GD108 - Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood)

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Plan: GD108P05 - Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood)
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 Education (Early Childhood)
Award abbreviation: GradDipEd(EarlChildEd)
Total credit points: 96
Career: PGRD
Duration: 1 year full-time - 2 semesters
Location: Onshore, Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Education (360H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 070101
CRICOS code: 012380F

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Purpose of the Program

The GD108 Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) offers you a qualification allowing you to work in a diverse range of early childhood contexts with children from birth to eight years both locally and internationally. These include early learning centres in schools, kindergartens, childcare centres, industry and government sectors. It prepares you for the dynamic and challenging world of education. It provides you with globally transferable skills and a qualification as a professional teacher in Australia and overseas.

You will experience a variety of contemporary, interactive learning and teaching approaches, including both face to face and online delivery modes. An individually negotiated professional experience project will enable you to synthesise and integrate your knowledge, as well as connect theory and practice. You will have the opportunity to participate in a range of innovative Professional Experience practices in a variety of educational settings that integrate theory and practice. You will critically engage with early childhood theories and practices and be conversant in the key concepts underpinning the constantly evolving early childhood trends, with a focus on collaborative practice.

On completion of the program you will be a professional practitioner in the field of education possessing a broad knowledge of learning, teaching, curriculum and assessment. You will be eligible to apply for teacher registration in a range of early childhood settings, however you will also have the knowledge, skills and experience to work in private enterprise, government agencies and community based organisations. You will use innovative applications of communication technology to support your teaching practice. Through critical reflection you will work ethically and collaboratively with colleagues and external professional and community representatives.




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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.

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: An Australian undergraduate degree or its equivalent.

Please note that to undertake the Professional Experience courses in this program, you must provide a satisfactory working with children check. If you are not able to provide this, you will be unable to complete the program.

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 Education (EarlyChildhood) is accredited by the Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) (

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 (Early Childhood Education) will allow graduates to apply for Provisional Registration with Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

Industry Links

The School of Education has many close links with industry which take a variety of different forms. Academics in early childhood programs are strongly encouraged to maintain their linkages with industry and to remain active members of many key early childhood organisations in both Australian and international forums. Academics undertake research with industry partners and contribute to the work of industry in a range of ways, including consultative input. One close linkage is through students who participate in the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program and spend 60 days of professional placement in three different early childhood settings.




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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
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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.

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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.

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

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