Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC)

Intake Dates Feb, Apr, Jul, Oct
Duration 52 weeks
Tuition Fee AU $22,500
Campus Melbourne CBD and Hobart CBD
Work-Based Training (WBT) 280 hours in a regulated education and care service

Course Overview – Early Childhood Education for International Students

RGIT Australia’s Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) program is ideal for early childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood education and care services. In doing so, you will work to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.

Qualifying as an early childhood professional you will support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children’s well-being, learning and development.

This program is ideal for early childhood educators who are responsible for designing and implementing curriculum in early childhood education and care services. In doing so you will work to implement an approved learning framework within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard.

The Diploma qualification provides possible employment in following roles:

  • Childhood Education centre Manager
  • Outside school hours coordinator
  • Long day care/Family day care coordinator
  • Assistance Educator in a Kindergarten/pre-school program
  • Nanny
  • Lead Educator in Long day care centre /Occasional care

Students will need to complete 12 core units and 3 elective units of competency to attain the qualification.

Core Units

  • CHCECE041 – Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
  • CHCECE044 – Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service
  • CHCECE049 – Embed environmental responsibility in service operations
  • CHCECE042 – Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing
  • CHCECE043 – Nurture creativity in children
  • CHCECE045 – Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children
  • CHCECE048 – Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum
  • CHCECE046 – Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
  • CHCECE047 – Analyse information to inform children’s learning
  • CHCECE050 – Work in partnership with children’s families
  • CHCPRP003 – Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • BSBTWK502 – Manage team effectiveness

Elective Units*

  • CHCPOL003 Research and Apply Evidence to Practice
  • CHCMGT003 Lead the work team
  • CHCDIV003 – Manage and promote diversity

*Elective units for this qualification are current at the time of publication and are subject to change.

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who:

  • hold a CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, or
  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Age Requirements

All international students must be at least 18 years of age or above at the time of the course commencement to study at RGIT Australia.

English Language Requirements

International students, applying either off-shore or on-shore will require:

i) Either a minimum IELTS (General) test score of 5.5 or equivalent for direct entry into a VET course, or IELTS score of 4.5 or equivalent with a General English (ELICOS) course (up to 30 weeks) to be taken before the main VET course plus successful completion of RGIT Australia’s Language and Numeracy Test on completion of General English (ELICOS) program.

Results older than two years are not acceptable.

OR

ii) Evidence that they have studied in English for at least five years in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States

OR

iii) Evidence that, within two years of their application date, they have successfully completed in Australia a foundation course or a senior secondary certificate of education or a substantial part of a Certificate IV or higher level qualification, from the Australian Qualifications Framework.

OR

iv) Applicants originating from students visa assessment levels 1 and 2 (countries) without the required IELTS score must undertake an English Placement Test conducted at RGIT Australia’s campus as part of the enrolment process.

If there are concerns about the applicants’ English language proficiency, they will be required to undertake a suitable General English (ELICOS) or EAL program. For further information on student visa assessment levels visit Department of Home Affairs’ website at www.homeaffairs.gov.au.

Please note: RGIT Australia will also accept equivalent test results from the following specified English language tests:

– Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT

– Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) PBT

– Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

– Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

Academic Requirements

International students applying either off-shore or on-shore must meet a minimum academic requirement to get admission to RGIT Australia courses. The table below summarises the academic entry requirements. Refer to information on individual courses for course-specific requirements.

Level of Study Academic Requirements
Certificate III Satisfactory completion of the equivalent of Australian Year 11 or higher.
Certificate IV Satisfactory completion of the equivalent of Australian Year 11 or Certificate III or higher
Diploma Satisfactory completion of the equivalent of Australian Year 12 or Certificate IV or higher.
Advanced Diploma Satisfactory completion of the equivalent of Australian Year 12 or Diploma or higher.
Graduate Certificate of Management (Learning) Satisfactory completion of the equivalent of Diploma or higher in relevant field of education or work.
Graduate Diploma of Management (Learning) (78 weeks) Satisfactory completion of the equivalent of Diploma or higher in relevant field of education or work.

Requirements prior to the start of Work-Based Training (WBT) components for Early Childhood Education and Care

A satisfactory and valid Working with Children Check (Victoria)

A satisfactory and valid Working with Vulnerable People Card (Tasmania)

Pre-Training Review

All students are required to undertake a pre-training review which aims to identify their training needs through questions on previous education or training, relevance of the courses to learner, and relevant experience.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy test (LLN) (International)

Students undertaking RGIT Australia VET courses must possess sound language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills to successfully complete the course. All students are required to undertake a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) test conducted by RGIT Australia. If students do not meet English and LLN requirements, learners will be asked to take further language, literacy and numeracy training e.g. English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Learners (ELICOS) programs with RGIT Australia.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy test (LLN) (Domestic)

Students undertaking this course must possess sound language, literacy and numeracy skills. All students are required to undertake a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) test mapped at ACSF level 3 conducted by the Institute.

Qualification Recognition

Qualifications offered by RGIT Australia are based on the principles, guidelines and standards set by Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and VET Quality Framework (VQF) and are nationally recognised.