Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood)


  • Program code: GD108
  • Campus: Bundoora campus

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Early childhood years are the most critical in terms of human development and growth.

Develop your understanding of how young children learn the skills they need for life. Learn how early childhood teachers link theories with practice and build on children’s creativity, problem solving and innovation by using emerging technologies in curriculum design.

This program is designed for those who have an undergraduate degree and now wish to teach in the early childhood field.

Graduates are qualified to teach in all early childhood settings both here and overseas.


1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Midyear places may be available for local students.

Program structure and features

Learning and teaching

You will experience a wide variety of teaching and learning approaches, including:

  • interactive seminars
  • self-directed research
  • group-based learning
  • reflection on visual materials
  • excursions
  • online discussions.

Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects and practical assignments.

All programs are delivered in English.

You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Program structure

You will learn how to plan for the education of children from birth to eight years in a range of early childhood settings.

As well as 3 supervised professional practice placements, you’ll complete the following 8 courses:

  • Applied Education Project
  • Children, Education Settings and Society
  • Early Childhood Language and Literacy
  • Inclusive Education
  • Investigating Science, Mathematics, Technology and the Environment
  • Issues and Contexts in Education
  • Linking Theory to Practice: 2 to 8 Years
  • Studying and Providing for Children: Birth to 2 Years.

Most courses are run during normal business hours. Some courses can be completed in intensive mode.

Handbook (program guide)

To see what students are currently studying and to access additional program and course information, visit the program handbook (program guide).

Industry connections

You'll do a professional practice placement each semester, totalling 60 days of supervised teaching practice in a range of early childhood settings.

You can choose to do a rural or overseas placement. There's 1 placement available with children aged birth to 2 years, and 2 placements with children aged 3 to 5 years.

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.


You'll be qualified to work as a teacher in kindergartens, early learning and childcare centres and in other less-traditional educational settings.

You'll have the skills, knowledge and experience to work in private enterprise, government agencies and community services organisations.

A degree in education doesn't just place you inside a classroom, it's a pathway into any industry. Find out more in Beyond the Classroom video.

Possible job titles:

  • early childhood teacher
  • childcare worker
  • educational officer
  • trainer
  • educational policy officer.

Professional recognition and accreditation

Graduates will be recognised as 4-year qualified early childhood teachers by Early Childhood Australia Inc (ECA Inc), the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD).

There have been recent changes in Commonwealth and Victoria Government policies. As of 1 April 2012, unless you can provide evidence that your first or primary language is English, if you wish to register to teach in Australia, graduates from accredited postgraduate programs who have not completed their undergraduate degree at an approved institution in English in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada or the Republic of Ireland WILL be required to provide evidence of an IELTS test and demonstrate achievement of an overall score of 7.5, with individual band scores no lower than 7.0 for reading and writing and 8.0 for speaking and listening.

For further information, please contact Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority or Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership for information on registration requirements.

Global opportunities

Teaching is a globally transferable qualification that will always be in demand.

RMIT’s Education Abroad Office supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.

Entry requirements

You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.

If you satisfy the following requirements you will be eligible for selection; however, there is no guarantee that you will be selected as demand for the program varies each intake.

Program entry requirements

An Australian undergraduate degree or its equivalent, in a discipline other than Education.



Selection tasks

All applicants who did not complete their initial tertiary qualification in English at an approved institution in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom or the United States of America need to complete an English test.

Minimum scores required for IELTS academic are:

  • Speaking: 6.5
  • Writing: 6.5
  • Reading: 6.5
  • Listening: 6.5
  • Overall: 7.0

Minimum scores for TOEFL are:

  • Speaking: 22.0
  • Writing: 24.0
  • Reading: 22.0
  • Listening: 22.0
  • Overall: 100.0

Successful applicants will be required to complete a valid Working With Children Check prior to commencing this course.

How to apply

Equity access

If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.


Tuition fees vary according to each program and are adjusted annually.

There are 2 tuition fee types:

  • full fees where you will be responsible for the full cost
  • Commonwealth supported place (CSP) fees where your tuition fee is shared between you and the Commonwealth Government if you meet the eligibility criteria. There are only a small number of CSPs available.

Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP loan scheme to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

  • pay all or part of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
  • defer payment through the HECS-HELP loan scheme.

Other fees

In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF). You may be able to defer the fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.


Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

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Contact details

Info Corner
330 Swanston Street (cnr La Trobe Street)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9925 2260
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School of Education
Julie Carmel, Postgraduate Early Childhood Program Coordinator
Tel. +61 3 9925 7804


Dina Cerantola, Program Administrative Officer
Tel. + 61 3 9925 7870

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Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.