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 must have at least 50% of supervised practical experience in Australian schools. Live interstate or overseas? You will need to investigate registration eligibility on an individual basis.
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).
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 3 x special interest courses (Electives/Approved courses)
|plus 105 days of supervised placement and 20 days of unsupervised placement||-|
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.
The lowest OP/unadjusted Rank* to which an offer was made is 20/59. OP/Ranks based upon all offers made in Semester 1, 2018.
- English (4, SA) or equivalent
- Mathematics A (4, SA) or equivalent
- Science (4, SA) or equivalent
- 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.
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.
*Further admission information
An adjusted Selection Rank is the result of combining additional ranks through special entry schemes for admission.
Special entry schemes for admissions may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your Selection Rank, through the allocation of additional ranks in certain circumstances.
An adjusted Selection Rank is the result of combining additional ranks with a student's OP/Selection Rank. An unadjusted Selection Rank is the student's Selection Rank without any rank adjustments.
USQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average OP/Ranks for this programs' student cohort for Semester 1, 2018.
How to apply
- Apply directly to USQ. You are required to complete a Teaching Application Assessment questionnaire addressing suitability criteria. For information on selection guidelines, including the process for assessing an applicant's non-academic capabilities, please see the Non-academic Selection Criteria Guidelines.
Applying directly to USQ:
- Semester 2, 2019 - applications close Friday 19 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 15 July 2019.
- Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Friday 28 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 24 February 2020.
If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.