Bachelor of Education (Early Years)

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
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Bachelor of Education (Early Years)

  • Burwood (Melbourne)
  • Cloud (online)*
  • Hume Global Learning Centre - Craigieburn
  • Deakin Learning Centre - Dandenong
  • Rosebud (Chisholm, Mornington Peninsula Campus)
  • Swan Hill Learning Centre
  • Werribee Learning Centre

* with compulsory intensives held at Waurn Ponds or Warrnambool campuses


4 years full-time, 3 year fast-track or part-time equivalent

Next available intake

2016: November (Trimester 3)

2017: March (Trimester 1), November (Trimester 3)

Trimester 3 intake offered to Diploma of Early Childhood Education holders only.

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Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Tel 03 5227 1359

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100

Tel 03 5563 3489

VTAC Codes1400510021 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400610021 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code E330
English language requirements

IELTS band score of 7 with no band less than 6.5

Deakin Learning Centre course codes

Deakin Learning Centre students must enrol in the course code applicable to their centre:
Hume Global Learning Centre - Craigieburn E330CR
Deakin Learning Centre - Dandenong E330DA
Rosebud E330RO
Werribee Learning Centre E330WE

New course version commencing 2017


  1. Compulsory intensives for Cloud (online) students held at Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Deakin Learning Centres, and Deakin TAFE partner sites.
  2. Learning Centres only offer units from level 2.


Trimester 3 intake

Offered to Diploma of Early Childhood Education holders only.


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.

The course meets new national and international standards in early childhood education, and includes a primary teaching component, allowing students to teach children from early childhood across the whole range of primary schooling.

Professional recognition

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

This program is pending accreditation by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as an initial teacher education program against the Australian professional standards for teachers. Graduates of this course who are intending to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) may be required to provide further information. You are advised to check the VIT registration requirements carefully.

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

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 Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Acquire broad and coherent body of knowledge of education principles and practice and in depth theoretical, technical and applied knowledge of early childhood education.

Use knowledge and understanding of child development in Australian society to work effectively with children aged from birth to eight years, in a range of early childhood and primary school educational settings.

Apply curriculum theories, pedagogies in the design and implementation of child-centred, play-based and developmentally appropriate programs, in a range of early childhood and school educational contexts.


Have well-developed cognitive, technical and communication skills, and be able to select and apply these skills and technologies to transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to others in early childhood education and the care of children.

Communicate effectively with a diverse range of families and communities acknowledging the need to support and respect differences in child rearing and family cultural expectations.

Digital literacy

Employ a range of technologies to collect, analyse, synthesise and evaluate and disseminate information for the purposes of teaching and learning in a rapidly-changing global environment.

Critical thinking

Identify contemporary issues in early childhood education and the changing work context and be able respond positively to these issues.

Use cognitive and technical skills to critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge as demonstrated in a range of class activities, including responding to set questions.

Problem solving

Use critical and analytical skills to determine solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems in teaching and learning and to adapt these solutions to diverse contexts and learners.

Analyse and evaluate information in relation to content knowledge, and applied practice and generate and transmit solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems.


Apply knowledge and skills in early childhood education and school contexts with autonomy, well-developed judgement and responsibility requiring self-directed work and learning.

Justify and understand leadership and advocacy for collaborative work-based practices in early childhood contexts and schools.

Acquire understanding of the importance of reflective practice to plan and deliver coherent teaching and learning experiences for young children.

Demonstrate abilities and dispositions underpinning lifelong learning and personal attributes that enable a positive contribution to society including critical thinking, creative and problem solving skills.


Take responsibility for personal learning and accountability in professional practice in collaboration with others. 

Selected group assignments will foster collaboration and team work.

Justify and understand leadership and advocacy for collaborative work-based practices in early childhood contexts and schools.

Global citizenship

Demonstrate understandings of the diversity of Australian society and the influences on development of culture, family contexts, gender and disability and the influences of these on the education and care of children.

Adapt knowledge and skills to culturally and socially diverse contexts and communities.

