Early childhood education

Study early childhood education and put your creativity, energy and interpersonal skills to good use. With significant sector growth, there’s high demand for qualified and passionate people to teach and nurture children from birth to eight years of age.

Deakin's Early Childhood Education courses: accredited by ACECQA and VIT

Career opportunities

Graduates have found careers in Australian and international early childhood education settings and primary schools (where VIT registration is recognised).

Other graduates have gone on to roles in:

  • government departments
  • health and welfare organisations
  • the media.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any credit for prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor’s and bachelor’s with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

New CASPer assessment

From 2018, students applying to all initial teacher education courses will be required to take the CASPer assessment. CASPer is an online, video-scenario based situational judgement test, designed to measure non-academic suitability for teaching.

I was able to implement what I was learning in classes at university to my placements. The fast track allowed me to finish the course a year earlier.

Charlotte Rooney

Recent Bachelor of Early Childhood Education graduate

Research with industry experts

Research at Deakin is making a difference, working to improve the field of education for future generations. You could be a part of it by doing a higher degree by research in our School of Education.

Education and teaching discipline - early childhood education

Research with us

We have partnerships to help you develop innovative research. With links to schools, professional associations and government departments, we’ll help bring your ideas to life.

Learn more about researching with us

Recent Deakin research

Early childhood science education: do Australian publishing trends represent world publishing trends?

Coral Campbell finds, from a historical perspective, there was a distinctive approach evolving in early childhood science education.

Our community

Deakin’s Bachelor of Education (Early Years) is accredited with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) for primary teaching and ACECQA for preschool teaching.

We’ve also got links with a number of industry partners, including:

  • Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics (RECSAM)
  • Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD)
  • National Taiwan Normal University
  • International Centre  for Classroom Research, University of Melbourne
  • various schools
  • universities in Germany, Sweden and Mexico.

What do our students and staff say?

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Staff and students discuss the study experience of Deakin students in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECE) course, via Deakin at Your Doorstop.

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