Students studying at Cairns campus must study 50% of their subjects online.
- Online: January, March, July, August, October
- Townsville: February, July
- Cairns: February, July
+estimated annual Commonwealth Supported Fee for a full-time study load
Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Fee deferral and scholarships available if eligible
4 years full-time
or part-time equivalent
5 years and 4 months online
English, General Maths or Mathematical Methods or Specialist Maths and a General Science subject (Units 3/4,C)
Make a difference in the lives of young children and begin your career in early childhood education at JCU. 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.
About JCU's Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
Are you ready to make a difference in the life of a child? Do you have what it takes to not just pass on information, but offer comprehensive support to a young person in all aspects of life? Your rewarding career in teaching begins with a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) from JCU. Through the early childhood education courses you take at JCU, you will leverage a world-class education into a career that will change lives, including your own.
An Early Childhood Degree Focused on You
You care about children, and you know that the youngest of us are the most vulnerable. You have a passion to prepare for a career guiding young children safely into the next stage of education and development. With your early childhood education degree, you will be positioned to work in schools, preschools, kindergartens childcare centre and anywhere in Australia.
As you earn your bachelor of early childhood education, you will be gaining real-world workplace experience from the very first year. You will be able to make the most of JCU’s connections with some of the best primary schools, preschools and childcare centres in the country. With these connections, you will quickly develop your skills while building a professional network for life.
You want to do more than just pass on facts and information to your future students, and in your own studies you expect more than just theory. Your early childhood degree will equip you with strong practical skills to reach those in rural and Indigenous communities. You will be ready to develop curriculum, build learning strategies and help your students with all aspects of child development.
Early Childhood Education Courses That Lead to Fantastic Careers
This bachelor of early childhood education, Queensland is fully accredited through the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority. The program is also overseen by the Queensland Office for Early Childhood Education and Care and the Department of Education, Training and Development and is accredited by the Queensland College of Teachers.
With this kind of expertise behind your studies, you will be poised to register and work with children anywhere in Australia. Wherever you want to go, and whatever level of teaching you want to do, your path is completely open. Your early childhood education course will prepare you for anything.
Not only will you be ready to work directly as a teacher, but you will also be grounded in modern social and environmental sustainability goals. You will be equally at home working in capital cities or in rural and Indigenous communities. Your world class education begins here, and you can even take your training and skills overseas.
An Early Childhood Degree with Great Learning Resources
You will be well supported as you pursue your early childhood teacher course. JCU is committed to student success with small class sizes and lecturers who want to see you finish well.
You will have access to our popular Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS), where you can work with students from the same course to revise difficult material, consider different perspectives and discuss ideas together to gain a deeper understanding. You can also sign up for self-study workshops focusing on effective note taking, studying for exams and writing assignments.
Not only will you study early childhood education, you will also gain a strong foundation in everything an educator needs to know to help young children. When you graduate with your Bachelor of Education Early Childhood Education, you will have a comprehensive grasp of maths, statistics and academic reading and writing in addition to your core focus of education.
You will also understand the health and physical education needs of children, how to use technologies in your curriculum and know how to educate effectively in a culturally diverse context.
As you progress, you will stay in regular contact with a skilled learning advisor who will help you develop your learning strategies and professional written communication skills. When you graduate, you will have the confidence and skills to start your career anywhere.
Your Future Starts Here
When you finish your early childhood teacher course, you will begin more than just a career. You will be pursuing a true calling and will reap lifelong benefits. Start your early childhood education degree at JCU and get ready to make all the difference in the lives of Australian children.
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.
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment,and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education).
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.
Entry score threshold
These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2022. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in June each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.
ATAR/Selection Rank: 70.00
Entry score range
This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) for Semester 1, 2022. The table includes offers deferred to Semester 1, 2022 which may have been assessed using the entry score threshold of an earlier year.
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<5 – indicates less than 5 OP/ATAR-based offers made.
* Refer to Adjustment Factors
Find out more about who you might study with by viewing this course’s student profile.
James Cook University applies bonus ranks under the Regional Preference Scheme and QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme (EAS). Learn more about JCU’s adjustment factors.
Information valid for students commencing in 2023
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.
