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Graduate Certificate of Education (Early Childhood)

Summary
Graduate Certificate of Education Specialisation Early Childhood (GCEF)

Study Mode
  • Online
  • On-campus

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 4 units

Duration
  • 0.5 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Extend your early childhood expertise

USQ’s Graduate Certificate of Education (Early Childhood) is ideal if you work with young children and their families and want to extend your early childhood expertise, knowledge and skills.

Through this four unit-degree, you will explore international, national and local issues relating to the education of young children and develop the ability to critically analyse your understandings of contemporary learning and teaching.

Designed to tap into your work environment and apply theory to practice, you will also complete a 15-day professional study unit in an early childhood environment.

Alternate entry is available for those who do not have an undergraduate degree but have other qualifications and work experience which are equivalent to normal entry requirements.

Further Study

After completing the Graduate Certificate of Education (Early Childhood) with a minimum GPA of 4.0, you will have the option to take the credit from your studies and go on to complete the Master of Education (Early Childhood)

If you do not achieve a GPA of 4.0, you may have the option to continue your studies with a Graduate Diploma of Education (Early Childhood) before moving on to a Master of Education (Early Childhood) (provided other program entry requirements are met). 

Note: This program does not qualify you for teacher registration in Queensland. To qualify for teacher registration in Queensland, please refer to the Master of Learning and Teaching.

The Graduate Certificate of Education (Early Childhood) will enhance the knowledge and skills of early childhood professionals working in education, community and family services.
Professional experience

In addition to the courses listed below, you will also need to complete professional experience. These experiences provide you with opportunities to put theory into practice.

Courses to be studied Units
4 x specialisation courses 4
Total 4

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns. 

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (4 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying AUD 9040

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

Professional experience

This program includes a compulsory professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • 3-year bachelor degree from an Australian university or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.


How to apply

To apply for this degree:

 

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 3, 2017 - applications close Monday 6 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 13 November 2017.
  • Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 26 February 2018.
  • Semester 2, 2018 – applications close Monday 2 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 16 July 2018.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.