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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Study mode: Flexible
Payment options: HECS-HELP is available
Duration: 29 units
Start date: Enquire now 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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