Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care

The Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Certificate is a response to industry demand.

The term ECEC covers the age birth to age eight.

Australia's enrolment rates of 4-year-olds in ECEC “increased by 20 percentage points or more, between 2005 and 2012” (OECD, 2014, p. 319).The figures show that, almost all of Australia's 3.7 million children 12 years of age and under, have participated in some form of ECEC prior to, or in conjunction with, the early years of formal schooling. Attendance is greatest amongst 2 to 4 year olds — over 50 per cent of 2 to 4 year olds attend approved childcare (Australian Government, 2013, p.9).

Government reforms have now mandated that those working in ECEC must have suitable qualifications in ECEC. This course aims to target those working in ECEC to convert/ extend their primary teaching degrees to ECEC qualifications.

The course consists of three academic units and a practical placement unit undertaken in a setting where children are aged 0-6 years.The academic aims are to build on qualified primary teacher's experience and knowledge of policy and pedagogy to cultivate leadership skills that “contributes to quality environments for children‘s learning and development” (Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority [ACECQA], 2012, p. 169).

This qualification will enable graduates to teach in Early Childhood Education and Care settings.

Course overview

Course title
Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care
Award abbreviation
Grad Cert in ECEC
Course code
32330
Course type
postgraduate certificate
Status
not available in 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time
Credit points required
24
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
6 months full-time, or part-time equivalent
Time limit
2 years
Delivery mode
multi-mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Gerardine Neylon
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Note: This course is not available in 2018.

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2018;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSEDUC5503Social Interaction and the Developing Child
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) or Master of Teaching (Primary)
NSEDUC5506Developing and Managing the Infant and Early Childhood Learning Environment
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
*EDUC5525 ( points)
*EDUC5527 ( points)

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Note: This course is not available in 2018.

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants with qualifications from institutions where English is not the medium of instruction must provide evidence of English Language Competence.

(3) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.5, a minimum score of 7.0 in the Reading and Writing bands, and a minimum score of 8.0 in the Listening and Speaking bands.

(4) Applicants presenting with the Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic) require an overall score of at least 75 and no sub-score less than 70.

(5) Applicants presenting a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) require an overall grade of B or above, with a score of 'exceptional' for listening and speaking, and at least 'good' for reading and writing.

(6) Applicants with qualifications gained wholly in English from countries other than Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America must provide evidence of English Language Competence in accordance with the requirements of the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia.

(7) An English bridging course is not regarded as evidence of English Language Competence.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor degree in Primary Education, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 percent;

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on—a satisfactory personal statement, as recognised by UWA

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in the year in which a student is enrolled in a Professional Practice unit the student must, in addition to passing units to the value of at least half the total points value of units in which they are enrolled, pass the Professional Practice unit(s) in which they are enrolled.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who pass the Professional Practice unit(s) but do not pass units to a value of at least half the total points of the course in which they are enrolled are assigned the progress status of 'Suspended; and are not permitted to re-enrol for a period of one year.

(2) Students who pass units to a value of at least half the total points of the course in which they are enrolled but who fail a Professional Practice unit are, if the Committee described in Rule 14 so recommends under that Rule, assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' and are 'Excluded' from further study in the course.

(3) Students who do not pass units to a value of at least half the total points of the course in which they are enrolled and who fail a Professional Practice unit are assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' and are 'Excluded' from further study in the course.

(4) Students who fail to make satisfactory progress twice under Rule 8 are assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' and are 'Excluded' from further study in the course.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.

Additional rules
Credit for previously completed work

13.(1) The School may grant credit towards one unit in the Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care, excluding the Professional Practice units, up to a value of 6 points on the basis of previously completed units of study.

(2) Credit is not granted for work completed in Professional Practice units undertaken in previous studies.

Failure to pass a Professional Practice unit

14.(1) Students who do not pass a Professional Practice unit may apply to have their case considered by a committee

(2) The committee takes into account all relevant information and makes a recommendation to the School that the student—

(a) repeat the Professional Practice unit;

or

(b) repeat the Professional Practice unit following demonstration of specified conditions (e.g. completion of specified additional relevant work) to the satisfaction of the course coordinator;

or

(c) not be permitted to re-enrol in the course.

(3) If the School permits a student to repeat a Professional Practice unit, it determines whether the unit is to be repeated in the same or a subsequent year taking into consideration the student's overall performance in the course concerned.