Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)

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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 development, behaviour and wellbeing.

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

Note: The programme is not an 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.

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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

Any 1 of the following subjects:

  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Introduction to Counselling
  • Australian Society: An Introduction to Sociology
  • Foundations of Education
  • Foundations of Language and Literacy in Education
  • Foundations of Educational Psychology
  • Foundations of Sustainability in Education
  • Foundations of Mathematics and Numeracy in Education
  • Indigenous Australian World Views: Survival, Identity and Cultural Diversity
  • Technologies for Early Childhood Education

Level 2

  • Second Year Professional Experience
  • Teaching for Learning 1
  • Education for Cultural Diversity
  • Health and Physical Education for Early Childhood
  • Early Childhood Mathematics and Numeracy 1
  • Early Childhood Language and Literacy 1
  • Early Childhood Education and Care 1
  • Technologies Across the Early Childhood Education Curriculum

Level 3

  • Third Year Professional Experience
  • Humanities and Social Science Education for Early Childhood
  • Science Education for Early Childhood
  • Teaching for Learning 2 (ECE)
  • Arts Education for Early Childhood
  • Inclusive Education for Special Needs
  • Early Childhood Education and Care 2
  • Teaching ESL to Indigenous Students

Level 4

  • Fourth Year Professional Experience A*
  • Fourth Year Professional Experience B*
  • Teaching for Learning 3 (ECE)
  • Early Childhood Language and Literacy 2
  • Early Childhood Mathematics and Numeracy 2
  • Service Learning for Sustainable Futures
  • Indigenous Futures
  • Teaching for Learning 4

Additional Information

1.Students who complete the degree and undertake as part of the degree 41 days of Professional Experience in Australia will receive a B Ed 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 B Ed Early Childhood Education but will have to check on eligibility to apply on an individual basis for registration as a teacher in Australia.

3. Upon 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.

Eligibility & Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of 12 years of schooling or equivalent
  • Satisfactory completion of English, Mathematics and Science at Year 12 level

Additional Requirements

  • Applicant needs to submit Personal Statement for assessment

English Requirements

  • All students must meet minimum literacy standards as required by the Queensland College of Teachers
  • IELTS 6.5 (no component lower than 6.0) / TOEFL iBT 90 (with minimum writing score of 21) /TOEFL (paper based) 570 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 4.5) / Pearson (PTE Academic) 64 or
  • Satisfactory completion of James Cook University English Language Preparatory Program Level 4
  • English Test results must be no more than two years old.

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

As a James Cook University Education graduate, you will have the skills and qualifications to seek employment across Australia and beyond. Early Childhood Education is a specialised field of education that leads to work in schools, preschools, kindergartens and childcare centres. A typical day is active and rewarding, involves indoor and outdoor work, and may require after-school hours.

Tuition Fees

Domestic* International
S$59,064 S$61,632

*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)

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