2021: August

0.5 years

2021: A$13,500*
* fee per semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.


Gain specialised knowledge for teaching young children, with an Undergraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education from Victoria University.

This course gives you a recognised qualification within six months – letting you upskill quickly, and providing a fast track towards a new career.

Covering essential aspects of early-childhood education – such as learning theory and national frameworks – the certificate provides professional-development opportunities, and a stepping stone to a bachelor qualification.

By the end of your study, you will understand:

  • learning concepts
  • education practices, settings and social influences
  • teachers' role in play, and how play is part of development
  • researching and writing using academic conventions
  • the National Quality Framework, and other rights-based and ethical charters.

If you decide to keep studying to aim for higher roles, you may progress to the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, or the Bachelor of Education Studies.

In 2021, the government introduced a higher education short-course scheme to support job seekers transitioning into work after a difficult year.

The new undergraduate certificates offered as part of this scheme let you graduate with a recognised qualification in as little as half a year.

Take advantage of the new certificates to begin an entry-level career sooner, or to take your first step towards further study and a bachelor degree.

This course will be delivered in the VU Block Model, which means you study one unit (subject) at a time over four weeks, rather than juggling several units at once.

With its focused timetables and smaller, collaborative classes, VU’s Block Model gives you more time to connect with your peers, lecturers and industry partners, helping you to build strong professional networks. 

The VU Block Model has improved our student results and engagement, and has won multiple international awards for innovation and excellence. 

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills. 

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time. 

Our programs include: 

  • workshops 
  • drop-in sessions 
  • peer mentoring
  •  maths and writing resources 
  • resume and career guidance. 

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available to all students. 

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Careers in early-childhood teaching

The knowledge gained in this course is valuable professional development for those who work in:

  • childcare organisations
  • holiday programs
  • kindergartens or primary schools as teacher aides
  • afterschool programs
  • creative learning programs for children
  • management, leadership or administrative roles in childcare settings.

For those seeking to work as early-childhood teachers, the course provides credits towards the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. It also provides a pathway to the Bachelor of Education Studies.

Course structure

To attain the Undergraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education students will be required to complete: 

  • 48 credit points Core units

We are the first Australian university to use a 'block' model of learning, where you study one unit at a time rather than juggling several at once.

Introduced in 2018, the VU Block Model has improved our student results and achievements, and has won awards for innovation and excellence. Initially for first-year students, it now applies to all students studying at our Melbourne campuses.

You'll study in short bursts, called blocks, of three 2-3 hour face-to-face teaching sessions per week.

Each block focuses on one unit (subject) and is only four weeks long, with up to four days between. Our two semesters have four blocks each, and there are optional blocks over winter and summer where you can catch up on a missed unit.

Some courses have labs and pracs too, and these are generally scheduled on the same days as teaching sessions. There are also workshops where you'll develop your study skills and prepare for your future career.

Find out more about the VU Block Model.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the role that play and exploration have in Early Childhood Education  
  2. Apply curriculum documents such as the Early Year Learning Framework, to experiences designed to stimulate learning for young children  
  3. Analyse the significance of Early Childhood Education in the context of life-long learning.  
  4. Articulate the importance of Early Childhood Education in the social and emotional development of children.  

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.


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.


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Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English (or equivalent).
Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score or 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).
Completion of a Foundation course or equivalent.

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

Pathways & credits

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

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 chair or academic adviser.

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above – check your Letter of Offer for an estimate on non-tuition-fee-related expenses.

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