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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education (ECE) has received a lot of thought and attention in the recent years. Many countries have pushed for higher standards in quality ECE and identify this among the most important things for young children. Access to high end quality childhood education services are the building blocks for the future of children. Australia is not exception to that and it has made huge improvements in its ECE sector. An average proportion of children under three are enrolled for this. The proportion of four year olds attending some form of care is also continuing to grow.

Australia is looking for childhood educators who have the necessary qualifications. International students fit into these jobs and perform well as they bring along with them their own cultural experiences from their home countries. While doing a course in ECE the student visa would allow you to work during your term for about 40 hours (more during the term breaks) thereby giving you hands-on experience while you study the course. This combination is great to enhance your skills and techniques especially when you are ready to take up your permanent job in this given sphere.

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Diploma in Early Childhood Education

A diploma in this field qualifies a person to plan, implement and manage programs in early childhood services. A career in ECE is best suited for those who have a passion for very young preschoolers and have an interest in a daycare environment.

This course is delivered in a classroom set up with a combination of tutorials and workshops. At the end of it students are assessed through written tests, assignments and some hands on work placements. Industry connections with the university you enroll with can help you gain internships and practical knowledge post completion of your diploma.

Course duration: 1.5 years


  • Academic: Completion of year 12 or equivalent
  • IELTS overall band of 5.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 5.0
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Bachelors of Education in Early Childhood

This would qualify you for professional registration as a teacher throughout Australia. An accreditation from the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) is a national benchmark for ECE and care and makes you more employable in the future.

Bachelors in ECE deal with current concerns in childhood learning and development, the structure of their curriculum, changing work context within early childhood learning.

Course Duration: 3-4 years depending on whether its fast track or not as well as if you already possess any prior diploma in the field


  • Academic: Completion of year 12 or equivalent
  • IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0

Masters of Teaching in Early Childhood:

This course with the first degree in a related or allied field makes for learning and eventually teaching children from early ages right till eight years and qualifies for registration to teach in early childhood setups across Australia.

Course Duration: 2 years full time (4 years part-time)

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  • Academic: Completion of year 12 or equivalent
  • Bachelors in child education or equivalent
  • IELTS overall band score of 7.5(Academic Module) with no individual band below 7

Visa Requirement

For all international students aspiring to take up the course the following are required from their side to secure a student visa

  • A valid passport for the duration of the study in Australia
  • Unconditional offer letter from the university or institution
  • Evidence of access to sufficient funds
  • Proof of Overseas Student Health Cover
  • Other relevant documents listed on the Department of Home Affairs visa checklist

PR Pathway to Australia

Early Childhood teachers and Secondary School teachers come under the Immigration Border Protection Medium to Long Term Strategic Skills Lists (MLTSSL). This means that if you are qualified Early Childhood Teacher you are eligible to apply for independent general skilled migration (Permanent work visas).

Frequently asked questions about studying Early Childhood Education in Australia

Australia had always taken pride for providing high quality education. Thus, there is no surprise that their education courses results in well-equipped teachers. Australian teachers are sought after across the country and overseas. Not to mention the rigorous training students undergo to prepare them for their future career. This explains why Australian educated and trained teachers have excellent skills in communication, problem-solving, listening and research.

Early Childhood teachers teach the basics of numeracy, literacy, music, art and literature to early childhood (pre-primary) students and promote students; social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.

AECC Global proudly represents the best Australian education providers, assisting students with visa and migrations processes, making personalised education pathway and worry free experience. Sample of the degrees and qualifications offered:

  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
  • Master of Teaching (Early Years)
  • Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)

Here are some of the requirements in securing student visa. Alternatively, you can contact our education consultants for worry free process:

  • a valid passport for the duration of your study in Australia
  • offer letter from the selected university/institution
  • IELTS score 6.5 overall and no score below 6.0 in each of the component*
  • evidence of access to sufficient funds*
  • evidence of Overseas Student Health Cover
  • successfully completed at least year 12 AQF or Australian Qualifications Framework equivalent*
  • all other relevant documents listed on the Department of Home Affairs visa checklists

Students of Early Childhood Education depending on their study goals, are able to design the pathway depending on their academic achievements. From Certificates to Diplomas (and Advanced Diplomas), to Bachelor Degrees and to Master and Doctoral, our AECC Global Consultants are committed to outline your pathway to success.

There is an expected job growth of 26% for early childhood teachers from 2017 till 2022. There are likely to be around 36,000 job openings over this time period. Full-time teachers earn around $52,000 per annum. Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.

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