Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)

Early childhood teachers are in high demand. There’s never been a better time to study early childhood education. 
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Federation University Online
Gippsland - Churchill
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Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Federation University Online
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Teaching Period 1, 2023
Teaching Period 2, 2023
Teaching Period 3, 2023
Teaching Period 4, 2023
Gippsland - Churchill
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Other intakes
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This course may be on offer at a partner institution.

3 years
(360 credit points = 3.0 EFTSL)
Guaranteed ATARThis program has a guaranteed ATAR of 55 Subject Adjustments A study score of 35 in any Business, Economics or any Information Technology equals 3 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 5 points

Become a confident and qualified early childhood teacher with Federation University.

You may be working in the early childhood field and want to upskill, straight out of school or changing careers. You will discover how young children learn and how you can develop and support their learnings in these critical early years. This is a hands-on course that will get you into the classroom for a minimum of 80 days of supervised teaching placement so you can put into practice what you have learnt. You will develop the skills to teach in a variety of early education settings which may include kindergartens, pre-schools and long day care centres, including those in special needs settings.

A range of scholarships from the Victorian Department of Education and Training are available to help support your dream of a becoming an early childhood teacher, especially if you’re a regional student.

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is a pathway into the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education). You may receive 1 year of credit (120 credit points) through this pathway.

We provide a number of pathways and options to ensure you can follow your dream of becoming a great teacher. Visit our Become a Teacher website and use our interactive study tool to find your path to a rewarding career in education.

  • Day care educator
  • Early childhood educator
  • Kindergarten teacher
  • Preschool teacher

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Year 1

Semester 1

EDBED1011, 15 credit points
EDBED1016, 15 credit points
EDECE1019, 15 credit points

Semester 2

EDECE1002, 15 credit points
EDECE2019, 15 credit points
EDECE2021, 15 credit points

Year 2

Semester 1

EDECE2022, 15 credit points
EDECE2023, 15 credit points
EDECE3022, 15 credit points
EEZED2723, 15 credit points

Semester 2

EDECE1020, 15 credit points
EDECE2017, 15 credit points
EDECE3029, 15 credit points
EEZED3723, 15 credit points

Year 3

TK5 Year 3 Summer

EDECE3018, 15 credit points

Semester 1

Semester 2

EDECE2016, 15 credit points
EDECE2020, 15 credit points
Approx. 12 hours per week

Delivery: Combination of classroom and online.

In the degree, in line with AITSL standards, PSTs are required to complete 80 days of professional practice, which include

• 10 days in Australian ECE settings with children under 3 years (birth to 35 months)

• 30 days in Australian ECE settings with children aged 3 years to school entry, including days with children under the age of 5 years.

• Remaining 40 days can be with school age children.

Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Admission criteria for current Year 12 students and recent secondary graduates (the past 2 years)

Units 1 and 2, satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of Maths: General Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics;

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English.

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education Study

• Satisfactory completion of at least one year of tertiary study in a relevant field and

• Meets the VCE Maths and English requirement benchmarks.


• Successful completion of the Federation University Foundation Access Studies (FAST) program (or equivalent); and

• Meets the VCE Maths and English requirement benchmarks.

Literacy and Numeracy test: If VCE Maths and/or English requirements or equivalent have not been met, a literacy and/or numeracy assessment is required to demonstrate the prerequisite requirements.  Applicants required to complete the assessment will be notified.

Admission criteria for applications with a Vocational Education and Training study

• Successful completion of a TAFE qualification at Certificate III or IV in a cognate or appropriate area, such as Community Services, Education Support, Children's Services, or Nursing; and

• At least one year of experience in a relevant area of education or support service and;

• Meets the VCE Maths and English requirement benchmarks.


• Successful completion of a recognised TAFE Diploma program in a cognate or an appropriate area and;

• Meets the VCE Maths and English requirement benchmarks.

Extra Requirements

Admission criteria for applications with work and life experience

• Applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies will not be eligible for entry into this program.  Applicants in this category should consider a pathway program such as Foundation Access Studies (FAST) Program.

Literacy and Numeracy test: If VCE Maths and/or English requirements or equivalent have not been met, a literacy and/or numeracy assessment is required to demonstrate the prerequisite requirements.

Extra Requirements

Working with children check

Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional placements.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700511761 (Mt Helen), 3700711761 (Churchill), 3701811761 (Berwick), 3702311761 (Federation University Online)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: TK5

CRICOS code: 107828M

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$4,124 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2023

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Candidates seeking alternate entry to this course can consider the below options:

  • Defined TAFE pathway: A defined TAFE pathway program exists for this degree. Please note that additional essential requirements for admission may apply following completion of this pathway. Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care | credit for 120 credit points
  • Other TAFE Studies: Apply for a relevant TAFE course, at any TAFE provider, and then apply to articulate into this program. You may receive credit for TAFE studies undertaken, which will be individually assessed upon request, after you enrol in your bachelor level course.
  • University Studies: Consider beginning your teaching studies with our pathway program FAST

Credit will be considered if you have successfully completed higher education or TAFE studies relevant to this degree. Advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on your eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications.

Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)

Essential requirements for enrolment or graduation

Working with children check
Compulsory: Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check for the relevant state prior to undertaking professional placements as part of this course. For more information see: Federation University Australia WWCC information and Working with Children in Victoria

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection. You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per course, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

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Course coordinator

Susan Emmett