Become an expert in play-based learning approaches in the only course in WA where you can graduate qualified to work with and teach children from birth to Year 6.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent; mid-year commencement may result in a longer duration due to unit availability
Playing with slime, building block towers and painting with spaghetti are more than child’s play. International research has shown that learning through play is vital for helping children develop their creativity, resilience, wellbeing and more. In this course you’ll explore play-based learning and get hands-on experience with a range of teaching and learning methods.
You’ll explore areas of the primary curriculum including English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education and the Arts, with a focus on early childhood learning and development.
As you complete your degree, you’ll build an online portfolio to share your experience with future employers. You could follow this degree with a Master of Education (Coursework) or Master of Education (Research) to expand your career opportunities and build your expertise even further.
6 reasons to study Early Childhood and Primary Teaching
- Study at the first university in Australia, and among only a few in the world, to offer the Tribes TLCTM Basic Course Certification as an accredited undergraduate.
- Join the only teaching program in WA where you can graduate ready for both early childhood education settings and primary school classrooms.
- Enjoy practical placements which could include metropolitan, rural, remote, international, hard-to-staff, multicultural, hospital, private and state school environments. We offer a variety of internships across WA, including some 12-month placements.
- Before you start your first prac, you’ll be able to practise dealing with challenging behaviour, parent teacher interviews and other situations through our SimLabTM technology. It’s a virtual classroom using actors and avatars – and the only technology of its kind in WA!
- Be mentored by our experienced teaching professionals who are here to support you in becoming a confident, creative and flexible teacher.
- Have fun as you explore play-based learning and investigate effective learning, teaching and assessment practices.
Some of the things you’ll learn
- big ideas in education
- living and learning with technology
- understanding teachers’ work
- nurturing creativity in the early years
- inclusive education
- teaching mathematics in early childhood and primary.
Your future career
This course will give you the qualification you need to teach children from birth to Year 6, in childcare settings, kindergarten, pre-primary and primary classes.
This qualification is recognised by the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia, the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority, and the state, Catholic and independent schools, departments, organisations and associations.
For more details about this course, please download our information pack.
- Perth Campus or external
- Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
- Not available (International students)
Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this course.
Entry requirements for
Prior to placement in any school for Professional Experience, it is mandatory that pre-service teachers complete or obtain several forms and clearances. Information and forms regarding these mandatory requirements can be accessed via the Professional Experience website. Completion and submission of these mandatory requirements is essential before placements can be arranged. A maximum of 25% of total Professional Experience days in the course may be taken overseas. Please note the following requirements for Teacher Registration in Australia: Students admitted to Initial Teacher Education programs on the basis of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assessment, or an equivalent English language proficiency assessment, must have attained an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.5 (with no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas, and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening), either on entry to or on graduation from the program.
Fees & Scholarships for Domestic StudentsInternational Students
At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.
We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.
How to apply as a Domestic StudentInternational Student
Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.
Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 2, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.
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