There has never been a better time to study to become an early childhood teacher in Queensland. The most recent Queensland Early Childhood Education and Care census identified a significant shortfall in the number of specialist early childhood teachers needed to lead approved kindergarten programs in long day care and kindergarten services. With the planned introduction of new national requirements for a second early childhood teacher in most long day care services, demand is set to increase. This puts you as an early childhood graduate teacher in the box seat for leadership in the early childhood education and care sector.
Why choose this course?
The early years are a time of rapid growth and development. Early relationships, interactions and experiences provide the foundation for everything that follows— school, work, life. Early childhood teachers make a significant and lasting contribution to a child’s education and lifelong learning. You will be supported by specialist early childhood academics and will experience unique, real-world opportunities that prepare you to teach in early childhood.
At QUT we understand life is busy so our courses are flexible and responsive to your needs. Choose the part-time or full-time course to suit your circumstances and lifestyle.
We value your expertise and experience. If you have suitable early childhood qualifications and work experience, you may be eligible for generous credit, and choose to study part time and externally to fit your study around work, family and other commitments.
Evening classes may be available for some units.
QUT has extensive partnerships and industry connections within the early childhood education and care field. These partnerships benefit you by connecting you with professionals working across early childhood contexts. QUT organises professional experiences to give you the opportunity to experience a diverse range of placements including school classrooms, kindergartens and early childhood settings, supervised by practising professional educators. You may also have the opportunity to gain extra experience through other programs offered by QUT.
As early childhood specialists, graduates are prepared to work as qualified teachers in early childhood education and care settings, kindergarten, and Prep to Year 3 in primary school. Your qualification can also allow you to work in other locations in Australia and overseas.
This course is currently being updated and undergoing re-accreditation with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, the Queensland College of Teachers, and the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority. Please check this page for the latest updates.
For a completed Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, Advanced Diploma of Children’s Services, or an equivalent accredited qualification
If you completed the qualification prior to receiving a QTAC offer, you will be automatically granted credit (advanced standing) of 96 credit points.
If you completed the qualification after receiving a QTAC offer, you will be granted credit (advanced standing) of 96 credit points but you will need to apply for advanced standing within ten days on receiving your diploma.
If you have the following early childhood work experience, you will need to apply for advanced standing within ten days on receiving your QTAC offer to receive an additional 48 credit points of advanced standing:
one year full-time (or equivalent) experience leading the development and implementation of the education program for a group of children in an approved service (e.g. group leader) or leading the development and implementation of the education programs in an approved service (e.g. educational leader; Family Day Care Coordinator); or
two years full-time (or equivalent) experience as a family day care educator in an approved service; or
two years full-time (or equivalent) experience supporting the development and implementation of the education program for a group of children (e.g., educator in an approved service, teacher aide working with young children Prep to Year 3 in a school); or
two years full-time (or equivalent) experience in school age care.
If you receive a mid-year QTAC offer, that offer decision does not determine which units you are eligible for, and you will need to apply for advanced standing within ten days on receiving your QTAC offer.
For other completed studies
You will need to apply for advanced standing within ten days on receiving your QTAC offer.
How to apply for advanced standing
You can find out more about advanced standing and how to apply.
Other requirements during your course
Student teachers must undergo a criminal history check prior to undertaking professional experience in a school or centre, or undertaking activities in any unit which may involve contact with children or young people (under 18 years).
For Queensland and international placements a blue card must be obtained. In other Australian states and territories you must fulfil the local requirements for working with children. As a QUT student, you can apply for a blue card through QUT for free. Submit your blue card application to HiQ as soon as you’ve received your offer.
Literacy and numeracy
You will need to successfully complete the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students to graduate from the course. The test will assess your personal literacy and numeracy skills. QUT provides you with one reimbursement to cover the cost of the test.
For more information view additional course requirements.