Overview

Gain the skills and knowledge to become an inspiring early childhood and primary school teacher. Be prepared for teaching in the 21st century using emerging technologies. You'll study contexts of education, cultural-historical perspectives and child development, as well as units focusing on specific subject disciplines. Choose from specialisations in Mathematics and English.

Your industry experience

All our bachelor degrees include a guaranteed Work Integrated Learning opportunity. This degree includes a mandatory work placement as a professional accreditation requirement. Complete 91 days of placement and be eligible for employment in a range of early childhood and primary school settings in Australia.

Skills you’ll learn

  • Emerging technologies
  • Leadership
  • Problem-solving
  • Innovation
  • Intercultural competence
  • Contextual and theoretical knowledge

Your career opportunities

  • Early childhood educator
  • Primary school teacher
  • Early childhood teacher
  • Classroom teacher
  • Early childhood director
  • Early childhood worker

Key codes

CRICOS course code
098491K
VTAC Code (IFP)
3400211373
VTAC Code (CSP)
3400211371
International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Professional accreditations

Why Swinburne?

Top 500 in the world for education

5 stars for overall experience

5 stars for teaching quality

#1 in Melbourne for support services

  • Winchell - Bachelor of Education student

    "As an international student, I chose a university that has an inclusive culture, delivers consistent quality teaching and offers exceptional educational and technological facilities. For years, it’s been my passion to help children thrive through education. Studying at Swinburne is helping me achieve my goal of becoming a kindergarten teacher."

    Winchell , Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood

Qualifications

One of the following:

  • successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification
  • completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including certificates IV (completed), diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees).

ATAR Minimum Entry Score

70.0

2023 lowest rank to receive an offer [before adjustment pts.]

64.3

You’ll be guaranteed a place in this course if you meet or exceed the ATAR Guaranteed Entry Score, provided you meet the course prerequisites.

If your ATAR is below the guaranteed entry score, you can still be offered a place as your ATAR may be adjusted based on subject bonuses, equity schemes or other factors. Use the above ATAR as a guide on your eligibility, and see the course handbook page for more information on entry requirements. 

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or equivalent overseas qualification.

Course prerequisites

  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of at least 25 in any English (except EAL) or 30 in English as an Alternate Language (EAL) and a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics


Applicants who do not meet the mathematics prerequisites for this course will be required to successfully complete Swinburne’s MathsLink Further Mathematics bridging program.

  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a minimum study score of at least 25 in any English (except EAL) or 30 in English as an Alternate Language (EAL) and a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics

Other requirements

All applicants must sit and achieve an appropriate standard on a selection test used to assess an applicant’s non-academic personal and professional attributes. 

LANTITE

Applicants applying to transfer from another initial teacher education course must disclose all Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) attempts. Applicants who have unsuccessfully attempted the LANTITE three or more times will not be eligible to receive an offer.  

Casper test 

All applicants (both standard entry and non-year 12 entry) must sit the Casper test. Casper is a non-academic online test designed to assess an applicant's personal and professional attributes. Please note Swinburne will consider Casper test results taken within the past year. It is an Australian Government accreditation requirement that all initial teacher education courses include non-academic selection criteria. 

To ensure you don’t miss the Casper test deadlines, register for your sitting or see further information about the test. 

If you are a current Year 12 student, please refer to the VTAC website for deadlines. 

Admission to this course will consider both academic and non-academic results.

English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate suitable English language proficiency for successful completion of the course.

The university may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements. Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Working with Children Check and Police Check

All enrolled students must maintain a current Working with Children Check (from the appropriate State Authority). A Police Check may also be required by a school prior to a placement. View the list of each state's requirements.

All applicants must sit and achieve an appropriate standard on a selection test used to assess an applicant’s non-academic personal and professional attributes. 

LANTITE

Applicants applying to transfer from another initial teacher education course must disclose all Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) attempts. Applicants who have unsuccessfully attempted the LANTITE three or more times will not be eligible to receive an offer.  

Casper test 

All applicants (both standard entry and non-year 12 entry) must sit the Casper test. Casper is a non-academic online test designed to assess an applicant's personal and professional attributes. Please note Swinburne will consider Casper test results taken within the past year. It is an Australian Government accreditation requirement that all initial teacher education courses include non-academic selection criteria. 

To ensure you don’t miss the Casper test deadlines, register for your sitting or see further information about the test. 

If you are a current Year 12 student, please refer to the VTAC website for deadlines. 

