Bachelor of Education - Early Childhood Education

James Cook University

Early childhood is a highly specialised field that focuses on the education of children from birth to age eight with a special focus on kindergarten, prep and years 1 to 3. This program allows students to complete their degree via external study (online) or through a mix of studying online and on campus. Some subjects are only available externally in this course. The professional experience component is an integral part of the program. It examines the context, purposes and processes of teaching in early childhood settings.

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Type of Institution: University
Level: Undergraduate
Campus/Location: Cairns
Institution CRICOS: 00117J


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JCU has more than 22,000 students undertaking a wide variety of career-focused programs across its three main campuses and study centres. More than 7500 international students from over 100 countries have chosen to make JCU their study destination.

With degrees accredited by leading professional organisations, JCU has consistently received five stars in The Good Universities Guide* for graduate success in getting a full-time job, and was ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide for academic studies and research**.

Cairns: located in Far North Queensland near the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, as well as the pristine rainforests of the Wet Tropics, JCU Cairns is situated near the northern beaches. The city is also connected with an international airport.

Singapore: a truly multicultural campus located in the heart of the city, JCU Singapore has achieved the highest level of accreditation from the Singapore Government, the EduTrust Star.

Townsville: located in the Dry Tropics of North Queensland, Townsville is JCU's largest campus. From here, students can enjoy exploring the Great Barrier Reef to the east, and Australia's outback savannahs to the west.

Brisbane: operated by Russo Higher Education Pty Ltd, JCU Brisbane provides quality undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the CBD of Queensland's capital city.

* The Good Universities Guide 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
** Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016.

JCU strives to create a student-centred learning environment where students can take full advantage of their university experience. The JCU International Student Support team in Cairns and Townsville provide a full range of services to international students so that they are able to make the most of their time at university. For a list of these services, please visit

In addition, a range of quality on-campus and off-campus housing is available for rent around all three main campuses. Students can refer to JCU's Accommodation Office for help with their living arrangements. Visit for more information.

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