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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), Bachelor of Arts

Use your strengths to give young children the best possible start.

Get equipped with all the practical and theoretical skills required to educate and nurture children from birth to eight years. The course is taken as a double degree with a Bachelor of Arts, providing a comprehensive, liberal education for all new teachers. You will learn to combine your theoretical knowledge with your curriculum studies and put them to practical use in a variety of work placements.

Quick Facts

Duration: 4 years full-time
Start Date: March
Tuition Fee: $31,000
Location: Bedford Park, Australia
Prerequisites: None
Assumed knowledge: None
IELTS total:
Pearson overall score: 65
CRICOS code: 058431J
Delivery mode: On campus: Bedford Park

Why study Early Childhood Education / Arts at Flinders

  • Qualify to teach children from birth to eight years in childcare, preschool and the early years of school
  • Get work-ready with a valuable 95 days of placement in childcare, preschools and primary schools
  • Acquire comprehensive knowledge about young children, their families and the community services that provide for their care and education
  • Gain the skills employers are seeking with our nationally and internationally recognised transformative curriculum
  • Combine in-depth study of early childhood education with studies in the arts

Practical experience

The degree provides you with practical experience that prepares you for the workforce.

  • Undertake extensive professional experience placements in a variety of early childhood settings.
  • Develop vital practical skills such as relationship building, educational planning, technology use and community innovation.
  • Learn to engage in transformational, innovative and creative teaching practice.
  • Develop essential people skills for work with children, their families, community members and professional colleagues.


“I had a nice relationship with all my lecturers. They were committed to helping you out with everything, especially if you showed that you cared about your work. Uni organised for me to go to Flinders Partners to work on software for innovation management. I was so pleased when they offered me a full-time position.”

Nadine Saadi // Flinders University student


Although the majority of education graduates go on to employment as teachers in the public or private sector, some choose to follow other pathways.

Potential occupations include:

  • early childhood teacher
  • youth and children’s support officer
  • language literacy and numeracy teacher/assessor.

Potential employers include:

  • childcare centres
  • kindergartens
  • early learning centres
  • junior primary schools
  • government education departments
  • government and private industry settings.

Professional accreditation/recognition

Upon successful completion you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia. Graduates looking for employment in other parts of Australia and overseas may be required to meet additional conditions. Graduates meet Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority employment criteria.