Bachelor of Early Childhood Education - Birth to Five Years

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to Five Years) is aimed at those students dedicated to a career teaching in a birth to five setting. Developed in response to workforce needs in the early childhood sector, the course can be undertaken as a natural progression for graduates of the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care/Diploma of Children's Services or as a standalone course. Graduates of the course will have a strong grounding in early childhood curriculum and pedagogy. ACU also recognise that an early childhood educator is likely to teach a diverse range of students across the course of their career. Students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to respond to this diversity. Units cover a range of issues including: The Ecology of Childhood; Partnerships: Inclusive and Diverse Learning; Supporting Young Children's Social Competence; Creating Inclusive, safe and Supportive Learning Environments. This course is ideal for those who see themselves as future leaders in the field. Built into the course are a number of units focusing on the individual's development as a teaching professional including: Curriculum Decision-making in the Early Years: Connections and Continuities; Professional Identity as a Teacher in Early Learning Contexts; Early Childhood Leadership, Management and Advocacy.

Course Fee:

International: $88,192

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; ACT: Major in English (T) and major in mathematics and recommended studies Science (T); NSW: Two units of English Band 4 and two units of Mathematics Band 4; Qld: Prerequisite English (4, SA) and recommended studies Mathematics A; Vic: A minimum of Units 1 and 2 - two units (any study combination) of general mathematics or mathematical methods (either) or Units 3 and 4 mathematics (any). Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.


320 credit points.

Subjects you can Study:

Curriculum decision-making in the early years: Connections and continuities; Professional identity as a teacher in early learning contexts; Early childhood leadership, Management and advocacy

Study Pathways:

Bachelor Degree graduates may be eligible for entry into further postgraduate coursework degree programs.

Further information:

The course includes an articulation pathway for graduates of the AQF level 5, Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, providing credit recognition and, for selected cohorts, direct admission into year two of the course.


The course is approved by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority, (ACECQA) as an Early Childhood Teacher qualification. This course will not lead to primary or secondary teacher registration.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

Teacher - Early Childhood,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Online
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Full time 4 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Part time 8 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) 60 No Online
North Sydney (MacKillop) 60 No Full time 4 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) 60 No Part time 8 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Online
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Full time 4 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Part time 8 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 58.5 No Online
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 58.5 No Full time 4 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 58.5 No Part time 8 years

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We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

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We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

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You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

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ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

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*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.

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