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  • Mid-year entry is only available to applicants with suitable advanced standing (credit). See the entry requirements tab for details.
  • Specialise in the education and development of children from birth to Year 3.
  • 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.
  • Check the entry requirements for the course to make sure you are ready to study. 
  • If you already hold a degree in an area other than education, a graduate entry program may be suitable for you.
QTAC course code 404162 February; 403162 July
QUT course code ED39
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
Start month 2018 & 2019 July, February
Note: Admission in July is with suitable advanced standing (credit) only.
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Faculty of Education
Enquiries Ask a question about this course
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 in Queensland. 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. With the planned introduction of new national requirements for a second early childhood teacher in most long day care services, demand is set to increase. This puts you as an early childhood graduate teacher in the box seat for leadership in the early childhood education and care sector.

Why choose this course?

At QUT we combine outstanding academic programs with the latest knowledge gained through leading research. You will be supported by specialist early childhood academics and you will experience unique, real-world opportunities that prepare you to teach in early childhood.

Real-world learning

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 experiences 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. You may also have the opportunity to gain extra experience through other programs offered by QUT.

Career outcomes

As early childhood specialists, graduates are prepared to work as qualified teachers in early childhood education and care settings, kindergarten, and Prep to Year 3 in primary school. Your qualification can also allow you to work in other locations in Australia and overseas.

Professional recognition

This course is currently being updated and 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

Students admitted with a completed Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, or an equivalent accredited qualification, will be automatically granted credit (advanced standing) of 96 credit points.

Course requirements

Other requirements during your course

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

Minimum academic requirements

I did not complete secondary school in Australia

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

    Don't meet the academic requirements? We can help!

    We offer pathway courses to help you meet the academic requirements for this course.

    When you apply for this course, we will recommend which pathway course you should enrol in.

    I completed secondary school in Australia

    Guide to entry cut-offs

    These cut-offs are based on the previous application period. The actual cut-offs may be higher or lower.

    OP 13
    Rank 71
    Did you get an OP 1-5?

    If you completed secondary school in Australia and received an OP 1-5 or equivalent, and you meet the course prerequisites, you are guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

    Minimum English language requirements

    We accept English language proficiency scores from a variety of tests. If you completed a test that was not IELTS, check which English language test scores we accept.

    You must have taken your test no more than 2 years before your QUT course starts.

    IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    Overall 6.5
    Listening 6.0
    Reading 6.0
    Writing 6.0
    Speaking 6.0

    Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

    We offer English language courses to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

    When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

    Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

    If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre.

    Additional entry requirements

    Additional entry requirements

    Pass the Initial Teacher Education Course (ITE) capabilities criteria.

    You must submit your personal statement  addressing suitability criteria. Applicants are to address two categories describing their work and life experiences that demonstrate the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) competencies and their understanding of and motivations about the course they are applying for.


    You must have passed four semesters at Australian high school level or equivalent:

    • 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.

    Haven't completed the prerequisite subjects?

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

    How to meet prerequisite requirements


    Working with Children Check: blue card

    You'll need to apply for a blue card because you'll be working with children or young people as part of this course. There's no cost if you apply through QUT.

    You will be requested to submit your blue card application form immediately after receiving your offer. You won't be able to accept your offer and enrol if you don't submit your correctly completed blue card application form on time.

    How to apply for a blue card


    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: $30,400 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

    2018: $29,100 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

    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


    How to apply for Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

    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 2
    2. Checked important dates
    3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
    4. Checked costs and scholarships
    5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
    6. Gathered supporting documents
    7. Completed an application form and a personal statement

    All done? Then you're ready to apply

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