Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

  • Become a fully qualified teacher with this Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
  • Study online with no exams
  • Nationally recognised degree delivered by Swinburne Online

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Swinburne (RTO 3059)
Career Opportunities

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.
Accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).


Year 12 or Certificate IV qualification, or work experience.



Work placement

91 days in total

Course length
Set your own timetable & finish the course within 3 years (minimum) to 10 years (maximum)
Study mode


Reports, essays, projects & practical placement
Start date

3 start dates per year.

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Swinburne (RTO 3059)
Payment options

Study now pay later – HECS-HELP

Upfront payment

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To gain entry into this course, applicants must meet ONE of the following entry criteria:

  • Have completed VCE (or interstate equivalent). VCE studies must have included successful completion of units 3 and 4 in English and Maths (or equivalent) with a minimum study score of 25 in English and a minimum study score of 20 in Maths.
  • Hold a certificate IV or higher qualification.
  • Have a minimum of 4 years full-time equivalent work experience.
  • Have obtained a combined STAT test minimum score of 60 completed within the previous 10 years.

Courses are only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.

What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • Managing an Early Learning Centre, kindergarten or primary school
  • Understanding how children learn
  • Taking responsibility for planning, designing and assessing of early childhood learning 
  • How to take their similarities and differences into account when you’re making teaching and learning decisions

Work placement

This course includes a total of 91 days of professional work placement.

The industry experience gives you invaluable real-life skills, so you graduate ready to step into a job.

Course structure

32 units

Core units

  1. Learning & communicating online

  2. Introduction to curriculum planning & assessment: Practicum 1

  3. Understanding language & literacy

  4. The world of maths

  5. Theories of teaching & learning

  6. Curriculum, planning & assessment for primary: Practicum 2

  7. Teaching & learning in the 21st century

  8. Developing literacy

  9. Contemporary perspectives of learning & development

  10. Sustainable education & perspectives

  11. Contemporary perspectives of learning & development for early childhood

  12. Imagining the world through language & literature

  13. Curriculum, planning & assessment for infants: Practicum 3E

  14. Understanding & supporting inclusion

  15. Imagining the world through the arts

  16. The healthy & active child

  17. Identity: The early childhood professional

  18. Ready to teach primary: Practicum 4e

  19. Indigenous education & perspectives

  20. Mathematics in practice

  21. Understanding & supporting behaviour

  22. Science & technology

  23. Wellbeing & resilience

  24. Families, community & citizenship

  25. Introduction to educational leadership & management

  26. Play & environment

  27. Advocacy & social justice

  28. Ready to teach early childhood: Practicum 5E


You will need to complete 4 electives as part of this course.

Support and delivery

Studying with Swinburne Online

Support for students

Supportive, Interactive Learning

With many distance education courses, content originally designed for traditional face-to-face learning is adapted for online use, which may not always be practical.

With Swinburne Online, your course has been developed specifically for online delivery, so you get the most out of your online studies. The entire learning experience is designed to be supportive, engaging and collaborative. Your course content is supplemented by online communication technologies such as discussion boards, chat sessions, email and blogs.


This Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). VIT recognition enables you to register as a teacher Australia wide. 

Payment options

There are 2 ways you can pay for this course:

1. Study now pay later – HECS-HELP

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme.

This means you don’t need to pay upfront for the course if you:

2. Upfront payment

You can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

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