Highlights

  • Ideal for professionals working in early education and care settings who want to expand their knowledge of working with young children, families and communities
  • Prepares you to extend your career in early childhood or leadership roles
  • Learn today, use tomorrow with our real-world courses
  • You can choose to specialise in this area or choose option units across a range of topics
  • Students who commence this course prior to 2022 in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) will remain CSP for the duration of the course. Students commencing this course from 2022 will be on a full domestic fee basis. 

Highlights

  • Ideal for professionals working in early education and care settings who want to expand their knowledge of working with young children, families and communities
  • Prepares you to extend your career in early childhood or leadership roles
  • Learn today, use tomorrow with our real-world courses
  • You can choose to specialise in this area or choose option units across a range of topics.

 

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Why choose this course?

The Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood) is ideal for professionals working in early education and care settings who want to expand their knowledge of working with young children, families and communities.

This course prepares professionals working in early education and care settings for an industry requiring highly trained professionals who can specifically support the diverse needs of young children.

Research evidence has consistently proven that the experiences and environments of children in the early years are important for strong social-emotional development and positive learning outcomes through school and into adulthood, and influence children’s health and wellbeing across their lives. At QUT, professionals working in early education and care settings are challenged to learn about how to plan, create and implement evidence based learning environments that will provide the best possible outcomes for children, families, and the communities in which they live.

Learn from the best

QUT’s expert teaching staff collectively represent a diverse range of knowledge and this specialisation is backed by the latest evidence-based research from the Childhood in Changing Contexts research group. QUT has also been chosen to lead the Australian Research Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child, working to ensure children growing up in the digital age are healthy, educated, and connected.

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What to expect

The Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood) will develop your skills in critically analysing, designing and implementing curriculum and pedagogy in the early years of a child’s education. You will:

  • deepen your knowledge and ability to work with culturally diverse learners and contexts
  • consider what it means to provide access to high-quality early education that supports engaged learning and positive outcomes for all young children, and
  • develop a strong understanding of current early childhood issues, policy and debates and how to influence these.

Flexible delivery

You may study this course part time. If you choose a selection of option units you can choose to study full-time or part-time.

You can study on campus, online or select a blended approach to suit you. QUT provides a variety of online learning environments to enable you to participate fully, receive expert guidance and support, and be in regular contact with expert teaching staff.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

Graduates have highly developed specialist knowledge and skills enabling them to lead effective education programs and practices. They are prepared to lead and mentor colleagues working in prior to school and school settings with children aged birth to eight years. 

Course articulation

You have the option to keep learning and build towards a Master of Education.

Details and units

To graduate with the Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood) you will need to complete all units in the Early Childhood major. You may only study the Early Childhood major part time.

 

The Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood) is only available to non-student visa holders or international students studying from their home country. This course is available 1 year part-time. To graduate with the Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood) you will need to complete all units in the Early Childhood major.

International students studying on a student visa may only study full time. If that's you, you will need to refer to Graduate Certificate in Education - Choice of Units to create a full-time course structure.

Requirements

Course code
EU60
Delivery
  • Online
  • Kelvin Grove
Delivery
  • Online
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
12 months part-time
Duration
1 years part-time
Entry
February and July
Entry
February and July
  • A recognised bachelor degree (or higher qualification) in any discipline; or
  • A recognised diploma in any discipline plus at least two years full-time (or equivalent) professional work experience in any field; or
  • Five years full-time (or equivalent) professional work experience in any field

Minimum academic requirements

  • A completed recognised bachelor degree (or higher) in any discipline.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2022 fees

2022: TBA

Please note Commonwealth supported places (CSP) will not be available for this course from 2022. Students commencing in this course from 2022 will be on a full domestic fee basis. Students who commence this course prior to 2022 in a Commonwealth supported place will remain CSP for the duration of the course.

2022 fees

2022: TBA

2021 fees

2021: CSP $2,000 per year full-time (48 credit points)

Please note Commonwealth supported places (CSP) will not be available for this course from 2022. Students commencing in this course from 2022 will be on a full domestic fee basis. Students who commence this course prior to 2022 in a Commonwealth supported place will remain CSP for the duration of the course.

2021 fees

2021: $14,900 per year full-time (48 credit points)

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

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FEE-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan.

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Scholarships

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