Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
Birth to 8 years
Giving children the best possible start to life is a valuable role you can play in many education setting from birth to 8 years. USQ’s Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) enables you to work expertly in child care centres, Kindergartens and primary schools. Offered online, on campus or a combination of both, this practical degree fits in with your life.
With regular opportunities to engage with current educators and industry, such as the Education Department, Queensland College of Teachers and Catholic Education, you’ll be able to cross the gap between theory and the classroom. This is why our graduates are highly sought after and employable.
Already have an Early Childhood qualification?
Already have an early childhood qualification from TAFE or another recognised provider? USQ may be able to offer you credit/RPL to help you finish your degree faster.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Education are eligible to apply for teacher registration through the Queensland College of Teachers. To be eligible for registration in Queensland, both domestic and international students complete a minimum of 40 days of supervised practical experience in Australian schools.
In addition to completing all requirements for the degree, students need to pass the Personal Literacy and Numeracy Test (PLANTITE) prior to graduation. It's recommended that students pass the PLANTITE before the successful completion of 16 courses. Please register for the PLANTITE test through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website.
This program is approved with the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and the Office for Early Childhood Education and Care (Queensland).
Live interstate or overseas? You will need to investigate registration eligibility on an individual basis.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) will be well qualified for employment in traditional and diverse roles in a range of early childhood settings in Queensland and elsewhere in Australia and in many overseas jurisdictions, subject to local requirements.
In addition to the courses listed below, you will also need to complete professional experience. These experiences provide you with opportunities to put theory into practice.
|Courses to be studied||Units|
|plus 10 x shared courses
|plus 8 x specialisation courses
|plus 4 x discipline courses
|plus 110 days of professional experience||-|
How much will it cost?
Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:
|Commonwealth supported||AUD 6560|
|Domestic full fee paying||AUD 19040|
Loan to help you pay your fees
You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.
You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.
Scholarships and financial assistance
You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.
This program includes a compulsory professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.
- Subject pre-requisites: English (4, SA), Mathematics A (4, SA) or equivalent
- Year 12 science subject (4 SA) or equivalent
- From Semester 1 2018 you will be required to submit a statement addressing suitability criteria. For information on selection guidelines, including the process for assessing an applicant's non-academic capabilities, please see the selection guidelines for initial teacher education courses.
- Special entry pathways may be available. Please contact USQ.
Note: You must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of professional experience placements within this degree.
English Language Requirements
You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 7.5 or equivalent.
If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.
A number of other pathways are also available if you haven't been able to study previously or don't meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.
How to apply
Note: Semester 3 intake is only available in on-campus at Springfield and online.
Applying directly to USQ:
- Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 26 February 2018.
- Semester 2, 2018 - applications close Monday 2 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 16 July.
- Semester 3, 2018 - applications close Monday 5 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 19 November.
If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.