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.

Get work-ready

Get your career off to the best start by developing skills, knowledge and networks through work experience and a practical, hands-on approach to learning. Our connection to industry thought-leaders 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, masters 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.

Discover the education and teaching course for you

Our education and teaching course finder tool makes it easy for you to find the right course. By answering just a few questions, the tool will provide you with the best options to match your career goals and interests.

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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

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.

A world-class education

Deakin's education discipline is ranked 31st 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.

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.

Inspire the next generation

Our early childhood and education courses are designed to set you up for a successful career. Find out about the benefits of becoming an early childhood educator.

Postgraduate teaching at Deakin

Learn how Deakin empowers you to make a difference in the lives of young people throughout your studies.

Research with us

Research at Deakin is making a difference, working to improve the field of education for future generations. Address the challenges of our time when you study 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 2021

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