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4 year(s) full-time


Program Code

444590 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 69.10 (for 2020)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 80.00 (for 2021)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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Assumed Knowledge

Degree overview

  • This degree is based at the Magill campus, with the flexibility to also study at Mawson Lakes or online.
  • 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.
  • Undertake a primary specialism in the learning area of your choice.
  • Benefit from a pathway straight into further study.
  • 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's education degrees are number one in South Australia1.
  • We’re also ranked top 10 in Australia and top 100 in the world for education2.
  • UniSA is ranked No.1 in SA for graduate careers in education3.
  • Our curriculum is informed by our above world-class research in education4.
  • UniSA is No.1 in SA for starting salaries in Teaching5.
  • UniSA is home to SA’s largest tertiary school for education and the Samsung Smartschool – one of the most technologically advanced teacher education facilities in Australia.

12020 THE Subject Rankings.  
22020 QS Subject Rankings. 
3ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-19, Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). SA-founded universities only.
4Results for Specialist Studies in Education – 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

2021 Good Universities Guide – Teacher Education (Undergraduate).



Based at the Magill campus, this education degree offers 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 the Magill campus, where the primary specialisms offered are Arts, English and Mathematics/Science.

At Mawson Lakes campus, the primary specialism offered is Arts.

The primary specialisms available externally include Arts, English and Mathematics/Science.

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
  • Mathematics/Science

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

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

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
Language and Mathematics for Learning EDUC 1106 4.5 Note(s): 1
Professional Experience 1: Introduction to Educators' Practices (Birth-3 years) EDUC 1044 4.5 Note(s): 2 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)
Foundations in Learning and Teaching 1: Learning through Play EDUC 1102 4.5 Note(s): 1
Design and Technology Education EDUC 1018 4.5 Note(s): 3
Children in Families and Communities EDUC 3001 4.5 Note(s): 1
Foundations in Arts Education EDUC 2054 4.5 Note(s): 3
LANTITE Program Requirements EDUC 4237 0 Rule(s): 6
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Studies in English Education 1 EDUC 2058 4.5 Note(s): 3
Health and Physical Education EDUC 2006 4.5 Note(s): 3
Humanities and Social Sciences Education EDUC 2056 4.5 Note(s): 3
Primary Specialism 1 4.5 Note(s): 4,6,7,8
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Professional Experience 2: Curriculum and Pedagogy (Early Childhood) EDUC 2092 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2,3,4
Science and Mathematics Education 1 EDUC 3073 4.5 Note(s): 3
Teaching and Learning in Aboriginal Education EDUC 2061 4.5 Note(s): 1
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 8) EDUC 3074 4.5 Note(s): 3
Professional Experience 3: Informed Planning (Pre-school) EDUC 3081 9 Note(s): 2 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 EDUC 2059 4.5 Note(s): 3
Studies in English Education 2 EDUC 3062 4.5 Note(s): 3
Foundations in Learning and Teaching 3: Educating for Diversity and Inclusion EDUC 3079 4.5 Note(s): 1
Primary Specialism 2 4.5 Note(s): 4,6,7,8
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Primary Specialism 3 4.5 Note(s): 4,6,7,8
Honours A: Introduction to Research in Education EDUC 4224 4.5 Note(s): 1
Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood EDUC 4193 4.5 Note(s): 1
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Professional Experience 4 (Honours): Educator as Inquirer EDUC 4228 9 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2,3,4,6
Honours B: Developing a Research Proposal EDUC 4239 4.5 Note(s): 1
Honours C: Research Findings EDUC 4240 4.5 Note(s): 1

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 and 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

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

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.

Online study

Online study

This degree is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

Career outcomes

Your career

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

  • business associations
  • the Department for Education
  • private and community-based child care 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  

*Joboutlook.gov.au 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

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application
  • address the non-academic entry requirements

-----Additional entry requirements-----

In accordance with national teacher education program standards, please note that as part of your SATAC application, you are also required to meet non-academic entry requirements. 

All applicants who wish to commence study in our Education degrees are required to submit a 400-600 word Teaching Capabilities Statement in addition to your SATAC application. This supports the national priority to ensure those entering the teaching profession have the personal qualities to best support learners and graduate as classroom ready, high quality teachers. The Education Statement complies with the national Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) initial teacher education program standard of academic and non-academic entry requirements. Further information can be found here.

Alternative Pathways

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

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


This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


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

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect 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 student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

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 advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas 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.

Mrs Susie Raymond

Program Director

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Mrs Susie Raymond

Program Director


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What others are saying

Placements in real life classrooms were definitely highlights of my UniSA experience. The reward of being in a classroom with 25 smiling faces each day inspires me to be the best teacher I can be.

Elise Phillips

Early Childhood graduate

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Elise Phillips

Early Childhood graduate