Early Childhood Education - D5005

Early Childhood Education

Graduate diploma

Are you a diploma-qualified early childhood educator? Upgrade your qualifications with our Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education and qualify to be an early childhood teacher and leader in your field.

The conversion course will build on your strengths as an early childhood educator and prepare you for a career as a skilled, critical and effective teacher teaching infants and children from birth to five years of age in childcare, kindergartens and pre-schools.

We know quality early childhood education provides a strong foundation for young children to thrive, not just in school but throughout their life. There is strong demand for early childhood teachers who can foster the learning and key capabilities of young children at a critical stage in their development.

Designed with the experienced early childhood educators in mind, the Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education has been specifically developed for early childhood professionals who want to upgrade their Diploma qualifications. The course provides a pathway for graduates to qualify as an early childhood teacher, and enables advancement into leadership roles within early childhood settings.

This course is delivered part-time and online, with Commonwealth Supported Places available, to allow you to continue to work while you study, and provide support.

The course aims to provide you with a strong foundation for transformative leadership, with the capacity to build sustainable communities, and to educate young children to become engaged 21st century citizens. Closely connected to the prestigious Fleer’s Conceptual PlayLab, the course focuses on early childhood education as an integrated field, building your expertise across play, science and sustainability.

During the course you will complete 60 days of professional experience in early childhood settings, allowing you to further develop your professional knowledge and teaching skills to engage young children in inspiring, exciting and challenging learning experiences.

This course has been designed to allow you to work while you study, and is offered online with an optional face-to-face component at our Peninsula Campus.

Visit the Victorian Department of Education and Training website to find out more about early childhood teacher financial support.

Professional Recognition

This course is pending accreditation by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). This means that this qualification will be accepted for early childhood teacher registration in Victoria and most other Australian states and territories, which qualifies you to work as a teacher in licensed preschools and childcare centres in Victoria. If you plan to teach in an early childhood education and care service in Victoria then you’ll need to register with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Students planning to register and work as early childhood teachers in other states in Australia or overseas should check registration requirements with local teacher regulatory bodies in case additional requirements apply.

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Course Details

  • Off-campus: Part time
2 years (part time)
Start date
Term 1 (January)
Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


A graded Australian Diploma in Children's Services (or recognised graded equivalent) with at least a pass (50%) average; and a minimum of 5 years relevant work experience (undertaken within the last 7 years), in an early childhood education setting with related leadership responsibilities.

English requirements

All applicants must meet English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

A ‘Statement of Service’ or a written reference from current or previous employers which documents dates of employment and related leadership responsibilities, to substantiate that a minimum of 5 years relevant employment has been undertaken within the last 7 years.

Making the application

Future students

Term 1 (January)

Applications for Term 1, 2022 will open 6 August, 2021. Applications will close on 30 November, 2021.

Apply directly to Monash using course code D5005.


Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

The average annual student contribution amount is:


Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.