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Postgraduate Diploma of Early Childhood

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This diploma provides you with an opportunity to undertake advanced study in early childhood to enhance professional knowledge and extend their knowledge of related areas in early childhood.

Key features

Specialisations offered by the Postgraduate Diploma of Early Childhood

Study mode

Full-time, Part-time

Attendance mode

Internal, External

Minimum course duration

1 year (full time)


Session 1 (March), Session 2 (August)

Suitable for

Suitable if you are working or want to work in the area of early childhood. Also suitable if you are interested in and want to learn more about the latest research and engage in current theoretical and policy debates in the area of early childhood. 

Entry requirements

• Australian Bachelor of Early Childhood or recognised equivalent in relevant field • Academic practicum or relevant work experience • Minimum English Language Proficiency: IELTS or IELTS equivalent of 7.0 overall, with minimum 7.0 in each band

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements.

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:

  • senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
  • one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification

Work experience requirements

Professional or academic practicum experience with infants and children (0-8 years) and their families.


This diploma does not provide you with a teaching qualification in early childhood.

What you will study

General requirements Credit Points
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 24
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level from units with an ECED prefix 24
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

Specific minimum requirements:

The following outlines the units (subjects) to be studied within this diploma

800 level or above Credit Points
Required either 24cp at 800 level or above
or 24cp at 800 level or above including 1 specialisation 24
Balance of credit points required (Electives) 8

Students undertaking this course can choose from the following Postgraduate Diploma of Early Childhood specialisations:


  • The course information contained on this page is applicable for 2014 ONLY.
    It is meant as a guide only, to plan your enrolment or study please see the official Handbook.
    For more information please read the courses disclaimer.


Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities exist in professional and policy areas, children's media and education research.

Why choose Macquarie?

Why choose Macquarie for postgraduate study

Macquarie is renowned for excellence in interdisciplinary research and teaching, our highly skilled graduates, and our first-class facilities. We offer: 

  • an education in the top two per cent of universities in the world, giving you an internationally recognised and respected degree
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Postgraduate Diploma of Early Childhood

MQ course code: PD-ECHD

Applications for Session 2 2014 are now open.

Main Closing Date 30th May.Courses offering Commonwealth supported places may not accept applications after this date depending on places available.

Final Closing Date 20th June.

To make an application for this course:

1. Find your course in the Postgraduate Course List to check for relevant application information.

2. Complete the Application form and submit by the relevant closing date, which can be found in the Postgraduate Course List.

3. Check the Postgraduate Forms page to determine if your course also requires a Supplementary Form to be submitted.

Please note: If you wish to articulate into a higher level of course with the exact same name and area of study (eg. from a Postgraduate Diploma to a Masters), you will need to make a new application direct to the university. Please complete the Coursework Direct Application.


If you have previously enrolled and would like to re-apply for the same course, please take the following steps to request readmission.

  1. Review the postgraduate website for information on making an application for readmission.
  2. Print and complete the MQ Postgraduate Re-admission Form (PDF)
  3. View the Postgraduate Course List (PDF) for specific information required to complete the application form

Specialisations offered by the Postgraduate Diploma of Early Childhood

Students undertaking this course can choose from the following Postgraduate Diploma of Early Childhood specialisations:


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