Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education - 2013

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Course summary - 2013

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Certificate
Number of units: 4 units to complete

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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.

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.

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.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Reconceptualising Children, Childhood and Identity
EDEY7255 Griffith - Sem 2 -
Children's Literature: Tools for Active Engagement in the Early Years
EDEY7256 Griffith - Sem 2 -
Understanding Young Children
EDEY7196 Griffith Sem 1 - -
Beginning Mathematical Processes
EDEY7254 Griffith Sem 1 - -

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.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001