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 title
- Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care
- Award abbreviation
- Grad Cert in ECEC
- Course code
- Course type
- postgraduate certificate
- current / 2021
- Administered by
- Graduate School of Education
- Intake periods
- Mid-year only
- Attendance type
- part-time only
- Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
- Professional accreditation
- Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care is accredited by: ACECQA Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority.
- Standard course duration
- 1 year
- Time limit
- 2 years
- Delivery mode
- Locations offered
- UWA (Perth)
- Domestic fee type
- Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
- Available to international students
- Course Coordinator(s)
- Dr Gerardine Neylon
- 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.
|Key to availability of units:|
|N/A = not available in 2021; NS = non-standard teaching period|
All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.
Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.
Take all units (24 points):
|Availability||Unitcode||Unitname||Unit requirements||Contact hours|
|NS||EDUC5503||Social Interaction and the Developing Child||30 hours|
|NS||EDUC5506||Developing and Managing the Infant and Early Childhood Learning Environment||30 contact hours (150 total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline.|
|N/A||EDUC5525||Early Childhood Professional Practice A & B||6 x 2 hour workshops from Week 1, Semester 1 and 6 x 2 hour workshops from Week 1, Semester 2|
|N/A||EDUC5527||Research in Early Childhood and Care with Children, Families and Communities||Seminars: 3 hours per week for 10 weeks|
Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures
1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.
Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules
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).
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.
(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.
(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.
Admission ranking and selection
Articulations and exit awards
(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.
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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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.
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.
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
Credit for previously completed work
14.(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.
Failure to pass a Professional Practice unit
(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.