Early childhood education



Put your creativity, energy and interpersonal skills to excellent use by studying a course within early childhood education. Australia is in the midst of significant growth in the early childhood education sector, with a high demand for qualified teachers passionate about teaching young children. Within this area, you can teach and nurture children from birth to eight years of age in settings that range from child care to primary school.

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

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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.

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Deakin’s Bachelor of Early Childhood Education 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.

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Our specialist course not only qualifies you to teach very young children, but primary school-aged children, too.

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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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