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Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) - BEd(Curtin) - B-EDEC Humanities
Guaranteed ATAR 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
STAT entry Written English and MC Verbal and Quantitative STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Location Bentley, Albany or Kalgoorlie This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July

You will be required to pass a literacy and numeracy competency test in the first year of the degree. These tests comprise of spelling, essay writing and knowledge of mathematics content appropriate to early childhood teachers.

Duration 4 years full-time

Course overview

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.

You will complete four professional experience placements in this course. These placements provide opportunities to practice and demonstrate the skills and knowledge gained under the supervision of a mentor teacher. There may be opportunities for a country, interstate or overseas placement.

Core education
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.

Teaching practice
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.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

Guaranteed ATAR This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.


Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR-related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most recent intake period.

Mature age entry

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Essential WACE courses

English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR

TAFE requirements

A TAFE certificate IV and evidence of English competency, or a TAFE diploma.

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course:


You will be required to pass a literacy and numeracy competency test in the first year of the degree. These tests comprise of spelling, essay writing and knowledge of mathematics content appropriate to early childhood teachers.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 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 (referred to as the "student contribution amount"). 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. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*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.

Professional recognition

Curtin's Bachelor of Education is recognised nationally as an initial pre-service teaching qualification.

Advanced standing/credit transfer/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on or 1300 222 888.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Teacher - Early Childhood
  • Child Care Coordinator
  • early childhood teacher
  • junior primary teacher
  • early learning centre manager
  • early learning centre educator
  • education advisor and reviewer
  • policy development officer
  • curriculum designer.

Why Early Childhood Education?

  • 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 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.
  • Education at Curtin is proud of its consistently positive feedback from employers who say Curtin teachers are of excellent quality and well prepared for the education industry.  


How this course will make you industry ready

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.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.