Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleBECSt
CRICOS code067956E
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Singapore)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students must meet the recognition of prior learning requirement for 48 points of credit at first year level.
  • This course of study must be completed in a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 8 years, and enrolment must be continuous.
  • This course requires students to undertake off-campus placements.


The Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies has been designed as a pathway for students to upgrade their Diploma of Children's Services (or equivalent) to a professional degree qualification. The program is only available to students with the relevant Diploma qualification. The Faculty grants the equivalent of one year of block credit for the Diploma of Children's Services (or equivalent) and has devised a course structure that permits the completion of the degree with two further years of full-time study or part-time equivalent. Further recognition of prior learning is possible for professional placement units based on the student's work history in the early childhood industry.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • teach across a range of early childhood education settings, including kindergarten
  • understand child development, learning theories and early childhood pedagogy
  • comprehend early childhood curriculum development in literacy, numeracy, science, technology, music, visual arts and expressive arts
  • critically reflect upon contemporary issues in early childhood education, family studies, and research
  • appreciate the cultural contexts of early childhood settings and the diversity of children and families who experience these contexts
  • develop a broad foundation of professional practice to effectively undertake the role of early childhood educator.

Credit for prior studies

Students are awarded credit towards the first year of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies on the successful completion of the Diploma of Children's Services or equivalent as determined by the faculty.

Recognition of prior learning

Based on significant work history in the early childhood industry, students may be eligible to receive up to 24 points of credit for recognition of prior learning for professional placement units.

Minimum requirements for course completion

Students must satisfactorily complete all units and receive a satisfactory teaching assessment to be eligible for the award.


Students must complete teaching practice which consists of a minimum of 80 days of satisfactory supervised placement experience. Students must be available to undertake placements on a full-time basis and attend their placement at times determined by the faculty.

Professional recognition

Graduates will be eligible for appointment as kindergarten teachers in pre-schools or childcare centres in Victoria. For interstate and overseas positions, applicants are advised to check with local authorities.


This course consists of compulsory units and professional experience placements.


First year

  • Block credit granted at level 1 equivalent to 48 credit points

Second year

  • EDF1307 Early literacy and numeracy 1
  • EDF1321 ECE: Movement, environment and community
  • EDF1322 ECE: Science and technology
  • EDF1324 ECE: Creative arts
  • EDF3321 Assessment in the ECE curriculum
  • EDF3322 Inquiry in professional practice: Infants and toddlers*
  • EDF3323 Inquiry in professional practice: Child care*
  • EDF3324 Contexts for child development: The developing child

Third year

  • EDF4321 Health and wellbeing in early childhood settings
  • EDF4322 Issues in child development
  • EDF4323 Leadership and management in ECE
  • EDF4324 Professional engagement: Entering the ECE profession
  • EDF4327 Practice informing research
  • EDF4328 Play and pedagogy

Third year placement units

* Includes a number of days of professional placement. Refer to unit entry for details.


Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies