Graduate Certificate of Education (Early Childhood)
Extend your early childhood expertise
USQ’s Graduate Certificate of Education (Early Childhood) is ideal if you work with young children and their families and want to extend your early childhood expertise, knowledge and skills.
Through this four unit-degree, you will explore international, national and local issues relating to the education of young children and develop the ability to critically analyse your understandings of contemporary learning and teaching.
Designed to tap into your work environment and apply theory to practice, you will also complete a 15-day professional study unit in an early childhood environment.
Alternate entry is available for those who do not have an undergraduate degree but have other qualifications and work experience which are equivalent to normal entry requirements.
After completing the Graduate Certificate of Education (Early Childhood) with a minimum GPA of 4.0, you will have the option to take the credit from your studies and go on to complete the Master of Education (Early Childhood).
If you do not achieve a GPA of 4.0, you may have the option to continue your studies with a Graduate Diploma of Education (Early Childhood) before moving on to a Master of Education (Early Childhood) (provided other program entry requirements are met).
Note: This program does not qualify you for teacher registration in Queensland. To qualify for teacher registration in Queensland, please refer to the Master of Learning and Teaching.
In addition to the courses listed below, you will also need to complete professional experience. These experiences provide you with opportunities to put theory into practice.
How much will it cost?
Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (4 units) in this program are:
|Domestic full fee paying||AUD 9480|
Loan to help you pay your fees
You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.
You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.
Scholarships and financial assistance
You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.
This program includes a compulsory professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.
- 3-year bachelor degree from an Australian university or equivalent.
English Language Requirements
You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.
How to apply
To apply for this degree:
Applying directly to USQ:
- Semester 3, 2019 - applications close Friday 29 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 18 November 2019.
- Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Friday 6 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 24 February 2020.
- Semester 2, 2020 - applications close Friday 24 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 13 July 2020.