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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 (SEED Institute), Burwood (Melbourne)


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Deakin course codeE330A

Note: This course does not give students VIT (Victorian Institute of Teaching) accreditation.

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:  Major studies:  Education (Teacher education), Literacy (Literacy and numeracy programs), Numeracy (Education studies), Authentic experience-based learning, Teaching pedagogies (Early childhood and primary), and Research

Professional recognition

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


International students or permanent residents should note the essential difference is the BECE E330 offered in Australia is accredited through the ACECQA and the Victorian Institute of Teaching for registration to teach in early childhood and primary educational settings. Any students undertaking the BECE international E330A program would need to complete the required units in Australian educational settings to gain registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. Students would also need to demonstrate standards of competence in both written and oral communication in the English language according to VIT’s Qualification for Teachers Registration policy which is available at: Further information

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Fees and charges

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

ECI113 Young Children's Mathematical Development  

ECI115 Foundations of Early Childhood Education: Past and Present  

ECI227 Professional Experience II (3-5 Years)  


Trimester 2

ECI112 Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning  

ECI114 Contexts for Learning in Early Childhood Education  

ECI228 Professional Experience III (3-5 Years)  


Trimester 3

ECI116 Health, Safety, Wellbeing and Nutrition  

ECI127 Professional Experience I (Birth - 2 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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