Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education

VU course code: ETEC | CRICOS: 111750E, 113574M | Level of study: Postgraduate
0.5 years full time or longer for part time
In person, Online Self-Paced
City Campus, Online Self-Paced, VU Brisbane, VU Sydney
29 July 2024
21 July 2024
 early childhood training


Learn about the practice of teaching young children from birth to 5 years, with a Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education.

The course introduces key concepts for teaching young children in early childhood education settings.

You will complete four units to gain expertise in the concept of responsive teaching, focusing on different ways of knowing, being and doing in the Australian context.

On course completion, you’ll understand how to create rich and varied learning opportunities in early childhood settings. You’ll learn about teaching and learning approaches that are based on sound ethical principles, reciprocal relationships, and children and families as capable contributors.

Those wishing to register as an early childhood teacher will need to pathway from the Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education into the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

For PhD applicants, we offer a related ‘Integrated PhD’ which allows you to establish relevant skills before beginning your research.

You may also be eligible for course ‘credits’, where you are granted a unit or units towards your qualification for equivalent previous study or work experience, so you can graduate sooner.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Fees & Scholarships

University fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer (including our generous scholarship program).




A Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education provides you with an introduction to the field of teaching in early childhood education. 

If you wish to register as an early childhood teacher in Victoria, you will need to complete the remaining content from the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education



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