Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education

POSTGRADUATE

Set young children up for a lifelong love of learning.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Online
Entry score:

Range of criteria*

Duration:
Full-time 1 year
Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Bundoora
Online
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

Range of criteria*

Duration:
Full-time 1 year
Fees:

AU$32,640 (2023 total)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Bundoora

Overview

Set young children up for a lifelong love of learning.

As an early childhood teacher, you will support young learners and their families as advocates, enablers, custodians and thinkers—nurturing tomorrow’s global citizens in yet-to-be-imagined futures.

The Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education is designed to give you the skills and confidence to become an innovative and attuned professional teacher with the knowledge and experience to work in private enterprise, government agencies and community-based early childhood education settings, either locally or globally.

At the end of your studies, you'll be qualified to teach in the early childhood setting in Victoria. If you’re interested in teaching outside of Victoria or overseas, registration will be subject to the criteria of the relevant state or overseas accrediting authorities.

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This graduate diploma has excellent grounding in the latest research, taught by world class lecturers. Students are supported by a mentor teacher for the duration of the course, demonstrating first-hand the key importance of belonging in any education environment.

Details

This one-year intensive graduate diploma is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to become an effective teacher in early childhood education, educating infants, toddlers and young children, from birth to five years.

Upon completion, you will be ready to begin a fulfilling career helping to shape children's relationships with education, and a love of lifelong learning.

In this diploma, you will explore inclusive learning and teaching practices concerning age, gender, ethnicity and ability, as you learn a wide range of diverse philosophies and theories concerning belonging, being and becoming in curricula which shape the field.

You'll also gain insights into indigenous perspectives and approaches, and hone your practice as informed by international trends and policies.

Incursions and hands-on activities

RMIT Bundoora campus has a rich outdoor environment where students can engage in a range of incursions and hands-on activities using natural materials to explore STEM-based learning.

Opportunities include:

  • Engaging with local Aboriginal community members as you gain knowledge of some of the oldest teaching methods in the world.
  • Joining in the Scar Tree Walk at Bundoora campus.

Assessments

Assessments are designed based on contemporary issues in Early Childhood Education (ECE) services, which enable you to understand the work requirements and prepare you as an effective educator within the ECE industry.

Placements

Students undertake placements in early childhood settings in order to put theories, concepts and ideas into practice, while being mentored by qualified and experienced early childhood teachers.

Blended learning options

Courses offered as part of blended learning programs include a meaningful blend of online, on-campus, and workplace based learning tailored to the type of study you undertake. This learning is active, prioritising tasks that involve exploration and development of skills and knowledge through interaction and engagement.

Online aspects provide positive benefits such as flexibility and adaptability using digital activities and materials, while also strengthening the interaction and connection with timetabled and on-campus experiences such as tutorials, practicals, or workshops.

The School of Education has well-established links with education early childhood services both Australia and internationally.

Our academics work closely with early childhood teachers to respond to the needs and priorities of young learners. This collaboration opens the door to students finding opportunities to work within early childhood services. We receive regular notification from early childhood services when jobs become available, posing opportunities for new graduates.

This graduate diploma responds to current and arising issues and challenges facing the early childhood sector. Students will have opportunities to work with and be mentored by early childhood educators in their professional placements, and in studio-based activities.

Full time study of this diploma typically requires 30 hours study per week.

This includes both independent and guided study as well as placement days in early childhood settings. There is a requirement of 60 days placement over the duration of this qualification. These days can be negotiated by the student with their mentor teacher in their assigned early childhood centre.

Domestic students are able to study online and complete placements in regional Victoria or interstate.

Currently International students are able to study online and complete placements in regional Victoria or interstate, however, should classes return to face-to-face on campus**, students would need to attend these classes and any further workplace placements would be completed in Melbourne.

Please note: Students wishing to study on a part time load must be available to complete TCHE2683 Belonging Early Years: Introduction as a full-time student. This subject is an intensive delivered full time over the first three weeks of this diploma. Upon completion of the intensive, students who are only enrolled in this subject will have no further study until their next semester.

*Currently the required placement days have been amended by the accrediting body, ACECQA, for those students completing the qualification in 2020. Any extension of this amendment in 2022 will be reflected in adjustments to students’ curriculum.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this degree and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

This graduate diploma has excellent grounding in the latest research including STEM and play-based learning pedagogies, taught by world class lecturers.

Its structure has clear links with the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), structured around Belonging, Being and Becoming.

To graduate you must complete the following subjects sequentially:

  • Belonging in the Early Years: Introduction – online, 3 week intensive
  • Belonging in the Early Years: Praxis – online, 6 weeks plus 23 days placement 
  • Being in the Early Years – online, 4 weeks intensive (June/July or October/November)
  • Becoming in the Early Years: Child in Community – online, 4 weeks plus 15 days placement
  • Becoming an Early Years Professional – online, 6 weeks plus 25 days placement.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education
Program code: GD204

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education
Bundoora Campus
1 year full-time - 2 semesters
GD204
0100711
Location
Bundoora Campus
Duration
1 year full-time - 2 semesters
Plan code
GD204
CRICOS
0100711
Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education
Bundoora Campus
1 year full-time
GD204
0100711
Location
Bundoora Campus
Duration
1 year full-time
Plan code
GD204
CRICOS
0100711

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

Career

Upon completion of this graduate diploma, you will be qualified to teach in the early childhood education setting both in Australia and overseas.

