Accelerated early childhood education program

Looking to enhance your early childhood education career? You may be eligible for Deakin's new accelerated Bachelor of Early Childhood Education program, which supports you to continue to work while you study.

Boost your career prospects sooner

Early childhood educators with an approved diploma-level qualification can now apply to complete the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education while continuing to work in an early childhood setting. You’ll receive extra support within early childhood services, including mentorship and time release for study to help you complete your degree in just 1.5 years*.

Who can apply?

The program is open to those who have both of the following:

  • a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, or an equivalent qualification approved by ACECQA
  • employment with an early childhood service that delivers (or intends to deliver) a funded kindergarten program in Victoria.

You'll also need to meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.

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How to apply

Before you apply for the program, you must receive an offer to study the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Visit the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education course page for further information about the course and to learn how to apply.

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Apply for the Accelerated early childhood education program

Once you have accepted your offer for Deakin’s Bachelor of Early Childhood Education course (Deakin course code E333) you will be able to apply for the Workplace Based Pathway. Applications for the workplace based pathway are open from 12 September to 6 November 2022.

What information should I have before I apply for this program?

The application form will require information about your yourself and your employment setting. You will need to be able to provide:

  • your Deakin student ID
  • you Deakin email address
  • the registered name of the centre where you are employed
  • the name of the Centre Director or Manager
  • an email contact for the Centre Director or Manager
  • the National Quality Standard (ACECQA) rating of your centre
  • whether your not your centre has a Kinder tick
  • whether the Early Childhood Teacher (ECT) is willing to be your mentor and is fully registered with VIT.

For further information about applying for the workplace based pathway, please see the application guide for students.

Download our application guide (PDF, 239.5KB)

For information for workplace host centres about the program please see the following FAQ.

Download frequently asked questions for workplace centre hosts (PDF, 316.4KB)

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As a Deakin teaching graduate, you'll be ready to step straight into your dream role. The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education is approved by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) as an early childhood teaching qualification in Australia.

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*To complete the course in 1.5 years it must be taken over 4 consecutive trimesters with compulsory study in Trimester 3.

#Successful participation in the employment-based, fast-track initiative is conditional on an employment-match being achieved. Deakin University and the Department of Education and Training do not guarantee an employment match can be achieved. Successful applicants will be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place but will still be required to pay the student contribution component of the fees.