Course summary

Early childhood education has a profound effect on the development of children and skilled educators in this area are in high demand as the sector continues to experience very strong growth. (Job Outlook, 2020).

This course is ideal for Bachelor graduates from any discipline looking to enter early childhood education, or those seeking to change careers and enter this field.

It provides an understanding of the key areas of early childhood education and care, and an introduction to the theory, principles and practices that best support children's learning and development.

Delivered fully online in flexible mode, the course is the first step on a pathway to becoming a fully qualified early childhood teacher. Successful completion of this certificate provides guaranteed entry and up to four units of advanced standing into the professionally accredited Graduate Diploma of Education (Early Childhood).

The course comprises three core units:
  • Principles and Practice in Early Childhood Education
  • Children, Families and Communities
  • Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood
and a choice of one of the following units:
  • Professional Experience in Early Childhood Education II: Infants and Toddlers
  • Strengthening Young People's Social and Emotional Wellbeing.


Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Exercise critical analysis, problem solving, and decision making in Early Childhood educational based practice


Demonstrate cognitive, technical, and creative skills to investigate, analyse, and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts, and theories

Ethical practice

Demonstrate a knowledge of social responsibility, ethics and legal principles consistent with what is expected of an Early Childhood professional working in a learning community with all stakeholders

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate an evidence based understanding and knowledge of the pedagogy for effective Early Childhood educational practice

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional development through self-directed learning and reflective practice

Communication and social skills

Demonstrate an advanced ability to communicate and interpret evidence based research which inform professional decision making

Cultural competence

Apply and integrate an understanding of social, indigenous and cultural diversity, and respect for the identity of all persons, in local and international contexts

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Domestic duration

0.5 years full-time; 1 year part-time

International duration

0.5 years full-time

Availability details


Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Online 2 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Online 2 N/A N/A

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood) students must complete the equivalent of 4 single-weighted units (48 credit points) comprising:

  • 3 core units (36 credit points); and
  • 1 elective unit (12 credit points)



Note 1: This unit includes a requirement to undertake one 30 day Community/Professional placement in an approved early childhood setting.