Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood)

      What will I study?


      You will engage with your experiences and grow your abilities to teach across the curriculum from birth through to eight years of age. This includes creating curriculum that supports building relationships with children, families, and communities and practicing critical reflection.

      The Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood) is currently undergoing the accreditation process with the Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). Once accredited, the Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood) will allow graduates for provisional registration and work in Australian early childhood education and care settings with children aged birth to five years. You will also be eligible to apply for registration as an early childhood teacher with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

      Cater to individual learning needs

      The Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood) will help you develop your interventionist educational skills through the Evidence-Based Teaching framework. You'll develop the professional skills to assess, diagnose and support the individual learning needs of all students, and work with learners of all abilities.


      Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood) - Full time (123KB, PDF)


      Graduate Diploma in  Teaching (Early Childhood) schedule -  2020 (153KB, PDF)

      Course Structure

      The Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood) must be undertaken through full-time study over two semesters, over one year.

      Candidates must complete:

      • 12 compulsory subjects
      • Supervised teaching practice including 55 days in Early Childhood settings (0-8 years) and 5 days in Primary Schools.

      For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood).


      You may continue to complete the University of Melbourne’s Master of Teaching (Early Childhood), provided you meet the respective minimum entry requirements and have satisfactorily completed the Australian Commonwealth Government’s Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students.

      Graduates may also progress to a range of other graduate coursework programs.