Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education

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Advance your career in the early childhood education sector and learn the theory of education while you practice through our school and community partnership program.

The Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education will provide three-year trained, early childhood teaching graduates with increased career opportunities and professional recognition through an upgraded four-year qualification.

We emphasise student mentoring and you can upgrade to a Master of Teaching with another year of study.

 

Course essentials

You will need to follow the six steps to becoming a research student.

Contact the Graduate Research Centre on +61 3 9919 4522 or email gradresearch@vu.edu.au if you require further information.

Careers

Victoria University students with postgraduate qualifications in early childhood education are highly sought after in industry following comprehensive government reforms requiring workers in this sector to strengthen their qualifications. This degree provides increased professional recognition and career opportunities.

Job titles

  • Early childhood education supervisor
  • Kindergarten teacher
  • Childhood educator

Organisations employing early childhood education graduates

You could gain employment working in childcare centres, kindergartens and day care centres.

Employment rates

Shortages of early childhood (pre-primary school) teachers have been evident in Australia since 2009. Shortages are most notable in the long day-care sector.  In line with changes to government policy and increasing birth rates, employment of early childhood teachers is expected to rise by about 12% over the five years to 2017. (Skilled Occupations Summary)

Salaries

The average salary for early childhood educators  in Australia is A$56, 524 (JobOutlook).

Partnerships

Victoria University has strong partnerships with many community and government education organisations including the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development for valuable workplace learning opportunities. 

Early Childhood Education graduate Cathy Paleologoudias.

Inspiring young minds

Cathy Paleologoudias is recognised as a local inspiration for her enduring devotion to children.

Higher wages

Wages are expected to rise by over 4% as the implementation of the National Quality Framework designed to boost staff-to-child ratios and qualification levels, is phased in by 2014. (Ranstad Early Education World of Work Report 2012)

Global demand

Teacher shortages remain a major obstacle for countries to achieve the goal of universal primary education (UNESCO Institute for Statistics

Course objectives

Within the objectives of Victoria University, the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education aims to:

  • develop teachers as active and reflective practitioners, equipped with the critical awareness, teaching competence, knowledge and attitudes to teach children in both early childhood services and primary schools in the 21st century;
  • develop teachers' critical understanding of the changing nature of society (technological, economic, environmental and cultural) and its implications for education;
  • introduce teachers to a range of approaches for the education of children, enabling the development of personal teaching practices which are suitable for teaching in early childhood services in economically and culturally diverse communities;
  • develop in teachers insights into patterns of the cultural and political relations in which early childhood services are located, with particular reference to education in economically and culturally diverse communities;
  • graduate teachers with the commitment to develop their teaching further in their own interests, those of young people and those of the early childhood services and communities in which they teach.

Units and electives

The Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood is a 96 credit point (eight unit) one-year full-time award which may be studied in part-time mode.

Core units

Plus one elective (12 credit points)

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional 'elective' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission information

  • Mature: Prerequisite: Applicants must hold a three-year teaching degree in Early Childhood (or equivalent*) that covers birth to eight years. *Applicants must refer to the list of approved early childhood teacher qualifications available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx or http://www.legislation.vic.gov.au/ Selection Mode: Academic record, form, interview. See Extra requirements for specifics.
  • Other:

    Form: Applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Pi form

    Interview (some applicants only): Details will be provided by telephone or mail to the applicants required to attend.

Special admission requirements

Form: Applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Pi form

Interview (some applicants only): Details will be provided by telephone or mail to the applicants required to attend.

How to apply for this course

Applications have closed for this course.

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