Degree & Masters Courses & Study in Singapore Courses Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)

Course overview

The early years of life are a time of rapid brain development as the foundations of learning and development are laid. High quality early childhood education makes a difference to the lives of young children during their prior-to-school years and the early years of schooling. As an Early Childhood Education student you will focus on the education and care of children aged from birth to eight years, learning about educational psychology and sociology, early childhood curricula, and pedagogy.

Overall you will experience 120 days of workplace learning in a range of early childhood (prior to school) and school locations. We draw on our strong partnerships in a variety of educational settings to organise suitable placement for you in a variety of venues.

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 of this course will be eligible to apply for Teacher registration in Australia.

The Bachelor of Education1 (Early Childhood Education) is also fully accredited with ACECQA, the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority.

Note: The programme is not a Singapore Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA)-accredited programme. Graduates who wish to work in the local early childhood sector will need to submit an application to ECDA for Teacher Registration via a preschool. Approval by ECDA will be subjected to the applicant meeting the requirements for Teacher Registration.

1 The students will be eligible for the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) award title if they have completed a minimum of 41 days of placement in prescribed education placements in Australia.

The students who have not completed 41 days of placement in Australia will graduate with a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education degree.

Start dates
March, July, November
3 years full time | 6 years part time
Study mode
On campus


Course Structure

3 trimesters per year
Full-time: normally 4 subjects per trimester
Part-time: normally 2 subjects per trimester

Subject Requirement

Students need to complete the following subjects:

Level 1

  • Education Perspectives and Practice
  • Science and Sustainability in Education
  • Foundations of Language and Literacy in Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Care 1
  • Technologies for Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Arts Education
  • Educational Psychology: Learners and Learning
  • Teaching Mathematics and Numeracy in Primary
    and Early Childhood Settings

Level 2

  • Health and Physical Education for Early Childhood
  • Early Childhood Mathematics and Numeracy
  • Early Childhood Language and Literacy
  • Planning for Engaging Learning
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
  • Humanities and Social Sciences for Early Childhood
  • Science Education for Early Childhood
  • Students with Reading Difficulties

Level 3

  • Inclusive Education: Differentiated Learning for Students with Special Needs and Abilities
  • English as an Additional Language/Dialect for Indigenous Learners
  • Technologies Across the Curriculum
  • Advanced English Education for Early Childhood
  • Early Childhood Mathematics and Numeracy 2
  • Reflective Teaching Cycles and Positive Learning Environments (ECE)
  • Early Childhood Education and Care 2

Level 4

  • Service Learning for Sustainable Futures
  • Indigenous Futures
  • Fourth Year Professional Experience A
  • Fourth Year Professional Experience B
  • Leading Wellbeing and Sustainability in Learning Communities
  • Teachers as Ethical and Collaborative Change Agents
  • Education across Culturally Diverse Contexts

In addition, students complete 120 days of professional placement across the degree in a range of settings for children 0-8 years of age in Singapore and other approved international sites as required.

Additional Information

1. Students who complete the degree and undertake as part of the degree a minimum of 41 days of placement in prescribed education placements in Australia will receive a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) and will be eligible to apply for registration as a teacher in Australia through recognition of completing an accredited course. Those who complete this fully accredited Australian program must undertake professional experience in Australia and are required to take the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) and meet the standards as a condition of graduation.

*Travel and living expenses in Australia will be at students’ own cost.

2. Students who complete the degree and who do not undertake 41 days of Professional Experience in Australia will receive a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education degree and will have to check on eligibility to apply for registration as a teacher in Australia on an individual basis.

3. Prior to graduation students must demonstrate an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.5 (with no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas, and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening) as required by the Queensland College of Teachers in order to be eligible to be a teacher in Queensland, Australia. The cost of testing will be met by applicant.

4. All students are required to attend a compulsory 5-day on-campus intensive Professional Orientation Program in their final year of study. This intensive program prepares you for your transition to teaching.

5. International students on a Student Pass will have to complete the professional experience subjects in countries other than Singapore.

Eligibility & Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • The entry The entry requirement for the course is satisfactory completion of 12 years of schooling or equivalent including English, Maths and Science at year 12 level

Additional Requirements

  • Applicant needs to submit a QTAC Online Questionnaire / Personal Statement for assessment

English Requirements

  • Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of an overall score of 6.5 in Academic IELTS (or equivalent) with sub-scores no less than 7.0 in Speaking and Listening and no less than 6.0 in Reading and Writing; or
  • TOEFL iBT overall score of 86 with sub scores no less than 24 in Speaking and Listening, no less than 21 in Reading and Writing or Pearson (PTE Academic) overall score of 58 with sub scores no less than 65 in Speaking and Listening, no less than 54 in Reading and Writing; or
  • Satisfactory completion of James Cook University Singapore English Language Preparatory Program (ELPP)

Attendance Requirements

International students holding a valid Student’s Pass are required to attend at least 90% of scheduled classes per month. Failure to attend classes is a breach of the student visa conditions. Being absent from classes for a continuous period of seven days or more, or attendance falling below 90% without valid reasons will result in the student needing to surrender their Student's Pass for cancellation.

Domestic students must attend at least 75% of the scheduled lecture and tutorial activities to be eligible for assessment.

Career Outcomes

Early Childhood Education is a specialized field of education that leads to leadership positions in kindergartens and preschools or teaching positions in international schools in Singapore, and teaching positions in schools, preschools, kindergartens and child care centres in Australia. The degree also qualifies you to teach in the UK, and New Zealand. Recognition of the qualification in other nations needs to be individually pursued.

Tuition Fees

Domestic* International
S$62,744 S$64,884

*Fees apply to all Singapore residents (Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and all pass holders excluding those holding a Student Pass)

Note: All course fees include prevailing 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST). Students will pay the tuition fees in equal instalments. The details of the breakdown will be provided in your Student Contract. Please contact us for further details.

Note: International students in Singapore on a Student Pass are not permitted to work. For more information please visit

James Cook University is EduTrust Certified. The EduTrust certification scheme is administered by the Committee for Private Education (CPE), a part of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG). EduTrust requires all students to be covered under a Fee Protection Scheme. In James Cook University, this is provided through an insurance protection scheme. Further, EduTrust also requires that the students must be covered under a medical insurance coverage which has provision for hospitalisation, surgery and treatment costs throughout their course duration. James Cook University will advise in the Standard Student Contract the total amount of insurance payable.

For more details please visit the Committee for Private Education (CPE), a part of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) website:

Although James Cook University endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.


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