Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching

Where will this take me?



On completion of your Graduate Diploma, you’ll be an effective Early Childhood Teacher (ECT) with experience of teaching in real education settings.

The Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching is externally accredited by the Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). Graduates may apply for registration and work in Australian early childhood education and care settings with children aged birth to five years. Graduates are also eligible to apply for registration as an early childhood teacher with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). On graduating, you could also find yourself in a rewarding career in children's services coordination, quality regulation and assessment, and early intervention for children with special needs.

Highly employable

You will finish the course confident of gaining employment. We rank with a high employment rate of 96 per cent of our graduate’s gaining employment within the first four months of graduating.^ We have been ranked as #1 in Australia and #12 in the world for Education*, meaning a degree from us is a globally-recognised achievement.

Graduates of this course can operate in a multi-disciplinary field involving care, education and health. The program provides continuous and extended professional placements in early childhood education and care settings, a community setting, and a primary school experience.

*The Times Higher Education, 2020

^Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching, Graduates Outcomes Survey 2017-2019

Further study

Once you’ve completed the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching, you may progress to a range of other graduate coursework programs.


Maria Frial

“You will be challenged and at times doubt yourself and your capabilities - but if you take it one day a step at a time and keep an open and learning mindset, you will come out more confident and highly equipped to do the most important task ever - helping young individuals grow and better themselves every day.”

- Maria Frial, Early Childhood graduate.