Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

Bachelor Degree

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4 yrs - 8 yrs

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  • Become a fully qualified teacher with this Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
  • Study online when & where it suits you
  • Nationally recognised degree delivered by Swinburne Online

Campus options

1 campus available

CampusStudy modeDurationStart date

Online (full time)

Online (part time)

4 yrs

8 yrs

Mar; Jul; Nov

Course details

Entry requirements

Year 12, or relevant academic experience

VIC, Online
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3 years full time or part time equivalent
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Swinburne (RTO 3059)
The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including your citizenship or whether you have completed any other courses. To find out more, contact the course provider.
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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

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Course content

32 units

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

You will need to complete 4 electives as part of this course.

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Entry requirements

From 2018, under the new AITSL and government Initial Teacher Education (ITE) requirements, all students applying to ITE courses across Australia will need meet suitability for teaching (non-academic selection) criteria as a part of course entry criteria. Contact a SEEK Learning Education Advisor for further information.

Non-Year 12 entry

Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.

Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit.

The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

Year 12 entry

Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.

VCE Pre-requisites:

Applicants must meet the associated minimum ATAR score.

Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

Further information

The full Course Information Set and Whole of Institution Set are available for reference.

What you’ll learn

Become trained in:

  • Managing an Early Learning Centre, kindergarten or primary school
  • Understanding how children learn
  • Taking responsibility for planning, designing and assessing of early childhood learning 
  • How to take their similarities and differences into account when you’re making teaching and learning decisions

Work placement

This course includes a total of 91 days of professional work placement.

The industry experience gives you invaluable real-life skills, so you graduate ready to step into a job.

Placements are in 5 blocks of full-time work work spaced throughout the course. You arrange your own placements with support from Swinburne Online.

Work placement requirements:

All students must obtain and maintain a current child safety screening checks (i.e Working with Children Check and/or Police Check) throughout the duration of the course.


This Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). VIT recognition enables you to register as a teacher Australia wide. 

Support and delivery

Supportive, Interactive Learning

With many distance education courses, content originally designed for traditional face-to-face learning is adapted for online use, which may not always be practical.

With Swinburne Online, your course has been developed specifically for online delivery, so you get the most out of your online studies. The entire learning experience is designed to be supportive, engaging and collaborative. Your course content is supplemented by online communication technologies such as discussion boards, chat sessions, email and blogs.

  • Access your course throughan online learning platform
  • Excellent tutor-student ratio
  • Regular feedback and guidance from eLearning Advisors

In addition, Student Advisors are available by email and phone 7 days a week to respond to any queries you may have around your study.

These Student Advisors will provide information on admissions, enrolment and re-enrolment, course advice, policies and regulations and academic assessments, and assist you with any technical issues you may experience.

Familiarise Yourself with Online Study

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) includes a foundation unit called "Learning and Communicating Online". This unit is especially useful if you're returning to study after a long time, or are unfamiliar with online learning.

It will help you gain skills in:

  • written and online communication
  • collaborating in individual and group work
  • critiquing and analysing information sources

Upon completion of this unit, you'll be more confident about online study.

Payment options

Study now pay later – HECS-HELP

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