Early childhood education

Why study Early childhood education?

We provide the professional training you need to promote positive development and learning in children in childcare, preschools or primary schools. You will be prepared for a career in early childhood teaching and gain specialist knowledge in early intervention.

Career opportunities

There is a shortage of skilled professionals in early childhood teaching. Graduates are prepared for work in government and non-government schools, childcare facilities, kindergartens and early learning centres. Roles include early childhood teacher, generalist primary teacher, pre-school teacher, kindergarten teacher and childcare professional.

Courses

Local students

NB: The ATARs published here are a guide, based on the most recent intake, and can change from year to year. These are Clearly-in ATARs, meaning applicants with scores equivalent to, or higher than the quoted ATAR, were made an offer.

2017

Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education
Duration :
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (February and July)
Campus/ATAR*:
Bendigo n/a
Shepparton n/a
Year
2017
About this course
The Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education is based on theories of learning and how they are applied when teaching. The focus is on understanding learning and development in children from birth to adolescence and the ways that educators can support learning for all children.

The foundation year across all of our education programs, focuses on understanding learning and development, literacy and numeracy skills, learning in the 21st century and Indigenous studies. A further 26 subjects will develop your understanding of learning and teaching through early childhood and primary years, with focus on a-typical development as well as typical development through special education subjects.

After graduating, you can apply for registration to teach in early childhood, primary and special education schools.

You'll complete 80 days of professional experience during the course.
Graduates may be eligible to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Career opportunities
Graduates can apply for registration to teach in early childhood, primary and special education schools. It is anticipated that graduates from this program will be valued professionals in any of these institutions.
Professional recognition
All initial teacher education programs are required to be reaccredited with the VIT every five years. Consequently, the Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education is currently undertaking accreditation with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. Professional registration may require an application to VIT and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact vit.vic.edu.au for details.
Prerequisite
VCE English Units 3 and 4 study score of at least 25, or at least 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL). VCE Mathematics Units 1 and 2, not Foundation Mathematics.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
All applicants must complete and submit a Personal Statement. Your statement must include information in relation to the following personal attributes: motivation to teach; interpersonal and communication skills; personal strengths; and learning goals.
How to apply
Apply now to start in Semester 1, 2017. Please note that you can only apply if you've not already applied through VTAC for any course.

You also need to submit a supplementary form [PDF 2298KB] with your application.

Please note: VTAC applications cannot be withdrawn in order to submit a direct application. The same selection criteria and entry standards are applied to VTAC and direct applications.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
Bachelor of Early Learning
Duration :
2.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent (by arrangement).
Semester starts :
See additional information
Campus/ATAR*:
Online n/a
Year
2017
About this course
La Trobe's Bachelor of Early Learning allows professionals working in the childcare industry to upgrade to a Bachelor qualification.

This course is designed to fit with your working life - it's delivered online with no on-campus attendance required, so you can combine your full-time childcare role with flexible studies.

This four-year program includes 180 credit points of advanced standing for the Diploma in Children's Services, followed by a further 300 credit points for the Bachelor qualification. You can also nominate to complete up to 50 per cent of the supervised placement component in your place of employment, subject to the centre meeting the supervision requirements.

Course content is delivered through blended online learning. The online curriculum makes use of the latest technology to give you the complete experience. It includes include virtual classrooms and meeting spaces, video and webinars, online learning modules and mobile learning apps.
Career opportunities
When you graduate, you'll be qualified to teach children from birth to five years old in early childhood settings. You could work in early learning centres, kindergartens, preschools and early intervention programs.
Prerequisite
Diploma of Children's Services or equivalent qualification. You will also need to complete a Working With Children Check.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Additional information
Successful applicants must complete a Working With Children Check form before commencing.
This course is available online.
You can study this course through our Regional Reward. Learn more.
How to apply
Apply now to start in May, 2017. To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Want to know more?

Feel free to ask us a question about any course for local students.

Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2017

Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education (093520F)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (February and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
Campus
Bendigo, Shepparton
Year
2017
About this course
The Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education is based on theories of learning and how they are applied when teaching. The focus is on understanding learning and development in children from birth to adolescence and the ways that educators can support learning for all children.

The foundation year across all of our education programs, focuses on understanding learning and development, literacy and numeracy skills, learning in the 21st century and Indigenous studies. A further 26 subjects will develop your understanding of learning and teaching through early childhood and primary years, with focus on a-typical development as well as typical development through special education subjects.

After graduating, you can apply for registration to teach in early childhood, primary and special education schools.

You'll complete 80 days of professional experience during the course.
Graduates may be eligible to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
English Language Requirements
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic module with an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing - where there is no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening ON ENTRY.
Academic entry requirements
60 ATAR or equivalent
Subject prerequisite
VCE English Units 3 and 4 study score of at least 25, or at least 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL). VCE Mathematics Units 1 and 2, not Foundation Mathematics.
Additional information
All applicants must complete and submit a Personal Statement. Your statement must include information in relation to the following personal attributes: motivation to teach; interpersonal and communication skills; personal strengths; and learning goals.
Professional recognition
All initial teacher education programs are required to be reaccredited with the VIT every five years. Consequently, the Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education is currently undertaking accreditation with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. Professional registration may require an application to VIT and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact vit.vic.edu.au for details.
Career opportunities
Graduates can apply for registration to teach in both Early Childhood, Primary and Special Education schools. It is anticipated that graduates from this program will be valued professionals in Early Childhood, Primary and Special Education schools.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

A limited number of La Trobe College Excellence Scholarships are available, offering up to 25% reduction on your postgraduate course fees. Learn More

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. View all staff from the School of Education.