Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Course summary for international students

Award granted Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

(i) Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)

(ii) Offered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

(iii) Offered at Warrnambool


4 years full-time, 3 years using 3 Trimesters, or part-time equivalent

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), November (Trimester 3)

Indicative annual fee 2015$21,060* AUD
CRICOS course code078148B
IELTS Requirement

IELTS band score of 7 with no band less than 6.5

Deakin course code E330
VTAC Codes1400310023 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400510023 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
1400710023 - Warrnambool, International full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Deakin TAFE partner students:

Chisholm (Berwick, Dandenong & Frankston) E330T

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Burwood (Melbourne) in a fully on-campus, on-line e-learning mode of learning.  Full-time Burwood (Melbourne) campus students attend two or three days via campus mode, face to face classes per week. Some units may be arranged in intensive sessions at least three times each trimester. Students undertake one to two professional experiences per year.

Geelong Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool offerings are in a community-based, on-line e-learning and face-to-face mode of learning.  Full-time Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool students attend  two-days on campus face-to-face intensive sessions held at least three times each trimester. Students undertake one to two professional experiences per year.

Enrolment in Deakin’s Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (E330) is available for the first time to Year 12 applicants and via the delivery mode. The course has been adapted to meet new national and international standards in early childhood education, and includes a primary teaching component, allowing students to teach children from early childhood and across the whole range of primary schooling. The course meets the requirements of the relevant accrediting authorities for working in early childhood and primary school settings.

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.

This course is offered in flexible study modes over 4 years,or can be fast-tracked by studying under Deakin’s 3-trimester system, enabling completion in 9 trimesters.

Cloud (online) studies

Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

Professional recognition

This program has been approved by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) as an early childhood teaching qualification in Australia.

This initial teacher program has been approved by the Victorian Institute of Teaching for the purposes of teacher registration in Victoria. Graduates intending to apply for registration in Victoria should carefully check all VIT requirements relating to this process. 

Fees and charges

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2012, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2012 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

There is an increasing demand for qualified and accredited early childhood educators and teachers. Graduates of this course will have career opportunities in childcare facilities, kindergartens, early learning centres and as teachers in primary school settings. Work in early childhood settings provides future career scope for positions such as centre director, coordinator, pre-school field officer, adviser or senior adviser within early childhood facilities. Opportunities also exist for employment in government agencies, primary schools, community services or not-for-profit organisations.

For more information go to 'My Course My Career'

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, students must complete 32 credit points of core units as detailed below.

This course includes 110 days of supervised professional experience.

Course structure

Level 1

ECE110Child Development 1

ECE111Curriculum 1: Curriculum, Theory, Development and Evaluation

ECE112Curriculum 2: Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning

ECE113Young Children's Mathematical Development

ECE114Contexts for Learning in Early Childhood Education

ECE115Foundations of Early Childhood Education: Past and Present

ECE116Health, Safety, Wellbeing and Nutrition

ECP127Professional Experience 1 (0-2 Years)

Level 2

ECE210Child Development 2

ECE212Curriculum 3: Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning

ECE240Creative Arts 1: Visual Art and Media Arts

ECE216Children's Health, Wellbeing and Physical Education

ECE220Science 1: Science and Environmental Awareness for Young Children

ECE230Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood

ECP227Professional Experience 2 (3-5 Years)

ECP228Professional Experience 3 (3-5 Years)

Level 3 

ECE320Science 2: Science and Design Technology

ECE330Multiliterate Learners in Early Years and School Environments

ECE370Advanced Management of Children's Behaviour

ECE455Effective Primary Mathematics Learning

ECE465Ecological Perspectives for Learning and Teaching in Early Childhood

ECE475Effective Partnerships for Learning

ECP327Professional Experience 4 (Primary School 1)

ECP427Professional Experience 5 (Primary School 2)

Level 4

ECE350Transition Case Study (2 credit points)

ECE360Critical Issues in Safety and Child Protection

ECE390Management and Leadership

ECE440Creative Arts 2: Music, Dance and Drama

ECP226Professional Teaching Practice and Child Study (0-3 Years) (2 credit points)

ESE499Independent Project (cloud (online) mode unit)


Course map

Entry requirements - specific

The BECE is an undergraduate course for entry by applicants from secondary school or TAFE; applicants with a prior degree may apply for the Master of Teaching, which offers the option of a postgraduate qualification in Early Childhood Education.

VET/TAFE Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care holders:

Applicants entering into the second year of the program from a VET-based pathway must have successfully completed:

  • a graded Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (formerly known as Diploma of Children's Services) or equivalent early childhood qualification from a VET/TAFE institution or other approved registered training organisation; and
  • a current Level 2 First Aid Certificate;

The selection of Diploma-based applicants undertaking a TAFE pathway into the BECE will utilise the graded scores of the applicants’ Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care or other equivalent early childhood education qualification.

Levels of English and Mathematics which are achieved in any previous courses are considered in the selection process. Applicants need to provide evidence of their prior study of Mathematics and English achievements and/ or work related experience that demonstrates their English and mathematics proficiency. The selection team carefully scrutinises the applications for evidence of English and Mathematics proficiency.


Non year 12 (or equivalent applicants)

For non-VCE (or equivalent) applicants, selection is based on evidence that indicates suitability for teaching, including levels of English and Mathematics achieved in any previous study and work related experience that demonstrates literacy and numeracy.  The Faculty may require some applicants to complete a STAT test.

IELTS / English language requirements

An applicant for registration as a teacher must meet the standards of competence in both written and oral communication in the English language.
If you completed all four years of the higher education study required for registration in English at an institution in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, The United States of America, Canada or the Republic of Ireland, you will meet the requirements for English language competence.

For International students: If you did not complete all four years of the higher education study you are presenting for consideration for registration as outlined above, you will be required to undertake one of the approved English language tests.

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

Credit for prior learning - specific

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECE) provides an approved pathway from the Diploma of Children’s Services offered through TAFE.  Applicants who have completed the Diploma of Children’s Services will receive credit for the first year of the BECE (8 credit points) and be admitted to year 2 of the course.  Other applicants are advised to contact the Faculty for information regarding credit transfer.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact

Further study

Graduates of the BECE course (or equivalent) can apply for admission to the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours).  Applicants to Honours are normally required to have a distinction average or equivalent over the entire undergraduate degree. An individual interview will be held with any Honours applicants to clarify their research interest area and to verify that supervision is feasible and the study area is relevant to early childhood education. This interview will also provide an opportunity to review applicants’ previous research competence achieved at the degree level.

Working With Children Check

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (Victoria) requires all student teachers to hold a current Working With Children Check (WWCC) before being allowed to undertake professional experience placements in education settings in Victoria.  Students who are given a negative assessment notice will be advised of alternative options for tertiary study due to their inability to satisfy the professional experience requirements of the course.

It is the responsibility of students undertaking placements outside Victoria to enquire about and, where necessary, to meet any similar legislative or other requirements concerning working with children.