Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours)

Course summary for international students

Award granted Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours)

Burwood (Melbourne)

Cloud (online)Yes

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Indicative annual fee 2015$21,060* AUD
CRICOS course code077760A
IELTS Requirement

IELTS band score of 7 with no band less than 6.5

Deakin course code E430
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours) offers an opportunity for selected students, who have demonstrated academic merit and an ability to work independently, to undertake a year of honours study beyond the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (or equivalent).

The honours year is a research-focused course, which extends the completed research work of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (or equivalent), and enables students to undertake research training that will equip them to plan, implement and evaluate a rigorous research study at honours level. Students will be able to undertake a substantial and original research project, whilst being under the supervision of an academic with a proven research record. Students will also develop skills and knowledge to identify contemporary issues in early childhood education and care. The honours research units are sequential and specifically designed to enable students to extend their research ability and understanding in the early childhood context, through the advanced research methodology units, literature review critiques, and in the development and presentation of a minor thesis.

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

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

Fees and charges

Career opportunities

There is an increasing demand for qualified and approved early childhood educators, teachers and researchers. Graduates of this course will have advanced knowledge and skills for professional research work and/or further learning in early childhood education. The skills and knowledge acquired will enhance students’ future career prospects in a broad range of occupations in both private and public early childhood sectors. Opportunities also exist for employment in government agencies, pre-school and school settings, community services or not-for-profit organisations. Following successful completion of this course, high-achieving students may be eligible to undertake PhD study.

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Course rules

To qualify for the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours) a student must complete 8 credit points of core units.

Course structure

Core units

EXR478Theory in Education Research

EXR479Independent Reading Study

EXR481Education Research Methodology

EXR491Designing and Developing a Research Project

EXR498Minor Thesis Part A (2 credit points)

EXR499Minor Thesis Part B (2 credit points)

Note:  EXR481, EXR491, EXR498, EXR499 are flexible study mode units.


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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

In order to be considered for admission to the BECE (Honours) degree, applicants must have completed the requirements of the BECE course (E330) or equivalent. To be eligible for admission applicants for BECE (Honours) will normally have a Distinction average or equivalent over the entire undergraduate degree course. An individual interview will also 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 provide an opportunity to review applicants’ previous research competence achieved at the undergraduate level.


IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

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

Students are advised to contact the Faculty for information regarding applying for 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 this course may be eligible to apply for entry into a higher coursework degree or a higher degree by research.