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The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education is a forward-looking program that prepares graduates for employment in the pre-primary, early childhood education sector including kindergartens, preschools and early learning centres.
Accredited by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Authority (ACECQA) students study early childhood cognitive, social and physical development along with education theory and curriculum development in historical context. Classroom management techniques as well as skills in teaching literacy and numeracy are taught in line with national and state early learning frameworks (EYLF and VEYLDF). Industry placement units are embedded into the course providing consistent opportunities for students to implement and develop their practical skills.
Students interested in progressing further in this area, may choose to study one of the following areas on completion of the Bachelor:
– Graduate Diploma
The course is four years full-time and comprises 32 subjects. A full time load is 4 subjects per semester which is 12-14 weeks in length. Each subject carries a time commitment of 3 – 4 hours of face to face tuition and to up to 6 hours of private study per week.
Graduates of this degree will:
1. Engage and collaborate ethically with children, families/carers and colleagues using a range of oral and written communication techniques, including ICT.
2. Critically analyse theories, technologies and research relevant to early childhood education.
3. Evaluate curriculum, policies and quality frameworks within the Australian context for inclusion in their professional practice.
4. Create and maintain supportive, safe and engaging learning environments.
5. Critically reflect on their professional practice when making pedagogical decisions and problem solving in diverse educational context
6. Exhibit broad and coherent knowledge of the diversity of Australian society and the influence of culture and family on the education of young children.
7. Critically reflect on their professional practice to include families/carers as capable contributors to learning and teaching processes.
8. Design evidence based, inclusive teaching and learning practices across a range of learning areas and contexts for young children from diverse backgrounds and abilities.
9. Exhibit broad and coherent knowledge of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in the design of developmentally appropriate contemporary learning experiences.
Graduates of the 102401A Bachelor of Early Childhood Education may find employment with government, private enterprises and not-for-profit organisations. Graduate employment opportunities include:
– Early learning and childcare centres
– Kindergarten teaching (private or public)
– Pre-school teaching
Child Development 1 (Introduction to theory: Birth to five years)
Language and Literacy
Maths and Numeracy
Child Health, Wellbeing and Nutrition
Early Childhood Curriculum -Theory and Pedagogy
Play Based Learning
Teacher, Parent and Community
Professional Practice 1 Observation and Documentation (
Child Development 2 (Theory: Birth to Three years)
Language and Literacy
Maths and Numeracy in Early Childhood
Professional Practice 2 Linking Theory to Practice
Media, Technology and Prevalent Culture V1
Science and Environmental Education in Early Childhood
Creative and Performance Arts 1 (Music and Performing Arts)
Professional Practice 3 (Observation and Documentation)
Child Development 3 (Theory: Three to Five years) (
Diversity and Inclusivity in Early Childhood
Curriculum - Planning & Early Childhood Learning Spaces
Professional Practice 4 Linking Theory to Practice
Comparative Early Childhood Education Systems
Health and Physical Education
Creative and Performance Arts 2
Professional Practice 5 Linking Theory to Practice
Critical Issues of Child Safety and Protection (
Social Perspectives of Childhood through History
Management and Professional Practice in Early Childhood Education
The Educator as Researcher
Society and the Child
Advanced Assessment and Evaluation Strategies
Creative and Performance Arts 3 (Movement)
Professional Practice 6
Successful completion of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Units 3 and 4 with a study score of at least 25 in English, or at least 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL).
Successful completion of the VCE with an ATAR of 65, or its equivalent interstate / international year 12 qualification.
Completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test Written English.
Year 12 certificate or equivalent international qualification.
All enrolled students must maintain a current Working with Children Check. A Police Check may also be required prior to a placement.