Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education 2013

Discover the challenging and rewarding field of Early Childhood Education with this online Graduate Certificate! Focussing on the education of children between pre-school and Year 3, students will be exposed to the latest research and new approaches to effective teaching and assessment for early schooling.

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Level of study: What does Postgraduate mean?

Postgraduate

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4 units

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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.

Eligibility

Entrance requirements

  • To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education course available through OUA, applicants must have an undergraduate degree in Education or equivalent teaching qualification. Students will have a GPA of 5.0 or above, a high standard of literacy and numeracy and be expected to engage in the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) throughout their studies. All Grad Cert in ECE applicants are expected to have reached an appropriate level of proficiency in English.
  • International students are not eligible for this course. The Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education course is designed for domestic students who hold a Bachelor degree in Education or equivalent and are currently registered teachers in Australian states and territories.

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.

Please complete the application form below.
 

  1. Read information requirements

    • Select to apply for one or more courses listed on the application form, taking note of the eligibility criteria for each course. If you want to apply for a (restricted) course with a different university, you'll need to submit a separate application from the relevant course page.

    • Read all parts of the application form in advance:

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      If you do not have a web account, you'll need to register one within the application form. Once you've registered an account, you'll then be signed in. From here you can choose to complete your application and submit it, or save and return to it later.

      Completing this application should take 15 to 20 minutes.

    • Need help completing your application? Contact us:

      If in doubt about any of the information required to support your application, the more information you can provide the better. If you have any academic queries including how to request credit transfer, contact Griffith University directly. For all other enquiries, contact us.

    • Next steps:

      After submitting your application, you should receive a confirmation email containing a copy of your application for your records.

      Your application will be assessed within 2-4 weeks, and if further information is required, we will contact you. Once your application has been assessed, we will be in touch via email to notify you of the outcome. At the latest this will be one week after the closing date for applications.

      If, after submitting your application, you wish to change your preferences or submit an additional document, please email apply@open.edu.au. Include your full name as it appeared on the application.

  2. Prepare supporting documents

    • Check that you have all the required supporting documentation, according to the individual course eligibility requirements and to your personal circumstances:

      1. Certified copies of academic documentation in support of eligibility requirements, including:
        • Official academic transcripts, showing the units/subjects you have completed and their final grades, including the date the program was completed or the qualification awarded. Include all pages, ensuring page numbers are visible.
        • Academic Testamur or Certificate of Completion.

        Unofficial copies will not be accepted.

        Required for all applications based on academic experience and for all academic experience listed on the application form.

        If your previous course or units were undertaken at the same university you are now applying to, then you don't need to provide academic transcripts in the application. For studies done elsewhere, always include academic transcripts and certificates if you have undertaken studies/qualifications at institutions other than OUA. Please retain the actual certified copy in case the university requests it at a later date.

      2. Certified copies of legal documentation, including:
        • Marriage certificate.
        • Deed poll name change certificate.

        These documents are required to show your legal name or if you have changed your name.

        Please ensure your legal name is on your application form and matches all your supporting documentation.

      3. Certified copies of official translations of supporting documents not in English. Required for:
        • All academic documentation, e.g. transcripts and certificates.
        • All legal documentation, e.g, marriage, deed poll and birth certificates.

        If any academic or legal document is not in English, you must provide certified copies of the non-English documents, including certified copies of the official English translations of these documents. This is for comparison purposes.

      4. Certified copies of English language test results, e.g. IELTS or TOEFL.

        Required if your previous studies were not completed in English.

      5. Your curriculum vitae. Required for:
        • Entry into all postgraduate courses.
        • All applications based on work experience.
      6. A letter of reference or recommendation from your employer. Required for all applications based on work experience.

        This letter must be on company letterhead, documenting length of time working for that company and duties performed.

        If you are providing documentation to support work experience over a period of time and you have worked for multiple employers during that period, please provide a letter of reference for each separate employer.

      * A certified copy is a copy bearing the recognised mark of a Justice of the Peace, Commission of Oaths or declarations, Public Notary or a Solicitor.

    • Requirements of supporting documents:

      • Documents must be scanned at the original size. If the document is larger than A4 then the document should be scanned in A4 sized portions without size reduction.
      • Applicants must ensure no portion of the document is missing (look out for page numbers).
      • If the document has markings or text on both sides (e.g. a registration number) then both sides must be scanned.
      • Scanned documents must be between 125 and 150 dots per inch.
      • File size of any single document should not exceed 3MB.
      • We cannot accept a photograph of a document.

Then submit your application in one of two ways:

Apply online

Alternatively, you can download, print and email/fax your application:

Griffith_Postgraduate_Application_Form (PDF, 184 KB)

PDF applications should be emailed to: apply@open.edu.au or faxed to: +61 3 8628 2989.

Award Requirements

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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