Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)
Make a difference to the lives of young children. Through the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) learn how to support the development, behaviour, and wellbeing of early learners from birth to 8 years in childcare centres and primary schools.
Part time available
JCU Education (Early Childhood Education) graduates have a nationally accredited degree that enables them to be employed across Australia.
Graduates can pursue careers in education in schools, preschools, kindergartens, and childcare centres.
This course is nationally accredited through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) in association with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). Graduates are eligible for teacher registration in Australia.
The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) is fully accredited with ACECQA, which is the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority.
Gain professional experience in your first year and complete a total of 120 days of workplace learning over the course of your degree. Take advantage of JCU’s strong partnerships with childcare centres, kindergartens, preschools, and primary schools to develop your network and build practical job skills.
Develop specialist skills needed for teaching in rural and remote areas and work to improve Indigenous education outcomes. Study online (external) or on-campus and cover essential areas of child development, learning, behaviour, wellbeing, curriculum and education for the diverse learning needs of the early years.
The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) external (online) course is built for students with busy lives. You will study one subject at a time, up to six times a year. Each subject goes for seven weeks, allowing you to focus on a single area of study each time. It also spreads your study load across the year, and you still get 10 weeks of breaks. By completing six subjects per year, you can complete a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) in 5.5 years.
Consult the handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.
Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.
Townsville (313311) - Apply now
Cairns (323311) - Apply now
External (313319) - Apply now
OP Score/Rank is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.
All applicants for initial teacher education courses (pre-service teachers) must satisfy both academic and non-academic entry criteria.
English language requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the following English language proficiency requirements:
- An overall score of 7.5 in Academic IELTS (or equivalent) with no sub-score less than 8 for Speaking and Listening and no sub-score less than 7 for Reading and Writing.
If you do not meet the English language requirements you can apply to study a University-approved English language program.
To apply for the External (online) study mode, please apply directly to JCU.
Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – three semesters per year. View academic calendars.
JCU offers pathway courses to help you move into a degree at JCU. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university. Contact us for more information.
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)
Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)
Professional accreditation status
This course is nationally accredited through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) in association with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). Graduates of this course are eligible for Teacher registration in Australia.
This course is also nationally accredited through the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). Graduates are eligible for employment in the early childhood area (0-8 years) as an educator or service provider. In Queensland the Regulatory Authority is the Office for Early Childhood Education and Care, Department of Education, Training and Employment.
Tropical Environments and Societies
English, Mathematics A or B or C and Authority Science
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of an overall score of 6.5 in Academic IELTS (or equivalent) with sub-scores no less than 7.0 in Speaking and Listening and no less than 6.0 in Reading and Writing.
The cost of the testing will be met by the applicant. English test results must be no more than two years old at the commencement of the course.
Further information is available on the Queensland College of Teachers website.
|Additional selection requirements|
All applicants for initial teacher education courses must satisfy both academic and non-academic entry criteria. Applicants’ non-academic capabilities will be assessed by way of an instrument applied by QTAC and developed in consultation with the Australian Council of Deans of Education.
Students must meet English language proficiency requirements for teacher registration in Australia, either on entry to or on graduation from the program.
Post admission requirements
This course includes prescribed professional placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense.
Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students
Suitability to Work with Children Card (blue card):
This course includes prescribed professional placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police) before the start of the first placement in an Australian school setting. Students undertaking professional placements in Australian school settings must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course.
For more information, refer to: Blue Card Services
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds are advised that the Queensland College of Teachers requires graduating teachers to provide evidence of meeting the following English language requirements prior to graduation:
The cost of the testing will be met by the applicant.
Students advised that the Queensland College of Teachers requires graduating teachers to provide evidence of meeting the English language requirements as stated above prior to graduation.
Further information is available on the Queensland College of Teachers website
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
96 credit points as per course structure
Additional completion requirements
All students must sit and meet the standard of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) prior to graduation. The cost of the testing will be met by the applicant. Refer to https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/
All students must successfully complete a final-year teaching performance assessment (Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment [GTPA]) embedded in a subject and a professional placement of no less than four weeks in the final year of the degree, prior to graduation that is shown to:
a) be a reflection of classroom teaching practice including the elements of planning, teaching, assessing and reflecting;
b) clearly assess the content of the Graduate Teacher Standards; and
c) demonstrate an understanding of moderation processes that support consistent decision-making against achievement criteria.
The GTPA is built into course requirements and assessments.
All students must possess dispositional attributes deemed suitable for the profession of teaching.
For students undertaking the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) online, participation in a 5-day intensive Professional Orientation Program on campus in the final year of the course is a requirement to complete this degree. This program may be undertaken at either the Cairns or Townsville Campus.
Students must complete a minimum of 41 days of professional experience in Australia. Students who do not meet this requirement will exit with the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.