Approved by Faculty Board June 2014

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Education (Early Years), students must complete 32 credit points comprising:

  • 29 credit points of core units;
  • 1 credit point of Early Years Teaching Specialisation in one of either: i) Promoting Equity, Social Justice and Inclusivity; ii) Arts Education; or iii) ICT and Education;
  • 2 credit points of Primary Teaching Specialisation in either: i) Science; or ii) Language and Literacy

This course includes 115 days of supervised professional experience.

Students are also required to complete below two zero (0) credit point units ELN010 and ELN011 as part of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) in order to graduate from their course.

Course structure

Year 1

ELN010Australian Literacy Test (zero (0) credit points)

ELN011Australian Numeracy Test (zero (0) credit points)

ECE110Child Development 1

ECE111Curriculum 1: Pedagogies and Play

ECE112Curriculum 2: Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning

ECE113Young Children's Mathematical Development

ECP128Professional Knowledge (0-2 Years)

ECE130Partnerships with Families and Communities

ECE120Contemporary Perspectives of Education

ECE116Promoting Health, Wellbeing and Nutrition

Year 2

ECE212Curriculum 3: Planning and Assessment for Teaching and Learning

ECP227Professional Practice 1 (3-5 Years)

ECE220Science 1: Science and Environmental Awareness for Young Children

ECE230Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood

ECE240Creative Arts 1: Visual Art and Media Arts

ECE241Creative Arts 2: Music, Dance and Drama

ECP228Professional Practice 2 (3-5 Years)

1 credit point from early years teaching specialisation

Year 3

ECE360Protective Education and Child Well-Being

ECE370Guiding Engaged, Resilient Learners

ECE491Perspectives of Management and Leadership

ECE465Professional Practice for Inclusive Education

EEO311Learners Living in Their World: Humanities Perspectives

ECP410Professional Teaching Practice and Child Study (0-3 Years)

ECE420Supporting Children Making Transitions

ECE430Teacher as Researcher

Year 4

ECE320Science 2: Science and Design Technology

ECE330Multiliterate Learners in Early Years and School Environments

ECE455Effective Primary Mathematics Learning

ECP327Professional Engagement 1 (Primary School 1)

ECP427Professional Engagement 2 (Primary School 2)

ECE312Lifespan Development

2 credit points from primary teaching specialisation

Early Years Teaching Specialisations

Select one of the following three specialisations:

Promoting Equity, Social Justice and Inclusivity

EAA301Personalising Learning: a Transdisciplinary Approach

Arts Education

ECE340Creative Learning Through the Arts

ICT and Education

EDU303Education, Communication and Technology

Primary Teaching Specialisations

Select one of the following two specialisations:


SLE209History and Philosophy of Science

ECE345Integrated Science and Technology Education

Language and Literacy

ALL153Literature for Children and Young Adults

ECL351Diversity, Language and Literacy

Course map

Course map

Entry requirements - specific

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent, including Units 1 and 2 – two units (any study combination) of general mathematics or mathematical methods or units 3 and 4: any Mathematics, units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL.

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.

Applicants with a completed TAFE diploma will also require a current Level 2 First Aid Certificate.

The Faculty offers alternative entry options for mature age and other special categories of applicants.  Information about these is available in the VTAC guide and on the Deakin University’s website at

Credit for prior learning - specific

The Bachelor of Education (Early Years) provides an approved pathway from the Diploma of Early Childhood Education (Previously Diploma of Children’s Services) offered through TAFE.  Applicants who have completed the Diploma of Early Childhood Education may receive 8 credit points of Credit for Prior Learning reducing the total course duration by 2 trimesters of full-time study.

How to apply

Trimester 3 – start studying in November 2016

To see if this course is taking applications, check our Trimester 3 webpage. Applications for Trimester 3 are made directly to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Apply through VTAC for Trimester 1.

Exceptions to submitting a VTAC application

If you are:

  • not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or
  • applying for a Deakin course, which is not listed on the VTAC website.
  • a direct application can be submitted to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.

Professional Experience Placement

Students are required to apply for a Working with Children Check.  Apply online as a volunteer at  

For further information contact the School of Education, Professional Experience office.