Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)
James Cook University - Townsville

Course outline

The course prepares teachers to work with children from birth to eight years, with specific emphasis on kindergarten, Preparatory year and Years 1-3. It includes professional experience commencing in the first year of the course. Students undertake practical work in a variety of educational sites, including rural and remote locations and wider community settings. Specialist subjects include early childhood development and early childhood care and education service. This course is nationally accredited through the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) in association with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). Graduates of this course are eligible for teacher registration in Australia. For most current course information, visit Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) at JCU.
The JCU Offer Guarantee does not apply to this course.


All education students must participate in a five-day intensive Professional Orientation Program on campus in the final year of their program. Online education students can study six subjects consecutively per year (one eight-week subject for six study periods a year), with the exception of professional experience placement in Australian educational institutions as required for professional accreditation. Students studying at Cairns campus will study up to 50% of their subjects online.

Students without a General Science subject can study the ED0195:03 Bridging Science for Teachers subject prior to commencing.

Combined diploma/degrees

Refer to entry for: D Higher Education (General Studies)/B Education (Early Childhood Education). This course can be combined with the following course at TAFE Qld: D Early Childhood Education and Care. Refer to entry for the diploma under TAFE Qld.

Other requirements

A Suitability Card is required; refer to institution. All students must meet the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) standard prior to their final placement and Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment (GTPA). Refer to Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students. Applicants from non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the minimum English language requirements; refer to institution.

Admissions Criteria

For additional information about the admissions criteria for JCU and for this course, refer to the JCU website.


English, Literature, English and Literature Extension or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 and 4, C); General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 and 4, C); Any General subject from the Sciences Learning Area (Units 3 and 4, C); Completion of Year 12 or attained age 18 years; LANTITE Literacy status; LANTITE Numeracy status; Teaching Personal Statement

Additional entry requirements

All applicants for initial teacher education courses must satisfy both academic and non-academic entry criteria. QTAC assesses applicants’ non-academic capabilities using an instrument developed with the Australian Council of Deans of Education.
Students must meet English language proficiency requirements for teacher registration in Australia, either on entry to or on graduation from the program.

Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

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Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

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Higher education study

Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

Work and life experience

Recent secondary education

Recent secondary education admitted solely on the basis of ATAR/Rank

Admitted where both ATAR/Rank and additional criteria were considered

Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR/Rank was not a factor

International students

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* “<5" – the number of students is less than 5

Career opportunities

Early childhood teacher, child care administrator.

Course Code
Start Date

Offer rounds
CSP/$3950 (1st year contribution)
Level of Qualification
Bachelor degree
Study Area
Study Mode
Full time, Part time
Course Duration

4 years Full time or 8 years Part time