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Gain a globally recognised qualification to teach children in their most critical years of development and growth
RMIT’s Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood Education) will develop your understanding of how young children learn the skills they need for life.
This program is designed for those who have an undergraduate degree and now wish to teach in the early childhood field.
Online study and flexibility
You can complete this entire program online allowing you to study while managing other personal and professional commitments.
What you will gain through this program
Graduate of this program will have a professional teaching qualification, allowing them to teach in all Early Childhood settings.
This degree will give you the confidence to link theories with practice and build on children’s creativity, problem solving and innovation by using emerging technologies in curriculum design.
Why a Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood Education) at RMIT?
By choosing RMIT, you’ll be studying at an institution that has over 50 years of experience and a reputation for excellence in the area of teacher education. Graduates are qualified to teach in all early childhood settings both here and overseas.
Our programs combine hands-on experiences with leading research, exposing you to the rich and engaging tasks that are directly linked to the teaching profession.
Midyear places may be available for local students.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
You will experience a wide variety of teaching and learning approaches, including:
- interactive seminars
- self-directed research
- group-based learning
- reflection on visual materials
- 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.
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
- 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.
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.
Dina Cerantola, Program Administrative Officer
Tel. + 61 3 9925 7870
Program and course information
You will learn how to plan for the education of children from birth to eight years in a range of early childhood settings.
You will complete the following 8 courses including 4 supervisedprofessional practice placements including 10 days with Birth-2 students, and 50 days with students aged 3-6.
- Children, Education Settings and Society
- Comparative Issues and Contexts in Early Childhood
- Educational Leadership and Management in Early Childhood
- Inclusive Education in Early Childhood
- Language and Literacies in Early Childhood
- Learning Across the Early Childhood Curriculum
- Theory and Practice: Birth to Two
- Theory and Practice: Two to Eight
Most courses are run during normal business hours. Some courses can be completed in intensive mode.
Plans are variations offered for a program such as specialisations, modes of delivery or location. Browse a plan to see the courses our students are currently studying.
Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood)
1 year full-time - 2 semesters
|Bundoora Campus||1 year full-time - 2 semesters||012380FN/A|
Sorry, this plan is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.
If you hold a different visa type, you may be eligible. Please contact Info Corner for more infomation.
All courses listed may not be available each semester
|Course Title||Credit Points||Course Code||Campus|
|Children, Education Settings and Society||12||TCHE2195||Bundoora Campus|
|Theory and Practice: Birth to Two||12||TCHE2365||Bundoora Campus|
|Theory and Practice: Two to Eight||12||TCHE2561||Bundoora Campus|
|Language and Literacies in Early Childhood||12||TCHE2562||Bundoora Campus|
|Inclusive Education in Early Childhood||12||TCHE2559||Bundoora Campus|
|Comparative Issues and Contexts in Early Childhood||12||TCHE2295||Bundoora Campus|
|Learning Across the Early Childhood Curriculum||12||TCHE2560||Bundoora Campus|
|Educational Leadership and Management in Early Childhood||12||TCHE2558||Bundoora Campus|
Current student program guide
IntakesSemester 1, 2016
Applications close date
IntakesFebruary 2016, February 2017
Applications close date
Steps to apply
- Check the application dates to see when to apply.
- Ensure you meet all of the entry requirements (see above section).
- Choose your application method and apply.
- If applicable, complete the selection tasks for your program (see above section).
- For the best chance of success, submit your application by the deadline for timely applications.
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.
Steps to apply
1. Check program entry requirements and confirm you're eligible.
2. Ensure you have your supporting documents ready - this includes certified copies of all academic transcripts.
There are no application deadlines for international students; however, we encourage you to apply early as acceptance into programs is subject to the availability of places. An application fee may apply.
Learn more about the International application process.
You must have successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree, or equivalent, in any discipline.
You must have successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in any discipline other than Education.
This program includes a professional practice work placement.
You must hold a Working with Children Check before undertaking professional practice components of this course. Failure to obtain satisfactory checks may result in being unable to complete this course.
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.
English language requirements
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 7.0 (with no individual band below 6.5)
- TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 600 (TWE 5.0)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 100 (with minimum of 24 in writing and 22 in all other sections)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 65 (with no communication band less than 58)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 185 with no less than 176 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
The indicative total tuition fee for full-fee places for 2016 commencement is AU$16,320.
This program has full-fee places. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places (CSP) are also available.
How much you’ll pay will depend on whether you’re offered a full-fee place or a Commonwealth supported place. Government financial assistance is available to eligible students regardless of the type of place you enrol in.
Fees shown above apply to 2016 only and are based on an annual full-time study load of 96 credit points unless otherwise noted. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load. Tuition fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
For more information and to learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees see postgraduate study fees.
If you are offered a full-fee place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
Commonwealth supported places (CSP)
If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.
Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set on an annual basis by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.
In 2016, the annual student contribution amount you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between $6,256 and $10,440.
As a CSP student, you may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which allows you to defer payment of up to 100% of your student contribution.
For further information and to learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees see Fees for Commonwealth supported students.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You will only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
This program is approved for income support.
You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.
If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or the Department of Human Services for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.
Income tax deductions
You may be eligible to apply for income tax deductions for education expenses linked to your employment. See the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for more information.
The total indicative tuition fee for 2016 commencement is AU$23,040.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2016 is $290.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.
Important fee information
Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.
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Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.