Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Teaching

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This diploma provides a pathway for graduates of primary school education to qualify as an early childhood teacher and work in prior to school settings. It builds on your knowledge of curriculum and pedagogy as a primary school teacher to address issues specific to children aged birth to five years.

Key features

  • Offers flexible study options: most units are offered on-campus and by distance, however, you will generally be required to attend
    one or two compulsory on-campus sessions per unit
  • Includes two professional experience units to provide teaching experiences with children birth to five years
  • Gives you opportunities to participate in various programs at the Mia Mia Child and Family Study Centre

Minimum course duration

1 year full time/equivalent part-time


Suitable for

Suitable if you are a primary trained teacher who wants to qualify to teach in early childhood.

Entry requirements

  • A recognised primary education teaching qualification. You will be required to submit an original official academic transcript or a certified copy with your application.

English language requirements

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


It is possible to complete this degree in 1 year full-time if you complete one of your units during the session 3 (summer school) offering.

What you will study

General requirements Credit Points
Minimum number of credit points 24
Minimum number of credit points at 300 to 500 level 12
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

Specific minimum requirements:

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

100 level Credit Points
Required ECH113 Play and Inquiry in Early Childhood 3
Required ECH130 Health in Early Childhood 3
Required ECH216 Infancy and Early Development 3
Required ECHP222 Early Childhood Reflective Practice 2 3
Required ECH315 Management and Leadership 1 - The Socio-Political Context of Teaching 3
Required ECH435 Management and Leadership II: Building Learning Environments 3
Required ECH452 Child Development: Research and Practice 3
Required ECHP424 Reflective Practice 6 3
Total credit points required to satisfy this graduate diploma 24


  • 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

Our graduates establish successful careers as educational officers in
government and community programs, long day-care centre teachers,
preschool teachers and as teachers/directors in prior to school settings.
This graduate diploma in also a pathway to educational research.


Graduates are accredited with the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). This course is recognised nationally and internationally by early childhood education providers.


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Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Teaching

This course is NOT available for Session 2 2014.