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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in 2021 and 2022.

Students commencing this course in 2021 and 2022 can commence their studies remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Remote study is not available for some units of study and/or placements essential to this course and you will be required to attend in-person on campus from Semester 1, Year 2.

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, 90 days 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, curriculum and development, complemented by generalist units in education and professional studies, including professional communication, working with families, and leadership and management.  You will also complete an Education Major that will equip you to teach young children from psychological, sociological, and inclusive perspectives.

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 placements in two early childhood settings, one with children from birth to three years, and another with children three-five years supporting their transition to school.

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 enquiry research project, in which you focus on an area of specialisation.

As a graduate you will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to become an outstanding early-childhood teacher, ethical  leader, and theoretical, practical and critical thinker.

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.

Subject areas
Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

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

Your fee

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 - 15 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 = 90 days.

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 full-time 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 can also complete the program in an equivalent part-time study mode. 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.

Sample study plan (students commencing 2022)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1

Rethinking Education

Introduction to EC Education*  Learning through Play in Early Childhood  Texts and Expectations 
  2 Sociological Perspectives in Education Health and Wellbeing in Early Childhood* History and Philosophy of Early Childhood Education Creative Arts in Early Childhood 1
2 1 Special and Inclusive Education Ethics, Politics and Social Justice in EC Language and Communication in Early Childhood Child Development (3-8 years)
  2 Aboriginal Education Science in the Early Years Professional Communication  Professional Experience 1
3 1 Psychological Perspectives in Education Mathematics in Early Childhood Infant-Toddler Learning and Development Professional Experience EC 2 (0-2 years)
  2 Research with Young Children Creative Arts in Early Childhood 2 Leading and Managing Quality EC Services Professional Experience EC 3 (20 days) 3-5 years
4 1 Interdisciplinary Unit Partnering with Families on the Margins STEM in Early Childhood Professional Experience 3 (20 days) 3-5 years
  2 Education Capstone Early Childhood Policy and Advocacy Early Childhood Internship & Practitioner Enquiry  Early Childhood Internship & Practitioner Enquiry 
* Candidates admitted with a completed Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (or equivalent) may receive academic credit for these units (total 12 credit points)

Admission requirement

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

  • a secondary education qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), or approved higher education study, including approved preparation courses.
  • English language requirements where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. These include a minimum overall result in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or equivalent, of 7.5 (minimums of 8.0 in speaking and listening modules; and 7.0 in reading and writing modules).

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. Candidates admitted with a completed Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (or equivalent) may receive academic credit for two first-year units (total 12 credit points), EDEC1005 and EDEC1007.

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).

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) program is accredited by the Australian Chlidren’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Career pathways

Early childhood is a high priority for both Commonwealth and state governments in Australia. Qualified early-childhood teachers are in high demand.

Our graduates are employed in a broad range of careers and roles, including:

  • Preschool teacher
  • Early childhood teacher
  • Centre director
  • Policy advisor
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.

Domestic students

International students

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