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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) is a four year course comprised of specialist units in early childhood education and development, and complemented by generalist units in education and professional studies. Students complete 90 days of professional experience in up to four different early childhood settings. The degree has a strong emphasis on social justice and leadership in early childhood contexts. Students additionally have the opportunity to complete elective units of study in the sciences, social sciences and humanities subject areas that are offered by the University of Sydney Business School, Faculty of Science, and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Graduates will be well prepared to meet the Australian Professional Teaching Standards. This course provides students with a professional qualification to teach children from birth to five years of age in early childhood education settings.

Degree structure and requirements

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) degree, students must complete 192 credit points in total, comprising:

  • up to 132 credit points of Curriculum and Professional Studies units of study
  • 12 credit points of Education One units;
  • 12 credit points of 1000-level units of study chosen from Arts and Social Sciences Table A Subject Areas or from Table S;
  • 12 credit points of Education Two units;
  • 6 credit points of Education Three core units;
  • 6 credit points of Education Four units*; and
  • up to 12 credit points of Education Three optional units*.

*If you are undertaking honours you must complete 12 credit points of Education Four units and 6 credit points of Education Three optional units.

The enrolment pattern of requirements can be found on the Early Childhood unit of study table.


The Education honours program is available to all students enrolled in an undergraduate education degree within the Sydney School of Education and Social Work.

Education honours is an integrated program undertaken during the final three semesters of an undergraduate degree. For students enrolled in four-year degrees, the program commences in Semester Two, Year 3.

Students enrolled in the honours program are required to undertake two honours units of study, and complete an honours dissertation.

Contacts and further information

UG Early Childhood Program Director: A/Prof Marianne Fenech

School website: Sydney School of Education and Social Work . See the website for location and counter opening hours for the Office of Professional Engagement and Program Support.

Example pathway

Year and Semester  Units of Study   
Year 1 Sem 1 EDUF1018 Education, Teachers and Teaching EDEC1005 Introduction to EC Education  EDEC1006 Learning through Play in Early Childhood  1000 level unit of study – Table A or Table S
  Sem 2 EDUF1019 Human Development and Education EDEC1007 Health and Wellbeing in Early Childhood EDEC1008 History and Philosophy of ECE 1000 level unit of study – Table A or Table S
Year 2 Sem 1 EDUF2006 Educational Psychology EDEC2005 Ethics and Social Justice in EC EDEC2006 Language and Communications in EC EDEC2007 Science and Technology in the Early Years
  Sem 2 EDUF2007 Social Perspectives on Education EDEC2008 Professional Communication EDEC2009 Creative Arts in Early Childhood EDEC2010 Professional Experience 1 (20 days)
Year 3 Sem 1 EDUF3031 Positive Approaches to Special Education EDEC3003 Mathematics in Early Childhood EDEC3007 Infant-toddler Learning and Development EDEC3008 EC Professional Experience 2 (20 days)
  Sem 2 EDUF4044 Reading & Applying Educational Research OR EDUF4020 Education Honours Preliminary EDEC3009 Creative Arts in Early Childhood 2 EDEC3010 Leading and Managing Quality EC Services EDEC3011 EC Professional Experience 3 (20 days)
Year 4 Sem 1 EDUF3136 Research with Young Children EDEC4007 Partnering with Families on the Margins EDEC4008 STEM in Early Childhood EDEC4009 Language and Literacies
  Sem 2 EDUF30XX Education III Option OR EDUF4021 Education Honours Dissertation EDEC4010 Early Childhood Policy and Advocacy EDEC4011 Internship Research Project EDEC4012 Early Childhood Internship (30 days)