Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Leadership – VU Brisbane

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Key information

ATAR: not required
Course code: EBCL
CRICOS code: 115486F
Duration: 4 years (8 semesters of study)
Fees (2024): A$15,500 per semester (scholarship available
Intakes: 29 July, 30 September


Give your early childhood career an edge by developing your leadership skills with a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Leadership at Victoria University Brisbane.

Set yourself up for advanced career opportunities with this unique VU course, the only one of its kind that allows you to dedicate four years of study to early childhood education with a focus on leadership.

Your Bachelor of Early Childhood Education will prepare you for a rewarding career nurturing the development and wellbeing of children from birth to five years. As a degree-qualified early childhood teacher, you’ll:

  • support young children with the important foundations to set them up for success in life
  • develop techniques for involving families as important contributors to the learning process
  • set children up for effective transitions to school.  

At VU, you will learn to support children to feel capable and confident. You’ll build a strong sense of social justice, understand child development in the early years and develop ethical professional teaching practice that includes Indigenous perspectives.

By adding a fourth year to your bachelor degree, you will open the door to a higher-paid salary, senior roles in early childhood education and management positions in childcare centres.

Course structure & units

To attain the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Leadership, you will be required to complete 384 credit points of core studies

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below.

If you've completed a qualification where English was the primary language of instruction, you may be eligible for an exemption of English-language requirements.

In some cases, there may be additional entry requirements. Meeting the minimum entry criteria does not guarantee entry into this course.

Learn more about entry requirements for international students.

Credit for skills & 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 credit (advanced standing).

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course chair or academic adviser.


Thanks to the essential experience you’ll get from working in childcare and teaching in kindergartens during your placements, you’ll be ready to register as a teacher as soon as you graduate. With this nationally accredited degree, you can work around Australia and take on leadership roles in:

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

With strong growth expected for both early childhood teachers and child care centre managers, you can expect to earn above-average wages while enjoying the rewards that come with nurturing the next generation.

Register as a teacher

As soon as you graduate from this course, you’ll meet the requirements to register as a teacher with Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

VU Stories

Melanie Inturissi
Finding joy outside her comfort zone
Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
"It’s incredible to be a part of the magic with children as they freely express themselves. It never ever gets boring – it’s always a new day with new challenges!"
Melanie's story

How to apply

1. Talk to us – Call  +61 7 3210 7402

A conversation with one of our Student Enrolment Advisors will reassure you that you meet all the application requirements of the online course.

2. Prepare your documents

To complete your application, you will need to submit:

  • certified copies of your academic transcript/s or certificate/s of completion
  • a copy of your current CV that includes your current Position Description (PD)
  • supporting letter from your employer outlining your duties, responsibilities and duration of your employment/volunteer work.

3. Submit your application.

Apply online directly via our Admissions Centre.

You will receive an email to confirm your application and advise whether you need to provide any additional information.