Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)(Birth - 5 Years) (Not for new students)

Course Code4770
CRICOS Code083263A
Course duration /
Study mode

Course duration: Four years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus*
*distance education available for students working in an early childhood education and care or school setting.

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Avondale's Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) (Birth - 5 years) (BEd (Early Childhood)(Birth - 5 years))) allows students to graduate with the ability to teach in early childhood education and care services and preschools. Students learn about children's play, thinking, learning, development and current issues in early childhood and engage in practical classroom experience early in the course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)(Birth - 5 Years) course, graduates will be able to:
  • demonstrate the ability to draw broadly, coherently and analytically on a range of current education philosophies, discourses, debates and theories of play, development and learning, to inform pedagogical practices and curriculum in early childhood education and care and primary settings;
  • apply teaching strategies that are responsive to the learning strengths, needs, involvement & well-being of students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds;
  • exhibit a knowledge of practical techniques and ethical approaches, based on a Christian world-view, to problem solving in learning space management;
  • use technological and information literacy skills to identify and evaluate new knowledge and practices in teaching and judge the suitability of adapting and applying new technologies information to differing contexts of practice;
  • employ critical thinking skills and judgment to design and implement solutions to pedagogical and managerial problems in early childhood education and care and primary school settings that are socially inclusive and just;
  • use initiative and judgment in the design, implementation & assessment of programs and units of work across a range of early childhood education and care settings, which both meet the requirements of framework and syllabus documents, and use a variety of models of pedagogy;
  • practice competently and ethically from a Christian world-view, at a graduate level, in accordance with professional standards outlined in the AITSL Graduate Standards for Teachers and ACECQA National Quality Standards;
  • demonstrate effective interpersonal skills and the capacity for self-management, collaboration, multidisciplinary teamwork and leadership skills and the ability to communicate clearly and coherently in various forms in professional and academic contexts;
  • contribute to their community through service.
  • present persuasive and sustained verbal and written arguments based on contemporary research in early childhood education and care;

Career Opportunities

Early Childhood graduates leave with the skills for potential employment in the following areas:
• Early Childhood teacher
• Day care centre pedagogical leader or nominated supervisor (after one year of teaching)
• Family day care coordinator

Graduates leave qualified to teach in independent and community based early childhood education and care services in Australia.

In addition to education-related careers, teachers often find careers in the corporate world where organisational and relationship skills are valued by employers.

Admission Criteria

ATAR of 63.00+ or equivalent (e.g. OP of 15 or less)

Current legislation requires that all students who will be working with children or young people must take responsibility to make an online application for a NSW Working With Children Check and complete the Child Protection Awareness Training.

Completion of the above must be submitted to the Professional Experience Placement Officer. This will cover all local school visits undertaken as part of education courses and school and early childhood placements in NSW schools and early childhood education and care services.

All students who undertake placements in states other then NSW must complete a separate Working With Children Check relevant to the state in which they are doing their placement. The Placement Officer  will help with this process.


If your ATAR is below 63.00 (or equivalent), you may still be able to gain entry into this degree on a provisional basis. Previous work experience and educational qualifications will also be considered upon application.

Alternative admission may be obtained by one or more of the following methods: 

  • Previous post-secondary qualifications at appropriate level
  • Appropriate scores in the uniTEST and the Tertiary Online Written Assessment (TOWA)
  • Special Consideration (disadvantaging factors impacting on Year 12 results)


If you wish to complete this degree fully in distance mode you must be employed on at least a part-time basis in an early childhood education and care or school setting, for the duration of your enrolment as a student at Avondale College of Higher Education. International students in Australia on a student visa cannot enrol in this course by distance mode.


Overseas applicants will have their qualifications assessed by Avondale Admissions in line with the Admission Policy for Undergraduate Higher Education Courses found at  Overseas applicants are also required to satisfy Australian Government visa requirements


International students require an International English Language Test Score (IELTS) of at least 8.0 for speaking and listening prior to being employed as graduate teachers in New South Wales.


Course Structure

Course duration: Four years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus and/or distance education available*
*Only students working in 'prior to school settings' may complete this degree via distance. All other students will need to be enrolled on-campus for the first four semesters, and then have the option to complete the remainder of units via distance education.

Maximum time to complete: 10 years

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)(Birth-5 years) is composed of 32 units (192 credit points) of study over eight semesters. All units are worth six credit points (unless otherwise specified).

Title of course of study: Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) (Birth – 5 years)

The course structure is based on eight semesters (each of 13 weeks duration), with four units taught in each semester. It comprises:

32 compulsory units of six credit points each over four years F/T, or P/T Equivalent (192 credit points) that prepare graduates to meet the Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7 and the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) Graduate Teacher Standards

Professional experience requirements embedded within the various EDEP (professional development and experience) units total 95 days. Satisfactory completion of the professional experience requirements of the units in the course is compulsory.


