Deakin University

Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education (Leadership)

Deakin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00113B

The Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education (Leadership) provides professional development for early childhood teachers to upgrade their three-year teaching qualification. Upon completion of the course, graduates will be recognised as holding the equivalence of a four-year teaching qualification, which can meet employer and teacher registration requirements in Australia. This course may also be of interest to qualified early childhood teachers who are re-entering the teaching profession after having a lengthy absence. Students will advance their existing teaching knowledge, skills and practices, graduating with a specialisation in a selected area of therapeutic play, or education business leadership. Graduates of the course will be able to seek employment as an early childhood teacher in a diverse range of early childhood settings. Furthermore, the expertise gained through specialisation and advanced curriculum studies positions graduates to be highly equipped for leadership roles in educational settings.


  • 8 credit points of study comprising 4 credit points of core units
  • and 4 credit points of advanced study specialisation in either Therapeutic Play or Education Business Leadership


  • STEM in early childhood teaching
  • Diverse environments and pedagogies
  • Pedagogies of physical development and wellbeing
  • Teacher as leader
  • Therapeutic play
  • Education business leadership

Standard entry requirements

  • Completion of a Bachelor degree or higher in Early Childhood Education
  • OR at least two years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)
  • OR evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Cloud(online) No
Melbourne Burwood No

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