Early Childhood Education - D5005

Early Childhood Education

Graduate diploma

Upgrade your qualification, become a leading early childhood educator and start making even more of an impact on the lives of young children.

Breaking down this diploma

Your qualification will be a Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education. Designed as an upgrade to your Diploma of Children’s Services, you’ll qualify as a teacher for infants and children from birth to five years of age in childcare, kindergartens and preschools.

What you’ll be learning

You’ll find out what it takes to be a skilled, critical and effective early childhood teacher. You’ll develop the expertise and knowledge to nurture young minds at pivotal stages in their lives – setting them up for a lifetime of positive learning.

Closely connected to the prestigious Fleer’s Conceptual PlayLab, this course takes an integrated approach to childhood education, building your expertise across play, science and sustainability.

With 60 days of professional teaching experience in early childhood settings, you’ll get a chance to put theory into practice and get a real taste for what teaching looks like out in the field. Depending on your experience, you may also be given recognition of prior learning for up to 15 days of placement.

Look ahead to an exciting career

With this upgraded and industry recognised "fourth year" qualification, you’ll be in strong demand as an early childhood teacher, ready to move into leadership roles across childcare, kindergarten and preschool settings.

About registration and accreditation

Here’s what you need to know:

Check in with local teacher regulatory bodies about any extra requirements – whether you’re planning to work here or overseas.

At a glance

Course Details

  • Off-campus: Part time
2 years (part time)
Start date
Term 3 (commencing 1 July)
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, 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.

Making the application

Future students

Term 3 (commencing 1 July)

Applications for Term 3, 2022 are currently open and will close on 1 July, 2022.

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.

Note Please note: The fee information displayed is based on the 2022 rates and should only be used as a guide.

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.