Are you creative, enthusiastic, patient and embrace diversity?
The Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) is a degree that can deliver you a career change and the ability to make a difference in the life of a child.
This one-year, online program is designed for graduates of bachelor degrees to become fully qualified as early childhood teachers. Early childhood teachers support the progress of a child during the most phenomenal phase of physical, social and neurological development of their life.
The program will build your theoretical and practical knowledge in approaches to curriculum, the issues facing children, families and communities, and you will develop an understanding of the challenges of leadership in delivering childhood services.
As a graduate of the Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) you will work in day care and preschool settings, and discover how rewarding it can be to support the foundations for a child’s progress through their world.
Career opportunities arising from this course include:
The University has accreditation for this course from the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).
Please note, this course qualifies early childhood teachers to teach in birth to five-year-old settings. These settings are known differently throughout Australia, some as preschools and others as kindergarten. The course does not qualify graduates to teach in primary school settings.
Students undertake 60 days of professional placement during this course covering two settings: preschool setting and an infant and toddler setting.
The major areas of study include theories of learning and development, principles and practices of early childhood education and care, key issues in the early childhood education and care field including social justice, diversity and equity, working with families, investigating different early childhood educational models around the world and applying knowledge, skills and capabilities in professional experience.
A variety of assessment methods are included in this course. Scenario analysis, professional portfolio development, critical thinking and workplace development during professional experience placements.
Students learn in an interactive online environment with plenty of flexibility to accommodate the competing commitments of busy professionals. There may be compulsory attendance requirements in some units. Units are delivered online. Units include innovative and appropriate use of technology to support student learning, and to ensure regular engagement with academics and fellow students. Learning is facilitated by highly qualified and supportive academics. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The methods of teaching vary from unit to unit.
Please note: This course is delivered online and students may be required to attend on-campus workshops during some of the units.