Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood)

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 6:03 AM on Thu, 9 September

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International snapshot

IELTS
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Duration
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Location
Gold Coast, Online
Gold Coast, Online
Start date
March, July
February, June
Course code
1107425
Course abbreviation
GradDipEd(EC)
Credit points
96
Equivalent units
8
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

Early childhood education is an immensely satisfying career and a precious opportunity to give children the very best start in life.

In just one year, our Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) will allow you to become a fully qualified early childhood teacher in a preschool, or an educator within the family day care or traditional day care system. 

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 three-year teaching qualification. 

Students also undertake 60 days of professional placement in early childhood settings.

The block professional teaching experiences, combined with volunteer activities and embedded site visits will provide you with a deep understanding about the role of a teacher. As you will be interacting with children and young people, upon enrolment you will be expected to apply and attain a valid Working with Children Check for your state or territory. See professional experience requirements.

Early childhood education is an immensely satisfying career and a precious opportunity to give children the very best start in life.

In just one year, our Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) will allow you to become a fully qualified early childhood teacher in a preschool, or an educator within the family day care or traditional day care system. 

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 three-year teaching qualification. 

Students also undertake 60 days of professional placement in early childhood settings.

The block professional teaching experiences, combined with volunteer activities and embedded site visits will provide you with a deep understanding about the role of a teacher. As you will be interacting with children and young people, upon enrolment you will be expected to apply and attain a valid Working with Children Check for your state or territory. See professional experience requirements.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

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

  1. Applications for admission to candidature in the Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) may be selected where they can demonstrate academic or professional standing considered by the School Board or Course Coordinator to be equivalent to the requirements of Rule 2, Section 3.
  2. To meet the minimum English language requirement an applicant must satisfy one of the following criteria:
    1. have completed senior secondary study equivalent of Australian Year 12 or have completed at least one year of full-time study (or equivalent part-time study) at AQF diploma equivalent or higher where:
      1. the country where those studies were undertaken is listed in Schedule A of the Rules Relating to Awards - Rule 2, and
      2. the language of instruction was English; or
    2. achieved a minimum test score within two (2) years of the date of application for admission, equal to or above the minimum listed below:
      1. International English Language Test System (IELTS). The applicant must have a minimum overall score of 6.5, including a minimum result of 6.5 in speaking, listening, reading and writing; or
      2. International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR). The applicant must have a score of at least 4+ in each of the four areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

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
Overall Score6.5
Reading6.5
Writing6.5
Listening6.5
Speaking6.5

About the course

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.

NoteInternational EAP 2 students can progress to a Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) with an equivalent of IELTS 6.5

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Gold CoastSession  1, Session  2
OnlineSession  1, Session  2

Online students may be required to attend on-campus workshops during some of the units.

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
Gold CoastSession  1, Session  2$26,800 ($3,350 per unit)102984F
OnlineSession  1, Session  2$26,800 ($3,350 per unit)N/A
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

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.

Australian/Domestic students

Gold Coast
Online

International students studying in Australia

Gold Coast

International students studying online or outside of Australia

Online
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Why choose SCU?

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5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

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 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

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

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

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

Demonstrate teamwork and leadership skills applicable in professional educational settings

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


Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods are included in this course. Scenario analysis, professional portfolio development, critical thinking and workplace development during professional experience placements.

Teaching methods

Students learn in an interactive online environment with plenty of flexibility to accommodate the competing commitments of busy professionals. There may be compulsory attendance requirements in some units. Units are delivered online. Units include innovative and appropriate use of technology to support student learning, and to ensure regular engagement with academics and fellow students. Learning is facilitated by highly qualified and supportive academics. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The methods of teaching vary from unit to unit.

Please note: This course is delivered online and students may be required to attend on-campus workshops during some of the units.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities arising from this course include:

  • Early childhood teacher in preschool and long day care (child care) settings
  • Family day care educator
  • Early childhood services.
Professional placement

Students undertake 60 days of professional placement during this course in two environments - a preschool setting and an infant and toddler setting.

Professional recognition

The University has accreditation for this course from the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Please note, this course qualifies early childhood teachers to teach from birth to five-year-old settings. These settings are known differently throughout Australia, some as preschools and others as kindergarten. The course does not qualify graduates to teach in primary school settings. 

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Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) a candidate shall successfully complete:
    1. Not less than eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising all units listed in the Schedule of Units attached to this award.
  2. Permission to undertake a professional experience placement will at all times be at the discretion of the Head of School.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Equity 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 Equity and Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
TCHR5001Play and Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education
TCHR3001Early Childhood Matters
TCHR2003Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood
TCHR6004Professional Experience in Early Childhood Education I: Pre-schoolers Note 1
TCHR5003Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education
TCHR2002Children, Families and Communities
TCHR3004Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood
TCHR6001Professional Experience in Early Childhood Education II: Infants and Toddlers Note 1


