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Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Certificate

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    2-4 semesters part time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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What you'll learn

About this course

Do you want to become qualified to help kids the best start in education possible? Then look no further than this Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education.

This course, available both online and on-campus through Murdoch University, delves into three core subjects, plus your choice of a fourth elective unit.

You'll learn about the theories of play and development, learning and pedagogy for young children and the practicalities of executing an integrated curriculum in early childhood. Flexible part-time delivery means you can easily fit your studies alongside your other commitments.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Completed a bachelor's degree or higher; OR
  • Completed equivalent training; OR
  • Completed a minimum of two years full-time, recent, relevant and satisfactory teaching experience.

All students must satisfy Murdoch University's minimum English requirements by demonstrating competency in the English Language.

Areas of study

In this early childhood education course, the subjects you may study include:

Core units:

  • Professional experience: postgraduate
  • Advanced principles and practices in early childhood education
  • Integrated early childhood curriculum for educators

Plus your choice of one of the following units:

  • Babies and toddlers effective pedagogies and toddlers growing and learning
  • Critical perspectives in early childhood education
  • Designing early childhood learning environments
  • Pedagogies for literacy and numeracy in the early years

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education or work experience meet certain criteria.

One of the top 500 universities in the world (2016-2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings), Murdoch University has a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Across its campuses in Australia, Dubai and Singapore, Murdoch offers over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate courses spanning a broad range of disciplines, including veterinary science, Information Technology, law, business, psychology and counterterrorism. Murdoch University is part of the Innovative Research Universities network, a group of universities that advises the Australian government on higher education policy.
Murdoch University is committed to providing tailored support to all its students in order to help them meet their educational objectives. It provides a wide range of dedicated services, including career and employment assistance, counselling, disability support, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and study advice. In addition, students have access to a wide range of services including mentoring for first-year students and bespoke programs to support learners who are elite athletes, international students, LGBTIQ students or reservists in the Australian Defence Force.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education from Murdoch University.

As a graduate of this course, you'll be able to specialise in early childhood education, which involves teaching kindergarten through to Year 3.

Curious about where a career in education could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Family Day Care Educator
  • Early Learning Coordinator
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Child and Family Services Manager

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a FEE-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you choose to study in that year.

Murdoch University also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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