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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

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  • Duration:

    29 units

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  • Awarded by:

    Curtin University

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What you'll learn

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. 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

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.

For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
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 SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) from Curtin University.

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.

Curious about where a career in education could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Primary Teacher
  • Child Care Coordinator
  • Early Learning Coordinator
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Professional Development Educator
  • Child and Family Services Manager

Payment options & support

Finance options

HECS-HELP is available for this course.

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

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. 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 $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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