Choose a Rewarding Career as an Early Childhood Teacher in Victoria:

  • Public or private kindergartens (Preschool)

  • Long-day-care centres

  • Early-childhood centres





CRICOS Provider Number 00124K    |    RTO Code 3113

Victoria University

  • Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education

  • Duration:  1 Year (2 Semesters)

  • CRICOS Course Code: 0101340

  • Locations:
    • Footscray Nicholson Campus in Victoria

    • If you won’t be studying at VU on a student visa, you can study this course online.

  • 2021 Intakes:

    • 2 August or 30 August (student visa holders)

    • 4 October (non student visa holders)

  • 2022 Intakes: February or July

  • Course Fees:

    • 2021 Original Tuition Fees: AUD 13,500 / sem (x2)

    • 2021 Tuition Fees with 20% Scholarship: AUD 10,800 / sem (x2) 

    • 2022 Course Fees may be subject to changes.

Course Requirements

  • English Requirements:

    • IELTS Academic Overall 7.0 with Listening 7.5, Reading 6.5, Writing 6.5, Speaking 7.5 or equivalent.

    • Applicants with a minimum of 3 year Bachelor’s degree from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada or the Republic of Ireland will not be required to complete IELTS.
  • Academic Requirements:

    • Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent).
  • Other Requirements:
    • Applicants must complete a Working with Children Check prior to undertaking placement.

You will study a range of Early Childhood Education Skills including:

  • You'll engage with units focused on children from birth to five years, learning how teaching practice can include children and families as capable participants in education.

  • You'll also gain hands-on work experience in a range of settings, graduating with expertise in early-childhood learning built on a strong sense of social justice.

  • Gain insight into the early years by studying these fascinating areas:

    • Child development

    • Teaching practice that includes Aboriginal perspectives

    • Education and curriculum studies focused on childhood and relationships

    • Family and community contexts

    • Advocacy and activism in early-childhood settings

    • History and philosophy of early childhood

    • Ethical early-childhood professional practice.

Core Units of This Course:

  • Early Childhood Development, Learning and Teaching 1

  • Early Childhood Curriculum and Pedagogy 1: the Sciences

  • Contemporary Issues, Social Contexts of Learning and Social Justice

  • Languages and Literacy in Early Childhood

  • Early Childhood Development, Learning and Teaching 2

  • Early Childhood Curriculum and Pedagogy 2: the Arts

  • Professional Issues

  • Inclusive Practice in Education


  • This course is ACECQA accredited and is recognised by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) for teaching registration in Victoria.

  • It is not necessarily recognised in other states and territories in Australia.