Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to Five Years) (Accelerated)*

We are proud to partner with the Victorian Department of Education and Training to provide you with an opportunity to advance your career as an early childhood teacher.

If you’re in Victoria, working in an early childhood setting, and have a diploma in early childhood education and care, our Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to Five Years) (Accelerated) is the perfect option to advance your career. You’ll graduate in 18 months with the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree. Financial support is available to cover the cost of your studies, and you can complete the degree while you continue to work.

This course is developed in response to the roll-out of funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten, which will create over 6,000 new teaching jobs across the state. Victorian children have access to two years of kindergarten before school, helping give children the best start in life.

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Funding and support

This program provides financial support packages through the Victorian Department of Education and Training to cover:

• your full course unit fees
• stipend to attend intensive sessions
• one off funding for personal technology support
• funding to your organisation to cover your placement days

During your studies, you’ll have access to a range of student services and support, including ongoing mentoring, coaching and professional development and resources.

Flexible learning

Designed to work for you, course units will be delivered fully online and will be complimented with two-day intensive symposiums each term. Our course innovatively blends contemporary pedagogies with Virtual Reality (VR) immersive technology that provides students with a realistic, highly contextualised and immersive experience. ­

Information Sessions

Please join us for one of our information sessions about the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to Five Years) (Accelerated) program. Dr Kate Highfield will be on hand to answer any questions you have about the course and the financial support package provided by (DET) to support your career journey as an early childhood teacher.

Use the links below to start or join your chosen session.

Session 1

Date: 10 May 2023
Time: 7- 8pm

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Session 2

Date: 24 May 2023
Time: 7- 8pm

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Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for registration as an early childhood teacher through the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

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.

Professional experience

As a graduate of this course, you will have a strong grounding in early childhood curriculum and pedagogy and will have the confidence and practical experience to teach across all year levels from birth to five years. You will build your skills and practice through 80 days of supervised professional experience. Undertaken as block placements you will complete: Year 1: 15 days, 15 days, 15 days and Year 2: 15 days, 20 days.

Entry requirements

If you have completed the Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and are currently working in paid employment in an early childhood setting in Victoria, you will receive advanced standing of one year of credit towards the four-year degree. The remaining course units will be completed over 18 months

If you have any questions, please contact AskACU.

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Sample course map based on March 2022 intake

Credit/ Advanced standing

Young Children’s Social and Emotional Competence


Leadership, Management, Administration and Advocacy


Effective Teaching 4: Diverse Learning and Inclusive Education


Health and Wellbeing in the Early Years


Understanding Learners and their Contexts

(Incl Community Engagement

Health, Family and Young Learner Wellbeing in the Early Years


Infant and Toddler Studies

(Includes 5 days, birth-35 months)

Nurturing Creativity in Young Children


Year 1

Understanding Learning and Teaching

Exploring Mathematics and Numeracy


Effective Teaching 1: Becoming a Teacher

(PEP BLOCK 15 days: 3-5 years

Early Years Curriculum and Play-Based Pedagogies

(PEP 15 DAYS: 3-5 years)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges, Histories and Culture


Foundations of Literacy


Principles of Curriculum, Planning and Pedagogy

(PEP 15 days 3-5 years)


Children’s Literature for Early Reading


Science, Inquiry and Sustainability


Year 2

Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society


Effective Teaching 3: Positive Environments to Engage Young Learners

(PEP 15 days: Birth- 35 months)

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


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


Educational Thought

Digital Cultures and Capabilities

Pedagogy of Relationships in Early Childhood


Arts as Meaning Making in Early Childhood



Justice and Change in a Global World.


Comparative Education: Local and Global Contexts


Professional Communication

Positive environments and guidance



Effective Teaching 5: Assessment and Data Informed practice

Effective Teaching 6: Professional Engagement and Reflection

(PEP BLOCK 20 days, birth-5)


Professional Identities in Early Childhood


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