Early Childhood Education
Curtin s early childhood education course is an exciting program that provides a well-respected qualification for teaching young children.
The course aims to develop graduates who are highly regarded for the quality of their preparation and their dedication to the teaching profession. Upon graduating with this degree you will be qualified to teach children from birth to eight years of age.
You will be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the integration of educational theory and classroom practice and will be responsive to the changing cultural, social and individual needs of young children and their families.
The course encompasses child development, the importance of family partnerships and develops a solid knowledge of the curriculum learning areas.
In this course you will learn the skills, knowledge and experience you need to teach children from birth to eight years in early childhood centres, kindergarten and pre-primary, and junior primary classes to year 3.
The course encompasses child development, the importance of family partnerships, and develops a sound knowledge of the curriculum learning areas. It will provide you with practical learning experiences in early childhood education settings.
Core studies in this course are: curriculum studies, professional studies, professional experiences in early learning centres and other educational settings, educational psychology, learning technologies, and inclusive education.
The first year of the course is a common first year with the Bachelor of Education (Primary Education) and includes core studies and interactions with children, educational settings and educators. In the remaining three years, core studies are undertaken concurrently with electives and professional experience.
The School of Education has served Western Australia s education community through its leadership in teaching, scholarship and research since 1974. We prepare professionals for practice in a wide range of education-related fields and we re known nationally for the quality of our programs, teaching and graduates.
The program includes three elective units which can be used towards an area of personal interest. These can be chosen from the many units available across the University, however the School of Education recommends electives are taken in areas complementary to early childhood education, from areas including health studies, psychology, speech and hearing, and Aboriginal education. Alternatively, you can take electives that contribute to a specialisation such as Educational Technology, Inclusive Education or Catholic Education.
Working with children and educators is central to the early education program. You will work within the early learning sector for varying lengths of time during the program. This culminates in a final 10-week placement, where you will have the major responsibility for a group of children, under supervision of a mentor educator. In addition to this, you are strongly encouraged to link with educators, early learning centres and schools in a voluntary capacity, in order to gain as much valuable experience as possible. There are opportunities for a country practice or an interstate or international internship placement.
Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students
Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? – A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.
All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.
Learn more about CSPs and whether you’re eligible by visiting the Australian Government’s StudyAssist website.
Fees are indicative first year only.
*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.
This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website
If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.
Curtin’s Bachelor of Education is recognised nationally as an initial pre-service teaching qualification.
If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty to discuss eligibility for credit for recognised learning (CRL).
This course can help you become a:
- Teacher – Early Childhood
- Child Care Coordinator
- Childcare Worker
- Kindergarten Teacher
- Pre-Primary Teacher
- Junior Primary School Teacher
- Teaching Assistant
- Education Administrator
- Policy Development Officer
- Curtin s education courses were ranked number in the top 100 in the world in the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
- Five of our Department of Education staff members have recently received prestigious national teaching awards.
- You will be immersed in an e-learning environment which complements your studies. You will be encouraged to participate in the learning process and there is a focus on group interaction and continuous assessment.
- This course integrates education theory with classroom practice for all areas. You will undertake 20 weeks of teaching internship and be offered opportunities for international exchange, internship, Honours, Master and Graduate programs.
- The Department is proud of its consistently positive feedback from employers who say Curtin teachers are of excellent quality and well prepared for the education industry.
This course comprises units on teaching strategies, planning lessons, classroom management, learning processes, educational psychology and curriculum studies. You will also complete 20 weeks of teaching practice over the course of your studies, including a 10 week internship where you will have the major responsibility for a class of children under the mentorship of a qualified teacher.