GD034 - Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching

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Plan: GD034P04 - Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching
Campus: Bundoora Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching
Award abbreviation: GradDipEarlChildTeach
Total credit points: 96
Career: PGRD
Duration: 1 year - 2 semesters full time
Location: Onshore, Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Education (360H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 070101
CRICOS code: 066337G

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Purpose of the Program

The Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching will provide you with the theoretical knowledge and skills that are needed to work effectively as Early Childhood teachers in the 21st Century. You will learn best practice in working with children aged from birth to eight within a range of early childhood settings, such as, kindergartens, early learning centres and childcare settings, and enhance your skills in working effectively with other educational professionals and parents. The program includes 40 days of professional practice and through these experiences you will develop competence in using a range of pedagogical approaches and be able to synthesize and integrate your knowledge and make links with theory and practice from both Australia and internationally.

Upon completion of the program you will be flexible and skilled in performing an educational role with children and assist students in their development of knowledge and practical skills through teaching and engaging them in learning. You will also be able to provide peer support, leadership and direction and contribute to Early Childhood Development knowledge within professional communities and educational settings.

Upon graduation, you will be eligible for employment in a range of early childhood organisations and other government agencies, both locally and internationally.

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Articulation and pathways

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program. Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, such as a Master of Education, subject to program entry requirements.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: An Australian undergraduate degree in Teaching (Primary) or its equivalent.

International English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): 7.0 (no band less than 6.5)
  • TOEFL (Paper based): 600 (TWE 5.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT): Overall score of 100 with minimum of 24 in writing and 22 in all other sections
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A)): 65 (no band less than 58)
  • Cambridge English – Advanced (CAE): CAE Grade B
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: (Advanced 2 certificate pre- 2011)
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External accreditation and industry links

The Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching  is accredited by the Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) ( When accredited, graduates of the program will be eligible for membership of Early Childhood Australia (ECA) (

Successful completion of the program will allow you to meet the requirements of ACECQA for employment in kindergartens, early learning centres and childcare settings.

Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching will allow graduates to apply for Provisional Registration with Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

Industry Links

The program has a range of linkages the early childhood education sector and regularly collaborates with professional bodies such as ECA and community groups including local councils on a range of issues of mutual interest.

The program is taught by qualified academics who have strong industry links and current professional experience. Early childhood education practitioners participate as guest lecturers and sessional lecturers. Early childcare settings in Melbourne and Victoria provide students with work placements, a key component ofthe early childhood education degree.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

The Bundoora West Campus has good Library holdings and other IT and specialist resources to support the students of this program. The development of information literacy is an essential aspect of lifelong and life-wide learning and will be incorporated within programs in line with the Australian and New Zealand Information Literacy Framework (2004). These standards will be developed through the information experiences provided as a matter of course within the program as well as through dedicated activities conducted in conjunction with the library. Library sessions will be a continuing feature of each program taught into a key course in each program. They will emphasise the ability to understand and analyse a research question; awareness of the range of information resources available for searching scholarly literature, including specialist and generalist databases; the ability to search and modify searches in key resources; knowledge of issues around the access to and management of information through programs such as Endnote.

Course materials (printed course notes, textbooks, reference books and recommended reading) are available from the RMIT Bookshop.

Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT

Course web pages contain links to download worksheets and assignment specifications, email teaching staff, and access message forums, as well as links to external course-related web sites. Lecturers provide additional suitably formatted electronic files and handouts to visually impaired students upon request.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
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Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

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