

EDRE291 Religious Education Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 2 data-versionlabel=2 >

EDEC211 Infant and Toddler Studies


Year 4 – Summer or PT1

Literacy specialisation:

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

Mathematics and RE specialisations:

EDTE260 Technologies Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment in the Early Years

EDSI290 Science Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (B-12)

With course co-ordinator approval, students may enrol in THCT202 as a semester 1 unit (i.e. as a full fee-paying unit) because of the requirements to achieve accreditation to teach RE in Catholic schools in their diocese of choice. To make an informed decision, students should consult supporting information and their course advisors.

Year 4 - Professional Term 6

EDET400 Effective Teaching 5: Assessment and Data Informed Practice

EDES302 Professional Communication

EDHP290 Health and Physical Education Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (F-6)

Year 4 - Professional Term 7

EDET401 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 1 intake

A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.

This is a sample program only. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Exit Points

A student who has successfully completed the requirements of a course listed below may exit from the course with that qualification. Note that none of these qualifications qualify a student to teach in Australia.

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

A student who does not meet the LANTITE requirements may access an appropriate exit point if they meet the requirements of that award.

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 minimum of 7.0 in Reading and Writing and a minimum of 7.5 in listening and speaking. Pre-requisites may also apply for entry into some major and minor sequences.

English language requirements

A minimum of 7.0 in Reading and Writing and a minimum of 7.5 in listening and speaking.

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 to progress to a range of postgraduate coursework programs, e.g. Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and, through them and/or with relevant work experience, to Master’s 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 VTAC

VTAC code 1200112093

Direct application

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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.


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

Ms Leanne Hallowell

Lecturer (Early Childhood Education), School of Education VIC - Melbourne

Leanne is a highly experienced early childhood educator who has worked in a variety of early childhood and paediatric health care settings, within a variety of organisations. She has been engaged in community focus groups and part of teams to develop and build early childhood services to service the needs of the local community and paediatric health care services. Specialising in areas related to Children in Health Care and Children's Wellbeing, Leanne Hallowell has completed research into educational play therapy interventions in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, publishing in national and international journals, and presenting at national and international conferences. Leanne's PhD is on the issue of Talking with children about medical procedures. She is currently working on papers related to the discourse of medical preparation and has been a regular invited speaker at several conferences across the country.



“Through my time at ACU, the education faculty have endeavoured to provide hands-on learning experiences that can be transferred to the classroom context. Much of our learning has centred on ways to teach in the contemporary age of technology and the emergence of real-time information sharing. The most beneficial part of the early years education strand was the connections made to pedagogical and reflective practice, because these are the true foundations to flexible teaching in a modern world. Our practice can only be best informed by our own self-learning.”

Education (early childhood and primary) student

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