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Study Early Childhood Education (ECE) in Australia

Early Childhood Education Course AustraliaIf you are creative, adaptable, and love working with children, early childhood education could be the perfect program for you. You will be participating in the education of children from ‘birth-5 years old’ or ’birth-8 years old’ depending on your qualification.  Teaching young children requires patience, sensitivity, and a lot of energy!

The growth of day care centres that provide much longer hours to meet the needs to working parents has resulting in a shortage of early childhood teachers nation-wide, thus, ‘Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher’ is on Australia’s Skilled Occupations Lists, making it a popular course for long-term career options.  Let us help you find and enrol in a course.

This profession guides children during their most rapid social and mental skills development phase. Their teacher focuses on activities that foster creativity and educational play, including music, art, numerously, and literacy.  Day-to-day duties include structuring learning activities, facilitating social development interactions, evaluating learning outcomes, and monitoring mental and physical development and identifying possible issues.

Qualifications for Early Childhood Education (ECE) Teachers

Before you can enrol in any course below, you will be required to have both a police and Working with Children check. In addtion, keep in mind that for a bachelor or higher, international students generally need to have an IETLS score of 7.0-7.5, with some schools requiring 8.0 in speaking & listening.

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

With a Cert III, an ECE teacher assists in the running of an approved syllabus, while participating in the development of a child’s development.  In certain environments, an ECE teacher will be supervised or work independently.

Average length of study: 25 weeks

Tuition fees:  proximally $AU 6,000 depending on the college

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

This qualification ensures you meet the standards required according to the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. A graduate may design & implement the curriculum for early childhood education & care services. A Certificate III holder may also supervise fellow staff and/or volunteers.

Average length of study: 1.5

Tuition fees: approximately $AU 12,000-14,000/year


If you complete a 2-year bachelor program, you may qualify for the 485 Graduate Visa...providing full work rights for 1.5 years! Find out more

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

Early Childhood Education qualificationsBachelor graduates can teaching in a primary school, and/or take on leadership roles in childcare settings & kindergarten. With this qualification, grads can be employed across Australia and possible overseas.

Average length of study: 3-4 years depending on institution

Tuition fees: range from $AU 18,000 -32,000/year ($AU 72,000-$128,000 total for qualification)


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Graduate Diploma of Education (Early Childhood)

The Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood) is for students who already have a bachelor degree (it may be in a discipline other than teaching), who want to become a teacher for children in kindergarten-year 3.

Average length of study: 1 year

Tuition fees: range from $AU 22,000-25,000 total for qualification

Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)

A Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) provides a teaching qualification if you have received for a degree in a discipline that is not education. The masters prepares you to teach in a primary school (kindergarten to year 3), or for teaching and leadership roles in kindergarten and childcare settings.

Average length of study: 2 years

Tuition fees: range from $AU 23,000 -32,000 (total qualification $AU 46,000 - $64,000)

Employment Trends for Early Education Teachers

According to, employment for early childhood teachers has increased substantially over the past 10 years.  This trend is set to continue over the coming years, thus the reason it is on the Skilled Occupations List.  The Department of Employment estimates 29,000 teachers will be employed in the industry by 2018, up from 26,000 in 2013.

Depending on your qualification, your education may lead to employment in long day care, family day care, preschool & kindergarten, outside schools hours care services, or a primary school as a/an:

  • early childhood teacher
  • childcare assistant
  • day care educator
  • Out of School Hours Care (OOSH) assistant
  • nanny

Approximately 60% of teachers have full-time work in the industry, while 49% of teachers have a bachelor qualification.

The average salary in Australia is about $AU 52,000 per week (before tax), while in the USA you can expect approximately $US 28,000 a year, where job growth is also positive.