Study Early Childhood Education at Curtin

Early Childhood Education

Bachelor Degree


Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
4 years full-time
Curtin Perth, Curtin Kalgoorlie


Play an important role in shaping the social and cognitive development of young children.

Mojuan Luo

I love this course! It has many practical subjects to learn – English, science, art, music, physics, mathematics, curriculum and early-years philosophy. My internship at a primary school was an amazing experience. I learned a lot from my mentor, my supervisor and teachers from other classes.

Highly ranked course

Curtin’s education courses were ranked in the top 100 in the world in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

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Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Professional recognition

Recognised by the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia and equivalent national bodies.

Early childhood teachers are integral in shaping the social and cognitive development of children during their formative years.

This initial teacher education degree provides the skills, knowledge and practical learning experiences needed to teach young children (aged 0–8 years) in early education settings. These include early learning and childcare centres, kindergarten, pre-primary and junior primary classes.

You will learn about child development, the curriculum areas and the importance of family partnerships.

You must complete the professional work experience requirement in schools or early learning centres as part of this course, including those electing to study online.

Teaching placements

  • Year 2: three weeks
  • Year 3: eight weeks
  • Year 4: one school term (10 weeks)

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • Curtin’s education courses were ranked in the top 100 in the world in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
  • Staff teaching in the Early Childhood programs are active researchers who represent a high level of expertise in their disciplinary fields from across the University.
  • You will experience a digitally rich e-learning environment that complements your studies and enhances your teaching skills. You will be encouraged to participate in the learning process and acquire the skills needed to be digitally fluent.
  • This course integrates education theory with classroom practice for all areas. You will undertake 18 weeks of teaching experience in both primary classrooms and early learning centre settings.

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; ensuring you graduate with the competencies needed to become a successful teacher.
  • You will 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.

Professional recognition

This degree is recognised nationally as an initial pre-service teaching qualification with the Teachers Registration Board of Western Australia and Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority.

Career information


  • Early childhood teacher
  • Junior primary teacher
  • Education advisor and reviewer
  • Early learning centre manager
  • Early learning centre educator
  • Nanny


  • Early education (government and non-government)
  • Primary education (government and non-government)

What you'll learn

  • apply high-level discipline knowledge, principles and concepts associated with effective teaching of children from birth to 8 years
  • draw from theory and research to apply knowledge of the needs of students from diverse backgrounds and across the full range of abilities to enhance learning
  • assess student learning and analyse diverse sources of data to support valid judgements of student learning
  • plan and deliver effective teaching and learning experiences with demonstrated impact
  • use technologies appropriately for learning and teaching
  • engage in professional learning and demonstrate capacity for leadership; demonstrate personal literacy and numeracy competencies to the required accreditation standard
  • engage in critical and reflective practice based on local, national and international research
  • create and manage positive learning environments for all students, including those from diverse cultural backgrounds

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 8.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 8.0
Overall band score 7.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2018 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
India (CBSE) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Please select a country above.

Essential course prerequisites

Mathematics is desirable.

Applicants will also be required to engage in reflection of non-academic attributes related to teaching. Students will be responsible for meeting any costs associated with this process. 


Entry to this course will not be possible based on work experience alone. This is consistent with current practice for accredited Initial Teacher Education courses taught by the School of Education.

Applicants will also be required to engage in reflection of non-academic attributes related to teaching. Students will be responsible for meeting any costs associated with this process. 


Entry to this course will not be possible based on work experience alone. This is consistent with current practice for accredited Initial Teacher Education courses taught by the School of Education.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Students will be required to have a current and valid Working with Children clearance as required by the state or country in which the placement provider is located. They will also need to meet any other relevant State requirements before engaging in any work with children or professional experience. If students have any doubt about their eligibility to acquire these clearances they should contact the local Teacher Registration Authority.


All students are required to successfully complete compulsory professional experience placements in early learning centres and schools as part of designated units throughout the course. Placements are undertaken on a full-time basis for the number of days shown in a continuous block and students need to plan carefully to ensure they are able to meet this commitment. The total number of days of professional experience in the course will satisfy all states' requirements for teacher registration. No more than 25% of professional experience days may be undertaken in schools outside Australia. Therefore, students will only be able to complete one 3 week placement outside Australia and will be required to complete all other placements within Australia. None of the four professional experience placements can be broken or split into shorter periods. The professional experience must be conducted as a full time block placement at the specified time.

Students are required to provide evidence of successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students (LANTITE) prior to graduation. The test is managed by ACER and details of the test (for example, sample questions, the Test Window dates, and registration) can be found at:

Students are responsible for meeting the costs associated with taking these tests, which are a national requirement applicable to all teaching graduates. The successful completion of LANTITE is a course completion requirement.

Students must successfully complete all other units in the degree prior to enrolling in the final professional experience unit.

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.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

International student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $352*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $15,500*
Total indicative course fee $123,500*
Indicative year 1 fee $31,000*

The fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. The indicative tuition fee is subject to an annual tuition fee increase of up to 5 per cent and may be subject to legislative change.

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 does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.


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  • Curtin course code: B-EDEC
  • CRICOS code: 020852A
  • Last updated on: January 22, 2020