Overview

Our Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching) qualifies you to teach children from 0-5 years of age. 

You’ll learn how to keep tiny attention spans interested and prepare for a rewarding career in kindergartens, preschools, early learning centres and more. 

Discover how to respond to students and families of diverse cultures and backgrounds, including Indigenous cultures.

View Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching) course handbook

Skills you’ll learn

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

Your career opportunities

  • Early childhood educator
  • Early childhood teacher
  • Classroom teacher
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.

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Why Swinburne?

Ranked  top 500 worldwide in the subject of Education

5 stars for overall experience

5 stars for teaching quality

#1 in Melbourne for support services

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    Study with Swinburne Online

    With Swinburne Online, the learning experience is 100% online and studied at your own pace. Our courses are built for the jobs of the future with a focus on collaboration and our flexible learning environment empowers you to study on your own terms. They are developed by leaders in the field and taught by professionals with industry experience.

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, diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees).

Course prerequisites

VCE prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 25 in English (other than EAL) or at least 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL).

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.

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.

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.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

How credit points work

To qualify for the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching), students are required to complete 400 credit points comprising of 32 units of study (12.5 credit points each). The 400 credit points must comprise of:

  • 24 units of core units of study (300 credit points)

  • 4 placement units (50 credit points)

  • 4 units comprising a minor or electives (50 credit points)

Students may not complete more than 150 credit points (normally 12 units) at Introductory Level. A unit of study can only be counted once, where units are shared between minors, students must choose an approved alternative.

Swinburne Online offers a flexible degree structure allowing students to adjust their study commitment throughout the duration of their program. Students have the flexibility to study between one and four units per teaching period.

24
Core units
+
4
Elective Units
=
4-year bachelor degree

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Learning and Communicating Online
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
COM10003
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
Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU10006
Contemporary Perspectives of Learning and Development for Early Childhood
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU10007
Developing Literacy
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU20001
Mathematics in Practice
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU20002
Understanding and Supporting Behaviour
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU20004
Sustainable Education and Perspectives
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU20005
Imagining the World Through Language and Literature
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU30001
Science and Technology
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU30002
Wellbeing and Resilience
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU30004
Understanding and Supporting Inclusion
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU30005
Families, Community and Citizenship
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU30006
Imagining the World Through the Arts
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU30007
Educational Leadership, Management and Program Assessment
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU30062
The Healthy and Active Child
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU40001
Play and Environment
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU40002
Identity: the Early Childhood Profession(al)
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU40003
Advocacy and Social Justice
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU40004
Nature Pedagogies
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU40020
Achieving High Quality Early Learning
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU40021
Introduction to Curriculum Planning and Assessment: Practicum 1
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU10001
Curriculum Planning and Assessment: Practicum 2
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU20053
Curriculum, Planning & Assessment for Infants: Practicum 3E
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU30003
Ready to Teach Early Childhood: Practicum 5E
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
EDU40006

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$4,445

Total fee* ($AUD)

$17,780

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

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)

$351.00

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

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.

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04-November-2024
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