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Study early childhood abroad

An in-depth guide to studying early childhood as an international student.

Early childhood degrees abroad

Early childhood education, also known as early childhood studies, is an education degree that focuses on the teaching of children from birth up to eight years old. It’s an ideal program if you want to work with young children or become a preschool, kindergarten or primary school teacher.

Studying early childhood education abroad means you can choose from a huge range of teaching colleges and universities. Approaches to education are different all over the world, so studying in another country can give you a unique perspective on early childhood studies.

If you want to work in a specific country as a teacher, check the requirements first. You may need specific qualifications to work with children, and you may need to do additional courses or tests if you have a degree from another country.

Early childhood program structure

Degree programs in early childhood education differ depending on the country and university you attend. Some allow you to become a qualified teacher at the end of the program, and others give you an academic degree without a teaching qualification.

At bachelor’s level you can study early childhood education as a BA over three or four years. If you’re looking for a postgraduate degree, you can study for an MA, which are usually designed for early childhood education professionals seeking to increase their understanding of the subject.

Most programs will include work experience and placements where you will be able to put your learning into practice, working with young children in a local preschool.

Early childhood programs are often named differently by different universities, for example; early years education, early childhood studies or early years teaching. The content of each program will be different too, but typical modules include:

  • Study of play
  • Pedagogy
  • Child safeguarding
  • Early childhood development
  • Contemporary childhood issues
  • Learning theory
  • Child development

Alternative education degrees

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Early childhood study abroad programs

Early childhood undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in early childhood

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    Early Childhood Education - BSc Greenville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,580 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Childhood Education and Early Childhood Education - BSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education - BAEd Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,834 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Early Childhood Education in a Mobile Society - BSc University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,000 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Unified Early Childhood Teacher Education - BScEd University of Kansas, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,960 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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Associate in early childhood

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    Early Childhood Education - AASc Fox Valley Technical College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,600 USD
    Start date
    August, January
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    Early Childhood Education - ASc Mount Aloysius College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    21,870 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Education - Early Childhood - AAT St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    5,520 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Early Childhood Education - ASc San Jose City College, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    8,138 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Education: Elementary and Early Childhood (also special education) - AA Hesston College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,992 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Pathway in early childhood

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    FdEd Early Childhood Studies - FD University of Hull, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,000 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Early Childhood Studies - FdA London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    8,850 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Diploma in early childhood

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    Early Childhood Education - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,412 CAD
    Start date
    January
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    Early Childhood Education and Development - Dip Bow Valley College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    16 months
    Tuition fees per year
    26,739 CAD
    Start date
    September, January
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    Early Childhood Education - UGDip Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,000 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Early Childhood Education and Care - UGDip Northern Lights College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,431 CAD
    Start date
    January, May, July, September
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    Early Childhood Education ESL - UGDip Stenberg College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    18,500 CAD
    Start date
    March, August
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Certificate in early childhood

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    Early Childhood Care & Education - Cert North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    17,010 CAD
    Start date
    January, May, July, September
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    Early Childhood Education - Cert Elgin Community College, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    9 months
    Tuition fees per year
    9,510 USD
    Start date
    August, September, January, February, June
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    Early Childhood Education - Cert Stenberg College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    10 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,500 CAD
    Start date
    April, September
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Early childhood graduate programs

Master's in early childhood

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    Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2) - MSEd Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,100 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Education and Early Childhood - MA University of Hull, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,000 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Professional Counseling (School Counselor Concentration, Early Childhood Through Grade 12 Professional Certification) - MA Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,034 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Early Childhood Education - MA Central Michigan University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,300 USD
    Start date
    May, August
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    Early Childhood Education (PreK- 4) - MSEd Duquesne University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    23,112 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Doctorate in early childhood

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    Early Childhood Education - EdD DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    20,960 USD
    Start date
    January, March, September
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    Early Childhood Education, P-3 - EdS University of West Alabama, USA
    • Online

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,680 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in early childhood

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    Education (Early Childhood) - PGDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    27,840 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Early Childhood Education (Progress Campus) - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Early Childhood Education - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    11 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,922 CAD
    Start date
    January, March, April, May, July, August, October, November
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    Early Childhood Education - OCDip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    28 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,067 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Future early childhood careers

Early childhood education is a largely vocational degree, however, there are several career paths you could take after graduation, including:

  • Nursery/preschool teacher
  • Primary school teacher
  • Youth worker
  • Child social worker
  • Early years teaching assistant
  • Education consultant
  • Learning mentor

If you want to become a qualified teacher, make sure you choose a program that includes teacher training. Some programs include a pathway in the second, third or final year that allows you to become a teacher, but you may need certain grades to be able to follow this path.