Graduate Diploma of Education (Early Childhood)Graduate Diploma
Early childhood education is an immensely satisfying career and a precious opportunity to give children the very best start in life.
Within 10 months, our Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) will qualify you to be an early childhood teacher to work in early childhood education and care services, long day care centres, and preschools.
Our course covers key areas of early childhood education and care, theory, principles and practices that best support children's learning and development. Admission into the course is via an undergraduate degree in any discipline, including a teaching qualification.
This course includes 60 days (480 hours) professional experience learning via placement in early childhood education settings. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on Faculty of Education Professional Experience Requirements website, must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning days 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 application of advanced knowledge and current research in relation to Early Childhood education 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
Demonstrate an awareness of the need for student safety and support within professional frameworks
Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to legislative requirements and codes of conduct relevant to the education profession
GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
Demonstrate advanced integrated knowledge and understanding of Early Childhood teaching and relevant curriculum framework
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
Demonstrate teamwork and leadership skills applicable in professional educational settings
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
Identify and apply proactive and inclusive strategies to encourage and support student engagement and behaviour including diverse groups of learners such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, migrants and students from non- English speaking backgrounds
Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of inclusion and diverse learning needs
Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for diversity in others and self
Students undertake 60 days (480 hours) of professional placement during this course in two environments - a preschool setting and an infant and toddler 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.
The major areas of study include theories of learning and development, principles and practices of early childhood education and care, key issues in the early childhood education and care field including social justice, diversity and equity, working with families, investigating different early childhood educational models around the world and applying knowledge, skills and capabilities in professional experience.
Note: International EAP 2 students can progress to a Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) with an equivalent of IELTS 6.5
|Location||Teaching period||UAC code||QTAC code|
|Gold Coast||Term 1 , Term 3 , Term 5||N/A||N/A|
|Online||Term 1 , Term 3 , Term 5||N/A||N/A|
The Graduate Diploma of Education (Early Childhood) is accredited by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).
This course qualifies early childhood teachers to teach in settings for children aged from birth to five-years.
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.
- To be eligible to receive the Graduate Diploma of Education (Early Childhood) students must complete the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising:
- 8 core units (96 credit points); and
- 2 professional experience units (0 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.
Students may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood) after completing the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points).
Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access and Inclusion website. If you have a disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to meet these requirements please refer to the Student Access and Inclusion website for further information and contact details.
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
|TCHR3001||Early Childhood Matters||
|TCHR5003||Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education||
|TCHR6008||Professional Experience: Early Childhood I||
|TCHR5010||Theory to Practice: Competency and Capability of Preschoolers||
|TCHR2002||Children, Families and Communities||
|TCHR2003||Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood||
|TCHR5001||Play and Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education||
|TCHR3004||Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood||
|TCHR5009||Theory to practice: Education and Care for Infants and Toddlers||
|TCHR6011||Professional Experience: Early Childhood II||
This unit involves a professional experience placement.
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Notes|
|TCHR5001||Play and Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education|
|TCHR3001||Early Childhood Matters|
|TCHR2003||Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood|
|TCHR5003||Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education|
|TCHR2002||Children, Families and Communities|
|TCHR3004||Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood|
|TCHR5009||Theory to practice: Education and Care for Infants and Toddlers|
|TCHR6008||Professional Experience: Early Childhood I||Note 1|
|TCHR6011||Professional Experience: Early Childhood II||Note 1|
|TCHR5010||Theory to Practice: Competency and Capability of Preschoolers|