Early childhood education

Why study Early childhood education?

We provide the professional training you need to promote positive development and learning in children in childcare, preschools or primary schools. You will be prepared for a career in early childhood teaching and gain specialist knowledge in early intervention.

If you are a professional working in the childcare industry you can upgrade your qualification to a Bachelor of Early Learning with our 2.5 year course.  Our fully online program gives you the flexibility to continue working full time while studying, and allows you to take up to 50% of your professional placements in your current workplace.

If you are graduating from high school or are looking to change your career, you can study the Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education and learn to teach from birth to 12 years. This course has a focus on young learners, and you’ll graduate with the knowledge required to teach in primary schools and work in childcare and early learning settings.

Find out more about the Department of Education.

Career opportunities

There is a shortage of skilled professionals in early childhood teaching. Graduates are prepared for work in government and non-government schools, childcare facilities, kindergartens and early learning centres. Roles include early childhood teacher, generalist primary teacher, pre-school teacher, kindergarten teacher and childcare professional.

Courses

Local students

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2017 - apply now

Bachelor of Early Learning
Duration :
2.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent (by arrangement).
Semester starts :
See additional information
Campus/ATAR*:
Online n/a
Year
2017
About this course
La Trobe's Bachelor of Early Learning allows professionals working in the childcare industry to upgrade to a Bachelor qualification.

This course is designed to fit with your working life - it's delivered online with no on-campus attendance required, so you can combine your full-time childcare role with flexible studies.

This four-year program includes 180 credit points of advanced standing for the Diploma in Children's Services, followed by a further 300 credit points for the Bachelor qualification. You can also nominate to complete up to 50 per cent of the supervised placement component in your place of employment, subject to the centre meeting the supervision requirements.

Course content is delivered through online learning. The online curriculum makes use of the latest technology to give you the complete experience. It includes include virtual classrooms and meeting spaces, video and webinars, online learning modules and mobile learning apps.
Career opportunities
When you graduate, you'll be qualified to teach children from birth to five years old in early childhood settings. You could work in early learning centres, kindergartens, preschools and early intervention programs.
Professional recognition
The Bachelor of Early Learning is approved by the Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) until 2018. Graduates of the Bachelor of Early Learning may be eligible to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Learning (VIT) as an early childhood teacher.

Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Prerequisite
Diploma of Children's Services or equivalent qualification. You will also need to complete a Working With Children Check.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Additional information
Successful applicants must complete a Working With Children Check form before commencing.
This course is available online, with four intakes per year.

Study period 1: 27 February-26 May
Study period 2: 29 May-18 August
Study period 3: 21 August-3 November
Study period 4: 6 November-TBA

You can study this course through our Regional Reward. Learn more.
How to apply
Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2017.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

2018

Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education
Duration :
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus/ATAR*:
Bendigo 60.85
Shepparton N/A
Year
2018
About this course
The Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education is based on theories of learning and how they are applied when teaching. The focus is on understanding learning and development in children from birth to adolescence and the ways that educators can support learning for all children.

The foundation year across all of our education programs, focuses on understanding learning and development, literacy and numeracy skills, learning in the 21st century and Indigenous studies. A further 26 subjects will develop your understanding of learning and teaching through early childhood and primary years, with focus on a-typical development as well as typical development through special education subjects.

After graduating, you can apply for registration to teach in early childhood, primary and special education schools.

You'll complete 101 days of professional experience during the course.
Graduates may be eligible to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Career opportunities
Graduates can apply for registration to teach in early childhood, primary and special education schools. It is anticipated that graduates from this program will be valued professionals in any of these institutions.
Professional recognition
The Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), and approved by the Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Prerequisite
VCE English Units 3 and 4 study score of at least 25, or at least 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL). VCE Mathematics Units 1 and 2, not Foundation Mathematics.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
All applicants must complete the CASPer test to support selection into teaching programs. CASPer is a requirement for many of the initial teacher training courses in Victoria. It is a non-cognitive online test designed to assess an applicant's personal and professional attributes.
How to apply
Apply through VTAC if you're currently in Year 12 or you're applying for more than one course or institution.

If you're only applying for one La Trobe course and not considering study at another institution, you can apply direct until applications close in December. Late direct applications may be accepted.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:

- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
Bachelor of Early Learning
Duration :
2.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent (by arrangement).
Semester starts :
See additional information
Campus/ATAR*:
Online n/a
Year
2018
About this course
La Trobe's Bachelor of Early Learning allows professionals working in the childcare industry to upgrade to a Bachelor qualification.

This course is designed to fit with your working life - it's delivered online with no on-campus attendance required, so you can combine your full-time childcare role with flexible studies.

This four-year program includes 180 credit points of advanced standing for the Diploma in Children's Services, followed by a further 300 credit points for the Bachelor qualification. You can also nominate to complete up to 50 per cent of the supervised placement component in your place of employment, subject to the centre meeting the supervision requirements.

Course content is delivered through blended online learning. The online curriculum makes use of the latest technology to give you the complete experience. It includes include virtual classrooms and meeting spaces, video and webinars, online learning modules and mobile learning apps.
Career opportunities
When you graduate, you'll be qualified to teach children from birth to five years old in early childhood settings. You could work in early learning centres, kindergartens, preschools and early intervention programs.
Professional recognition
The Bachelor of Early Learning is approved by the Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) until 2018. Graduates of the Bachelor of Early Learning may be eligible to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as an early childhood teacher.

Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Prerequisite
Diploma of Children's Services or equivalent qualification. You will also need to complete a Working With Children Check.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Additional information
Successful applicants must complete a Working With Children Check form before commencing.
This course is available online.
You can study this course through our Regional Reward. Learn more.
How to apply
Applications for 2018 will open later this year.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

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Fees and scholarships

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International students

2018

Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education (093520F)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
28 600
Campus
Bendigo, Shepparton
Year
2018
About this course
The Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education is based on theories of learning and how they are applied when teaching. The focus is on understanding learning and development in children from birth to adolescence and the ways that educators can support learning for all children.

The foundation year across all of our education programs, focuses on understanding learning and development, literacy and numeracy skills, learning in the 21st century and Indigenous studies. A further 26 subjects will develop your understanding of learning and teaching through early childhood and primary years, with focus on a-typical development as well as typical development through special education subjects.

After graduating, you can apply for registration to teach in early childhood, primary and special education schools.

You'll complete 101 days of professional experience during the course.
Graduates may be eligible to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
English Language Requirements
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic module with an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing - where there is no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening ON ENTRY.
Subject prerequisite
VCE English Units 3 and 4 study score of at least 25, or at least 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL). VCE Mathematics Units 1 and 2, not Foundation Mathematics.
Additional information
All applicants must complete and submit a Personal Statement. Your statement must include information in relation to the following personal attributes: motivation to teach; interpersonal and communication skills; personal strengths; and learning goals.
Professional recognition
The Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), and approved by the Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Career opportunities
Graduates can apply for registration to teach in both Early Childhood, Primary and Special Education schools. It is anticipated that graduates from this program will be valued professionals in Early Childhood, Primary and Special Education schools.
How to apply
Applications for 2018 will open later this year. You can ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

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Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

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