Course Description

This course from the Sydney School of Education and Social Work will give you a professional qualification to teach children from birth to five years in early childhood education settings.

Our innovative four-year teacher education program incorporates introductory and advanced curriculum units, a strong social justice and leadership focus, 630 hours of work-based placement in early childhood settings that exceed minimum requirements, scope to develop and apply research skills in an honours strand, and opportunities to develop strong practical and research skills.

You will study specialist units in early childhood education and development, complemented by generalist units in education and professional studies, as well as elective units of study in the sciences, social sciences and humanities offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Science, and the University of Sydney Business School.

In second year you will begin observing and interacting with small groups of young children (ages three to five). In third year you will undertake professional experience in an early childhood setting with children from birth to three years. By fourth year you will be competent to teach in an early learning centre using your professional judgement and autonomy. Your final, fourth-year, 30-day internship will be complemented by a practitioner inquiry research project, in which you focus on an area of specialisation.

Tuition Fees

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $6,566 per year full-time, $26,264 total course cost
International Students: $46,500 per year full-time


4 years full time,

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Teacher Education undergraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 63.8% (national average 59.9%)
Improved skills: 83.8% (national average 77.9%)
Overall satisfaction: 82.3% (national average 77.8%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Teacher Education undergraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 80.4% (national average 77.5%)
Studying full time: 7.0% (national average 7.4%)
Median full time salary: $62,800 (national average $62,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 068551G
University of Sydney (USYD) Code: BUEDUECH1000

Entry Requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria: