Bachelor of Early Childhood Education - Birth to Five Years

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to Five Years) is aimed at those students dedicated to a career teaching in a birth to five setting. Developed in response to workforce needs in the early childhood sector, the course can be undertaken as a natural progression for graduates of the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care/Diploma of Children's Services or as a standalone course. Graduates of the course will have a strong grounding in early childhood curriculum and pedagogy. We also recognise that an early childhood educator is likely to teach a diverse range of students across the course of their career. Our students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to respond to this diversity. Units cover a range of issues including: The Ecology of Childhoods; Partnerships: Inclusive and Diverse Learning; Supporting Young Children's Social Competence; Creating Inclusive, safe and Supportive Learning Environments. This course is ideal for those who see themselves as future leaders in the field. Built into the course are a number of units focusing on the individual's development as a teaching professional including: Curriculum Decision-making in the Early Years: Connections and Continuities; Professional Identity as a Teacher in Early Learning Contexts; Early Childhood Leadership, Management and Advocacy. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to Five Years) students are eligible to seek accreditation as four-year trained early childhood teachers in early childhood settings.

Course Fee:

International: $93,600

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent. ACT Prerequisites: Nil, ACT Assumed Knowledge: Major in English (T) and Major in Mathematics (T); NSW Prerequisites: Nil, NSW Assumed Knowledge: Two units of English Band 4 and Two units of Mathematics Band 4; Qld Prerequisites: English (4, SA), QLD Assumed Knowledge: Mathematics A (4, SA); VIC Prerequisites: English: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English, VIC Assumed Knowledge: Mathematics: Two units of Mathematics (any).


320 credit points. Students must complete professional experience units in relevant prior to school settings in line with the requirements of national authorities. During this time they are required to be available full-time. All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom. These are: Blue Card (Qld), Working with Vulnerable People (ACT) or Working with Children Check (NSW and Vic). International students must bring police check documentation from their own countries. All students who have lived in another country for 12 months or more must provide a police check from that country for that period. Supervised professional experience is at the heart of all our pre-service teacher education courses and the Faculty will find appropriate placements to suit the needs of your course. Placements will usually be arranged for the scheduled placement period in the professional experience calendar though this may not always be possible.

Subjects you can Study:

Curriculum decision-making in the early years: Connections and continuities; Professional identity as a teacher in early learning contexts; Early childhood leadership, Management and advocacy

Study Pathways:

Bachelor Degree graduates may be eligible for entry into further postgraduate coursework degree programs.

Further information:

Graduates are eligible for employment in Australia and overseas as Early Childhood Teachers in early childhood settings.


The course is approved by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority, (ACECQA) as an Early Childhood Teacher qualification. This course will not lead to primary or secondary teacher registration.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

Teacher - Early Childhood,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Online
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Full time 4 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Full time 4 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) No info No Full time 4 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Online
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) No info No Online
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Full time 4 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Online
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Part time 8 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Part time 8 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Part time 8 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) No info No Part time 8 years
Australian Catholic University (ACU) commenced operation on 1 January 1991. The University has seven campuses in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney (2 campuses) and teaches courses throughout Australia and overseas. The University was formed by the amalgamation of four Catholic institutions of higher education in eastern Australia, and is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (Australian Catholic University Ltd).

ACU is a public university open to all, a Table A listed higher education provider under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the International Federation of Catholic Universities. The University is a member of Universities Australia (formerly the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee).

The three foundation Faculties are Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health Sciences. The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy commenced operation on 1 January 2009 and the Faculty of Business commenced operation on 1 January 2010.

ACU graduates are high achievers and enjoy one of the best rates of employment in Australia. ACU students undertake work experience throughout their studies, with many students finding jobs using their professional skills even before they have graduated.

ACU's small friendly campuses, small class sizes (student to teacher ratio of 18.5:1), easy access to teaching staff and outstanding student support services allows students to achieve their full potential.

Provider CRICOS: 00004G

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