The market for early childhood teachers is forecast to remain very strong over the coming years, with an expected 29,000 job openings over the next five years.

If you are interested in teaching outside of Victoria, registration will be subject to the criteria of the relevant state or overseas accrediting authorities. 

The Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education is externally accredited by the Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). Graduates may apply for registration and work in Australian early childhood education and care settings with children aged birth to five years. Graduates are also eligible to apply for registration as an early childhood teacher with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following entry requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in any discipline.

Selection for Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) is competitive, and places are limited. You will be selected based on your grade point average (GPA).

The Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education has English language requirements which are specific to this degree.

*If your qualification was completed more than 10 years ago you will need to provide evidence of ongoing professional work and/or professional development in the same discipline as the program for which you are seeking entry to be granted credit.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

If you did not complete your bachelor degree in English at an approved institution in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom or the United States of America you must complete one of the following English proficiency tests or an approved Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) English Language Test:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 7.0 (with no individual band below 6.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 94 (with minimum of 19 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 24 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 65 (with no communication band less than 58)
  • C1 Advanced/C2 Proficiency: minimum of 185 with no less than 176 in any component. 

The test must be taken no more than two years prior to the RMIT program commencement date. 

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in any discipline.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

If you did not complete your bachelor degree in English at an approved institution in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom or the United States of America within five years prior to the RMIT program commencement date, you must complete one of the following English proficiency tests or an approved Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) English Language Test:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 7.0 (with no individual band below 6.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 94 (with minimum of 19 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 24 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 65 (with no communication band less than 58)
  • C1 Advanced/C2 Proficiency: minimum of 185 with no less than 176 in any component.

The test must be taken no more than two years prior to the RMIT program commencement date.

Additional information

Working with Children Check (WWC)

Applicants will be required to hold a valid Victorian Working with Children (WWC) Check (valid for 5 years) prior to undertaking professional placement as part of this program.

Note: For placements undertaken interstate a valid WWC Check is required for that state.

For more information visit the Working With Children Check website.

Vaccination

Some child care centres may require you to provide evidence of vaccination prior to undertaking professional experience.

Non-academic abilities you’ll need to complete this program

The following information outlines the tasks you will be required to undertake during professional experience placement and on-campus learning activities.

The non-academic abilities listed are provided for your information only and are not entry requirements.

If there are any activities outlined which may be difficult for you to undertake, there are a range of adjustments to your study conditions available to enable and support you to demonstrate these abilities. Please contact the Equitable Learning Service to discuss any adjustments you may require.

By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, you can:

  • understand more about the program
  • determine if you may need support during your studies
  • make an informed decision about whether the program is suitable for you

If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, we can support you by making adjustments to activities in your program so that you can participate fully in your studies.

To receive learning adjustments, you need to register with Equitable Learning Service

The University considers the wellbeing and safety of all students, staff and the community to be a priority in academic and professional experience placement settings.

Pathways

You can gain entry to this graduate diploma from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs, if you meet the entry requirements.

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

Upon successful completion of this program, you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, such as a MR209 Master of Education by research, subject to program’s entrance requirements.

You can gain entry into this degree from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs.

Credit

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, such as a MR209 Master of Education by research, subject to program entry requirements.

Fees

Entry for this program is primarily through Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs).

Government financial assistance is available to eligible students regardless of the type of place you enrol in.

2023 indicative fees

Commonwealth supported places

  • 2023 Commonwealth supported places (CSP) range from AU$4,124 to AU$15,142*.

Full-fee places

  • Full-fee places: AU$24,960*.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$326 maximum fee for 2023*.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment*

Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.

*Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Defer your payment

  • You may be eligible to apply for a HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees. You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.
  • For more information and to learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees see postgraduate study fees.

Paying your fees and applying for refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

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.

How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?

The Australian Government has introduced changes to university funding and student contribution fees under its Job-ready Graduates Package

The fees in the table below apply to students who commence their program in 2023. Fees for continuing students are available at fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Each course (subject) falls into a band. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.

Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.

You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2023 for commencing students

Student contribution band by course (subject)

Maximum annual student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2023

Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Agriculture $4,124 per standard year
$515 per standard (12 credit point) course
Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology, Professional Pathway Social Work, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science, Pathology $8,301 per standard year
$1,037 per standard (12 credit point) course
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science $11,800 per standard year
$1,475 per standard (12 credit point) course
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture $15,142 per standard year
$1,892 per standard (12 credit point) course

Student Learning Entitlement

On 1 January 2022, the Government implemented the Student Learning Entitlement (SLE).

  • The SLE allows students 7 years of full-time subsidised study in Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP).
  • Your total SLE amount will be reduced in accordance with your overall study load in a CSP. 
  • Once you have utilised all your SLE, you can not longer study in a CSP.

For more information about SLE, visit Study Assist.

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.

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 2023 is $326. 

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.

HECS-HELP Loans

The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to the full amount of their student contribution.

FEE-HELP loans

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.

SA-HELP Loans

You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.

How does a HELP loan work?

If your HECS-HELP, FEE-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 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.

For more information about loan repayment options see Commonwealth assistance (HELP loans) or Study Assist.

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 Services Australia for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.

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.

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The total indicative tuition fee for 2023 commencement is AU$32,640.

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Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.