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What will I learn?

What to expect

Make a difference in the lives of young children and begin your career in early childhood education at JCU. Gain professional experience in your first year and complete a total of 120 days of workplace learning over the course of your degree.

Take advantage of JCU’s strong partnerships with childcare centres, kindergartens, preschools, and primary schools to develop your network and build practical job skills.

Develop specialist skills needed for teaching in rural and remote areas and work to improve Indigenous education outcomes. Study online (external) or on-campus and cover essential areas of child development, learning, behaviour, wellbeing, curriculum and education for the diverse learning needs of the early years.

Study online

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) external (online) course is built for students with busy lives. You will study one subject at a time, up to six times a year. Each subject goes for seven weeks, allowing you to focus on a single area of study each time. It also spreads your study load across the year, and you still get 10 weeks of breaks. By completing six subjects per year, you can complete a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) in 5.5 years.

Career Opportunities

JCU Education (Early Childhood Education) graduates have a nationally accredited degree that enables them to be employed across Australia.

Graduates can pursue careers in education in schools, preschools, kindergartens, and childcare centres.

This course is nationally accredited through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) in association with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). Graduates are eligible for teacher registration in Australia.

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) is fully accredited with ACECQA, which is the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority.

Which department am I in?

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

CRICOS

081938A

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$30,400.00 (16,27,409) per year

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

Start date

21 February 2022, 25 July 2022

Venue

Townsville City Campus

City Arcade, 383 Flinders Street,

TOWNSVILLE CITY,

Queensland,

4810, TOWNSVILLE, Australia

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$30,400.00 (16,27,409) per year

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

Start date

21 February 2022, 25 July 2022

Venue

James Cook University

Douglas campus,

1 James Cook Drive,

DOUGLAS,

Queensland,

4814, TOWNSVILLE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to complete academic qualification of Australia grade 12 or equivalent. English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS: 6.0 (no component lower than 6.0); TOEFL (paper based): 550 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 4.5); TOEFL (internet-based): 79 (minimum writing score of 19); Pearson (PTE Academic): 57; Occupational English Test (OET): Completion and an overall pass with minimum grades A or B only in each of the four components.

For international students

Students are required to complete academic qualification of Australia grade 12 or equivalent. Entry requirements may vary from country to country. All applicants for initial teacher education courses (pre-service teachers) must satisfy both academic and non-academic entry criteria.

Course pre-requisites

English, Mathematics A or B or C, and an Authority Science subject; or equivalent.

Applicants who have not previously achieved a Sound Achievement in a science subject (or equivalent) can meet this requirement by taking the Bridging Science for Teachers subject available through JCU prior to commencing study.

An overall score of 6.5 in Academic IELTS (or equivalent) with no sub-score less than 7.0 for Speaking and Listening and no sub-score less than 6.0 for Reading and Writing; TOEFL (internet based) - 86 (no component less than 21); Pearson (PTE Academic) - 58 (no component less than 54); C1 Advanced / C2 Proficiency: 176 (no component less than 169).

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

Pathways options

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About James Cook University

James Cook University (JCU) is ranked among the top 2% of universities in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2020.

  • Ranked in the top 250 of universities in the world
  • Rated as “world-class or better” in 83% areas of research
  • Top 100 universities in the world for UN SDG
  • Rated 5 stars for employment, student support and skills