Early childhood education

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Career outcomes

Our graduates have pursued careers as:

  • early childhood educators
  • play specialists
  • learning designers
  • policy development officers
  • education researchers
  • curriculum development officers
  • kindergarten teachers
  • academics
Study at ACU Early Childhood Education

About early childhood education

Teach the building blocks of numeracy, literacy, music, art and literature. Play an integral role in the development of young minds, supporting the social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of children. You can also combine your studies with Primary teaching and religious education. Develop the knowledge and skills to support social, cultural and developmental diversity to advance community education. We are ranked in the top 100 for education worldwide so, whether you’re coming into a course straight from high school or are looking for a change or further development in your career we’ll introduce you to the tools and skills you’ll need to educate our youngest.

Admission pathways

There are multiple ways to get into early childhood education at ACU. If you didn’t meet the entry requirements for your course, completion of a pathway course could lead to an early childhood degree. Previous work experience, tertiary study or volunteering may also give you the edge you need.

Teach a child, teach the world

When you study at ACU, you could find yourself educating children in the remote Pacific, Nepal, South Africa or on a placement in remote areas of Australia. There is even an opportunity to take part in a study tour in Rome. Wherever your degree may take you, ACU offers a number of scholarships to support you on your way.

Leadership in education

We offer a diverse range of programs across early childhood, primary and secondary education, disability and inclusion contexts, religious education and leadership development. Our courses are designed and accredited in collaboration with industry experts from Catholic education, government sector, independent schools and international partners to ensure we continue to respond to industry and accreditation needs and incorporate the latest in pedagogical innovation.

Learn in the classroom

Study early childhood education with us for hands-on experience working with children. You’ll take placements at schools, kindergartens or early childhood centres to ensure your practical experience evolves alongside your theoretical knowledge base. Our placement program also gives you diverse education experiences, so you’ll be in a better position to choose your future career path.

Meet our students and staff

Alumni profile Courtney Dewhurst

Courtney Dewhurst

Graduate, Early childhood and primary education

“The Faculty of Education and Arts has provided 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.”

Staff profile Professor Elizabeth Labone

Professor Elizabeth Labone

Executive Dean of Education and Arts

Professor Elizabeth Labone is the Acting Executive Dean of Education and Arts. Her field of expertise is education psychology and she is an internationally recognised scholar in the area of teacher efficacy.

Professor Labone has worked in teacher education for more than 25 years. Her recent projects include a large multi-state study of the engagement and retention of students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds, and a review of resilience in school leaders.

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