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Start Date

4 year(s) full-time


Program Code

474051 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 79.05 (for 2017)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 80.00 (for 2018)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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Assumed Knowledge

Key features

  • Study a degree that is solely focused on early childhood education.  
  • Get practical experience with field-based placements starting in your first six months. 
  • Graduate career-ready when you complete 100 days of professional placements throughout your degree. 
  • Study a curriculum informed by our world-class research1.
  • Benefit from flexible study options, including online study.
  • Gain an international perspective, with the opportunity to complete one of your placements overseas.
  • Get one year of credit, and complete this degree in just three years full-time, when you enter with a Diploma of Early Childhood and Care (CHC50113).
  • Graduate with a highly sought-after qualification (our Education degrees are ranked number one in South Australia for graduate employment2).

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
 2 QILT Graduate Destinations 2014-2015 Full-time Employment Indicator and Australian Graduate Survey 2016



This industry-relevant degree will provide you with a qualification that is solely focused on the education of children from birth to eight years of age.  

The curriculum is practical in nature – in fact, 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 100 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. Graduates are highly sought-after and are able to gain employment in: 

  • 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 can complete this degree in just three years full-time, and receive one full year of credit, when you enter with a Diploma of Early Childhood and Care (CHC50113). You can also use this degree as a pathway to further study, including a separate one-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree. You must achieve a credit or higher grade point average (GPA) to be eligible for entry into this degree.

What you'll need

All students studying this degree will be required to complete criminal history screening through the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion prior to being accepted for work placements. The clearance is valid for three years and can take up to eight weeks to be processed. If police clearance is not obtained, you will be unable to complete compulsory field placements, and will therefore be unable to graduate from this degree.  

All Education students who are completing any in-school or site observations, activities or professional experience placements must also undertake mandatory training in responding to abuse and neglect prior to beginning placements. All undergraduate students who are undertaking professional experience placements in South Australian government and non-government schools and preschools must provide documented evidence (i.e. a certificate) that demonstrates they have completed the required training.  

All students will also be required to meet the required standard in the national Literacy and Numeracy Test. This test will be completed during the first year of study.

Why Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood (Mount Gambier))

Why this Degree

This degree is solely focused on early childhood education, preparing you for a successful career in this specialised field. 

The curriculum is informed by our world-class research – research that has been ranked number one in South Australia1 – and much of the learning is practical in nature, ensuring you graduate career-ready. The practical component begins in the first six months of study, giving you the opportunity early on to experience exactly what the job is all about.

Overseas professional experience is also available to interested students, with the University offering the opportunity for you to complete up to 20 days of professional experience as part of an overseas placement.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Real-world connections

Workplace learning is a major focus of this degree and throughout your studies you will complete 100 days of field-based placements. This practical experience will not only equip you with the skills and confidence needed after graduation, but will also help to build industry networks and relationships. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

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.

Your career

If you want to make a difference, have an interest in childhood development, and have the patience, warmth, integrity and communication skills needed to work with young children, this degree may be for you. This specialised teaching field shows promising job prospects, with strong long-term growth1. Careers to consider: 

  • childcare teacher: 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 years

 1 Australian Governments Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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.

Industry facts


Employment for early childhood teachers in Australia is projected to increase by 9,800 (27.9 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


By 2020 employment for childcare centre managers in Australia is projected to increase by 22.7 per cent1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


In 2016, there were 344,676 children aged four or five years old enrolled in a preschool program in Australia1.

1ABS, Preschool Education, Australia, 2016

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: 

  • child development
  • curriculum studies
  • professional experience
  • education studies 

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

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:

  • reports 
  • presentations
  • tutorial presentations
  • essays and assignments
  • professional folios
  • examinations  

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

What courses you'll study


Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Learning and Cognition EDUC 1077 4.5 Note(s): 1
Developing a Play Curriculum EDUC 1014 4.5 Note(s): 4
Language and Literacy for Learning EDUC 1076 4.5 Note(s): 3
Professional Experience 1: Introduction to Educators' Practices EDUC 1081 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Children's Development: Conception to 3 years EDUC 1041 4.5 Note(s): 4
Numeracy EDUC 1078 4.5 Note(s): 3
Professional Experience Birth to 3 EDUC 1044 4.5 Note(s): 2,4,5 Rule(s): 2,6
Design and Technology Education EDUC 1018 4.5 Note(s): 3
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
Children in Families and Communities EDUC 3001 4.5 Note(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Professional Experience 2: Curriculum and Pedagogy EDUC 2062 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2
Studies in Mathematics Education 1 EDUC 2059 4.5 Note(s): 3
Arts Education EDUC 2054 4.5 Note(s): 3
Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood EDUC 1016 4.5 Note(s): 4
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Professional Experience 3: Assessment and Reporting EDUC 3061 9 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2
Science Education EDUC 2030 4.5 Note(s): 3
Studies in Mathematics Education 2 EDUC 3063 4.5 Note(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Studies in English Education 2 EDUC 3062 4.5 Note(s): 3
Reconceptualising Early Childhood EDUC 3069 4.5 Note(s): 4
Managing Learning Environments EDUC 3007 4.5 Note(s): 1
Introduction to Research in Education EDUC 3050 4.5 Note(s): 1
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Arts Across the Early Childhood Curriculum EDUC 4216 4.5 Note(s): 4
Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood EDUC 4193 4.5 Note(s): 4
Inclusive Education EDUC 3055 4.5 Note(s): 1
Teaching and Learning in Aboriginal Education EDUC 2061 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Study Period 4
Contesting Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment EDUC 4212 4.5 Note(s): 1
Study Period 5
Free Elective 4.5 Note(s): 6
Professional Experience 4: Teacher as Inquirer EDUC 4206 9 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2,7

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 Yvonne Zeegers

Program Director

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Dr Yvonne Zeegers

Program Director



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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 study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to 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 student lounges. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform.

South Australia 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.

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

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 will be required to submit a 400-word Education Statement with their SATAC application, about their motivation to teach, addressing the topic, ‘Why I want to be a teacher and my understanding of the role’. The Education Statement should include a list of relevant community service, volunteer or professional experiences and significant awards. Complete information on content, format and submission is available here

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:  

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