Selection Rank
TBC (Median SR)
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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021

AUD33,980 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
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English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.5
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0 (R,W), 8.0 (L,S)

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4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 40105
CRICOS code: 095151K

Study early childhood and primary education

Teachers and education professionals have the power to change lives and shape young minds. If a rewarding career working with children sounds like a dream, then the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) degree is for you. Graduates qualify to work across a wide age range:

  • Preschool and early childhood (birth – 5 years): Play a meaningful role in intellectual and social development during the crucial early years.
  • Primary school (kinder – year 6): Work across the full scale of children’s intellectual, physical and social development.

Studying this degree prepares you for both teaching and non-teaching roles. Learn to work with families and children in various educational settings or play constructive roles in related industries such as policy development and research.

Why study with us?

  • Our graduates get jobs with 94% securing employment within four months of graduating (overall employment rate - 2018 Graduate Outcomes Survey).
  • Graduate job-ready with at least three professional early childhood or primary teaching placements (approximately 90 days) in Australia or overseas, as well as Teach Outreach volunteer opportunities.
  • Cutting-edge and experience-based learning with Teach Live, our virtual reality teacher training tool. You’ll also benefit from Ed Outreach community experiences from your first year.
  • Flexible career options with professional accreditations for both early childhood and primary school settings, as well as opportunities for non-teaching roles in related sectors.
  • International Opportunities - students have the opportunity to experience teaching in bilingual classrooms through the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program.

Education scholarships
Find out more about our scholarships for domestic and international students

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What you will study

Gain specialist skills, knowledge and expertise across pre-school and early years (birth - 5 years) through to primary school levels (kinder - year 6). In the first year of your early childhood degree, you will study courses which develop core knowledge of the foundations of child development, schooling, teaching and specialist subjects. Years 3 to 4 will provide you with an increasing breadth of knowledge and expertise across the key learning areas, as well as in various specialist subjects taught in primary school.

You can study a range of courses in:

  • Psychology of learning and teaching
  • Children's learning and growth across the span of birth to 12 years
  • Families and society
  • Programming and planning for children aged 0-5 years
  • Language and mathematical learning
  • Aboriginal education
  • Policy and issues
  • Behaviour management
  • Special education
  • Ethics and professional codes of conduct

Throughout your early childhood and primary education degree, you will learn and benefit from virtual reality teacher training, professional practical experience placements, research, community experiences and ongoing volunteer opportunities.

Advanced study options

Meritorious students who complete their first two years of the program with at least a credit grade point average have the option to internally apply for admission to the prestigious Research Honours program for their final two years.

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhod and Primary) (Honours) program handbook


Postgraduate study in Education not only enhances your career options, it also allows you to further develop your skills and gain highly regarded expertise. Completing your Bachelor of Education degree at UON opens doors to several postgraduate pathways:

The Master of Special Education¹ qualification will increase your employability, as special education expertise is in high demand in NSW public schools and across Australia. Our Master of Educational Studies allows a range of other specialisations such as engineering, research, ICT and digital learning, mathematics, TESOL and others. Aspiring teaching and non-teaching professionals may also study the Master of Leadership and Management in Education to enhance their skills, competitive edge and career opportunities.

¹NSW Department of Education website

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

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Career opportunities

Diversify your skills and career pathways by qualifying for both teaching and non-teaching roles. Our education graduates enjoy great employment prospects with 94% securing jobs within four months of completing their degree.

Early childhood and primary education graduates gain professional teaching accreditations whilst also benefitting from wider career pathways. Work with diverse families and children in various educational settings including primary school classrooms, childcare centres and pre-schools. Qualify to teach both:

  • Children in their early years (birth to 5years old)
  • Primary school-aged children (kinder to year 6).

While most study Education to become teachers, your qualification opens doors to a multitude of other careers in related industries, including leadership and professional roles in research and policy development. For instance, you may develop and bring a new technique of behaviour management to a troubled school, which could change lives and open further career opportunities.

Career opportunities include:

  • early childhood teacher
  • early childhood centre director
  • primary school teacher
  • specialist teacher in primary school
  • community educator
  • educational researcher
  • education publication writer or editor
  • education policy analyst
  • education consultant
  • curriculum developer
  • educational materials developer
  • curriculum evaluator
  • educational administrator

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

Aspiring teachers will gain professional accreditation as Preschool and Early Childhood teachers, as well as K-6 (Primary) teachers in and beyond the New South Wales Government, Catholic, and Independent school sectors.

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) degree at UON is accredited by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) (formerly BOSTES). Graduates will be eligible to register with the two professional accreditation bodies for early childhood and primary education:

Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) oversees the implementation of the National Quality Framework (NQF) and works with the state and territory regulatory authorities to implement and administer the NQF.

NSW Education Standards Authority

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) replaced the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) on 1 January 2017. NESA works with the NSW community to drive improvements in student achievement. They will set and monitor quality teaching, learning, assessment and school standards. This includes responsibility, across NSW public, Catholic and independent schools.

Practical experience

Practical experience

This degree requires students to participate in placements in NSW Department of Education or other NSW school or service. During placement, students will be subject to the policies and procedures of the placement facility. Students must meet all the Education Placement Requirements, including a NSW Working with Children clearance.

The new Bachelor of Education degrees are designed to increase your competitive edge and employability. Learning is more innovative and experience-based, ensuring that UON Education graduates are more employable than ever.

Enjoy hands on teaching experience from your first year and develop your skills through Teach Live where you will enjoy simulated classrooms and virtual reality experiences. First year students also enjoy community service experiences.

As you move through your degree you will complete at least three professional experience placements. This equates to approximately 90 days supervised professional experience in relevant school settings. Students also benefit from ongoing volunteer placement opportunities, a strong alumni network and an engaging online platform.

  • Teach Live – teach online avatars in a virtual classroom to enhance confidence and improve your instructional skills.
  • Ed Outreach - Enjoy experience-based learning and benefit from Ed Outreach community experiences from your first year of study.
  • Teach Outreach  - a volunteer placement program that provides hands-on experience at local schools, centres and community organisations.
  • NuTeach - an online platform that houses a wide range of resources and provides the space and opportunity to network and collaborate with our 6,000+ Education students and 150+ staff in Australia and around the world.