Early Childhood

If your passion is to see little ones grow
in a safe educational environment
and be a positive role model then
consider Excelsia's new Bachelor in
Early Childhood Education.

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
(Birth to 5)

Course Information

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECE) is designed to provide graduate early childhood teachers with knowledge, skills and understanding that will equip them to provide such quality early childhood education and care. The course is designed to support students to build a deep, reflexive understanding of the child, child development, early childhood contexts, educational issues, theories and considerations and the diverse needs of children, from birth to five years of age. A continuing shortage of well qualified staff in the early childhood sector is an important motivation for the necessity and provision of this course.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education will have a sound theoretical foundation of the underpinning knowledge and practical skills expected and required of an early childhood educator with a particular focus on:

  • agentic and play-based approaches to early childhood education (Broadhead, Howard and Wood 2010; Fleer 2013)
  • using a range of effective, contemporary educational techniques and strategies to plan, deliver and assess effective learning for a complex and diverse range of children and family populations in a continually changing society
  • creating a safe and challenging educational environment to facilitate learning and wellbeing
  • key theorists and theoretical perspectives in the fields of education, in general and early childhood in particular
  • demonstrating a sound knowledge of the professional behaviour and ethical conduct expected of an educator
  • meeting the AQF level 7 criteria and ACECQA outcomes.

Admission Requirements

Educational Prerequisite

Students must have successfully attained the NSW high School Certificate or interstate or overseas equivalent.

International Applicants

In addition to meeting the educational prerequisite above, international applicants who have not completed an educational qualification in English have to provide proof of proficiency in English through internationally recognised tests such as IELTS or TOEFL, or through satisfactory completion of an approved course at one of the College’s partner language colleges.

Examination Minimun Score 

6 with no band less than 6 

TOEFL iBT (Internet-based)

60 with no score less than 60

PTE Academic 50 with no score less than 50


For other more information visit the English Language Proficiency Requirements page. 

Overseas students applying for admission to Excelsia College courses must have reached the age of 18 years by the commencement of their studies.  Excelsia College will not admit overseas students who have not yet reached 18 years of age.

Visit the International Student page

Mature Age Applicants 

For mature age (21 years and over) entry requirements please visit the Mature Age Students information page

Course Units

Foundations of Early Childhood
Foundations of Teaching and Learning
Growth and Development in Early Childhood
Life Calling and Purpose
Health, Safety and Nutrition
Educational Psychology for Early Learners
Christian Foundations of Education
Observation, Assessment and Professional Experience 1

Reading and Applying the Christian Story
Ethical and Professional Issues in Education
Early Childhood Numeracy
The Young Child, Family and Community Partnerships
Social, Emotional, and Behavioural interventions
Early Childhood Literacy
Curriculum Approaches for the Early Years
Visual and Performing Arts in Early Childhood

Teaching for Diverse Abilities
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Learning
Multicultural and Multilingual Perspective in Early Childhood
Developing Mathematical Concepts in Early Childhood
Early Childhood Ethics and Administrative Responsibilities and Professional Experience
Science and Technology
Foundations of Language Structures and Modes for Early Childhood
Reading, Writing and Viewing in Early Childhood Professional Experience 1

Assessment and Response to Intervention in the Early Childhood Profession
Human Society and its Environment
Planning, Instruction and Assessment for Exceptional Learners in Early Childhood
Student Teaching in the Pre-K to Primary Grades
Engaging in Practice-Based Research

Course Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth to 5)
CRICOS 097424G
Length 4 years full-time or up to 8 years part-time
International Course Tuition Fee  $14,600 per annum
Intakes February, July, Sep
Faculty School of Education
FEE-HELP Yes (domestic students only)

Why study with us


Potential Students

The course is particularly suited to:

  • Individuals seeking an undergraduate qualification to enter  into Early Childhood Education institutes and schools.


This four year full-time program, that may be studied part-time:

  • Consists of 4 core units per semester constituting 32 core units for the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.
  • Each unit is 6 credit points towards a total of 192 credit points.

Career Outcomes

Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher accredited by ACECQA, accessed by AITSL

The Course is designed to meet the  ACECQA standards and AQF level 7. As such, graduates of this 4 year degree will 
be equipped with comprehensive, coherent knowledge and skills of early childhood education as well as the ability to apply this knowledge and skills in a range of early childhood settings.