Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood/Primary)

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Course essentials

The Early Childhood sector in Australia is growing, and the demand for qualified early childhood teachers and primary school teachers has never been greater.

Take the first steps to a rewarding career as an early-childhood teacher or primary teacher and assist children to develop and learn to the maximum of their abilities.

You will gain recognition by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), the registration authority for all schools and Qualifications Approval Committee of Early Childhood Australia (ECA).


With an education degree from VU, you'll be job-ready before you graduate thanks to the extensive experience you'll gain teaching in a classroom. You’ll be ready to work both locally and overseas in a profession with increasing demand around the world.

Job titles

  • Kindergarten teacher
  • Primary school teacher
  • Early childhood educator

Organisations employing education graduates

Graduates can find employment in a public or private kindergarten or primary school.


The average annual earnings of early childhood teachers in Australia is A$52,364 (Job Outlook).

Primary school teachers in Australia earn an average of $72,800 per year (Job Outlook).

Employment rates

93 per cent of our Bachelor of Education students are employed within the first four months of graduation (VU Australian Graduate Survey).

Teacher shortages remain a major obstacle for countries to achieve the goal of universal primary education (UNESCO Institute for Statistics).


Students gain extensive industry experience, completing supervised teaching practice in kindergarten, primary schools and early childhood settings throughout the course.

Study pathways

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.

CHC50113 - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

You will be credited for 8 units (a year) of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

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.

Course objectives

Graduates of this course will be able to integrate theoretical and practical knowledge that includes:

  • the diversity of human growth and development, the likely impact of culture, family, genetic inheritance and life experiences on children's learning and development;
  • young children as capable, confident citizens with rights and responsibilities;
  • the changing nature of society (technological, economic, environmental and cultural) and its implications for education, with particular emphasis on the global knowledge economy and society;
  • social justice and democratic participation in education through partnership-based teacher education;
  • children's rights and an ethics of care.

Graduates of this course will have:

  • cognitive skills to review, critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge relating to learning and teaching in early childhood and primary school contexts;
  • cognitive and practical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in regards to responsive curriculum, effective teaching, organisation of learning spaces; and of current and innovative teaching and learning strategies to engage young children in both children's services and primary schools; skills necessary to be reflective and reflexive practitioners, to think critically, understand the ethical dimensions of practice and to teach children in diverse contexts;
  • communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas in relation to reciprocal, respectful and responsive partnerships with children, families, colleagues and the wider community, to maximise the learning potential of each child.

Graduates of this course will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills by:

  • being mindful, respectful and critical of the professional standards;
  • critically applying theoretical and practical knowledge, skills and dispositions of learning and teaching in early childhood and primary schools settings;
  • responding in ethical ways to diverse and changing learning and teaching contexts;
  • acting on and in accordance with democratic principles;
  • developing dialogic and reflective practice in order to become lifelong learners.

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood/Primary) students will be required to complete:

  • 384 credit points (equivalent to 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.

Additional Notes

  • Students enrolled in Victorian Institute of Teaching-accredited programs are required to pass an approved literacy and numeracy test in order to be eligible to apply for teacher registration.
  • Additionally, students commencing a Victoria University Initial Teacher Education Program after July 1, 2016 are required to pass an approved literacy and numeracy test in order to be eligible to graduate from their Victorian Institute of Teaching-accredited program . Students are also required to undertake an approved literacy and numeracy test prior to commencement of the second full-time year of the course.
  • Students will need to monitor the VIT website for details in relation to the tests that will be considered; a link to advice and fact sheets about the test and to the external test provider. Refer to

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Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Year 2, Semester 1

Plus ONE undergraduate elective from across the university

Year 2, Semester 2

Year 3, Semester 1

Year 3, Semester 2

Year 4, Semester 1

Year 4, Semester 2

Additional information

* This elective provides extra support for students who are identified as needing additional mathematical grounding

^Students enrol in this unit as their elective if they undertake an approved study tour

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Year 12: Units 3 and 4 - a study score for English as an Additional Language (EAL) 30 and any other English 25 AND completion of Units 1 and 2 - two units of general mathematics or mathematical methods (any).
  • Mature: Applicants who do not meet the normal admission requirements but who possess appropriate educational qualifications, work or life experiences which would enable them to successfully undertake the course, will be considered for admission.
  • Other: Entry to the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood/Primary) is guaranteed for International Students on the condition that they meet the IELTS (Academic) assessment, or equivalent, at the time of entry to the course, with an average band 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. Students will also have to satisfy the National requirements for teacher registration through satisfactory completion of the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students prior to starting the course or prior to commencement of the second full-time year of the course. A satisfactory achievement of the benchmark of the test is required before course completion for teacher registration can be approved.

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