Graduate Diploma of Education (Early Childhood)

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

updated 6:01 AM on Fri, 25 November

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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, October
February, June, October
Course code
1107425
Course abbreviation
GradDipEd(EC)
Credit points
96
Equivalent units
8
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
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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. 

This course includes professional experience learning via placement in early childhood education settings, schools, and community sites. 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.

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. 

This course includes professional experience learning via placement in early childhood education settings, schools, and community sites. 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.

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 CoastTerm  1, Term  3, Term  5
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3, Term  5

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

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3, Term  5$28,000 ($3,500 per unit)102984F
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3, Term  5$28,000 ($3,500 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.

International students studying in Australia

International students studying online or outside of Australia

View domestic application details View international application details

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible to receive the Graduate Diploma of Education (Early Childhood) students must complete the equivalent of 8 units (96 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. 

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood) after completing the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points).
 

Inherent Requirements

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.


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
TCHR5001Play and Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education
TCHR3001Early Childhood Matters
TCHR2003Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood
TCHR5003Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education
TCHR2002Children, Families and Communities
TCHR3004Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood
TCHR5009Theory to practice: Education and Care for Infants and Toddlers
TCHR6008Professional Experience: Early Childhood I Note 1
TCHR6011Professional Experience: Early Childhood II Note 1
TCHR5010Theory to Practice: Competency and Capability of Preschoolers


Course progressions

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. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

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

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

TCHR3001Early Childhood Matters
Term1,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1,4
N/A
TCHR5003Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
Term1
TCHR6008Professional Experience: Early Childhood I
Dual Term2
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Dual Term2
Dual Term2
Co-requisitesTCHR5010 - Theory to Practice: Competency and Capability of Preschoolers
Anti-requisitesTCHR6004 - Professional Experience in Early Childhood Education I: Pre-schoolers
Enrolment informationStudents MUST provide evidence of compliance for all placement requirements prior to attending professional placement. Students MUST comply with the vaccination requirements of the placement providers. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in a fail grade. Full details are available at www.scu.edu.au/education/education-profession/professional-experience/ Only ONE placement can be completed in a Term unless approval has been granted by the Director of Professional Experience.
TCHR5010Theory to Practice: Competency and Capability of Preschoolers
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
Term2
Co-requisitesTCHR6008 - Professional Experience: Early Childhood I
Anti-requisitesTCHR6004 - Professional Experience in Early Childhood Education I: Pre-schoolers
Enrolment informationStudents must enrol prior to Week 1. This unit provides intensive workshops which begin on day 1 of teaching and assessment aligned with the Early Childhood Placement. Students MUST enrol in TCHR6008 Professional Experience: Early Childhood I, concurrently, with this unit.
TCHR2002Children, Families and Communities
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
TCHR2003Curriculum Studies in Early Childhood
Term1,3,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3,4
Term3,4
Online
Term1,3,4
Term1
TCHR5001Play and Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
Term4
TCHR3004Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood
Term4,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4,5
Term4,5
Online
Term4,5
N/A
TCHR5009Theory to practice: Education and Care for Infants and Toddlers
Term3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3,5
Term3,5
Online
Term3,5
Term3,5
Co-requisitesTCHR6011 - Professional Experience: Early Childhood II
Anti-requisitesTCHR6001 - Professional Experience in Early Childhood Education II: Infants and Toddlers
Enrolment informationStudents MUST enrol prior to Week 1. This unit provides intensive workshops which begin on day 1 of teaching and assessment aligned with the Early Childhood Placement. Students MUST enrol in TCHR6011 - Professional Experience: Early Childhood II with this unit.
TCHR6011Professional Experience: Early Childhood II
Dual Term3,4
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Dual Term3,4
Dual Term3,4
Co-requisitesTCHR5009 - Theory to practice: Education and Care for Infants and Toddlers
Anti-requisitesTCHR6001 - Professional Experience in Early Childhood Education II: Infants and Toddlers
Enrolment informationEarly Enrolment Date: Students MUST enrol by the date specified by the Professional Experience Team to ensure a placement can be arranged. Students MUST provide evidence of compliance for all placement requirements prior to attending professional placement. Students MUST comply with the vaccination requirements of the placement providers. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in a fail grade. Full details are available at www.scu.edu.au/education/education-profession/professional-experience/ Only ONE placement can be completed in a Term unless approval has been granted by the Director of Professional Experience.


Notes

Note 1: This unit involves a professional experience placement.

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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.

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.

Professional recognition

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.

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