Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education (E5M)

Overview  2023

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 1 Year, up to a maximum of 3 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Online
Semester 1

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

The Graduate Certificate of Early Childhood Education will prepare you to lead early learning experiences for children from birth to 8 years of age.

Your studies will embed indigenous worldviews, education for sustainability, and health and wellbeing. You’ll learn to recognise how relationships with self, others, cultures, and places are critical to teaching and learning with children. Graduates are inclusive education practitioners with specific capacities to lead with play-based pedagogies, and to work with complex communities.

  • 1 Critically appraise the principles and practice of early childhood education and the way in which they inform and facilitate development in educational practices.
  • 2 Synthesise and critique scholarly literature to deepen understanding and evaluation of early learning practice.
  • 3 Plan and reflect on practice, to implement a theoretical investigation, or professional enquiry initiative.
  • 4 Communicate complex theoretical concepts in relation to early childhood education practice, policy, and literature to diverse audiences.
  • Career outcomes

    Graduates of this course will be qualified to respond to opportunities and challenges in a range of formal and informal early learning contexts for children Birth to 8 years of age. You'll  develop essential knowledge and skills to evaluate professional practice and to design creative and evidence-led responses to changing educational contexts and learners’ needs.

    Course structure

    The Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education requires the completion of:

    • 50 credit points of Core units and;
    • 60 days of Professional Experience.

    You will normally complete your first Professional Experience placement in your first semester, and your remaining two in subsequent semesters. Your Professional Experience is completed in three units:

    • EDP702 Professional Experience 6 - 8 years
    • EDP703 Professional Experience 3 - 5 years
    • EDP704 Professional Experience Birth - 2 years

    You can find out more information about the requirements and processes for Professional Experience placements on the Professional Experience website.

    This unit supports professionals undertaking a small-scale systematic investigation into an aspect of learning, or development within a learning context or setting. It aims to enhance students' knowledge of key theoretical perspectives, along with their skills of practitioner research, data…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit connects theory, policy and practice concerning leadership and advocacy in early childhood. Topics will include contemporary models that foster effective leadership, constructive management strategies and considered ways to promote advocacy in early childhood. Students will also have opportunities…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit will focus on conceptual development and pedagogical content knowledge for teaching children fundamental aspects of literacy, mathematics and science. A range of play-based strategies for supporting the development of viewing, reading, writing, and speaking and listening skills will…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit is designed for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education Graduate Certificate (Early Childhood), specialising in teaching children aged birth to 8 years. This unit interrogates current early childhood curricula and pedagogies. Topics include planning using relevant state,…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Within the Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood) course Professional Experience (PE)is designed to enable graduates to further demonstrate their practice in a school context. Thisplacement involves active observation, and participation, and increased engagement in teachingand learning activities with learners…

    Credit Points: 0

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Professional Experience in the Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood) course isdesigned to enable graduates to further demonstrate their practice in either a child care andeducation or Kindergarten (or equivalent) context. This PE involves active observation andparticipation and increased engagement…

    Credit Points: 0

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    The Birth – 2 years’ placement in the Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood) course isdesigned to enable graduates to become familiar with the child care and education context. This PEinvolves active observation and participation and increased engagement in teaching…

    Credit Points: 0

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Entry requirements

    Applicants with higher education study

    To be eligible for an offer, you must have completed:

    • An Initial Teacher’s Education (ITE) degree at Bachelor’s level or equivalent qualification such as a Master of Teaching

    Graduated students will be eligible for direct entry to E6J Graduate Diploma of Education [proposed new course] or Master of Education with credit for 50cp.

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Options for this course

    Cost shouldn’t get in the way of you studying.

    If you’re a domestic undergraduate student, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place in this course. This means your fees will be subsidised by the Australian Government. You’ll only need to pay the student contribution amount for each unit you study within the course.

    You may also be able to defer payment of the student contribution amount by accessing a HECS-HELP loan from the Government. If eligible, you’ll only have to pay your tuition fees once you start earning above a specific amount.

    Further information is available at Scholarships, fees and costs.

    Student contribution

    Student contribution amounts are charged for each unit of study. This means that how much you’ll pay will depend on which units you choose. Find out more about student contribution amounts.

    Further information

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

    International students

    2023 Total Course Fee (international students): $16,475 AUD*.

    Course cost based on a rate of $32,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

    * Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

    International students

    International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

    Scholarships

    For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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    International
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    Course.Info@utas.edu.au
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