Start date

4 year(s) full-time


Program Code


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AUD$ 29,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2023
AUD$ 30,900 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0]
  • IELTS reading [7.0]
  • IELTS writing [7.0]
  • IELTS speaking [7.0]
  • IELTS listening [7.0]
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Degree overview

  • UniSA’s education degrees offer Honours with a difference.
  • Our Honours degrees allow you to graduate with an achievable and highly sought-after qualification in just four years.
  • Study a degree that is solely focused on the education of children from birth to eight years of age.
  • Undertake a primary specialism in the learning area of your choice.
  • Benefit from a pathway straight into further study.
  • Enhance your employment prospects by graduating with demonstrated research skills through your Honours project.
  • Get hands-on experience with field-based placements starting in your first six months.
  • Graduate career-ready when you complete 110 days of professional placements throughout your degree.
  • UniSA is World top 100 in Education1.
  • Our curriculum is informed by our above world-class research in education2.
  • 97% of our international students feel supported with their studies3.
  • This degree is based at the Mawson Lakes campus, with the flexibility to also study at Magill campus or online.

12023 THE Subject Rankings
2Results for Specialist Studies in Education – 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
32021 i-Graduate Survey, International Student Barometer – Study Support Indicator (97.7%).



Based at the Mawson Lakes campus, this education degree offers you Honours with a difference. Graduate ready to teach, with enhanced career opportunities, and the added benefit of graduating with Honours. You will graduate skilled, confident and ready to pursue your teaching career in early childhood or primary education (birth to 8 years of age).

This industry-relevant degree is a four-year professional degree solely focused on teaching, that will equip you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to thrive as a contemporary educator in childcare, pre-school, and junior primary settings.

The curriculum is practical in nature and you will begin work placements during your first six months. This focus on industry experience will continue throughout your studies, and on graduation you will have completed 110 days of field-based placements. You will also develop an in-depth understanding of the principles and concepts relating to early childhood development and learning, as well as leadership and advocacy in matters relating to early childhood. 

This degree is based at Mawson Lakes campus, where the primary specialism offered is Arts.

If you would like to study a specialism in Arts, English or Mathematics/Science, Languages or Religious Education, you will need to select the degree based at the Magill campus.

The primary specialisms available externally include Arts and English.

Please note that while your home campus may offer specific specialisms, you are able to study your specialism cross-campus.

The initial teacher education qualification for the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours) meets the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia (the Board) qualification requirements for the purpose of teacher registration in South Australia and the requirements of the national approach to the Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The aim of this degree is to provide you with knowledge across a range of contexts. The learning is largely practically based, and centres heavily on the principles and concepts relating to early childhood development and learning, as well as curriculum planning for learners aged from birth to eight years of age. The four key components of the curriculum include:

  • primary specialism
  • curriculum studies
  • professional experience
  • education studies

You will also undertake three courses in a Learning Area aligned to the Australian Curriculum. Learning Areas include:

  • Arts
  • English
  • Languages (French, Italian, Japanese)
  • Mathematics/Science
  • Religious Education (Catholic Studies)

The key focus of this Honours degree is research and the production of an Honours project at the end of your studies.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Contemporary Contexts of Early Childhood Education EDUC 1100 4.5 Note(s): 1
Foundations in Learning and Teaching 1: Learning through Play EDUC 1102 4.5 Note(s): 1
Professional Experience 1: Introduction to Educators' Practices (Birth-3 years) EDUC 1044 4.5 Note(s): 8 Rule(s): 2,3,4,5
Children's Development: Conception to 3 Years EDUC 1041 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
English Curriculum: Language EDUC 1112 4.5 Note(s): 2
Design and Technology Education EDUC 1018 4.5 Note(s): 2
Children in Families and Communities EDUC 3001 4.5 Note(s): 1
Foundations in Arts Education EDUC 2054 4.5 Note(s): 2
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
English Curriculum: Reading EDUC 2058 4.5 Note(s): 2
Health and Physical Education EDUC 2006 4.5 Note(s): 2
Humanities and Social Sciences Education EDUC 2056 4.5 Note(s): 2
Primary Specialism 1 4.5 Note(s): 3,5,6,7
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Professional Experience 2: Curriculum and Pedagogy (Early Childhood) EDUC 2092 4.5 Note(s): 8 Rule(s): 2,3,4
Teaching and Learning in Aboriginal Education EDUC 2061 4.5 Note(s): 1
Science and Mathematics Education 1 (Junior Primary) EDUC 2097 4.5 Note(s): 2
Foundations in Learning and Teaching 2: Creating Positive Learning Environments EDUC 2078 4.5 Note(s): 1
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Science and Mathematics Education 2 (Birth to 5 years) EDUC 3074 4.5 Note(s): 2
Professional Experience 3: Informed Planning (Pre-school) EDUC 3081 9 Note(s): 8 Rule(s): 2,3,4
Reconceptualising Early Childhood Education EDUC 3069 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Mathematics Education (Early Childhood) EDUC 3089 4.5 Note(s): 2
English Curriculum: Text Production EDUC 3062 4.5 Note(s): 2
Inclusive Education EDUC 3055 4.5 Note(s): 1
Primary Specialism 2 4.5 Note(s): 3,5,6,7
First Semester (Study Period 1)
Honours Educational Research: Theory, Literature and Policy EDUC 4224 4.5 Note(s): 1
First Semester (Study Period 2 or 3)
Honours Research Methodology: Methods and Ethics EDUC 4239 4.5 Note(s): 1
English Curriculum: Programming EDUC 4247 4.5 Note(s): 2
Primary Specialism 3 4.5 Note(s): 3,5,6,7
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Professional Experience 4 (Honours): Inquiry into Practice EDUC 4245 13.5 Note(s): 8 Rule(s): 2,3,4,6

