Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education
The Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education will grow your abilities to be a self-sufficient, versatile and creative early childhood educator. You will develop and advance your skills in supporting the learning needs of diverse learners across the curriculum from birth to five years of age. You will build effective relationships with children, families and communities to develop evidence based educational interventions.
Industry professional placement subjects are embedded in the course and are completed in a regulated early childhood education service.
A reflexive professional practitioner, you will be able to register with the Victorian Institute of Teaching to teach in an early childhood setting with children aged birth to five years.
Accredited by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Authority (ACECQA).Accredited by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Authority (ACECQA) students study early childhood cognitive, social and physical development along with education theory and curriculum development in historical context. Classroom management techniques as well as skills in teaching literacy and numeracy are taught in line with national and state early learning frameworks (EYLF and VEYLDF). Industry placement units are embedded into the course providing consistent opportunities for students to implement and develop their practical skills.
Completed at the end of each Semester
Students interested in progressing further in this area, may choose to study one of the following areas on completion of the Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education:
Masters / Doctoral studies
The course is one year full-time and comprises 8 subjects.
A full time load is 4 subjects per semester which is 12-14 weeks in length.
Each subject carries a time commitment of 3 – 4 hours of face to face tuition and to up to 6 hours of private study per week.
Graduates of the 106561H Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education may find employment with government, private enterprises and not-for-profit organisations.
Graduate employment opportunities include:
• Early learning and childcare centres
• Kindergarten teaching (private or public)
• Government agencies
The Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (the test) is designed to assess initial teacher education students’ personal literacy and numeracy skills to ensure teachers are well equipped to meet the demands of teaching.
All students enrolled in an initial teacher education course (either undergraduate or postgraduate) must sit and meet the test standard prior to graduation. All students must achieve a successful test in order to register or to be employed as a teacher.
The test has been introduced to assess those aspects of initial teacher education students’ personal literacy and numeracy skills that can be measured through an online assessment tool.
SCEI-HE will support and assist students’/teacher candidates to prepare for the LANTITE.
Course Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this degree will:
Generate safe and inclusive teaching practices to meet the needs of diverse learners.
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