The course has four areas of study:
• Curriculum Studies
• Christian Education Studies
• Education Studies
• Professional Development and Experience studies

Curriculum Studies  - EDCE Codes focus on the development of practices and processes of teaching the play-based, intentional, socially just and inclusive early childhood curriculum. They also allow the pre-service educator to develop familiarity with curriculum framework documents and National Quality Standards for Australian early childhood settings.

Christian Studies - CHST Codes reflect the unique philosophy of Avondale and convey in a systematic and intentional manner the religious, ethical and social justice values of Avondale’s own faith tradition; the Seventh-day Adventist Church. There is a particular emphasis on the purposes and practices of Christian education.

Education Studies - EDUC Codes provide a theoretical base to the teaching and learning process while contributing to the development of attributes of caring, competence, commitment, critical-reflective skills and Christian values.

Professional Development and Experience - EDEP Codes address the strategies, skills and practices involved in teaching in an early childhood education and care setting and provide opportunities for continued professional experience, offering increasing responsibility within a variety of settings for periods of two to six weeks at a time.

Rules of Progression - Normally students complete 100 and 200 level units before progressing to higher units. All EDEP Professional Development and Experience units have an enrolment pre-requisite of the prior EDEP unit.

Unit Sequence

192 Credit points

95 days Professional Experience

Each unit is worth 6 Credit Points unless otherwise stated.

Year 1 Semester 1

  • EDCE12500 Play-based Pedagogies
  • BBUS11020 Literacy & Numeracy in an Organization
  • EDCE12000 EC Curriculum - The Arts I
  • EDEP10000 Professional Development and Experience IA

Professional Experience (July, 15 days) 3-5 year olds

Year 1 Semester 2

  • EDCE22500 Pedagogies of Relationships  
  • EDUC13500 Child Development I
  • EDCE25000 EC Spirituality, Faith and Family Studies
  • EDEP10100 Professional Development and Experience IB

Professional Experience (February, 15 days) 3-5 year olds

 Year 2 Semester 1

  • EDCE21500 EC Curriculum - Numeracy Technology & Science
  • EDCE23000 EC Curriculum - Multiple Literacies
  • EDEP20000 Professional Development and Experience IIA
  • CHST16110 Studies in Christianity I

 Professional Experience (July, 15 days) 0-2 year olds

Year 2 Semester 2

  • EDCE24000 Outdoor Play and Sustainability
  • EDEP20100 Professional Development and Experience IIB
  • EDUC29600 Indigenous Education Studies
  • EDCE22000 EC Curriculum - The Arts II

 Professional Experience (February, 10 days) 2-3 year olds

Year 3 Semester 1

  • EDUC20100 Exploring a Christian Worldview
  • EDUC28000 Administration and Management I
  • EDUC16000 Curriculum in Early Childhood – Comparative Perspectives
  • EDEP30000 Professional Development and Experience IIIA

Professional Experience (July, 10 days) 3-5yr olds

Year 3 Semester 2

  • EDUC37400 Planning, Assessment and Evaluation
  • EDUC38300 Leadership and Advocacy
  • EDCE22900 ICT in Early Childhood
  • EDEP30100 Professional Development and Experience IIIB

Year 4 Semester 1

  • EDUC22100 Children with Special Needs
  • EDUC23500 Child Development II
  • EDUC28100 Administration and Management II – Journeys of Change
  • EDEP35000 Professional Development and Experience IVA

Professional Experience (July–August, 30 days) 0-5yr olds

Year 4 Semester 2

  • EDUC30105 Exploring a Philosophy of Christian Education
  • EDUC30103 Multicultural & Indigenous Education Studies
  • EDUC35200 Curriculum in EC – Contemporary Issues
  • EDEP35100 Professional Development and Experience IVB

To find out more about any of the units listed here, copy the unit code and then search for that unit here.


The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) (Birth - 5 years) is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Registration and Self-Disclosure

Endorsement of Avondale’s Education courses by the New South Wales Education Standards Authority qualifies graduates for employment as teachers in the NSW State public system. Other Australian state governments have different requirements for teachers to become registered to teach in state schools, but normally registration in one state is considered as meeting the requirements for other states.
Information concerning certification requirements is available from the Head of Discipline. You are advised to familarise yourself with these requirements, as responsibility for registration as a teacher rests with you.

Current legislation requires that all students who will be working with children or young people must take responsibility to make an online application for a NSW Working With Children Check and complete the Child Protection Awareness Training.

All students enrolled in education degrees must complete the above and evidence of completion must be submitted to the Professional Experience Placement Officer. This will cover all local school visits undertaken as part of education courses and school placements in New South Wales schools.

All students who undertake placements in states other than NSW must also complete a separate Working with Children Check relevant to the state in which they are doing their placement. The Placement Officer will help with this process.

Pre-service teachers must take a copy of the Working with Children Check form/card with them to their placement school. This applies to pre-service teachers doing Professional Experience placements in all Australian schools.

Where to get further information

Course Enquiries

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Phone: +61 2 4980 2377
Email: [email protected]
Monday-Thursday, 9.00am-5pm
Friday, 9.00am-12.00noon


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"The course is really good at helping me build confidence in myself as an educator."
- Early Childhood graduate.