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12–26 hours of study when at university and 14–28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • essays
  • reports
  • examinations
  • research proposals
  • research methodologies
  • presentations
  • Honours thesis
  • professional experience placements

Why Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours)

Why this Degree

The addition of Honours offers a higher-level qualification, which will set you apart from your competitors and provide increased employment opportunities due to your ability to undertake research.

Honours is a focused approach to learning and is attainable and achievable by all, including you. It adds no extra time to your degree, and you will develop planning, problem solving and critical thinking skills that are essential for a career as a contemporary educator.

This degree is solely focused on early childhood education, preparing you for a successful career in this specialised field. Much of the learning in this degree is practical in nature, ensuring you graduate career-ready. The practical component begins in the first six months, giving you the opportunity early on to experience exactly what the job is all about. 

Real-world connections

Workplace learning is a major focus of this degree and throughout your studies you will complete 110 days of field-based placements. Placements take place in childcare centres, preschools and junior primary settings. This practical experience will equip you with the skills and confidence needed after graduation, and will help you to build industry networks and relationships.

UniSA offers an extensive range of career-related events and workshops online, on campus and around Adelaide to develop your skills and increase your knowledge.

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Career outcomes

Your career

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours) degree offers a range of diverse employment options beyond teaching-specific roles. You may choose to work for a variety of employers including:

  • business associations
  • the Department for Education
  • private and community-based childcare providers
  • Catholic Education South Australia (CESA)
  • the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA)

The Honours degree will equip you with an additional qualification and specialised skills which will enhance your employment prospects if you choose to continue into teaching. The early childhood teaching field shows promising job prospects Australia-wide, with very strong long-term growth*. Careers to consider include: 

  • childcare educator: encourage the healthy intellectual and psychological growth of children aged from birth to four years of age 
  • kindergarten teacher: responsible for a child’s first education experience; this role often encompasses introducing basic skills, including letters, numbers, social science and behavioural skills 
  • preschool teacher: educate and care for children aged three to five years 
  • junior primary teacher: develop lesson plans in line with curriculum objectives and facilitate classroom learning for children aged five to eight  

* July 2020.

Graduates go on to work in a variety of settings including:

  • childcare centres 
  • kindergartens 
  • primary schools 
  • crèches 
  • paediatric hospital wards 
  • women’s shelters 
  • parent drop-in centres 
  • community outreach and recreation centres 
  • in-home child care  

You may also choose to continue onto further research with a PhD, Masters of Education or Education Doctorate.*

*A class 2A Honours grade or higher is required.

The initial teacher education qualification for the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours) meets the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia (the Board) qualification requirements for the purpose of teacher registration in South Australia and the requirements of the national approach to the Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia.

Professional accreditation and recognition

Successful completion of this program provides a recognised academic qualification which will enable graduates to apply for teacher registration in South Australia, interstate and some overseas countries. Applicants should note there are other criteria determining eligibility for registration by the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia and other registration and regulatory authorities. Applicants are advised to check registration requirements as they are subject to change.

This program has been approved by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) as an Early Childhood Teaching Qualification for the purposes of the Education and Care Services National Law.

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I am passionate about supporting our pre-service teachers to be successful teachers by focusing on sound pedagogical practices, which include how to generate inquiry based questions.

Dr Susie Raymond

Program Director

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Dr Susie Raymond

Program Director


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