Qualification Level



4 years full time or equivalent part time

Start Date

Mar, Jul, Nov



Become an early childhood teacher

Help young children develop the skills they’ll use for a lifetime. Studying a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education online from Swinburne will qualify you to teach children from six weeks to eight years old in childcare centres, kindergartens and primary schools. You will learn how to engage children through activities such as art, music, maths and literacy. You’ll also develop the skills you need to respond to diversity and help each child get the most out of their education during their formative years.

Led by experienced education professionals, you will learn both online and through placements in early childhood settings. Our unique partnership with G8 Education, one of Australia's leading early childhood education providers, gives you additional access to placements and graduate opportunities across the country.

Once you graduate, you’ll be qualified to practice as a childcare professional or primary teacher, with accreditation from the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

If you're looking to apply for our November 5th intake you need to complete the CASPer suitability tool on October 14th, the last date available for this intake. Get in touch with a Course Consultant to find out more.

This course is not available to International students.

Career opportunities

Early Childhood Teacher
Play a vital role in developing the coordination, social skills, creativity and self-expression of young children.

Kindergarten Teacher
Begin the education journey with young children by establishing reading, writing and basic math skills.

Early Childhood Teaching Director
Develop the curriculum, set policies and oversee daily operations of an early childhood centre.

Learning at Swinburne Online

Taught by teachers

With Swinburne you can study the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) online. Designed and taught by experienced early childhood professionals and teachers, is an accredited degree from a university ranked among the top 3% in the world. It is recognised by VIT and meets the national standards set by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). So once you graduate, you’ll be qualified to work as an early childhood professional or primary teacher anywhere in Australia.

A community of future educators

At Swinburne Online, you will be part of an online community of future educators. Our education students have their own dedicated community site, where they share ideas, get advice and discuss their teaching placements. So you’ll learn from other people’s experiences, as well as your own. You will be supported by experienced eLearning Advisors (eLAs), and form valuable networks with professionals working in the field.

A unique learning experience

You shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to study, so we have created a unique education degree that combines online learning with real life teaching experience. Our teaching course has been specifically designed to prepare you for the twenty-first century classrooms you will be teaching in. You’ll learn in a live, interactive environment, where you will create lesson plans and devise teaching strategies that foster your students’ development and unleash their imagination. Most importantly, you will get to teach in real early childhood settings and apply all of the practical skills you’ve learnt.

Professional placement

We know that students become great teachers through a mix of theory and practical experience. That’s why you will spend 91 days teaching in a range of learning environments as part of your degree. Your placements will see you paired with a mentor teacher at both primary schools and early childhood centres near you. This will give you the chance to apply the skills you’ve learnt online, spend time with a diverse range of children, and build your confidence as a teacher.

What you will learn

  • Curriculum Planning

    Create learning activities to engage students and develop their skills.

  • Child Behaviour

    Understand why children display different behaviours and learn how to best approach them.

  • Health and Activity

    Explore a range of issues surrounding children’s health, nutrition and safety.

  • Twenty-first Century Teaching

    Embrace the role of being a teacher in an era of rapid change.

Support and assistance

Everyone has questions from time to time. That’s why we have a dedicated team of tutors and support staff on-call to help you, seven days a week. So whether you need help with a lesson plan or have a technical issue, there’s always someone you can talk to.

Course units

Entry criteria

From 2018, under the new AITSL and government Initial Teacher Education (ITE) requirements, all students applying to ITE courses across Australia will need meet suitability for teaching (non-academic selection) criteria as a part of course entry criteria. Find out more.

Entry via non-teaching pathway degree.

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. Applicants applying to transfer from another initial teacher education course must disclose all LANTITE (National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students) attempts. Applicants who have unsuccessfully attempted the LANTITE three or more times will not be eligible to receive an offer for this course. 

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.

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.

The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

Year 12 entry

Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.

VCE Pre-requisites

  • 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.

The full Course Information Set and Whole of Institution Set are available for reference.

Additional requirements

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.

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/articlesv2/article.asp?ID=82.

Literacy and numeracy test for initial teacher education

To be eligible to graduatet, 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.

Courses are only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and humanitarian visa holders. 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.

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