Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

Duration4 years full-time, 8 years part-time
Bundaberg and
Next start termTerm 2, 2024
Study modeOn Campus
Course codeCC14
First-year fee
A$29,520 (Indicative)
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Shape the minds of the future and play a pivotal role in a child's development. The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) will qualify you for professional registration as a teacher throughout Australia and be able to teach from Prep to Year 6. Plus, you'll be qualified to work in primary schools from Prep to Year 6 and in specialist early childhood settings (long day care settings, kindergartens and pre-prep) throughout Australia.

This course is an initial teacher education course and qualifies you for professional registration which is administered in Queensland by the Queensland College of Teachers. You will demonstrate evidence of meeting the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage) throughout the course of study. 

In addition to building the professional knowledge and skills required to teach effectively, the course is designed to foster dispositions for engaging in and contributing to the teaching profession through a commitment to ongoing professional learning.

This course incorporates supervised assessable teaching practice in schools with professional practice blocks included in each year of the course. This means you'll have numerous opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge in practical ways to prepare you for employment.

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), you can progress to postgraduate study courses that are available for registered teachers through CQUniversity.

In-demand specialisations 
The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) also includes specialisations in English providing you with 'in demand' knowledge and skills. If you're located within the Rockhampton Diocese, you can also undertake a specialisation in Catholic Education allowing you to be accredited to teach in a Catholic School.

Study experience

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    I was extremely lucky to receive the Destination Australia Scholarship. This had a huge impact on me and my family's life. This scholarship has taken off the financial burden leaving me to be able to give most of my attention to my studies and making it my number one priority.

    Alice Reeves-Kneip

    Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) | UK

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), you will be qualified to teach in primary school settings from Prep to Year 6 and in specialist early childhood contexts, including childcare and kindergartens throughout Australia.

To be eligible to graduate and therefore acquire provisional teacher registration, you will be required to undertake and pass the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education. This test, referred to as LANTITE, is administered nationally by the Australian Council of Education Research (ACER).

Structure & Availability


To graduate with a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) you are required to complete 32 core units.


For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.


If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1, 2023Bundaberg, Mackay, Rockhampton
Term 2, 2023Bundaberg, Mackay, Rockhampton
Term 1, 2024Bundaberg, Mackay, Rockhampton
Term 2, 2024Bundaberg, Mackay, Rockhampton
Term 1, 2025Bundaberg, Mackay, Rockhampton
Term 2, 2025Bundaberg, Mackay, Rockhampton

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.

This course has no residential schools.

Early Childhood Pedagogies - EDEC11027

Supervised Placement as per EDEC11027 Unit Profile

Professional Practice 1 - Introduction to Teaching - EDFE11038

Supervised Placement as per EDFE11038 Unit Profile

Professional Practice 2 (ECE) – Kindergarten - EDFE11039

Supervised Placement as per EDFE11039 Unit Profile

Professional Practice 3 (Primary/ECE) - Managing the Differentiated Classroom - EDFE13032

Supervised Placement as per EDFE13032 Unit Profile NB: If students are in the Catholic Education Strand, they complete this unit instead: EDFE12044

Professional Practice 4 - Engaged Teaching and Learning - EDFE14021

Supervised Placement as per EDFE14021 Unit Profile

Early Childhood Education and Care Placement - EDFE40002

Optional Early Childhood Education and Care Placement If students wish to complete the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, they will need to enrol in the following additional unit: EDFE40002 Early Childhood Education and Care Practice

Duration of Professional Practice units

Benefit from supervised placements to graduate classroom ready. Check below for more detail on the length of each placement block. 




Early Childhood PedagogiesEDEC11202715 days of supervised placement in early childhood learning sites.  
Professional Practice 1 - Introduction to TeachingEDFE1103815-day block of practical experience under the guidance of a supervising teacher in a school setting.
Professional Practice 2 (ECE) - KindergartenEDFE1103925-day block placement in a kindergarten setting under the supervision of a registered teacher.
Professional Practice 3 (Primary/ECE) - Managing the Differentiated ClassroomEDFE1303220-day block placement in a school. Students taking the Catholic Education Strand will complete EDFE12044 instead, and complete a 20-day block placement.
Professional Practice 4 - Engaged Teaching and LearningEDFE1402125-day block placement in a classroom environment plus five one-day visits to prepare you for the continuous five-week teaching block.
Early Childhood Education and Care PlacementEDFE40002Optional 20-day block placement (120 hours) to satisfy placement requirements for the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. 


To be eligible

For your application to be considered, you must meet the following entry requirements.

During your study

While not needed to apply, you'll need to meet the following requirements throughout your studies. 

Fees & Scholarships

Course fees

Indicative First Year Fee

This is an approximate cost of enrolling in this course, shown in Australian dollars (A$), for one academic year and is based on a full-time study load (8 units over 2 terms). 

Your actual fees may vary, depending on the units that you select to study and your study load. Fees are reviewed each year and are subject to change.

International Course Fees

A scholarship can help with the costs involved with living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel, and more.

You may be eligible for a 25% international scholarship funded by the University.

We also offer other scholarships to support international students and encourage you to apply for the one that's right for you.

Browse our scholarships

In addition to your international course tuition fees, you must have sufficient funds to cover other study and living expenses. 

This will include costs such as textbooks, accommodation, visa applications, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), general living, etc.

Information about cost of living in Australia

Overseas Student Health Cover

How to apply

Our easy to use online application system for international students will guide you through the process of applying for a course at CQUniversity Australia.