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OP 13

Rank 71

Course information set

  • Graduate and work in Queensland as an early childhood teacher in early childhood education and care settings, kindergartens, and Prep to Year 3 in primary schools.
  • Develop your capabilities in digital technologies, entrepreneurial thinking, leadership, creativity, innovation and resilience.
  • Choose a primary specialisation in literacy, numeracy or science.
  • Gain real-world experience through diverse professional experience placements organised by QUT.
  • Play a key role in delivering high quality early childhood programs.
  • Flexible study options are available.
QTAC course code404162 February; 403162 July
QUT course code ED39
Attendance Full-time or Part-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
8 years part-time
Start month 2018 & 2019 February, July
Note: Admission in July is with suitable advanced standing (credit) only.

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Faculty of Education
Course contact
CRICOS code 080481D
  • Child Care Professional
  • Early childhood specialist
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Educator
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Teacher


There has never been a better time to study to become an early childhood teacher. The most recent Queensland Early Childhood Education and Care census identified a significant shortfall in the number of specialist early childhood teachers needed to lead approved kindergarten programs in long day care and kindergarten services.

Nationally, the expected growth in the number of early childhood teachers required in these settings is expected to grow by 26% between 2017 and 2022. (Source: (February 2018)

This puts you, as an early childhood graduate teacher, in the box seat for leadership in the early childhood education and care sector. QUT graduates are highly sought after in the education profession.

Why choose this course?

The early years are a time of rapid growth and development. Early relationships, interactions and experiences provide the foundation for everything that follows— school, work, life. Early childhood teachers make a significant and lasting contribution to a child’s education and lifelong learning. You will be supported by specialist early childhood academics and will experience unique, real-world opportunities that prepare you to teach in early childhood.

QUT will ensure you can step into your career with confidence and continue to adapt to ongoing workforce changes and future opportunities. Some key inclusions in the course are:

  • a deep understanding of early childhood learning and development
  • curriculum and pedagogy knowledge and practices
  • creating positive learning environments for young learners
  • inclusion and diversity
  • building positive relationships with parents, carers, communities and education stakeholders
  • digital technologies
  • entrepreneurial thinking and leadership
  • innovation and creativity
  • evaluation, research and assessment
  • developing your professional identity
  • global perspectives
  • resilience.

Flexible delivery

At QUT we understand life is busy so our courses are flexible and responsive to your needs. If you have suitable early childhood qualifications and work experience, you may be eligible for generous credit, and choose to study part time and externally to fit your study around work, family and other commitments.

You can study on campus or online, depending on your preferred learning style.

Part-time on-campus students should note that daytime attendance is required. Some lectures and tutorials may have evening sessions.

If you enter the course with advanced standing you should seek advice on your course progression and the availability of online units.

Real-world learning

Professional Experience

QUT has extensive partnerships and industry connections within the early childhood education and care field. These partnerships benefit you by connecting you with professionals working across early childhood contexts. QUT organises Professional Experience placements to give you the opportunity to experience a diverse range of placements including school classrooms, kindergartens and early childhood settings, supervised by practising professional educators.

These experiences allow you to test your teaching techniques in a structured and supported environment and help you to develop your capabilities as you progress through the course. You can complete your Professional Experiences in a variety of locations including South-East Queensland, rural and remote locations, and overseas. You will be required to undertake the majority of your supervised Professional Experience in Australian settings.

More real-world experience

Out of the Box at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre is a biennial cultural and arts event for children aged eight years and under. Early childhood students volunteer at the festival and this provides a unique opportunity to engage with children in various community arts experiences. Students practise what they learn in class while working with children in a fun, non-traditional environment. In alternate years, early childhood students host a day of activities for young children.

QUT also offers opportunities to gain valuable experience overseas. These diverse cultural experiences can enhance your personal development and cultural competence, and show employers that you can deal with change and have initiative, commitment, flexibility, and compassion. You can apply for opportunities to travel overseas for semester exchange or short-term international programs offered in conjunction with our global partners. You may be eligible to receive credit for your experience and funding towards your travel.

Learn from the best

You’ll learn from inspiring and innovative lecturers who are committed to providing a quality experience for the early childhood teachers of the future. Our lecturers have real-world experience in early childhood settings and schools and have a wealth of knowledge and advice to set you on the right path.

We’ve been recognised among the nation’s most outstanding teaching and learning programs. In the past eight years, QUT’s Faculty of Education has received eight Australian awards or citations for university teaching.

