What will I learn?

In the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary), you’ll learn the skills and knowledge required to teach early childhood and primary schooling. You’ll be equipped to negotiate the changing context of teaching and learning in the 21st century, with innovative and creative teaching methods that make expert use of emerging technologies.

You’ll gain a broad body of knowledge, studying the contexts of education, cultural-historical perspectives and child development, as well as units focusing on specific subject disciplines. The course offers specialisations in Mathematics and English.

All our bachelor degrees include a guaranteed Work Integrated Learning opportunity, which could be a placement, internship or industry-linked project. This degree includes a mandatory work placement as a professional accreditation requirement.

You’ll complete 91 days of placement throughout the course to put into practice the leadership and management skills you’ll learn in your studies. Graduates will be eligible for employment in a range of early childhood and primary settings, including children’s centres, kindergartens, preschools and early learning centres, as well as government, Catholic and independent primary schools in Australia.

Course learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • show broad and coherent knowledge of children aged 0-12 years, and how they learn with capacity to show initiative and judgement when making decisions or solving problems
  • show broad and coherent knowledge of early childhood curriculum and quality frameworks within the Australian context, and capacity to critically review theory and practice
  • show initiative and judgement to plan for, and implement, effective teaching and learning in diverse contexts with the capacity to solve problems with intellectual independence
  • apply knowledge and skills to create and maintain supportive, safe and engaging learning environments, and the ability to critically analyse information in diverse contexts
  • demonstrate the capacity to assess children’s learning and use clear communication to report the outcomes to parents and communities with the ability to critically analyse, consolidate and synthesise assessment information
  • demonstrate a deep knowledge of the early childhood profession that is informed by critical thinking and ongoing professional learning
  • collaborate respectfully with colleagues, families and children, and demonstrate the communication skills to present clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
  • demonstrate conceptual knowledge of the principles of diversity and difference and the implications to children’s rights and inclusive practice, with the ability to adapt such knowledge in diverse contexts.

Career opportunities

Graduates will have the skills, knowledge and dispositions to be pedagogical leaders, effective advocates for social justice and equity, capable teachers of children from birth to twelve years in a variety of settings, and professionals whose practice is informed by critical reflection and ongoing learning.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health, Arts and Design



Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$27,560.00 (14,75,375) per year

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

Start date

28 February 2022, 1 August 2022


Swinburne University of Technology

Hawthorn Campus,

John Street,



3122, MELBOURNE, Australia

Online/Distance (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$27,560.00 (14,75,375) per year

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

Start date

1 November 2021, 14 March 2022, 11 July 2022, 7 November 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to complete international academic qualification equivalent to Australian year 12. International Baccalaureate IB Diploma: 24. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic Module) - Overall 6.0 No individual band below 6.0; TOEFL iBT - 75 (Reading no less than 18, Writing no less than 20); PTE Academic - 50 (no communicative skill less than 50).

For international students

If you’re currently in Year 12 or have completed Year 12 in the last seven years, you’ll be considered for admission to undergraduate courses primarily based on whether you have successfully completed the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), or an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

  • Swinburne’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP 5 Advanced level) with overall 70%, all skills 65%
  • minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0
  • Pearson (PTE) minimum score of 58 (no communicative skills less than 50)
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based) -79 (no less than 13 in reading, 12 in listening, 18 in speaking 21 in writing)
  • C1 Advanced - 176, no band less than 169
  • any other equivalent assessment of English language proficiency.

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

Pathways options

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Swinburne University of Technology offers below pathways course for this subject

About Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne is one of the world’s top young universities, offering industry-aligned courses taught by teachers who are experts in their field.

  • 45th in the Top 50 Under 50 universities in the world
  • Ranked 81st in the world by THE Young University Rankings
  • Rated 82.2% for overall teaching quality
  • 5-stars for teacher- student ratio & overall experience