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Deakin University

Burwood, Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Bachelor of Education (Early Years)

Deakin’s Bachelor of Education (Early Years) allows you to teach young children in early childhood and primary school settings. With professional experience opportunities and the option to choose from a range of curriculum areas, you’ll graduate with a qualification that’s in high demand, meeting the significant growth of the Australian early childhood education sector. 

Are you interested in an exciting and rewarding career teaching children? 

Deakin’s dual accredited early years degree opens up a range of career opportunities, spanning the early childhood and primary education sectors. Studies focus on contemporary issues in children’s learning and development, curriculum theories and pedagogies, discipline knowledge, and the changing work context within early childhood and primary education.

Early years teaching specializations include:

  • Aboriginal knowledge and experiences
  • arts education
  • promoting equity, social justice, and inclusivity.

Primary teaching specializations include:

  • language and literacy
  • science.

The Professional Experience Program is a key part of every Deakin teaching student’s course experience. Working with more than 1400 schools across Australia, we’ll arrange at least 115 days of placements for you in schools where you’ll learn from experienced teachers.

Campus Information


The Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin’s largest. A short trip from Melbourne’s central business district, Burwood offers the perfect balance between city lifestyle and suburban comfort. On campus you will find impressive buildings and world-class facilities, a wide range of learning and social spaces, and a relaxed atmosphere. If you enjoy getting outdoors between classes, the Melbourne Burwood Campus also sits alongside parkland, which is great for walking, jogging and cycling.


  • March

Application Processing Time in Days: 5

Application Process

Application Outcome
7 Days
Visa processing time
35 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There’s an increasing demand for qualified early childhood teachers, with a 22% projected employment growth expected in the sector, to 2023.

Graduates are qualified to work in early childhood settings as early childhood teachers, educational leaders, coordinators, or advisers. They are also qualified to work as a primary teacher working across all year levels from foundation through to grade 6.

Early years graduates may also find careers within:

  • community services
  • early childhood facilities
  • education organizations
  • government agencies
  • not-for-profit organizations.

PSW Opportunity

  • Melbourne Campus - 2 years of Post Study Work Permit

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria


  • (standard class XII):- 65%

Supporting documents

When you apply to Deakin, it’s important to attach all requested supporting documentation, otherwise, your application could be delayed or disallowed.

Remember, most documents need to be certified before you upload them, so give yourself plenty of time to get organized.

Examples of certified copies you’ll need to include:

  • award certificates
  • academic transcripts
  • formal identity papers (e.g. your passport).

Documents in languages other than English will need to be translated. If you’re applying for a scholarship, please also check the specific supporting documents for that application.

Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on:

  • Minimum ATAR of 70 in 2019
  • VCE Units 1 and 2 of General Mathematics or Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics, or Units 3 and 4 of Mathematics (any)
  • a study score of at least 35 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 25 in English other than EAL

Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life, or work experience will be based on their performance in:

  • a Diploma of Education and Care (or equivalent) with a minimum WAM (Weighted Average Mark) of 60%


  • attainment of an ungraded Diploma of Education and Care AND successful completion of STAT or UNITest


  • other evidence of ability to meet the academic demands of the course AND successful completion of STAT or UNITest.

All Applicants must complete an additional selection tool for non-academic attributes. Deakin University is using the CASPer test. Casper is an online, video-scenario based situational judgment test, designed to measure non-academic suitability for teaching.