Study Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education is an immensely satisfying career and a precious opportunity to give children the very best start in life. Skilled educators in this area are in high demand as the sector continues to experience very strong growth (Job Outlook, 2020). Let Southern Cross get you there with one of our undergraduate or postgraduate degrees.

In just one year, our Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) enables graduates with a degree in any discipline, to become a fully qualified early childhood teacher in a preschool, or an educator within the family day care or traditional day care system.

There is strong demand for qualified early childhood educators. The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education gives you a three-year qualification to work in early childhood settings with children from six-weeks-old to six-years-old.

The University has accreditation for this course from the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Please note, this course qualifies early childhood teachers to teach from birth to five-year-old settings. These settings are known differently throughout Australia, some as preschools and others as kindergarten. The course does not qualify graduates to teach in primary school settings. 

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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) student Marissa Cafe on placement with Possums Preschool South Lismore – Childcare Centre


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