Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Teaching
– Birth to 5
Duration: 1 year full-time
Credit points: 48
CRICOS CODE: 113300D
Available to: Domestic (FEE-HELP) and International
IELTS: 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
Course accreditation: ACECQA
AQF: Level 8
Tuition fee: International students: $9,750 semester/$19,500 total tuition fee
The Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Teaching (Birth to 5) engages with fundamental education concepts from a comprehensive Christian world view. In doing so, course content and assessment address the nature of reality, origin, methods, and limits of human reasoning and intelligence, and beliefs about values underpinning education. The fusion of academic, practical and Christian perspectives will contribute to the preparation of well-rounded early childhood education professionals.
The main intended outcome is to produce life-ready graduates. In addition, due to the Christian values and beliefs that underpin the course, a further integral intended outcome is that graduates should show and share caring, empathy and ways of educating creatively, consistent with Excelsia’s graduate attributes.
The Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Teaching (Birth to 5) has been designed to meet the recommended workload and outcome descriptors for AQF Level 8 (graduate diploma). The design is also informed by ACECQA requirements for early childhood teachers with a view to preparing teachers with high-quality conceptual and practical skills to function effectively in early childhood centres and meet national and local requirements and standards. The course is 48 credit points consisting of 8 units. All units in the course are core and must be completed to meet all course requirements.
What do our students say?
‘Choosing to study at Excelsia was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The learning environment has been fantastic, the academic staff have been very supportive and continue to model to me how to become a great teacher. I have also made friends from a diverse cultural background and I can see a great career ahead of me.’
Early Childhood Student
Foundations of Early Childhood Education and Care
This unit provides an introduction to the history and philosophy of early childhood education and care (ECEC).
Child Growth, Learning and Development (birth to 5-year-olds)
This unit focuses on developmental domains, theories of development and their pedagogical application for teaching children aged birth to five years.
Language, Literacy and Indigenous Studies in Early Childhood
This unit explores best practices and research for supporting language and literacy development in the early years.
Professional Practice 1 (30 days, 6 weeks)
This unit includes six weeks (30 days) of professional experience in an early childhood service with children from birth to two years old (infants and/or toddlers).
The Early Childhood Practitioner
The unit provides initial teacher education students with the knowledge, skills and resources that enable them to work as effective practitioners in early childhood contexts.
Infant and Toddler Curriculum and Pedagogy
This unit examines curriculum and pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning from birth to two years old.
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics in Early Childhood
The unit aims to provide initial teacher education students with the knowledge, skills and resources that enable them to offer a variety of science experiences to young children and enhance their dispositions towards science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).
Professional Practice 2 (30 days, 6 weeks)
This unit includes six weeks (30 days) of professional experience in an early childhood service with a focus on children aged three to five years old (pre-schoolers).
Academic staff for Early Childhood
Associate Lecturer & Course Coordinator
Dr Alfred Mupenzi
Education Practicum and Placement Coordinator
Applicants will have a bachelor degree or higher in any field;
Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent by the Admissions Committee in consultation with the Head of School or Course Coordinator.
Applicants who did not complete their 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 will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency. Such applicants must have an overall IELTS result of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent English language proficiency test result.