Research and Academia Careers

The early childhood sector offers a range of opportunities to progress your career, including research and teaching in tertiary settings.

Teach at tertiary level

Lecturers, tutors, trainers and other educators in universities and TAFE institutions offer technical and vocational education and training and higher education. They help inspire and develop the next generation of early childhood professionals.


Academics who are researchers within the tertiary education system may conduct studies and field work aimed at improving practice and knowledge about early childhood and early childhood education.


Qualifications will vary according to the type of academic position. Possibilities include:

  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Master of Education VET
  • Doctor of Education
  • Master of Education

More information

For further information about being an early childhood academic, see: