Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood)Graduate Certificate
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 ACECQA approved Graduate Diploma of Education (Early Childhood).
Students choosing the professional placement elective will complete professional experience learning in an early childcare setting. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, including a Working with Children Check, must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.
|Course Learning Outcome|
GA1: 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
GA3: 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
GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
Demonstrate an evidence based understanding and knowledge of the pedagogy for effective Early Childhood educational practice
GA5: Lifelong learning
Demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional development through self-directed learning and reflective practice
GA6: Communication and social skills
Demonstrate an advanced ability to communicate and interpret evidence based research which inform professional decision making
GA7: 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
Students who choose to complete Professional Experience pathway will undertake professional experience learning via field education. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, including a Working with Children Check, must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.
In addition to studying core units, students will choose to undertake the Professional Experience pathway or the Elective pathway.
The Professional Experience pathway includes a 30 day professional experience placement in an approved early childhood setting completed together with the relevant Theory to Practice unit.
The Elective pathway allows students to choose one elective unit of study from a range of early childhood unit options.
|Location||Teaching period||UAC code||QTAC code|
|Online||Term 1 , Term 3 , Term 5||N/A||N/A|
We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.
Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.
1. To be eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood) students must complete the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points) comprising:
- 3 core units (36 credit points); and
- Electives equivalent to 12 credit points.
2. Permission to undertake a professional experience placement requires meeting all academic and non-academic requirements as stipulated by the University and relevant accreditation bodies.
Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.
Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Available||Credit points||Notes|
Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award
|TCHR5010 - Theory to Practice: Competency and Capability of Preschoolers AND TCHR6008 - Professional Experience: Early Childhood I||Note 1|
|TCHR5009 - Theory to practice: Education and Care for Infants and Toddlers AND TCHR6011 - Professional Experience: Early Childhood II||Note 1|
This unit includes a 30 day professional experience placement in an approved early childhood setting and must be completed together with the relevant Theory to Practice unit. Students will undertake 240 hours of supervised placement (30 days over 6 weeks).
This unit is NOT offered in the Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood)
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Notes|
|Select three (3) units from the following:|
|TCHR5001||Play and Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education|
|TCHR5003||Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education|
|TCHR2003||Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood|
|TCHR3001||Early Childhood Matters|
|TCHR2002||Children, Families and Communities|
|TCHR3004||Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood|
|Students who select a Professional Experience unit must complete two (2) electives.|
|Select one (1) unit from the following:|
|EDUC3024||Education and the Environment: More than Human||Note 2|
|TCHR6007||Creative Arts for Early Childhood Education||Note 2|
|TCHR6006||Health, Wellbeing and the Environment in Early Childhood Education||Note 2|
|Select two (2) units from the following:|
|TCHR5010||Theory to Practice: Competency and Capability of Preschoolers|
|TCHR6008||Professional Experience: Early Childhood I||Note 1|
|Select two (2) units from the following:|
|TCHR5009||Theory to practice: Education and Care for Infants and Toddlers|
|TCHR6011||Professional Experience: Early Childhood II||Note 1|