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Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education (GradCertEarlyChildEd)


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Title Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education (GradCertEarlyChildEd)
Course Code C1046
Study Level Graduate Certificate
School School of Education
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr Sandra Hesterman | Email: S.Hesterman@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6305

Qualification Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education (GradCertEarlyChildEd)
Duration 2 to 4 semesters part-time
Availability Murdoch campus (external)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description This course provides students with an opportunity to gain or enhance their knowledge on early childhood education and to explore the educational principles, pedagogy and practices that underpin best practice when supporting young children's learning and development. The course provides a pathway to the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care for those who are Primary qualified teachers (12 points Advanced Standing into 24 point Graduate Diploma).
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Recognised Bachelor's degree or higher, or equivalent training. Teachers who have a Diploma of Teaching are eligible to apply providing they have ten years teaching experience. Please note that the course does not constitute an initial teaching qualification, nor is the course accredited by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Course Learning Outcomes At the completion of this course graduates will be able to:
* demonstrate understandings of contemporary theoretical perspectives on how young children learn and develop which includes the study of play as a medium for creativity, investigation and thinking.
* develop practical skills and competency in planning and preparing a provocation based on children's interests and apply integrated approaches to curriculum planning in early childhood contexts using appropriate curriculum documents.
* identify desirable characteristics of an early years learning environment and critical reflect upon a range of educational activities that build young children's respect and awareness towards the environment.
* apply knowledge of standards in the Australian National Quality Framework to early years settings and implement a leadership project in an early childhood context.
Professional Recognition On completion of the Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education students have a widely accepted qualification from a recognised university and are eligible for employment in a leadership capacity in the Australian Early Childhood Education and Care sector.
Main research areas Early childhood education, leadership, learning environments
Further Information School of Education Professional Experience
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 12 credit points

Core Units - 9 credit points

EDN520 Advanced Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external

EDN522 Integrated Early Childhood Curriculum for Educators - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-external

EDN538 Designing Early Childhood Learning Environments - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-external

Specified Electives - 3 credit points

Select from the following:

EDN521 Pedagogical Leadership in the Early Years - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external (closed pending cancellation of the offering)

EDN537 Babies and Toddlers Effective Pedagogies and Toddlers Growing and Learning - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external

Some students may have already completed some of the above units or their equivalents. Exemptions may be obtained for units already completed, in which case students should substitute from the list of Early Childhood Education Studies units provided by the Academic Chair of Early Childhood Education. Applications for exemption should be submitted to the Accreditation Officer.

For assistance with course planning, please contact your Student Advisor.

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