Undergraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education

VU course code: EUEC | CRICOS: 105912J | Level of study: Undergraduate
0.5 years full time
In person
Footscray Park


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

This early childhood teaching 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 the Undergraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education course, 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.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your educational achievements and work experience, as well as your 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 related course or unit(s). We call this a ‘pathway’.

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.

ATAR requirements

No minimum ATAR required

This course does not have a minimum ATAR requirement for entry. Read the entry criteria for this course below.

Why ATAR is not applicable

You do not need an ATAR score to apply for this course. Instead, you need to have successfully completed secondary school and to meet any requirements outlined below. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their ATAR, age, education or socioeconomic background.

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).




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.