Admission to this course will consider both academic and non-academic results.

English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate suitable English language proficiency for successful completion of the course.

The university may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements. Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Working with Children Check and Police Check

All enrolled students must maintain a current Working with Children Check (from the appropriate State Authority). A Police Check may also be required by a school prior to a placement. View the list of each state's requirements.

View the Informed Choices statement, which provides information about the inherent requirements of education, specifically the essential physical and behavioural abilities needed to perform assessment tasks and professional placements in education and progress to a career in this field. This information is intended to assist you to choose whether you can successfully participate in and complete a course.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Apply for a pathway course

Pathways allow students to progress from one qualification to another where the first course is recognised as an entry requirement and/or provides credit (advanced standing) to the second.

Note: This information should be used as a guide for those who have completed a course and are seeking credit into another course. For those yet to commence their course, during the time taken to complete, this information may change. Credit available may vary depending on the major selected within any given degree. Progression to professional degrees may be subject to additional criteria or academic performance.

How credit points work

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) requires students to complete units of study to the value of 400 credit points. All units of study are valued at 12.5 credit points unless otherwise stated.

32
Core units
=
4-year bachelor degree

What your course could look like

Units are listed in a proposed sequence. However this can be amended depending on unit availability, prerequisite requirements and the semester in which you commenced your course.

Units of study Unit code
Semester 1
Understanding Language and Literacy
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU10002
The World of Maths
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU10003
Theories of Teaching and Learning
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU10004
Indigenous Education and Perspectives
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU10005
Semester 2
Introduction to Curriculum Planning and Assessment: Practicum 1
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU10001
Introduction to Academic Language, Literacy and Numeracy in Education
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU10026
Developing Literacy
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU20001
Mathematics in Practice
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU20002
Want to see the full range of electives?

Learn about all the electives you can take in the course handbook.

Units of study Unit code
Semester 1
Social and Emotional Learning
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU20014
Curriculum, Planning & Assessment for Infants: Practicum 3E
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU30003
Health and Physical Education
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU30014
Play and Environment
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU40002
Semester 2
Contemporary Perspectives of Learning and Development
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU20003
Understanding and Supporting Inclusion
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU30005
Families, Community and Citizenship
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU30006
The Healthy and Active Child
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU40001
Units of study Unit code
Semester 1
Curriculum, Planning and Assessment for Primary: Practicum 2
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU20006
Science and Technology
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU30002
Discovering Science
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU30011
Teaching the Humanities
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU40011
Semester 2
Sustainable Education and Perspectives
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU20005
Imagining the World Through the Arts
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU30007
Teaching Technologies
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU30059
Arts Education
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU40008
Units of study Unit code
Semester 1
Mathematics in the Primary Classroom
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU30009
Educational Leadership, Management and Program Assessment
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU30062
Teaching English
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU30063
Ready to Teach Primary: Practicum 4E
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU40005
Semester 2
Teaching Early Reading
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU30068
Identity: the Early Childhood Profession(al)
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU40003
Advocacy and Social Justice
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU40004
Ready to Teach Early Childhood: Practicum 5E
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU40006

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$4,124

Total fee* ($AUD)

$16,496

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$31,340

Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply to 2024 unit enrolments for HE Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and Undergraduate Full Fee Paying (FFP) only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

HECS-HELP is a loan and discount scheme available to you if you are eligible and enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place. A HECS-HELP loan can cover all or part of your contribution amount. You can also choose to pay your fees up front. 

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for HECS-HELP

You are eligible for a HECS-HELP loan if you have been offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) for an undergraduate degree at Swinburne or a UniLink course, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen and doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens.

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 20 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

Representatives and agents
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Apply directly

Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! Remember, you cannot apply direct if you have an active VTAC application.

Course code
BA-EDECP
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Course code
BA-EDECP
CRICOS code
098491K
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Apply through VTAC

International students currently studying Year 12 in Australia must apply through VTAC. VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria. 

VTAC is the central office that administers the application processes for places in tertiary courses, scholarships and the Special Entry Access Scheme at universities, TAFEs and independent tertiary colleges in Victoria.

VTAC Code (CSP)
3400211371
Apply through VTAC
VTAC Code (IFP)
3400211373
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Start dates
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Last date to apply
Start dates
Semster 1
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
21-February-2024
Start dates
26-February-2024
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
24-July-2024
Start dates
29-July-2024
Start dates
Location
Start dates
Semster 1
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
26-February-2024
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
29-July-2024
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