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  • Specialise in the education and development of children from birth to eight years.
  • 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.
  • Gain extensive practical experience through field experience placements organised by QUT.
  • This course meets national and state professional teaching standards for graduate teachers, and also meets early childhood teaching qualification standards.
  • If you are already working in the childcare sector, you may be able to study part-time and externally to help you fit study around your work commitments. See the details tab for more information.
  • If you already hold a degree in an area other than education, a graduate entry program may be suitable for you.
QTAC course code404162 Kelvin Grove; 464162 Caboolture
QUT course code ED39
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
Start month 2016 February
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Faculty of Education
Course contact Enquire
CRICOS code080481D
  • Child Care Professional
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Teacher


As an early childhood specialist, you can make a significant and lasting difference to the life of a child. Each day in early childhood brings new challenges and opportunities to assist with a child’s growth and love of learning.

Why choose this course?

Career opportunities in early childhood education are increasing and experts who can design early childhood programs and engage younger children in learning are expected to be in demand. 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.

This course is designed to prepare you with the knowledge and experience to manage learning programs for students in a range of educational settings and to cater for the diverse needs of students.

Real-world learning

QUT organises field experience placements to give you the opportunity to work in real school classrooms and early childhood settings, supervised by practising professional educators. At QUT you can also take advantage of opportunities to gain extra experience.

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 within Australia and overseas.

Professional recognition

The course meets professional teaching standards for the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, and Queensland College of Teachers and graduates are eligible to apply for teacher registration. Graduates are also recognised as qualified early childhood teachers under the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority framework.

Advanced standing

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

As this is a refreshed course being implemented progressively over time, prospective students who intend to apply for advanced standing for other prior study should contact the faculty to seek advice on the availability of suitable units.

Other course requirements

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them.

Blue card: you will need to apply for a blue card because you will be working with children or young people as part of this course.

Literacy and numeracy: you need to successfully complete a literacy and numeracy test.

Information is available from the additional course requirements and costs website.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirements

Still not sure if you meet the entry requirements? Contact us.

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'll recommend which pathway course you should enrol in.

Did you complete secondary school in Australia?

Guide to entry cut-offs


  • Kelvin Grove 13
  • Caboolture 15


  • Kelvin Grove 72
  • Caboolture 67

Subject prerequisites

  • Maths A, B or C
  • English
  • Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Marine Science, Marine Studies, Physics or Science21

You must have achieved this study at a level comparable to Australian Year 12 or in recognised post-secondary studies.

Minimum English language requirements

Students must meet the English proficiency requirements.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

Haven't completed an IELTS test?

Check other accepted English Language Proficiency tests and scores

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

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

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

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

You can complete an IELTS test at our Kelvin Grove campus.

Our IELTS test centre

Additional entry 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. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

2016: $13,500 per Study Period (48 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:

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How to apply for Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

You're ready to apply if you have:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3
  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

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

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