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Bachelor of Early Childhood Education



What will I learn?

If you are inspired to teach young children, Deakin’s Bachelor of Early Childhood Education provides you with the opportunity to explore early childhood education curriculum theories and pedagogies, child development, health and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, professional studies as well as teaching and learning in discipline areas of literacy, mathematics, science and the arts.

You’ll undertake professional placements through Deakin’s Professional Experience Program gaining both practical knowledge and skills to teach children aged birth to 5 years. By experiencing learning across a range of early childhood settings, you will graduate equipped with the confidence and aptitude to meet the significant growth of the Australian early childhood education sector.

Course structure:

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, students must complete 24 credit points comprising:

24 credit points of core units;

Academic Integrity AAI018

Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

A maximum of 10 credit points at Level 1

A minimum of 6 credit points at Level 3 or above

This course includes 80-days of supervised professional experience.

Career outcomes:

There is an increasing demand for qualified early childhood teachers, with the workforce set to double in the next 10-years. Graduates are qualified to work in early childhood settings as early childhood teachers, educational leaders, coordinators or advisers. Graduates may also find employment opportunities in:

  • consultancy
  • NGOs
  • policy
  • research or community-based organisations (e.g. museums, outdoor education, arts institutions, etc)

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Education



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$32,200.00 (17,85,912) per year
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for that course.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected March 2023


Deakin University

Melbourne Burwood Campus,

221 Burwood Highway,



3125, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on their performance in: a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR a Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of a Diploma in a related discipline OR successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience. Other English Language Requirements accepted: IELTS: Overall 6.0, no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (PBT) score of 550 Writing 4.5; TOEFL Internet Based: 65 Writing 21; CPE: 169 no band less than 169; CAE: 169 no band less than 169; PTE: 52-57 No less than 50 in each skill.

For international students

Students must have qualification most relevant to your secondary school studies.

The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate-entry university programs in Australia.

International students who completed an Australian Year 12 in Australia or overseas should apply for undergraduate courses through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), as well as directly to Deakin through Study Link Connect – Deakin University's International Student Application Service.

English language requirement:

IELTS - Overall 7 No band lower than 6.5

TOEFL IBT - 94 Writing 24

C1 PROFICIENCY and C2 PROFICIENCY- 185 No band less than 176

PTE - 65 No less than 58 in each skill

OET - Overall B

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • The Gordon
  • Chisholm Institute
  • Deakin College

About Deakin University

Deakin University is a young and dynamic university, offering world-class degrees, excellent employment rates and an experience that students love.

  • Top 1 per cent in 24 study areas (QS, THE, ShanghaiRankings)
  • Highest student satisfaction in Victoria (QILT)
  • Top 50 young universities globally (QS)
  • Offers a curriculum that is practical and industry relevant