Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 29 units
Start date: Enquire for upcoming start dates
Awarded by: Curtin University

About this course

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) degree offered by Curtin University you will have the education and training to make informed decisions regarding teaching and learning.

You will have a comprehensive understanding of the early childhood stage and the education curriculum suitable for this age group. You will also be able to create and manage learning environments and be able to plan, implement and analyse a range of teaching practices.

Studying this course through Open Universities will give you the confidence to take on an independent and self-motivated approach to teaching.

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OUA students can freely enrol in seven of the program's first year units, either to ‘dip’ into the education discipline, or (with their university’s approval) to use these units as electives in another program. However, the remaining units in the program are restricted. To continue working towards the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) degree, students must apply for a place in the program and meet specific eligibility criteria.


This is a restricted program. Students must satisfy the following requirements in order to be eligible for entry into the degree:

  • Academic: TER, (UAI or equivalent) 70, STAT 145, Certificate IV in Children’s Services or completion of certain open enrolment units
  • English Language Competency: proven by approved test
  • Working With Children (WWC) Check
  • Practicum Requirements: must be able to access more than one school for professional experience placements
  • Valid First Aid Certificate

Study periods

Open Universities courses are offered in specific study intakes every year, known as Study Periods or Sessions. This means more flexibility as you can choose when to start studying.

If you are studying undergraduate units you can start at the beginning of any of the four Study Periods each year, each lasting 13 weeks. 

Exams are usually held in the week following the end of each Study Period or Session.

Areas of study

Open units:

  • Effective communication: academic and professional contexts
  • Pedagogy and play (birth-5 years)
  • Chilrdren's development (birth-8 years)
  • Numeracy (birth-5 years)
  • Health, child protection and physical education (birth-8 years)
  • Language and multiliteracies (birth-5 years)
  • Technologies for learning

Restricted units:

  • Professional practice in early learning centres
  • Curriculum development in ECE
  • The creative arts and design in ECE
  • Diverse abilities: inclusive practices (0-8 years)
  • Social and emotional development (birth-8 years)
  • Assessment practices in ECE
  • Professional practice and enquiry-based programming (4-6 years)
  • Language and multiliteracies (5-8 years)
  • Literacy teaching and learning (6-8 years)
  • Cultural contexts and social justice (birth-8 years)
  • Numeracy (4-8 years)
  • Professional practice (years 1-3)
  • Science, society and environment in early childhood
  • The performing arts in ECE
  • Indigenous Australian education
  • Management and leadership in early childhood education
  • Integrated programming
  • Teacher as researcher
  • Internship

There is a large practical component to this program and students will be required to spend 110 days in school placements throughout their studies. The program culminates in a final internship of 40 days, where students assume responsibility for a class of children under the supervision of an experienced teacher.

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How will this course advance my career?

Studying a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) degree will give you the necessary preparation to carve a successful career in early childhood education. You will be equipped with the knowledge as well as the hands-on training to be able to work in early learning centres or schools.

How else will I benefit from this bachelor's degree?

  • Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) degree from Curtin University, as if you had studied on campus.
  • Graduates will be eligible for registration with the Teacher Registration Board Western Australia (TRBWA). Registration is recognised by all national teacher accreditation authorities.
  • Practical training is offered through compulsory work placement components.
  • Flexible study: studying by correspondence means you study on your terms – at a time and place that suits you.
  • Government financial support available through HECS-HELP.

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Finance Options

This course is eligible for Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP), which includes HECS-HELP government financial assistance.

Alternatively, you may submit a general application, which allows you to select from a number of payment methods, including upfront payment, or deferring the cost of your studies with FEE-HELP.

Student Support

Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service call SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and have access to your tutor in real time.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,126 (2015-16 income year).

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