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Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

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If you are inspired to teach young children, Deakin's Bachelor of Early Childhood Education provides you with an accessible pathway to university study.

Key details

Degree Type
3 years full-time
Course Code
Study Mode
In person, Online

About this course

If you are inspired to teach young children, Deakin's Bachelor of Early Childhood Education provides you with an accessible pathway to university study. Explore early childhood education curriculum theories and pedagogies, child development, health and wellbeing, professional studies as well as teaching and learning in discipline areas of literary, mathematics, science and the arts. You'll undertake professional placements through Deakin's Professional Experience Program gaining both practical knowledge and skills to teach children aged birth to 5 years. Experience learning across a range of early childhood settings ensuring you graduate with the confidence and aptitude to meet the significant growth of the Australian early childhood education sector. Do you want to start your journey to becoming an Early Childhood educator?

Fast-track your way to becoming an early childhood teacher with this three-year degree. You may additionally be eligible for an attractive scholarship offered by the Victorian Department of Education and Training for pre-service teachers enrolled in early childhood teaching courses.

Deakin maintains close links with the education sector to ensure our courses are developed and reviewed with professional input. You'll be taught by experts who have teaching experience and who are recognised as leaders and innovators in their fields. This means you can be confident that what you learn with us will be relevant to your future teaching career.

The Professional Experience Program is a key part of every Deakin teaching student's course experience. Working with more than 1400 early childhood centres and schools across Australia, we'll arrange at least 80 days of placements for you in early childhood education and care settings where you'll learn from experienced early childhood teachers.

Choose to study at our award-winning Cloud Campus and have the additional flexibility to balance work, life and study. Studying online is collaborative and engaging, while still allowing you to complete your studies when and where it suits you.

Additionally, the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education provides students with an approved pathway from the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (previously Diploma of Children's Services offered through TAFE. Eligible students may receive up to 8 credit points of recognition for prior learning towards their degree.

*This course is currently undergoing approval by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) as an early childhood teaching qualification in Australia. Graduates of this course who are intending to apply for registration in Victoria or interstate may be required to provide further information.

Study locations

Cloud (Online)

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Burwood (Melbourne)


Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, students must complete 24 credit points comprising:

  • 24 credit points of core units;
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • A maximum of 10 credit points at Level 1
  • A minimum of 6 credit points at Level 3 or above

This course includes 80 days of supervised professional experience.

Credit for prior study or work

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education provides an approved pathway from the Diploma of Early Childhood Education (Previously Diploma of Children's Services) offered through TAFE. Applicants who have completed the Diploma of Early Childhood Education may receive 8 credit points of Recognition of Prior Learning, gaining entry into the course in the second year. You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.