University of Newcastle

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary Studies)

University of Newcastle

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00109J

The early years of any child's life are crucial to their later education and life experience. To be entrusted with teaching and caring for young children is an enormous responsibility but also a great privilege. Early childhood teaching is a truly rewarding professional career where you can really make a difference.The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary Studies) program at the University of Newcastle aims to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for a highly successful career in teaching. Graduates of this program will be able to seek employment as Early Childhood Educators or Primary / Elementary school teachers, in their home countries (Graduates should check their local accreditation requirements to determine the suitability of this program). The program aims to develop graduates who are inspirational teachers with the capability to act professionally, knowledgeably and effectively in their educational destinations; insightful scholars with the capability to engage in rational enquiry into curriculum, policy and practice; and innovative leaders with the capability to play a constructive role in public discourse on and beyond education.


The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary Studies) program requires the successful completion of 330 units. Students must complete 320 units of Core courses and 10 units of Electives.


  • Education-early childhood
  • Education-primary (K-6)

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12
  • Selection based on ATAR or equivalent. Assumed knowledge: Three Band 5 HSC results (with one of those in English)
  • Those who do not meet this requirement will be admitted to an 80-unit discipline studies pathway inside their degree, which must be completed before progression to second-year is permitted, as required by the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA).


Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA); Satisfies professional requirements for teaching with NSW Department of Education, Catholic Education Office and independent schools in NSW.

Study pathways

Students wishing to complete graded honours have the option to apply for admission to transfer to the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours) research program at the end of the second year. Admission to the Honours program is based upon a minimum GPA of 5.0 in the first 160 units of the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) program.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Callaghan International: $147,920 Yes
  • Full-time : 4 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Callaghan.

Fees are indicative and subject to variation. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection. Other costs may include cost of travel to/from placements and out of area accommodation if required

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