Diploma in Education Studies (Early Childhood)
Make a difference in early childhood education
Learn the skills and knowledge needed to work with children from ages 0-5. Set yourself up for a fulfilling career in in childcare, long day care or kindergarten. Create memorable learning experiences that brighten children's horizons.
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What you'll learn
- Develop skills needed for employment in childcare, long day care or kindergarten settings
- Learn how to design creative, intentional teaching practices using language, play and cooperation
- Learn about child development; care and nutrition for babies, toddlers and children; and working with families, including First Nations peoples
- Complete 35 days of professional experience placement
- Family day care coordinator
- Long day care
- Completion of Year 12 or equivalent
- Applicants must meet the minimum ATAR/Rank: 60.00
Work and Life
You may be eligible for a selection rank, which can help you get into university, If you:
- have completed Year 12 (no matter how long ago)
- have a TAFE/VET qualification
- have relevant work experience, or
- have studied at university before (even if you didn’t complete your studies)
- To learn more about pathways visit program page Diploma in Education Studies (Early childhood)
UniSC accepts applications for multiple study periods throughout the year. These include Semester 1 applications which usually close in February, Semester 2 applications which usually close in July, as well as session-based and trimester-based study periods. As part of your application, UniSC will share information about the next available study period for this program.
English Proficiency Requirements
Proficiency in the English language is required for entry to all programs and courses. Any international or domestic applicant from a non-English speaking background must satisfy the University's standard and program specific English language requirements.
Credit for previous study or work
If you've completed prior study or have relevant work experience, you may, under specified conditions, be eligible for credit towards your USC degree.
Do you love spending time with young children? This Diploma teaches skills and knowledge needed to work with children from ages 0-5, as they engage in prior-to-school contexts. Learn how to guide children’s learning and development, and how to contribute to their sense of self and wellbeing.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
This program is offered full-time or equivalent part-time.
The recommended study pattern is subject to change based on study period of enrolment. To learn more about the courses you will undertake in this program please refer to program structure.
Required courses (9) 96 units
EDU101 Human Development and Learning
EDU103 Teaching with Technology
EDU109 Professional Experience: Play and Pedagogy in Early Learning
EDU110 Engagement and Behaviour in Early Learning
EDU115 Creative Expression and Play through the Arts
EDU116 Introduction to Diverse Learning Contexts(6 units)
EDU117 Introduction to Inclusive Practice(6 units)
EDU118 Foundations of Numeracy
EDU119 English Language and Literacy
- Each study period, you have the choice to switch between full-time and part-time study. Full-time study is enrolling in three or more courses per study period, while part-time study is one or two courses per study period.
- The total number of units required to complete the program is 96 units.
- The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
- Program structures are subject to change.
To attain the award of Diploma in Education Studies (Early childhood), students are required to successfully complete 96 units as outlined in the Program Structure.