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.

Financial support

You may be eligible to receive a government scholarship to support you during your study. The scholarship packages are valued at $30,000 and will provide assistance with course fees and study materials, such as textbooks. This financial support helps to enable students who otherwise couldn't afford to study full time to do so and become qualified early childhood teachers sooner. The scholarships are available to Australian and New Zealand citizens.

How to apply

Applications open in August for our Trimester 1 intake starting in March 2022#. 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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Gain professional recognition

As a Deakin teaching graduate, you'll be ready to step straight into your dream role. The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education will undergo approval 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.