Course learning outcomes
In the context of a JCU graduate, on successful completion of the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education), graduates will be able to:
ED1401:03 Education Perspectives and Practice
ED1411:03 Science and Sustainability in Education
ED1421:03 Foundations of Language and Literacy in Education
ED1439:03 Early Childhood Education and Care 1
ED1440:03 Technologies for Early Childhood Education
ED1443:03 Early Childhood Arts Education
ED1481:03 Educational Psychology: Learners and Learning
ED1492:03 Teaching Mathematics and Numeracy in Primary and Early Childhood Settings
ED2090:03 Health and Physical Education for Early Childhood
ED2093:03 Early Childhood Mathematics and Numeracy
ED2094:03 Early Childhood Language and Literacy
ED2491:03 Planning for Engaging Learning
ED2991:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
ED2096:03 Humanities and Social Sciences for Early Childhood
ED2095:03 Science Education for Early Childhood
ED4306:03 Students with Reading Difficulties
ED3442:03 Inclusive Education: Differentiated Learning for Students with Special Needs and Abilities
ED3443:03 English as an Additional Language/Dialect for Indigenous Learners
ED3441:03 Technologies Across the Curriculum
ED3223:03 Advanced English Education for Early Childhood
ED3096:03 Early Childhood Mathematics and Numeracy 2
ED3097:06 Reflective Teaching Cycles and Positive Learning Environments (ECE)
ED3590:03 Early Childhood Education and Care 2
ED4460:03 Service Learning
ED4461:03 Indigenous Futures
ED4490:06 Fourth Year Professional Experience B
ED4621:03 Leading Wellbeing and Sustainability in Learning Communities
ED4623:03 Teachers as Ethical and Collaborative Change Agents
ED4995:03 Education across Culturally Diverse Contexts
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
|Some subjects are only available externally|
Available on-campus only
This course is delivered online with the exception of professional experience placement in Australian Educational Institutions as required for professional accreditation
Not available to International Students
Only available for students wishing to study part time in up to 6 carousel study periods per year
Credit is not currently available for this offering
Expected time to complete
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
*External students studying in continuous carousel delivery will complete in 5.3 years.
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Students studying in carousel delivery mode, must successfully complete years 1, 2 and 3 sequentially before attempting any fourth year subjects. To ensure satisfactory progression, a minimum of three subjects must be taken in any 12-month period.
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
This course includes prescribed professional placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. Only those students who complete the majority (12 credit points or more) of prescribed education placements in schools in Australia will be automatically verified for teacher registration in Queensland.
Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.
To undertake the final Professional Experience and Co-requisite subjects, students must have completed 72 credit points of level 1, 2 and 3 subjects in this course.
Students who do not complete 41 days or more of prescribed education placements in schools in Australia will be automatically transferred to the non-accredited Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and will not be immediately eligible for teacher registration in Queensland.
Special assessment requirements
Students undertaking their placement in Australia:
Suitability to Work with Children Care (blue card)
This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students undertaking professional placements in Australian school settings are required to obtain a Suitability to work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course.
For more information, refer to: Education Blue Card
Students who do not complete the required number of days of a professional experience subject or a professional component of a subject, without the approval of the Director of Professional Experience, will be determined to have failed the subject.
Professional accreditation requirements
Successful completion of all subjects contributes to the requirements for the Queensland College of Teachers Graduate level of the Australian Professional Standards (APST).
Please also see `Additional Completion requirements’ in reference to the GTPA.
Graduates are eligible for employment in the early childhood area (0-8 years) as an educator or service provider. In Queensland the Regulatory Authority is the Office for Early Childhood Education and Care, Department of Education, training and Employment and at the National level it is the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).
Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade
Supplementary exam for final subject
Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy and associated procedures.
63 credit points
Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 21 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
The maximum advanced standing allowable for professional development courses is three credit points except where one course is judged to be larger in size than one university subject.
Advanced standing may be granted for professional development courses smaller than a university subject. However, no advanced standing will be given for courses smaller than two credit points, or equivalent.
Recognition of Current Competence (RCC) may apply where a teacher education student can clearly demonstrate outcomes relevant to a specific professional experience component of a Bachelor of Education program. If these outcomes can be demonstrated, the pre-service teacher will be granted advanced standing for a part of the requisite days of the professional experience requirement. Demonstration of attainment of outcomes may be in the form of professional experience reports from other institutions and/or statements of teaching or related service.
BACHELOR OF EDUCATION (EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION)
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Not applicable – this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.
Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 72 credit points of study and appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive the award of Bachelor of Educational Services.
Students who have completed the coursework requirements of the award but do not satisfy the coursework requirements (including: LANTITE score requirement, minimum English Language Proficiency score, or a minimum of 41 days of the program's professional experience program in Australian schools) will be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education [Exit Only].
This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.