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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
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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    Applied Arts: Early Childhood Leadership - BA (Hons) Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,107 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Early Childhood Education and TESOL - BSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    35,736 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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    Early Childhood - BA (Hons) Liverpool Hope University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,400 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Early Childhood - BA (Hons) University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,000 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education - BAEd Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,834 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, May, January
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Associate in early childhood

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    Early Childhood Education - AASc North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, April, January
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    Early Childhood Education - AASc Fox Valley Technical College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,600 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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    Early Childhood Education - AASc Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,510 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, August, June, February, January
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    Early Childhood Education - AA Moraine Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,408 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January, August, June
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    Early Childhood Education - ASc Mount Aloysius College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,870 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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Diploma in early childhood

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    Early Childhood Care & Education - UGDip Coast Mountain College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,033 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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    Early Childhood Care and Education: Infants and Toddlers - UGDip North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,570 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,412 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January
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    Early Childhood Education - Dip Thompson Rivers University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,923 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Early Childhood Education - Dip Okanagan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,409 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    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
    Annual tuition fee
    17,065 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, March
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    Early Childhood Education with Co-op - Cert Stenberg College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    20 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,607 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    October, April, January
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    Early Childhood Education - Cert Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    9 months
    Annual tuition fee
    9,510 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, September, June, February, January
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    ECE: State Short Early Childhood Education: Administration - Cert North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, June, April, January
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Pathway in early childhood

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    Early Childhood Studies - FdA London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,850 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    FdEd Early Childhood Studies - FD University of Hull, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,000 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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Early childhood graduate programs

Master's in early childhood

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    Curriculum and Learning: Early Childhood - MA William Paterson University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,454 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January
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    Early Childhood (Interdisciplinary Studies) - MA Liverpool Hope University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,400 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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    Early Childhood Education (P-3) - MEd University of West Alabama, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,494 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January, August
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    Early Childhood Development, Learning and Intervention - MST Pace University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    42,975 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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    Early Childhood Education - MSc California State University, East Bay, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,557 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    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
    Annual tuition fee
    20,960 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, March, January
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    Early Childhood Education, P-3 - EdS University of West Alabama, USA
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    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,680 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August
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Diploma in early childhood

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    Early Childhood Education - Fast Track - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Annual tuition fee
    15,922 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Early Childhood Education (Progress Campus) - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,531 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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    Education (Early Childhood) - PGDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    27,840 AUD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    February, July
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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.