Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Teaching
Blended learning – on-campus and digital learning
The Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Teaching prepares you to follow your passions in nurturing children’s learning and development in their early years (birth to 5 years).
As a pre-service teacher, you’ll learn how to create engaging and supportive learning environments.
You’ll deepen your knowledge of the early childhood curriculum and develop essential communication skills to collaborate effectively with children, their families and community across a diverse range of early childhood settings.
Get paid professional experience
At Swinburne, you’ll have the opportunity to get real industry experience with every core unit comes an embedded placement. You may also choose to work casually at childcare centres or preschools outside of your placements.
You’ll also have opportunities to go on paid internships, and enlist in paid casual relief teaching pools.
Once you graduate
Graduate as a confident and effective early childhood educator, ready for a rewarding career positively impacting children beginning their learning journey.
Every international student application is considered for a scholarship
Whether you’re living in Australia or overseas, you’re automatically considered for a scholarship of up to 30% off your course fees. Please check our updated entry requirements.
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Hawthorn (Quarter 3) - View application and start dates
A$30040 (annual for 2023)*
The indicative course fees shown in Course Search apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.
Course information in detail
- Course detail, course structure and units of study.
International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.
To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Teaching, students must complete 100 credit points comprising:
- Four core units (25 credit points each for a total of 100 credit points)
- 60 days of supervised professional experience
Maximum Academic Credit
Units of study
Careers and graduate outcomes
- Career opportunities, course aims and objectives and professional recognition.
Aims and objectives
- Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning within a range of early childhood contexts, with a comprehensive knowledge of early childhood curriculum and frameworks within the Australian context.
- Monitor and assess children's learning and development outcomes and use clear communication to report outcomes to families and communities through critically analysing, consolidating and synthesising assessment information.
- Implement a range of pedagogical approaches to support the learning and development of children aged birth to 5 years.
- Apply knowledge and skills to create supportive, safe and engaging learning environments with an ability to critically analyse information in diverse early childhood settings.
- Apply a deep knowledge of the early childhood profession that is informed by critical thinking and synthesis of theoretical and practical knowledge, and informed by ongoing professional learning.
- Collaborate respectfully with families and children, colleagues and other professionals to achieve high outcomes for all children aged birth to 5 years.
This course is fully accredited with the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority ACECQA
Course fees and requirements
- Fees, entry requirements and English language requirements.
A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) can now be done on campus in Hawthorn at Room 132, Building TD. Book now or call +61 3 9214 3584 for more information.
English language requirements
- IELTS (Academic Module): Overall 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0
- Swinburne English Language Centre: EAP 5 Advanced level with overall 70% and all skills 65% or above
- Or equivalent measures available at http://www.swinburne.edu.au/study/international/apply/