Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood & Primary)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Swinburne Online

  • Career Outcomes:

    Early Childhood Teacher | Primary Teacher | Child Care Coordinator | Early Learning Coordinator | Kindergarten Teacher | View All

Course Rundown

Swinburne Online’s Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood & Primary) 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.

Gain practical skills

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.

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


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

What You’ll Learn

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.

Why study with Swinburne Online?

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With strong links to industry and a focus on practical skills, Swinburne gives students an edge in the competitive job market. Placing in the prestigious QS Graduate Employability Rankings, Swinburne shapes graduates who are confident and competent in meeting the challenges of a fast-changing world. Over 100 years, Swinburne has educated more than 150,000 graduates in areas ranging from science, technology and engineering through health, education and business to media, design and innovation. Swinburne Online has drawn on more than 20 years’ experience in the online tertiary education space to help over 9,600 students graduate with an industry-recognised qualification.

Student Support

As a Swinburne Online student you’ll have access to a range of support options to help you get the most out of your learning. A dedicated team of Student Advisors are available seven days a week to answer your questions – academic, technical or administrative. You’ll also be assigned an eLearning advisor who will be your academic point of contact for the duration of your course.

Where Will It Lead Me?

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

Studying a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) 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. 

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

How Much Will It Cost?

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.

HECS-HELP 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, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.