2024: February, April, July, September

4 years

2024: A$15,500*
* fee per semester

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Become an in-demand early-childhood teacher with well-developed leadership skills by studying the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Leadership at Victoria University.

You will learn how to teach children in early childhood, from birth to five years old, and develop knowledge about effective transitions to school.

Studying units that foreground Aboriginal perspectives, you will gain expertise in:

  • play
  • psychology and child development
  • history and philosophy of early childhood
  • social constructions of the child
  • family, community and international contexts
  • teaching methods
  • education and curriculum
  • leadership and policy in early childhood
  • early childhood professional practice
  • leadership.

In your fourth year, you will focus on leadership, ethics and advocacy.

You can also top-up your 3-year Early Childhood Education degree by taking the fourth year of this degree.


The course is accredited by Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), which allows graduates to register with the Victorian Institute for Teaching (VIT) as early childhood teachers.

As part of your course, you will undertake several placements, so that you graduate with the practical skills needed to succeed.

We offer 80 days of supervised teaching experience, including:

  • ten days of supervised professional experience with children from birth to under 3 years old (birth–35 months)
  • a significant number of days in early childhood settings with children aged 3 until before they start formal schooling
  • five days in a primary school setting, to examine first-hand the transition between preschool and primary school.

We have many exciting projects, partnerships and initiatives to help you learn from experience working with young children.

The course addresses the requirements needed to register as an early-childhood teacher as outlined by:

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice and can show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available to all students.

Our Footscray Park Campus has everything you need, all set a pleasant stroll from the Maribyrnong River and parklands.

Facilities include:

  • aquatic and fitness centre
  • childcare services
  • learning common spaces with WiFi, tables and chairs
  • restaurants and café
  • state-of-the-art lecture theatres.

Footscray Park library gives you constant access to online resources, wherever you are.

It also has the following for your use:

  • 14 group study rooms
  • 15 laptops for loan
  • 296 PCs and six Apple Macs
  • printing, copying and scanning
  • excellent campus-wide WiFi.

The Victorian Government offers the Early Childhood Scholarship and Incentives Program to individuals looking to start a rewarding career as an early childhood teacher. Educators wanting to upskill and take the next step to become degree-qualified are also eligible. Students applying for an approved qualification are eligible to receive up to $25,000.

At VU you can spend part of your degree studying overseas all while gaining credits towards your course.

Immerse yourself in a new culture and learn from a new perspective, while building experiences that will help you to stand out in the competitive job market.

Learning within the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Leadership is dynamic and accessible. The curriculum is designed to ensure you get the most out of your studies. If you wish to start working sooner, you can exit early with the 3-year Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.

If you've already completed the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, advanced standing for your 3-year degree can be provided to allow you to upgrade to a 4-year Early Childhood Education degree.

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With an early childhood education degree from VU, you'll be job-ready before you graduate thanks to the extensive experience you'll gain in early childhood settings. You’ll be ready to work as an early childhood teacher throughout Australia, and progress professionally according to your ambitions and aptitude.

Graduates can find employment in:

  • public or private kindergarten
  • long day care centre
  • early childhood centre in Australia
  • policy development with government bodies.


Early-childhood teachers are in high demand. You can look at career prospects and average salaries at Labour Market Insights.

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Leadership students will be required to complete:

  • 384 credit points of Core studies

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

We are the first Australian university to use a 'block' model of learning, where you study one unit at a time rather than juggling several at once.

Introduced in 2018, the VU Block Model has improved our student results and achievements, and has won awards for innovation and excellence. Initially for first-year students, it now applies to all students studying at our Melbourne campuses.

You'll study in short bursts, called blocks, of three 2-3 hour face-to-face teaching sessions per week.

Each block focuses on one unit (subject) and is only four weeks long, with up to four days between. Our two semesters have four blocks each, and there are optional blocks over winter and summer where you can catch up on a missed unit.

Some courses have labs and pracs too, and these are generally scheduled on the same days as teaching sessions. There are also workshops where you'll develop your study skills and prepare for your future career.

Find out more about the VU Block Model.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Initiate teaching and learning practices that foster learner engagement in complex contexts and foreground Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander standpoints in early childhood education.  
  2. Critically reflect on different ways of knowing, being, and doing, founded on the view of children and families as capable contributors to conceptual and pedagogical decision-making in learning and teaching; undertake an advanced study of play and the image of the child in different communities.  
  3. Design teaching practices that reflect an ability to contextualise, question, resist, rethink, and act towards equity and the public good and design learning opportunities that embrace a rich and varied curriculum, ensure that learning and teaching approaches are based on sound ethical principles and foster reciprocal relationships in early childhood settings.  
  4. Exhibit a broad and coherent body of knowledge of pedagogy, curriculum and assessment in relation to the changing nature of education in a rapidly-evolving global context; undertake deep inquiry into local and global contexts of Early Childhood Education.  
  5. Critically review and articulate a range of oral and written communication techniques, including in the use of Information and Communication Technologies, to engage and connect with students, their parents/carers and the wider community,  
  6. Analyse models of leadership and advocacy and apply principles of ethical leadership in Early Childhood.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


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.


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Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English (or equivalent).
Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score or 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).
Completion of a Foundation course or equivalent.

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

Additional information

Applicants with a 3 year ACECQA accredited degree not awarded in the previous 5 years must provide current VIT registration as an ECT and a CV prior to admission/credit being granted.

Students will require a Working with Children Check to be eligible to undertake and participate in workplace visits, placements or projects. Use the following site link to obtain additional information:

First Year students will complete their study at City Tower campus or in Online Real Time (ORT). The Online Self-Paced option (OSP) and In-Person delivery at Footscray Nicholson campus will be available from Year 2.

Pathways & credits

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this course. 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 up to 96 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 120 credit points of study.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Bendigo Kangan Institute, Australia

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Melbourne City Institute of Education, Australia

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Bendigo Kangan Institute, Australia

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Melbourne City Institute of Education, Australia

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous 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 chair or academic adviser.

How to apply

We are currently accepting international applications, and we welcome you to apply for this course.

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