Real-world facilities

The new $76.7 million Education Precinct to be completed in 2018, is located at the heart of the Kelvin Grove campus and will provide excellent facilities for collaborative and innovative teaching and learning. Students will be able to take advantage of the imaginatively designed face-to-face and online interactive teaching spaces.

Customise your degree

As this course qualifies you to teach to Year 3, you will undertake a primary specialisation as required by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership. This will enhance your skills in national areas of priority for a primary school setting. You can choose from:

  • maths/numeracy
  • science
  • English/literacy.

In the third year of the course you can choose two option units in areas that you are interested in.

Career outcomes

As early childhood specialists, graduates are prepared to work as qualified teachers in early childhood education and care settings and kindergarten. The early childhood degree also prepares you to teach in Prep to Year 3 in primary school and can allow you to work across Australia and overseas.

Early childhood teachers develop a range of skills, knowledge and practices as a result of their own unique combination of work experiences and personal qualities. You will be empowered to shape your own career path and explore the many ways to make an impact. You can explore a range of careers, including:

  • childcare centre or kindergarten director
  • education policy and program implementation
  • training and development roles in private and public organisations
  • education and outreach roles
  • developing products for the early childhood sector
  • learning designer
  • entertainment industry roles
  • consultancy
  • education research.

Professional recognition

This updated course is currently undergoing re-accreditation with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, the Queensland College of Teachers, and the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority. Please check this page for the latest updates.

Advanced standing

For a completed Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, Advanced Diploma of Children's Services, or an equivalent accredited qualification

If you completed the qualification prior to receiving a QTAC offer, you will be automatically granted credit (advanced standing) of 96 credit points.

If you completed the qualification after receiving a QTAC offer, you will be granted credit (advanced standing) of 96 credit points but you will need to apply for advanced standing within ten days on receiving your diploma.

If you have the following early childhood work experience, you will need to apply for advanced standing within ten days on receiving your QTAC offer to receive an additional 48 credit points of advanced standing:

  • one year full-time (or equivalent) experience leading the development and implementation of the education program for a group of children in an approved service (e.g. group leader) or leading the development and implementation of the education programs in an approved service (e.g. educational leader; Family Day Care Coordinator); or
  • two years full-time (or equivalent) experience as a family day care educator in an approved service; or
  • two years full-time (or equivalent) experience supporting the development and implementation of the education program for a group of children (e.g., educator in an approved service, teacher aide working with young children Prep to Year 3 in a school); or
  • two years full-time (or equivalent) experience in school age care.

Mid-year offers

If you receive a mid-year QTAC offer, that offer decision does not determine which units you are eligible for, and you will need to apply for advanced standing within ten days on receiving your QTAC offer.

For other completed studies

You will need to apply for advanced standing within ten days on receiving your QTAC offer.

How to apply for advanced standing

You can find out more about advanced standing and how to apply. If you enter the course with advanced standing you should seek advice on your course progression and the availability of units.

Course requirements

Blue card

Student teachers must undergo a criminal history check prior to undertaking professional experience in a school or centre, or undertaking activities in any unit which may involve contact with children or young people (under 18 years).
For Queensland and international placements a blue card must be obtained. In other Australian states and territories you must fulfil the local requirements for working with children. As a QUT student, you can apply for a blue card through QUT for free. Submit your blue card application to HiQ as soon as you've received your offer.

Literacy and numeracy

You will need to successfully complete the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students to graduate from the course. The test will assess your personal literacy and numeracy skills. QUT provides you with one reimbursement to cover the cost of the test.

For more information view additional course requirements.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 13

Rank 71

Course information set


You must have completed four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA) in:

  • English; and
  • at least one of Maths A, B or C; and
  • at least one of Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Marine Science, Marine Studies, Physics or Science21.

Additional entry requirements

A statement addressing suitability criteria. Information on the selection guideline including the process for assessing an applicant's non-academic capabilities is available from the QTAC initial teacher education webpage.

Mid-year entry

Mid-year entry is only available for applicants with a minimum of 24 credit points of advanced standing from core or elective units in the course.

Haven't completed the prerequisite subjects?

You may be able to meet the prerequisite requirements if you've completed equivalent subjects or by completing bridging courses.

How to meet prerequisite requirements

Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you receive an OP 1–5 or equivalent, and meet the course prerequisites, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2019: CSP $6,600 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

2018: CSP $6,600 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

View all undergraduate scholarships

You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (404162 February; 403162 July) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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After you've submitted your application to QTAC

If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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