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Overview

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This course will give you a professional qualification to teach children from birth to five years in early childhood education settings.

Our innovative four-year teacher education program incorporates introductory and advanced curriculum units, a strong social justice and leadership focus, 630 hours of work-based placement in early childhood settings that exceed minimum requirements, and opportunities to develop strong practical and research skills from a strong theoretical and ethical foundation.

You will study specialist units in early childhood education and development, complemented by generalist units in education and professional studies.

In second year you will begin observing and interacting with small groups of young children (ages three to five).

In third year you will undertake professional experience in an early childhood setting with children from birth to three years.

By fourth year you will be competent enough to teach in an early learning centre using your professional judgement and autonomy. Your final, 30-day internship will be complemented by a practitioner inquiry research project, in which you focus on an area of specialisation.

The Bachelor of Advanced Studies is an optional fifth year that enables you to undertake advanced coursework in education or early childhood education, an industry or community-based project or to undertake Honours.

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Admission, fees and how to apply

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Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

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How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website . Separate Scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Closing dates

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

What you'll study

For full course details see our Handbook.

Units of Study

Work component

Mandatory work component = 630 hours.

This mandatory work component must be completed as part of the award requirements for the course.

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) includes significant professional experience placements in early childhood settings. The placements begin in the second year of the course and the amount of responsibility and duration of the placements progressively increases until the final placement in which students are competent to teach under minimal supervision.

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study. Except with the permission of the Dean, a candidate must complete all unit of study requirements specified for each year, including professional experience units, before proceeding to the next year.

Admission requirement

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Credit for previous study
If you’ve already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

Inherent requirements for programs in early-childhood education
To assist students to make informed choices about their study, the Sydney School of Education and Social Work has identified inherent requirements for coursework-award courses in Early Childhood Education. In order to successfully complete such a course, students must possess these qualities and skills (PDF).

Course opportunities

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) includes significant professional experience placements in early childhood settings. The placements begin in the second year of the course and the amount of responsibility and duration of the placements progressively increases until the final placement in which students are competent to teach under minimal supervision.

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) is currently undergoing accreditation with Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Career pathways

Our graduates can be found in a broad range of careers and roles, including:

  • Preschool teacher
  • Early learning centre teacher
  • Childhood educator
  • Educational administrator
Future study options

Eligible candidates may apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program with the Sydney School of Education and Social Work comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master's degrees include capstone independent research projects, supervised by experts in the field of study, which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

Career information for UAC

Examples include teaching in a range of early childhood (0-5) settings. Early childhood is a high priority for both Commonwealth and state governments in Australia. Qualified early childhood teachers are in high demand.

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