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Early childhood education

Early Childhood Education focuses on birth to 8 years. Deakin offers a variety of programs in this area at both Bachelor and Master levels. As Australia is in the midst of significant growth in the early childhood education sector, our courses have been developed to address the potential shortage of trained early childhood teachers.

Undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees
Bachelor of Early Childhood EducationCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Postgraduate degrees
Master of EducationCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of TeachingCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Research degree - Master of Arts - EducationCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Research degree -Doctor of PhilosophyCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students

Why study Early Childhood Education at Deakin?

Get ready for your new career

Early Childhood Education 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 primary school contexts. Students also learn to identify and respond positively to contemporary issues and the changing work context within early childhood and primary education.

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Deakin's Education staff have many years of combined industry experience, and are leaders in their research fields.

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This 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 up to 8 years of age. Our courses meet the requirements of the relevant accrediting authorities for working in early childhood and primary school settings.



The Deakin At Your Doorstep initiative provides a unique partnership opportunity for TAFE graduates in selected remote and rural areas to transition their completed Diploma of Children's Services (or equivalent) and complete the early childhood degree.

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Professor Christine Ure welcomes students in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (International).


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