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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

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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 Auburn University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,220 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,220 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Teaching (Early Childhood) - BTchg University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,316 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,915 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Early Childhood Education - BSc University of Findlay, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    33,250 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,250 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Early Childhood Education - BSc Greenville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,580 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,580 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Early Childhood Education - BSc University of Minnesota Crookston, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,864 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,864 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    6,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 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
    Annual tuition fee
    21,870 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,870 USD

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

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

    Fee in university's local currency 9,510 USD

    Start date
    January, February, June, August, September
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    Education: Elementary and Early Childhood (also special education) - AA Hesston College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,992 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,992 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Early Childhood Education (for Transfer) - ASc Merritt College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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Diploma in early childhood

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    Early Childhood Education and Development - Dip Bow Valley College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    21,273 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,739 CAD

    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
    11,591 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,570 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Early Childhood Education and Care - UGDip Northern Lights College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,685 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,431 CAD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,997 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,080 CAD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,310 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,987 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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Certificate in early childhood

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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

    Fee in university's local currency 9,510 USD

    Start date
    January, February, June, August, September
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    Early Childhood Education with Co-op - Cert Stenberg College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    20 months
    Annual tuition fee
    6,847 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,607 CAD

    Start date
    January, April, October
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    Early Childhood Care & Education - Cert North Island College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,576 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,065 CAD

    Start date
    March, September
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    ECE: State Short Early Childhood Education: General - Cert North Seattle College, USA

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

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, January, April, June
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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
    12,541 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,850 GBP

    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
    19,839 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Early childhood graduate programs

Master's in early childhood

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    Early Childhood Education - MSc Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,536 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,536 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy - MSE University of Dayton, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,325 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,325 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Elementary Education - Early Childhood - MEd Southeast Missouri State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,990 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,990 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Early Childhood Education - MEd DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,960 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,960 USD

    Start date
    January, March, September
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    Early Childhood Education - MEd University of Hartford, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,115 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,115 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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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

    Fee in university's local currency 20,960 USD

    Start date
    January, March, September
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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

    Fee in university's local currency 22,680 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in early childhood

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    Early Childhood Education - OCDip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    28 months
    Annual tuition fee
    11,987 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,067 CAD

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,152 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Early Childhood Education - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    11 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,667 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,922 CAD

    Start date
    January, March, April, May, July, August, October, November
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    Education (Early Childhood) - PGDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,106 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,840 AUD

    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.