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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates

  • Awarded by:

    Swinburne Online (RTO 3059)

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What you'll learn

Here’s why Kahlia chose to study education with Swinburne Online.

About this course

Swinburne Online's Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) course delivers both the necessary skills to engage with young children and also the qualifications needed to enter into the teaching profession. With accreditation from the Victorian Institute of Teaching, this course allows you to graduate as a qualified childcare professional or primary school teacher.

You'll be given the skills and confidence to teach children through a variety of methods and activities. You will learn to plan curriculums, understand and deal with varying childhood behaviours and develop confidence in designing and conducting lessons with art, music, maths and literacy.

The industry professionals teaching this course will help you identify and manage different teaching methods based on diverse student needs and classrooms environments.

Work placement

As a part of this course, you will be required to complete 91 days of placement in a range of early childhood contexts such as primary schools and early childhood centres.


Applicants must meet the following entry requirements to enrol in this course:

  • Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), or its equivalent, including units 3 and 4 in English with a minimum score of 25, and meeting the associated minimum ATAR score; OR
  • Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification; OR
  • Significant and relevant work experience

Areas of study

In this education course, the subjects you will study include:

  • Learning and communicating online
  • Introduction to curriculum planning and assessment: practicum 1
  • Understanding language and literacy
  • The world of maths
  • Theories of teaching and learning
  • Indigenous education and perspectives
  • Teaching and learning in the 21st century
  • Contemporary perspectives of learning and development for early childhood
  • Developing literacy
  • Mathematics in practice
  • Contemporary perspectives of learning and development
  • Understanding and supporting behaviour
  • Sustainable education and perspectives
  • Curriculum, planning and assessment for primary: practicum 2
  • Imagining the world through language and literature
  • Science and technology
  • Curriculum, planning and assessment for infants: practicum 3e
  • Wellbeing and resilience
  • Understanding and support inclusion
  • Families, communities and citizenship
  • Imagining the world through the arts
  • Introduction to educational leadership and management
  • The healthy and active child
  • Play and environment
  • Identity: the early childhood professional
  • Advocacy and social justice
  • Ready to teach primary: practicum 4e
  • Ready to teach early childhood: practicum 5e

You will also need to complete 4 elective units.

RTO 3059
Swinburne Online combines the prestigious name and high-quality education of Swinburne University of Technology with the ease and flexibility of online study. Drawing on over 20 years’ experience in the online tertiary education space, Swinburne Online has already helped over 5,000 students graduate with an industry-recognised qualification. With a range of university degrees and vocational diplomas that cover specialities including education, social sciences, business, design and communication – Swinburne Online is dedicated to helping students achieve their potential.
As a Swinburne Online student, you will have access to variety of support options to help you get the most out of your learning experience. A dedicated team of Student Liaison Officers (SLOs) are available seven days a week to answer any of your questions – be it academic, technical or administrative. You will also be assigned an eLearning advisor for the duration of your course, who will be your academic point of contact.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) from Swinburne Online.

Studying a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) is a fundamental step in starting a career in childcare or primary school teaching. As an industry accredited course, all graduates of this Swinburne Online degree will finish their studies with qualification in primary education. In addition to accreditation this course provides you with the skills and confidence in teaching a wide variety of children with self-designed lessons covering both arts and numeracy and literacy. Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) from Swinburne University of Technology.

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

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive a government study loan through HECS-HELP. Swinburne Online also offers a number of scholarships and grants as a means of promoting equality, recognising excellence, and alleviating financial hardship. Enquire now for more information.

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).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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