The Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education course (2 sessions FT, 4 sessions PT) provides the opportunity for registered teachers to specialise in early childhood education to address the growing demand for postgraduate qualifications in the early childhood education sector in Australia. This course provides an early childhood education specialisation and/or continued professional learning for teachers in early education (0 – 8) with a particular focus on children in pre-school to Year 3. Graduates can expect to gain grounding in the latest research and new approaches to effective curriculum, pedagogy and assessment practices in the early years of schooling. The course examines theory and practice of teaching, concentrating on the characteristics of learners and teachers and the social and cultural contexts of early childhood education. In the first two units, the course aims to enhance teachers' understandings of child development and numeracy education in early childhood settings. In the second two units, students consider contemporary issues in early childhood education and literacy education.
Please note: Griffith would like to advise you that the Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education will not, of and by itself accredit you to teach in prior to school settings as it is not accredited with ACECQA. However, if you go on to complete the Griffith Master of Early Childhood Education, you will be accredited.
How to Apply
This course is restricted. Students are required to apply and be approved by Griffith University before they can enrol in units through OUA.
Applications for the Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education are due by Friday two weeks prior to the close of enrolment.
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To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education, you must complete 4 units in the course structure.
Note: The grade of Pass Conceded will not be awarded for any units in this course.
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit
Griffith University may award credit for prior learning. Students can apply to gain credit for prior learning at the postgraduate level by lodging a credit transfer application form. For further information and a copy of the form, please contact Griffith University.
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