What does flexible study mean for me?
Studying at Swinburne Online gives you the freedom to study how it suits you. Decide when and where it fits in with your life and tailor your study journey to your own needs. Get a world-class degree without giving up what’s important.
Personalised study journey
Set a study pace that work with what’s going on in your life. If you’re unsure about how much you can commit to, we can offer part-time options and the option of increasing your unit load as your progress. Interested in fast-tracking your studies? You also have the opportunity to complete up to 12 units per year.
Fit study around your life
You don’t have to put your life on hold to study. Prioritise what matters to you and fit study around family, work and personal commitments through a course that is flexibly designed for online learners.
Start when it suits. Swinburne Online offers multiple intake dates and flexible unit availability, so you can choose when you begin your studies or if you need to take a break.
Flexible study requires flexible support. As a Swinburne Online student, you’ll have support for extended hours, seven days a week, with Student Advisors available to help with anything from tech support to research advice and dedicated online tutors in each of your units.
Your course structure
The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) consists of 32 units, including 27 core units, five practicum units and one specialisation unit in Mathematics or English.
Your units are led by experienced education professionals with recent or current teaching experience and focuses on arming you with the practical skills you can take straight into the classroom. You will also undertake practicum units that will give you the opportunity to work and learn in an Australian school.
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How you'll learn
How you'll learn
Learning designed for online
Your study journey with Swinburne Online is tailored to the digital space. You’ll study in a dynamic virtual classroom environment, interact with your peers in the custom-built social platform, and receive support at the times you need it from advisors who understand studying online.
You’ll complete each of your units in Canvas, your online classroom, and guided through coursework by an online tutor with real-world experience in your field of study. Canvas is where you’ll access classes, assignments and discussion boards with your peers.
The Student Hub is your online campus, where you’ll access the support and resources to assist you throughout your study journey. From managing your course to technical support and library resources, you’ll find it all in one easy location.
Swinburne Online will be there for you each step of the way. From enrolment through to graduation, we offer extended, flexible support in each of your units and advisors to assist with anything from technical support to referencing and assignment tips.
Non-Year 12 entry
Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.
Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit of up to 16 units.
Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience and appropriate English language skills, or a suitable Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) result, will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success.
Read our Applying and Enrolling FAQs.
Entry via non-teaching pathway degree.
Year 12 entry
Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.
Applicants must meet the associated minimum ATAR score
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (other than EAL) or at least 30 in English as an Additional Language
All applicants (both standard entry and non-year 12 entry) must successfully complete the CASPer assessment. CASPer is a non-academic suitability assessment tool designed to assess an applicant’s personal and professional attributes.
It is an Australian Government accreditation requirement that all initial teacher education courses include non-academic selection criteria.
To ensure you don’t miss the CASPer deadlines and to register for your sitting or for further information about the test, visit takecasper.com.
For current Year 12 students, to ensure you meet VTAC deadlines go to www.vtac.edu.au/admissions-tests.html.
Admission to this course will consider both academic and non-academic results.
If you’re looking to apply for our Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) course you will need to complete the CASPer suitability tool. Get in touch with a Course Consultant to find out more information.
English language proficiency
All applicants must demonstrate suitable English language proficiency for successful completion of the course.
The university may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.
Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.
Working with Children Check and Police Check
All enrolled students must maintain a current Working with Children Check (from the appropriate State Authority). A Police Check may also be required by a school prior to a placement. For a list of each state’s requirements see www.careforkids.com.au.
Literacy and numeracy test for initial teacher education
To be eligible to graduate, students must pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE), which is required to become a registered teacher. This test is run externally at the applicant’s expense. Applicants must disclose all previous LANTITE attempts (if any) through a personal statement and upload the results for each attempt. Applicants who have unsuccessfully attempted LANTITE three or more times will not be eligible to receive an offer for this course.
Once enrolled, all applicants must provide relevant Child Safety Screening clearance as your state of residence requires and maintain clearances throughout the duration of the program.
Courses are only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and humanitarian visa holders.
The Victorian Government is now offering scholarships to encourage early childhood teachers throughout the state through the Early Childhood Scholarship Program. Students applying for an approved qualification may be eligible to receive up to $25,000 towards an early childhood bachelor degree. Find out more through the Early Childhood Scholarships Program Guidelines, and apply by visiting the Victorian Government website.
The estimated annual fee for this course is $4124*. This is based on completing eight 12.5 credit point units in one calendar year.
This course offers more Commonwealth Supported Places for educationally disadvantaged students. Find out how to access a place below.
Commonwealth provided loans are available to assist eligible students to pay their course fees and there are a range of university, government and privately funded scholarships and prizes.
Course fees will be affected by a student’s unit selection and any credit awarded in recognition of previous academic experience.
This course is not available to international students.
Domestic students also contribute to student services and amenities via an annual fee.
Scholarships are available for both commencing and current students. You may be eligible for Swinburne Scholarships.
Commonwealth Supported Places
Swinburne Online currently provides students with increased access to tertiary study by removing barriers to the traditional campus-based education. In 2023, the Federal Government is selected universities with additional Commonwealth Supported Places for educationally disadvantaged students.
Swinburne Online now offers more places for regional and remote students, those from low socio-economic (low SES) backgrounds, students with a disability, First Nations students, and those who are first in family to study at university.
Get in touch with a Course Consultant for more information on how to access a Commonwealth Supported Place in 2023.
Become a teacher of the future
Our education graduates work in a range of rewarding roles and industries. The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) prioritises practical theory and experience inside a real classroom so that you can graduate with your foot already in the door. You will:
- Undertake practicum units that place you inside an Australian classroom
- Learn where the future of education is heading and how you can keep pace
- Learn from real educational professionals.
Early Childhood Teacher
Teach the basics of numeracy, literacy, music, and art to early childhood students.
Guide young children in the acquisition of fundamental literacy and numeracy skills, effectively preparing them for a successful transition to primary school.
Early Childhood Teaching Director
Develop the curriculum, set policies and oversee daily operations of an early childhood centre.
Primary School Teacher
Educate students aged 5–12 years through classroom lessons and educational programs covering a variety of subjects.