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Embark on a rewarding career in early childhood education, helping young children to develop and learn in a creative and engaging way.
With Australia’s birth rate expected to rise by more than 6% in the next four years, the early childhood sector is set to grow (IBISWorld). That means the demand for qualified early childhood educators and primary school teachers is now greater than ever.
Our Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood/Primary) will see you gain extensive knowledge of current teaching practices, as well as innovative learning strategies that work with young children.
Through extensive placement experience, you’ll also develop a thorough understanding of the curriculum, education concepts and approaches that work best in the early childhood and primary school sectors.
From the history and philosophy of early childhood education to critical contemporary issues in early childhood, you’ll gain a broad appreciation and understanding of the sector through this course. We also offer several options for majors including:
Thanks to the essential experience you’ll get from teaching in a classroom during your placement, you’ll be work-ready before you even graduate. Typically, our Bachelor of Education students find work in public or private primary schools or kindergartens, in jobs such as:
In Australia, primary school teachers earn an average of $72,800 per year (Job Outlook).
Early childhood teachers earn an average of $58,188 (Job Outlook).
Students gain extensive industry experience, completing supervised teaching practice in kindergarten, primary schools and early childhood settings throughout the course.
You’ll have the opportunity to gain plenty of industry experience through our placement program. All Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood/Primary) students complete a minimum of 110 supervised placement days across the duration of the course, with at least 45 days spent in primary schools.
Not only will you gain practical experience of teaching young children but you’ll also develop confidence in working with young children day-to-day.
This course is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching. VIT is the registration authority for all schools in Victoria.
Graduates will also gain recognition from the Qualifications Approval Committee of Early Childhood Australia (ECA).
If you have completed any of the following course(s) at VU, you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.
You will be credited for 8 units (a year) of study.
Find out more about pathways and credits.
If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.
Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.
Graduates of this course will be able to integrate theoretical and practical knowledge that includes:
Graduates of this course will have:
Graduates of this course will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills by:
To attain the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood/Primary) students will be required to complete:
384 credit points (31 units) of Core studies
Students also undertake practical experience: a minimum of 110 supervised placement days across the course, with a minimum of 45 days in primary schools.
Plus 12 credit point undergraduate unit selected from across the university
* This elective provides extra support for students who are identified as needing additional mathematical grounding
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Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.
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