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The benefits of studying early childhood education


While you’ll gain many valuable skills on the job, a university qualification is another great way to level up in your early childhood education career. Whether you’re on the fence about continuing your studies or curious about how it could benefit you, here are the top five benefits of studying early childhood education as a postgraduate student.

You’ll learn practical skills

The Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Teaching at Swinburne Online is a highly practical course. You’ll learn hands-on techniques including how to foster a positive learning environment, and how to create lesson plans that effectively integrate play and creativity.

Because this degree is designed specifically for people who want to work in early childhood education, the content is highly relevant to the actual day-to-day tasks of professional educators.

Learning useful content that you can immediately put into practice is one of the main reasons why you should study early childhood education in Australia.

You can expect a salary increase once qualified as a teacher

Since a postgraduate degree in early childhood education will advance your skills and deepen your theoretical knowledge, you can expect to increase your salary expectations once you’ve graduated.

Swinburne Online’s Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Teaching will qualify you as an early childhood teacher, rather than just an educator. While the salary of an early childhood educator ranges from $55,000 to $65,000 in Australia, early childhood teachers can expect a $10,000 to $20,000 pay increase – another great reason to study early childhood education.

The demand for early childhood teachers is increasing

The expected job growth for early childhood teachers is another convincing reason why you should choose early childhood education. The demand for early childhood teachers is predicted to increase by 21.6% between November 2021 and November 2026.

What’s more, early childhood teachers are the most in-demand teachers when compared with primary, secondary and tertiary teachers. With the job market expected to grow strongly, furthering your studies and gaining a qualification will be well worth the investment.

It’ll open up a range of career options

While becoming qualified as an early childhood teacher is an advantage in itself, studying a Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Teaching can also open up other opportunities and roles within the field. This means you can consider becoming:

  • A kindergarten teacher and teaching pre-primary aged children
  • An early childhood teaching director and developing the curriculum and policies at an early childhood centre
  • An executive officer and collaborating with government and private organisations to improve early education services

These are just some of the many career opportunities available in early childhood education.

For more reasons why you should study early childhood education, head over to our blog: What career opportunities are available in early childhood teaching?

You can integrate study with your current workplace

Our workplace-based internship model means you can elect to complete your placement at your current workplace. This means you won’t need to take time off work, and will still have an income stream while completing your studies.

This is one of the many benefits of studying early childhood education at Swinburne Online.

Advance your career in early education

Feel free to contact us to learn more about our Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Teaching or apply today.


Our education degrees are accredited and recognised by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) and/or by the Australian Institute of Teaching and Leadership (AITSL) and/or by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), depending on the particular course accreditation requirements. The Bachelor of Education (Primary), Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary), Master of Teaching (Primary) and Master of Teaching (Secondary) enable you to register as a teacher anywhere in Australia under mutual recognition. For the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching), you should check with the teacher registration authority in your state or territory and course accreditation requirements necessary for any early childhood teacher registration requirements of your state or territory.
A placement may be able to be completed at your workplace depending on your course and circumstances. Please contact the Placements Team to discuss if this is an option for a particular placement in your course.
Students studying our online education courses still have to complete placements like on-campus students. In order to register to teach, graduates must have completed at least 60 days of professional placement when studying at postgraduate level and at least 80 days at undergraduate level. Professional placements can be taken anywhere in Australia, in schools that use the Australian curriculum or early childhood settings that use the Early Years Learning Framework.