Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood)

    • CRICOS Code: 0102001

    Course overview

    • 1 year full time
    • On Campus (Parkville)
    • Available to domestic students


    ✓ Become a highly-qualified early years teacher*

    ✓ Intensive study program

    ✓ Complete placement in a Victorian school

    ✓ Receive ongoing support throughout studies and placement

    The Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood) focuses on learning and teaching for children aged birth-eight years, and provides a qualification for registration to teach in early childhood settings.** The course is completed over one year of full-time study. It is intensive in nature, and includes extended semesters, a winter term subject and placements throughout the year. The Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood) uses a multi-disciplinary approach to connect research, theory, and practice through coursework and professional placements, preparing early childhood professionals to respond to the communities where they will work.

    Who is the course for?

    The Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood) is ideal for those wanting to become an early childhood teacher through an intensive studying style. The course is available to students who either hold an undergraduate degree or who hold a diploma plus relevant work experience in a leadership position in an early childhood setting.

    Why choose the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood) with us?

    MGSE is known for producing some of the best teachers in the country, with both schools and early childhood centres often approaching us directly with job opportunities for teacher candidates. The reputation of the University of Melbourne is strong and globally recognised, particularly for education where MGSE has been ranked #1 in Australia and #12 in the world.#

    We’re the only initial teaching degree in Australia to use an Evidence-Based Teaching frameworkputting research at the heart of what we do. MGSE is at the cutting edge of teaching and research, meaning you’ll be taught by a number of internationally-recognised education experts.

    These factors combined mean you will finish your course confident of gaining employment. We rank with a high employment rate, with 96 per cent of our graduate’s gaining employment within the first four months of graduating.^

    Support while you learn

    With international opportunities and an extensive network of placement schools available for our teacher placements,  our placement support is the most comprehensive of all programs in Victoria.  We take pride in the excellent support we offer our Master of Teaching (Secondary) students from enrolment, throughout their studies, and beyond. Our early childhood teachers are successful because of the extra support and guidance they get when leading a class for the first time. You will receive ongoing support – unlike any other university – both on campus and while on placement. As you learn, you will be supported by a Mentor Teacher and a Teaching Specialist. If you are an Indigenous student, we offer a range of support services here at the University of Melbourne via Murrup Barak. Find out more here. We are also working to empower all teachers to integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in their teaching through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Curricula project. Find out more here.

    Early Childhood Scholarship

    The Victorian government are offering Early Childhood Scholarships and incentives for individuals looking to start a rewarding career as an early childhood teacher.  Find out more at the Department of Education and Training.

    * This course is currently undergoing the accreditation process with the Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority. Once accredited, graduates will be eligible for provisional registration and work in Australian early childhood education and care settings.

    **You will be qualified to teach children between birth-five years, but will study learning and teaching for children aged birth up to eight years.

    #The Times Higher Education Rankings, 2020

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