Fast track your career in early childhood education and care
If you are a registered primary school teacher in Australia and would like to transition to early childhood teaching, you don’t actually need an early childhood education degree!
You can become a qualified Early Childhood Teacher (ECT) in just six to 12 months through the Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program (ECTBP). This will enable you to teach early childhood (pre-primary) students in kindergartens and daycare, as well as take on leadership roles in childcare services.
You can even start working as an early childhood teacher as soon as you start the program.
What will I study?
As part of the Early Childhood Teacher Bridging program, you’ll complete a CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, which is an advanced level and accredited qualification in Australia.
You’ll study coursework you haven’t already covered in your primary teaching degree, including how to design, evaluate and implement programs and care routines for young children.
Depending on your existing knowledge and skills, you can complete a CHC50113 in six to 12 months time (studying full time). 240 hours of workplace training is included in the course.
Early childhood teachers are in high demand right now, with the industry’s job growth showing no signs of slowing. If you want a rewarding career that sets you up for life, early childhood education is a great option.
Graduates of the Early Childhood Education Bridging Program can work as early childhood teachers in ACECQA-approved centres. Their responsibilities can extend beyond those of working directly with children to leadership roles, such as early childhood centre directors, area managers and supervisors.
You can check out a range of early childhood career opportunities here.