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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)/Bachelor of Special Education

Support inclusive education for young children.

Develop theoretical knowledge and effective strategies for educating young children, including those living with disability and other special needs. The degree provides up-to-date knowledge about contemporary issues in disability, child development and learning. You will examine inclusion as a response to achieving an excellent and equitable education and implement and develop inclusive teaching and community practices during well-supported site 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: 0100835
Delivery mode: On campus: Bedford Park

Why study Early Childhood Education / Special Education at Flinders

  • Qualify to teach children from birth to eight years
  • Combine in-depth study of early childhood education with studies in special and inclusive education
  • Get work-ready with supervised professional experience in childcare, preschool and junior primary settings
  • Acquire comprehensive knowledge about education services that provide for young children with diverse needs and their families
  • Gain the skills employers are seeking with our nationally and internationally recognised transformative curriculum

Practical experience

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

  • Undertake extensive professional experience in a variety of early childhood settings.
  • Develop and apply essential skills such as relationship building, inclusive educational planning, technology use and community innovation.
  • Engage in transformational, innovative and evidenced teaching practice.
  • Develop essential skills for working with children, their families, disability services 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 graduates seek employment as teachers in the public or private sector, some follow other pathways. These include employment as tutors, language and numeracy teachers or leaders.

Potential occupations include:

  • early childhood teacher
  • special education teacher
  • youth and children’s support officer
  • literacy/numeracy teacher/leader
  • tutor.

Potential employers include:

  • childcare centres
  • kindergartens
  • early learning centres
  • junior primary schools
  • special education 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.