Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Teaching

Blended learning – on-campus and digital learning

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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.

Stop saying next year. Start in Semester 2.

Applications to begin midyear are now open. Are you ready to stop feeling undervalued? To stop pretending to be happy? To stop dreaming small? Apply now


One year full-time or equivalent part-time


Hawthorn (Quarter 1, Quarter 2, Quarter 3, Quarter 4) - View application and start dates

Study modes

  • Full-time,
  • Part-time

2023 Start Dates

Quarter 3 - 17 July 2023
Quarter 4 - 09 October 2023