Early childhood education


Study early childhood education and put your creativity, energy and interpersonal skills to good use. With significant sector growth, there's high demand for qualified and passionate people to teach and nurture young children.

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Get your career off to the best start by gaining skills, knowledge and networks through work experience and a practical, hands-on approach to learning. Our connections to industry means you'll graduate with a well-recognised qualification that stands out to employers and is matched to current industry practice.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have found careers in Australian and international early childhood education settings, pre-schools and primary schools (where VIT registration is recognised) as teachers, coordinators and advisers.

Other graduates have gone on to roles in:

  • community services
  • government departments
  • health and welfare organisations
  • non-for-profit organisations
  • the media.

Top of the class

Our professional experience program is a critical part of every Deakin teaching student's course journey. With a choice of over 1400 schools across Australia you'll undertake at least 115 days of work experience, where the opportunities for professional and personal development are endless.

CASPer test

CASPer is an online, video-scenario based situational judgement test, designed to measure non-academic suitability for teaching. Students applying to all initial teacher education courses are required to take the CASPer assessment.

Learn more about CASPer

Early Childhood Scholarship Program

The Victorian Government has created an initiative to attract new early childhood teachers and upskill current educators. If you're applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate early years qualification, you could be eligible to receive generous support through these new pathway scholarships.

To apply, please visit the Department of Education and Training’s application portal

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Staff and students discuss the study experience of Deakin students in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECE) course, via Deakin at Your Doorstop.

A world-class education

Deakin's education discipline is ranked 32nd in the world by the prestigious QS World University Rankings* so you can be assured that what you learn is relevant to the sector and your career.

Research with us

Research at Deakin is making a difference, working to improve the field of education for future generations. You could be a part of it by doing a higher degree by research in our School of Education.

We have partnerships to help you develop innovative research. With links to schools, professional associations and government departments, we’ll help bring your ideas to life.

Education research in action

Early childhood science education: do Australian publishing trends represent world publishing trends? Coral Campbell finds, from a historical perspective, there was a distinctive approach evolving in early childhood science education.

Learn more about researching with us

I was able to implement what I was learning in classes at university to my placements. The fast track allowed me to finish the course a year earlier.

Charlotte Rooney

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education graduate

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*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020

*2019 Student Experience Survey, based on undergraduate students
#ARWU Rankings 2020
^Australian Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards, 2017, 2018, 2019 winner
~According to the Voice Project IT Service Quality Support Benchmark Survey
^^Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)