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Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (International)

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Award granted Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (International)

Off shore - Singapore


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Deakin course codeE330A

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The course teaches students to apply an understanding of child development, curriculum theories and pedagogies in designing and implementing child-centred, play-based and developmentally appropriate programs in childcare, preschool and school contexts. Students also learn to identify and respond positively to contemporary issues and the changing work context within early childhood and primary education. 


Major studies:  Education (Teacher education), Literacy (Literacy and numeracy programs), Numeracy (Education studies), Professional experience practice (Authentic practicum placements), Teaching pedagogies (Early childhood and primary), Teacher education (Early childhood and primary), and Research.

Professional recognition

Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)(subject to approval)

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) (subject to approval)


International students or permanent residents should note the essential difference is the BECE offered in Australia is accredited through the Victorian Institute of Teaching for registration to teach in primary Schools. Any students undertaking the BECE international program would need to complete the required units in an Australian primary school setting to gain registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching and teach in a Australia. You would also need to demonstrate an IELTS of an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas where there is no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening. You are advised to read the VIT’s Qualification for Teachers Registration policy carefully which is available at: Further information

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Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.


Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

The course comprises 32 credit points of core units over the equivalent of four years of full-time study.


Students who have completed the Diploma of Early Childhood Care and Education – Teaching (DECCE-T) (or equivalent) will receive credit for the eight units which make up the first year of the course. These students will begin their study at Year 2 (see below)


Students who have completed both the Diploma of Early Childhood Care and Education – Teaching (DECCE-T) (or equivalent) and the Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education – Leadership (DECCE-L) (or equivalent) may be eligible to apply for 4 additional credit points of credit:

ECI226 Professional Teaching Practice and Child Study (Birth to 3 Years)  (2 credit points)

ECI360 Critical Issues in Safety and Child Protection  

ECI390 Management and Leadership  

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Course structure

Year 1

Trimester 1

ECI112 Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning  

ECI113 Young Children's Mathematical Development  

ECI114 Contexts for Learning in Early Childhood Education  

ECI115 Foundations of Early Childhood Education: Past and Present  

ECI116 Health, Safety, Wellbeing and Nutrition  

ECI127 Professional Experience I (Birth - 2 Years)  

ECI227 Professional Experience II (3-5 Years)  

ECI228 Professional Experience III (3-5 Years)  

Year 2

Trimester 1

ECI110 Child Development 1  

ECI111 Curriculum, Theory, Development and Evaluation  

ECI240 Visual Art and Media Arts  


Trimester 2

ECI220 Science and Environmental Awareness for Young Children  

ECI212 Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning (3-8 Years)  

ECI216 Children's Health, Wellbeing and Physical Education  


Trimester 3

ECI230 Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood  

ECI440 Music, Dance & Drama  

ECI465 Ecological Perspectives for Learning and Teaching in Early Childhood  


Year 3

Trimester 1

ECI210 Child Development 2  

ECI320 Science and Design Technology  

ECI330 Multiliterate Learners in Early Years and School Environments  


Trimester 2

ECI305 Professional Experience (3-6 Years)  

ECI350 Transition Case Study  (2 credit points)


Trimester 3

ECI401 Advanced Management of Children's Behaviour  

ECI455 Effective Primary Mathematics Learning  

ECI475 Effective Partnerships for Learning  


Year 4

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2

ECI360 Critical Issues in Safety and Child Protection  

ECI405 Professional Experience (6-8 Years)  

ECI499 Independent Project  


Trimester 2 and Trimestser 3

ECI226 Professional Teaching Practice and Child Study (Birth to 3 Years)  (2 credit points)

ECI390 Management and Leadership  


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