Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood)

2023 course information for Domestic Students
2023 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Fri, 5 August

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Duration
0.5 years full-time; 1 year part-time
0.5 years full-time; 1 year part-time
Location
Online
Start date
March, July
Course code
1008500
Course abbreviation
GradCertEd(EC)
Credit points
48
Equivalent units
4
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
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Course overview

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).

Students choosing the professional placement elective will complete 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.

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).

Students choosing the professional placement elective will complete 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.

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Entry requirements

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

A three (3) year bachelor qualification or equivalent work experience.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.5
Listeningminimum 6.0
Speakingminimum 6.0
Readingminimum 6.0
Writingminimum 6.0

About the course

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.

 

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3

International students

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

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Course requirements

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:

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. 

 

 


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Core Units

Select 3 units from the following:
TCHR5001Play and Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education
TCHR5003Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education
TCHR2003Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood
TCHR3001Early Childhood Matters
TCHR2002Children, Families and Communities
TCHR3004Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood

Electives

Students who select a Professional Experience unit must complete 2 electives.
Choose one elective from the following:
EDUC3024Education and the Environment: More than Human Note 2
TCHR6007Creative Arts for Early Childhood Education Note 2
TCHR6006Health, Wellbeing and the Environment in Early Childhood Education Note 2
OR
Choose 2 from:
TCHR5010Theory to Practice: Competency and Capability of Preschoolers
TCHR6008Professional Experience: Early Childhood I Note 1
OR
Choose 2 from:
TCHR5009Theory to practice: Education and Care for Infants and Toddlers
TCHR6011Professional Experience: Early Childhood II Note 1


Notes

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).
Note 2: This unit is NOT offered in the Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood)

Unit groups

Core Unit

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
TCHR5001Play and Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education
TCHR3001Early Childhood Matters
TCHR5003Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education
TCHR2002Children, Families and Communities
TCHR2003Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood
TCHR3004Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood

Elective

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
EDUC3024Education and the Environment: More than Human Note 2
TCHR6007Creative Arts for Early Childhood Education Note 2
TCHR6006Health, Wellbeing and the Environment in Early Childhood Education Note 2

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Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

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

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

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

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

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


Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods are included in this course including scenario analysis, professional portfolio development, critical thinking and workplace development.

Teaching methods

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

This course is ideal for graduates from any discipline looking to enter the early childhood sector. Successful completion of this course provides guaranteed entry and four units of advanced standing into the Graduate Diploma of Education (Early Childhood).

Professional placement

Students who choose to complete Professional Experience in Early Childhood Education II: Infants and Toddlers 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.

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