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

If you're in Queensland, looking to establish a career as an Early Childhood teacher 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 part of the cost of your studies, and you can complete the degree while you continue to work.

This course has been developed in response to the growing need for qualified Kindergarten teacher to meet the demands of the introduction of free Kindy for Queensland children attending a government approved kindergarten program from early 2024. As a graduate from this degree, you will be helping give children the best start in life.

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Funding and support

This program provides financial assistance through an ACU Executive Dean’s grant to reduce the cost of course units:

  • ACU will provide you with a $215 fee reduction per unit (up to $5160 for the 18month course), that you have initially enrolled in and successfully completed during this degree.

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. These can be attended face to face in either Brisbane or Townsville, or online. 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.

Tuesday 9 April
1 - 1.30pm
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Wednesday 17 April
12.00 - 13.30pm
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Wednesday 17 April
6.30 - 7.00pm
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Monday 22 April
12 - 12.30pm
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Monday 29 April
6.30 - 7pm
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Professional recognition

The course is approved by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority, (ACECQA) as a four-year Early Childhood Teacher qualification.

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 and advanced standing

If you have completed an ACECQA approved Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 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.

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