Launch a rewarding and in-demand career, with VU's one-year, online Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education.
Our early-childhood diploma allows graduates of degree programs to become kindergarten teachers or early-childhood educators. You'll engage with units focused on children from birth to five years, learning how teaching practice can include children and families as capable participants in education.
Online learning is flexible and convenient. You'll also gain hands-on work experience in a range of settings, graduating with expertise in early-childhood learning built on a strong sense of social justice.
Gain insight into the early years by studying these fascinating areas:
You'll have the exciting opportunity to study in early childhood centres in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
You'll complete 60 days of supervised professional experience, including:
This course has been approved by Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), which oversees national quality frameworks in early-childhood education.
This means that you'll graduate with latest early-childhood teaching methods and knowledge.
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Childcare job openings are expecting massive growth, with the number of qualified early-childhood teachers required at long-day-care centres to double in 2020 (ACECQA).
Thanks to the essential experience you’ll get from working in childcare and teaching in a kindergartens during your placement, you’ll be work-ready before you even graduate.
Our graduates can find employment in:
Early-childhood teachers earn an average of $58,188 (Job Outlook).
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
|1.||Initiate teaching and learning practices that foster learner engagement in complex contexts and foreground Aboriginal standpoints in early childhood education.|
|2.||Critically review on different ways of knowing, being, and doing founded on the view of children and families as capable contributors to conceptual and pedagogical decision-making in learning and teaching.|
|3.||Design teaching practices that reflect an ability to contextualise, question, resist, rethink, and act towards equity and the public good.|
|4.||Exhibit a broad and coherent body of knowledge of early childhood pedagogy, curriculum and assessment in relation to the changing nature of education in a rapidly-evolving global context.|
|5.||Appraise, adapt, and exemplify a range of oral and written communication techniques to engage and connect with learners, their parents/carers and the wider community.|
|6.||Create learning opportunities that embrace a rich and varied curriculum, ensuring that learning and teaching approaches are based on sound ethical principles and foster reciprocal relationships in early childhood settings.|
To attain the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education students will be required to complete:
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.
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.
Fee type: Full-fee
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Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.
Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
Applicants with qualifications more than 10 years old who can provide evidence of relevant work experience will be considered for admission to the course.
If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.
Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.
Before you apply, consider whether you also wish to apply for: