Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Course summary for local students

Year2015 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

(i) Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong),Warrnambool


(ii) Offered at Deakin Learning Centres


(iii) Offered in conjunction with Deakin TAFE partner sites:

  • Chisholm (Berwick, Dandenong, Frankston & Wonthaggi*) E330T

*Note: Final intake at Wonthaggi 2015


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$6,152* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
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

CRICOS course code078148B
VTAC Codes1400310021 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400510021 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400710021 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code E330
Deakin Learning Centre course codes

Deakin TAFE partner students:

Chisholm (Berwick, Dandenong & Frankston) E330T

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. 

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.

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

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.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study. All Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and holders of a permanent visa are allocated a Student Learning Entitlement (SLE). SLE is made up of ordinary, any additional and lifelong SLE. Ordinary SLE entitles eligible students up to the equivalent of 7 years of full time study in a Commonwealth supported place.

* 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 - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

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.

Year 12 (VCE or equivalent) entry:

Prerequisites:  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 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English other than EAL.

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.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University.

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 may 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

Year 12 school leavers:

Applications must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).

Non-Year 12:

Applications may be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal for this course if you are:

  • NOT currently studying Year 12 in Australia AND
  • Intend to submit an application only to Deakin

Details of application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses. 

Non-Year 12 applicants who intend to apply to more than one institution must make their application through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).

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.