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.


Local students


Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education

Duration :
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Bendigo n/a
Shepparton n/a
About this course
The Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education is based on theories of learning and how their 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 both early childhood, primary and special education schools.

You'll complete 60 or more days of professional experience over three blocks during the course. You'll be eligible for teacher registration with Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) on completion of this course.
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 any of these institutions.
VCE English Units 3&4 study score of at least 25, or at least 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL). VCE mathematics Units 1&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
VTAC and direct

Bachelor of Early Learning

Duration :
2.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent (by arrangement).
Semester starts :
See additional information
Distance education N/A
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.
Professional recognition
This is a nationally recognised early childhood teaching qualification, accredited by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).
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

Applications for 2017 will open later this year. To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
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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

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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.