Bachelor degrees typically take 4 years to complete, although there are accelerated pathways available to diploma-qualified educators. Degree holders are qualified to be early childhood teachers, child services leaders, and work in early childhood disabilities and policy, expecting to earn a salary between $70,000 and $85,000 a year.
In partnership with the University of Wollongong, the NSW Department of Education has also developed an accelerated study pathway for diploma-qualified educators. The Bachelor of Early Learning is designed to allow students to continue working while they study, and to complete the degree in 2 years instead of the usual 4. Enrolments open in April 2023, and you can learn more about the program at our dedicated accelerated Pathways information page.
If you’re a degree-qualified early learning teacher, you might be interested in specialising your knowledge or opening your own service. As an experienced early childhood educator, you may also look for opportunities to mentor and support other educators and teachers.
A Masters of Inclusive Education provides an additional layer of specialty knowledge and skills that are invaluable in ensuring quality educational outcomes for children and families. A master's degree can take 6-12 months to complete and will increase your demand in the job market. To learn what master's degree qualifications are available, consider researching the universities closest to you
You can explore more opportunities to develop your career through our professional development webpage.
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