Study Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education is an important and immensely fulfilling career, one that provides a precious opportunity to give children the best start in life.  

At Southern Cross University, our courses deliver the skills, knowledge and understanding to succeed in this rewarding field.   

For example, 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. 

Our Bachelor of Early Childhood Education gives you a three-year qualification to work in early childhood settings with children from six weeks to six-years-old. The University has accreditation from the  Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority.

(Please note, this course qualifies early childhood teachers to work in early childhood settings with children from six weeks to six-years-old. 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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For almost a century the sandstone walls of Universities housed the same teaching model. The Southern Cross Model is different – immersive, responsive, in tune with the 21st century student. By joining Southern Cross, you are part of a better way to learn.

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