Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies)

Edith Cowan University
Edith Cowan University
  • Awarded by

    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)

  • Qualification

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study Mode

    On campus

  • Payment Options

    HECS-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration

    4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

  • Start Date

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  • Location


  • Career Outcomes

    Teacher Aide | Teacher Assistant | Early Childhood Teacher

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Last modified: 03 Jun 2019

In a Nutshell

Start a rewarding new career transforming futures for tomorrow's leaders with this Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies) course from Edith Cowan University. 

If you're interested in a teaching career or just like working with people, this practically and nationally recognised teaching qualification can help you start a rewarding new career working to help our youngest learners thrive. Covering the foundation knowledge and skills required to qualify as an early childhood teacher in Western Australia, teaching students from birth to aged eight years, this qualification is a practical and recognised pathway to your career as a teacher. 

With a key focus on connecting theory with practice, this qualification offers diverse opportunities for work placements and practical teaching experience. You'll have the opportunity to work in a broad range of settings, including in public and private schools, in urban and rural areas, and in regional and remote communities, and learn how to develop effective, relevant and research-driven early childhood education programs. 

Choose to study on campus in Perth or online, with the option of flexible pacing, which means you can take up to eight years of part-time study to complete your degree. If you're seeking a degree with flexibility and relevance, this course is your next career step.


  • What You'll Need to Get In


    You may be eligible to apply for this course at ECU if you meet the following requirements:

    • Hold a minimum indicative ATAR of 70 (or equivalent); OR
    • Have undertaken a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) qualification at the appropriate level; OR
    • Have previously completed units of study at University level; OR
    • Hold a STAT result that meets ECU's standard requirements; OR
    • Have completed a bridging or enabling course; AND
    • Meet ECU's English Competency and special admission requirements (see below).

    Please note that School Leaver applicants will require completion of WACE or equivalent. 

    If none of the above applies to you, but you have work and life experience, you may be eligible to apply via ECU's Experience-Based Entry Scheme. 

    Special Admission Requirements: All applicants are required to provide a personal statement. In addition to satisfying academic entry criteria, applicants for pre-service teacher education courses at Edith Cowan University must also satisfy non-academic criteria. At Edith Cowan University, applicants' non-academic capabilities will be judged based on the submission of a 500-word personal statement. In this statement, applicants will outline why they wish to become a teacher.

    English Competency: International and internationally schooled applicants will require an academic IELTS with an average level of 7.5 or more, across the four components of listening, speaking, reading and writing; no score below level 7.0 in any of these components; and, a score of 8.0 or more in the components of speaking and listening.

  • Subject Breakdown

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    In this teaching course, the subjects you may study include:

    • Personal literacy
    • Personal numeracy
    • Drama arts in early childhood education
    • Becoming an early childhood educator
    • Learning and learners
    • Communication skills for teaching and learning
    • Young children's learning and development
    • English 1: Oral communication
    • Play and pedagogy
    • Inquiry in professional practice (child care)
    • Early childhood mathematics 1
    • Guiding children's behaviour in positive learning environments
    • Music arts in early childhood education
    • Early childhood science and technology education
    • Assessing and evaluating young children's learning
    • Health and physical education for young children
    • English 2: Literacy learning in the early years
    • Inquiry in professional practice (K/PP)
    • Visual arts in early childhood education
    • Including children with special educational needs
    • English 3: Literacy in the junior primary years of school
    • Social science education in early childhood
    • Early childhood mathematics 2
    • Teaching Indigenous Australian students
    • English 4: Planning and differentiating the English curriculum in early childhood
    • Inquiry in professional practice 3: Junior primary
    • Assistant teacher program
    • Leading in early childhood settings
    • Literacy coaching in junior primary
    • Children's literature in the classroom
    • Teaching integrated science in junior primary years
    • School-based project
    • Internship
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  • Why Edith Cowan University?

    Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

    ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

    From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!

    Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

    When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will This Course Take You?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies) course from Edith Cowan University. 

This qualification will enable you to apply for registration as a teacher in Western Australia of children aged from birth to eight years old. You may choose to work as a classroom teacher, kindergarten teacher, pre-primary teacher or teacher's aid. 

You may also choose to seek employment in the fields of early childhood education policy and curriculum development, using your specialised knowledge and skills to help develop child-centred programs. This qualification will also equip you more broadly with the personal skills, insights and experience required to meaningfully contribute to the development of others.

Wondering where a career in education could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

Let's Talk Price

Deferred study loans are available through HECS-HELP for eligible students. 


You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year). 


Find out more about government study loans here.

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