Arts, Society and Education
English (Units 3/4,C), General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3/4,C), and a General Science subject (Units 3/4,C); or equivalent.
Applicants who have not previously achieved a grade of C in a science subject (or equivalent) can meet this requirement by taking ED0195:03 Bridging Science for Teachers at JCU prior to commencing study.
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.
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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.
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 Coursework Enrolment Procedure
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 are 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
Successful completion of Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) is an expected requirement of the Australian Ministers for Education for all graduates. Therefore all students enrolled in an initial teacher education course (either undergraduate or postgraduate) will be expected to sit and meet the test standard prior to graduation
All students must sit and meet the standard of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) prior to their final placement and GTPA.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:
The GTPA is built into course requirements and assessments.
All students must possess dispositional attributes deemed suitable for the profession of teaching.
For all students undertaking the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) (including those undertaking the program online), mandatory 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 JCU Cairns or JCU Townsville Campus.
Students must complete a minimum of 41 days of professional experience in Australia.
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:
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please visit: Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education).
All JCU students have the opportunity to demonstrate, with reasonable adjustments where applicable, the inherent requirements for their course. For more information please visit: Student Disability Policy and Procedure.
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 Education
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 for Sustainable Futures
ED4461:03 Indigenous Futures
ED4486:03 Fourth Year Professional Experience A
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
This course is offered in Mixed mode, with students taking up to 50% of subjects from JCU’s external subject offerings.
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 available for first year subjects only.
Expected time to complete
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
JCU Online students 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.
Students must successfully complete LANTITE prior to their placement and GTPA assessment in their final year of study.
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 Coursework Enrolment Procedure.
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.
Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.
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).
Supplementary exam for final subject
Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
63 credit points
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 21 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
The maximum credit allowable for professional development courses is three credit points except where one course is judged to be larger in size than one university subject.
Credit may be granted for professional development courses smaller than a university subject. However, no credit 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 credit 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 graduation and accreditation (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 transfer to the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
Estimated annual Commonwealth Supported fee: $AUD4,124.00
A Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.
A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.
An ATAR is the score required for entry into most undergraduate courses. If you are not a Year 12 school leaver or do not have an ATAR, you can be assigned an equivalent score. Scores are calculated from previous study that you might have completed, either secondary, tertiary or vocational, or previous paid employment experience.
JCU offers pathway courses to help you move into a degree. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university.
Contact us to find out more.
On successful completion of the Diploma of Higher Education you may be eligible to continue into an Education degree, and you may be able to receive some credit for successfully completed subjects.
Get prepared – bridging subjects
Bridging subjects are designed to fill any gaps in your knowledge. We offer a Preparatory Maths and a Bridging Science for Teachers subject that can be studied online and on-campus in Cairns and Townsville. You may need to enrol in a bridging subject if you have not achieved the grade of ‘Sound Achievement or better’ in Queensland Year 12 maths or an authority Science subject.
Visit Pathways to University for subject details or email the JCU Enrolments team for further information.
Note the course QTAC code for the location you've chosen. You'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.
Application dates vary between courses, whether they're delivered in semester, trimester or carousel study modes. View our Application due dates page for more information.
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 6.5 in Academic IELTS (or equivalent) with no sub-score less than 7.0 for Speaking and Listening and no sub-score less than 6.0 for Reading and Writing.
If you do not meet the English language requirements you can apply to study a University-approved English language program.
ATAR score is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)
JCU offer placement in kindergarten right through to Grade 3, so prior to school and actually at school. They both have different frameworks, so behind that there's a great deal of learning going on. Going on placement in both settings is a big advantage.
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)
I felt the help was there if it was needed and that’s what I loved about my course and about JCU. Even when studying the course online, you will be supported. Making sure students have that level of comfort is a strength for JCU.
Dr Marcia Thorne
Learning online about early childhood education is stimulating and rewarding. Subjects are full of interactive components and hands-on activities. Our students learn science experiments that are colourful and fun. Art and dance bring out your creativity. With intentional teaching we put play into learning.
Principal, Annandale State School, Townsville QASSP President
Principals greatly value the close liaison between JCU Education and schools. This liaison ensures that pre-service teachers receive authentic and effective professional experience placements in schools. JCU Education graduates are well-prepared academically and practically for their demanding careers as educators.