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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) (BEED)

Entry requirements
ATAR 62.00
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • External
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
  • 4 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Feb, May

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) overview

  • Are you looking for a degree that gives you flexibility, industry engagement, professional development, expert knowledge and practice? Our Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) is for you.
  • UniSQ’s Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) is designed to prepare graduates who are confident to teach children in prior to school settings and P-3 classrooms.
  • With regular opportunities to engage with current educators and industry, in both early childhood settings and school contexts, you’ll be able to cross the gap between theory and practice. UniSQ graduates are highly sought after and employable in both prior to school settings and early childhood classrooms.
  • Do you already have an early childhood qualification from TAFE or another recognised provider? UniSQ may be able to offer you recognition for prior learning to help you complete your degree faster.

Professional accreditation

As a graduate, you are prepared to support the learning of children from birth to eight years of age, which means you are eligible to apply for teacher registration through the Queensland College of Teachers. To be eligible for registration in Queensland, both domestic and international students are required to attend the majority of placements in settings within Australia.  

In addition to completing all requirements for the degree, students need to pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) prior to graduation. It's recommended that students pass the LANTITE before the successful completion of 16 courses. Please register for the LANTITE test through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website.

This program is approved with the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT).

Career outcomes

  • As a graduate, you will be well qualified for employment in traditional and diverse roles ranging from early learning centres to kindergartens and P-3 classrooms in primary schools in Queensland, as well as elsewhere in Australia and in many overseas jurisdictions, subject to local requirements.

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

Recent secondary education

Adjusted Entry score including adjustment factors (additional points given in certain circumstances). Unadjusted Entry score not including adjustment factors.
ATAR The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a percentile rank used to assess the results of high-school applicants for undergraduate entry into university. 62.00 76.00


  • Subject pre-requisites: English (Units 3 & 4, C); General Maths, Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Maths (Units 3 & 4, C); Year 12 science subject (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent. 
  • A statement addressing suitability criteria. For information on selection guidelines, including the process for assessing an applicant's non-academic capabilities, please see the selection guidelines for initial teacher education courses

Note: You must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of professional experience placements within this degree.

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements that must be met in order to successfully complete this degree. Inherent requirements are fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the degree, while maintaining the academic integrity of the degree. Please read and understand the inherent requirements specific to the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) before applying.

If you think you may experience any problems meeting inherent requirements, you can talk to a Student Equity Officer about reasonable adjustments that may be put in place to assist you. Any reasonable adjustments made must not fundamentally change the nature of the inherent requirement.

Further admission information

Adjustments are additional points given in certain circumstances that may increase your Rank. Find out if you qualify for any adjustment factor pathways such as educational disadvantage where you live, and subjects you passed.

UniSQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average Ranks for this degrees' student cohort from the previous year.

Tafe (VET) qualification

If you have completed a qualification from a TAFE or qualified private provider, you may be able to use these qualifications to meet UniSQ's entry requirements.

Work and life experience

You may be able to use your work experience and other adjustment factors to increase your selection rank and meet UniSQ's entry requirements.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires one or more of the following criteria: a minimum of IELTS 8.0, or equivalent, for speaking and listening, IELTS 7.0 for reading and writing, or an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education (IHEPP) program.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 32 units.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 32
incl. 90 days of supervised placement 
Total 32

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Professional experience

You will also need to complete 90 days of professional experience to gain valuable practice in prior to school settings and classrooms working with babies, toddlers, infants and young children.

All students within this degree must be able to meet the professional requirements expected of teachers and early childhood professionals.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 4445
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 24000

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2024. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Professional experience costs

This degree includes a professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.


At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Apply via QTAC

Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:

  • have never studied with UniSQ before, or
  • are a Year 12 student, or
  • want to transfer to UniSQ from another university.
Mode QTAC Codes
External 908185
Springfield 928181
Toowoomba 908181

Copy your QTAC code and continue through to the QTAC website to complete your application.

Apply through QTAC

If you are applying via QTAC, please check our application closing dates.

Apply directly to UniSQ

You may be able to apply directly to UniSQ if you:

  • are a current or previous UniSQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
  • have recently graduated from TAFE.


You can select to start your study in Trimester 1 or 2.

Study period  Application closing date Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Trimester 1, 2025  Monday 10 February Monday 3 February  Monday 10 February  Friday 9 May
Trimester 2, 2025 Monday 26 May Monday 19 May Monday 26 May  Friday 22 August

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

Discover further information on applying to study at UniSQ that is relevant to you.

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What is a bachelor of early childhood education?

A bachelor of early childhood education in Australia is an education and teaching degree that equips graduates with the qualification to deliver education and care to children preschool age and under (e.g. preschool, kindergarten, long day care, family day care or out of school hours care).

Why study a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

Early childhood education is a fulfilling and rewarding career path. You’ll work in hands-on and creative learning environments while creating a lasting positive impact on the lives of young children during their formative years.

A Bachelor of Education Early Childhood allows you to gain teacher registration and the skills to implement teaching programs to align with national curriculum requirements.  

What years will I be able to teach?

Early childhood teachers specialise in the learning development and care of children from birth to 8 years of age (including prior to school settings and P-3 classrooms).

What are the entry requirements?

To enter the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) at UniSQ, you’ll need pre-requisite subject knowledge in English, a Year 12 science subject, as well as either General Maths, Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Maths.

You're also required to meet a minimum ATAR and assumed knowledge. ‘Assumed knowledge’ is the term we use to explain the minimum level of knowledge we presume you have in some subjects before you start your degree. 

Before you start your prac placements, you’ll require a valid Blue Card or Exemption Card for working with children, along with other placement requirements. 

Please view the entry requirements section of this page for details on ATAR, assumed knowledge and supporting documentation.

How long does a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) take?

Generally, a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education in Queensland takes four years of full-time study to complete. If you have a previous early childhood qualification from TAFE or other institution, you may be eligible to receive credit for some courses and graduate sooner. 

Are flexible study options available?

At UniSQ, we know that our students often have other commitments alongside their study. That’s why we offer various flexible ways to study, so you can study at a pace and convenience that suits your needs. Tailor your education and teaching degree to fit in with your lifestyle. You can choose to study full or part-time, online, on-campus, or a mix of both.

Can I complete it online?

Study on your own terms, in your own time. The majority of your Bachelor of Education Early Childhood study can be studied online, with the exception of professional experience placements that will require you to gain hands-on experience in various educational settings.

How much does a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education cost in Australia?

The tuition fees of a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education in Australia will vary depending on the education provider you choose.

When you study with us, the first year of your studies will cost approximately AUD 4000 (Commonwealth supported place), not including:

  • textbook and resources costs
  • student services and amenities fees.

Please view the fees and scholarships section of this page for further details.

Why study a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) with UniSQ?

Follow your passion in working with children and embark on an inspiring career with UniSQ's Bachelor of Early Childhood Education in Queensland.

  • We have over 800 placement partners supporting teaching students across Queensland, interstate and overseas.
  • Through a combination of theory and professional experience placements, UniSQ education and teaching graduates are well prepared to adapt to the classroom environment and are highly sought after in the job market.
  • Benefit from interest free loans  to help cover the costs associated with  education placements (e.g., travel, professional attire). 
  • We are rated five out of five stars for graduate starting salary (Good Universities Guide, 2024).