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes
Session 1, Year 1
TCHR5001Play and Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session1
Session1
TCHR3001Early Childhood Matters
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesTCHR1002 - Play and Pedagogies in the Early Years OR TCHR1001 - Early Childhood Principles and Practice OR be admitted to course: 1107425 - Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) OR 1207286 - Master of Teaching OR 1008500 - Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood)
TCHR2003Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesTCHR1002 - Play and Pedagogies in the Early Years OR TCHR1001 - Early Childhood Principles and Practice OR be admitted to course: 1107425 - Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) OR 1207286 - Master of Teaching OR 1008500 - Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood)
TCHR6004Professional Experience in Early Childhood Education I: Pre-schoolers
Session1
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
Enrolment informationThis unit has a compulsory professional experience component. Enrolment in this unit requires you to have a valid QLD Blue Card and/or a Working with Children Check for your State or Territory. For online students an optional onsite workshop is available.
Session 2, Year 1
TCHR5003Principles and Practice in Early Childhood Education
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session2
Session2
TCHR2002Children, Families and Communities
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesTCHR1002 - Play and Pedagogies in the Early Years OR TCHR1001 - Early Childhood Principles and Practice OR be admitted to course: 1107425 - Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) OR 3007268 - Bachelor of Community Welfare OR 1008500 - Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood) OR 1207286 - Master of Teaching
TCHR6001Professional Experience in Early Childhood Education II: Infants and Toddlers
Session2
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
Enrolment informationThis unit has a compulsory professional experience component. Enrolment in this unit requires you to have a valid QLD Blue Card and/or a Working with Children Check for your State or Territory.
TCHR3004Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesTCHR1002 - Play and Pedagogies in the Early Years OR TCHR1001 - Early Childhood Principles and Practice OR be admitted to course: 1107425 - Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) OR 1207286 - Master of Teaching OR 1008500 - Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood)

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes
Session 1, Year 1
TCHR5001Play and Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session1
Session1
TCHR2003Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesTCHR1002 - Play and Pedagogies in the Early Years OR TCHR1001 - Early Childhood Principles and Practice OR be admitted to course: 1107425 - Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) OR 1207286 - Master of Teaching OR 1008500 - Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood)
Session 2, Year 1
TCHR5003Principles and Practice in Early Childhood Education
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session2
Session2
TCHR2002Children, Families and Communities
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesTCHR1002 - Play and Pedagogies in the Early Years OR TCHR1001 - Early Childhood Principles and Practice OR be admitted to course: 1107425 - Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) OR 3007268 - Bachelor of Community Welfare OR 1008500 - Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood) OR 1207286 - Master of Teaching
Session 1, Year 2
TCHR3001Early Childhood Matters
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesTCHR1002 - Play and Pedagogies in the Early Years OR TCHR1001 - Early Childhood Principles and Practice OR be admitted to course: 1107425 - Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) OR 1207286 - Master of Teaching OR 1008500 - Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood)
TCHR6004Professional Experience in Early Childhood Education I: Pre-schoolers
Session1
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
Enrolment informationThis unit has a compulsory professional experience component. Enrolment in this unit requires you to have a valid QLD Blue Card and/or a Working with Children Check for your State or Territory. For online students an optional onsite workshop is available.
Session 2, Year 2
TCHR6001Professional Experience in Early Childhood Education II: Infants and Toddlers
Session2
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
Enrolment informationThis unit has a compulsory professional experience component. Enrolment in this unit requires you to have a valid QLD Blue Card and/or a Working with Children Check for your State or Territory.
TCHR3004Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesTCHR1002 - Play and Pedagogies in the Early Years OR TCHR1001 - Early Childhood Principles and Practice OR be admitted to course: 1107425 - Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) OR 1207286 - Master of Teaching OR 1008500 - Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood)

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes
Year 1, Session 2
TCHR5003Principles and Practice in Early Childhood Education
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session2
Session2
TCHR2002Children, Families and Communities
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesTCHR1002 - Play and Pedagogies in the Early Years OR TCHR1001 - Early Childhood Principles and Practice OR be admitted to course: 1107425 - Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) OR 3007268 - Bachelor of Community Welfare OR 1008500 - Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood) OR 1207286 - Master of Teaching
TCHR6001Professional Experience in Early Childhood Education II: Infants and Toddlers
Session2
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
Enrolment informationThis unit has a compulsory professional experience component. Enrolment in this unit requires you to have a valid QLD Blue Card and/or a Working with Children Check for your State or Territory.
TCHR3004Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesTCHR1002 - Play and Pedagogies in the Early Years OR TCHR1001 - Early Childhood Principles and Practice OR be admitted to course: 1107425 - Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) OR 1207286 - Master of Teaching OR 1008500 - Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood)
Year 2, Session 1
TCHR5001Play and Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Session1
Session1
TCHR3001Early Childhood Matters
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesTCHR1002 - Play and Pedagogies in the Early Years OR TCHR1001 - Early Childhood Principles and Practice OR be admitted to course: 1107425 - Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) OR 1207286 - Master of Teaching OR 1008500 - Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood)
TCHR2003Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesTCHR1002 - Play and Pedagogies in the Early Years OR TCHR1001 - Early Childhood Principles and Practice OR be admitted to course: 1107425 - Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) OR 1207286 - Master of Teaching OR 1008500 - Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood)
TCHR6004Professional Experience in Early Childhood Education I: Pre-schoolers
Session1
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
Enrolment informationThis unit has a compulsory professional experience component. Enrolment in this unit requires you to have a valid QLD Blue Card and/or a Working with Children Check for your State or Territory. For online students an optional onsite workshop is available.


Notes

Note 1: This unit involves a professional experience placement.

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