Undergraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Learning and Development

School of Education

The Undergraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Learning and Development enables students to develop a strong knowledge base for understanding young children’s learning and development. Developed by an award-winning team of educators and drawing on contemporary research about learning, neuroscience and play, this program supports students in developing key skills that promote positive educational outcomes in early childhood. This online, government subsidised program is suitable for educators in early learning settings, educational assistants and teachers seeking professional learning focused on early development and learning through play, parents of young children, and home-school educators.

  • Why study this certificate?

    The Undergraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Learning and Development will benefit anyone who is seeking to improve the life and educational outcomes of young children. The program offers a learner-centred approach, applied theory and interactive online learning experiences. Developed by award winning and highly experienced early childhood educators, this fully online, government subsidised certificate can be taken for professional learning and also offers the following two pathways into a Bachelor of Education degree. These are:

    1. The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care, currently delivered from the Fremantle Campus.
    2. The Bachelor of Primary Education (Early Childhood specialisation) currently delivered from the Sydney Campus​
  • Student Outcomes

    Graduates of the Undergraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Learning and Development will:

    1. Acquire a theoretical knowledge of young children’s learning and development.

    2. Develop key skills to support children to become self-actualised and pro-social individuals.

    3. Apply contemporary strategies for creating stimulating indoor and outdoor learning environments.

    4. Analyse evidence-based strategies to scaffold and extend children’s thinking and learning capacity through play.

  • Program summary

    The Undergraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Learning and Development will provide students with knowledge and skills to support the learning and development of children aged from birth to eight years. The main areas of focus are child development, supporting positive behaviour, creating environments where children can thrive and supporting children’s learning through play. Students will study contemporary theory that will support their understanding of children and how they learn. Students will develop key skills in how to support children to become confident, happy, self-regulated, and motivated learners. This program also equips students with strategies for creating stimulating indoor and outdoor learning environments and actively scaffolding and extending children’s thinking and learning capacity.

    There are 4 x 25 credit point courses within the Certificate program.

    These courses are:
    EDUC1023 Supporting the Developing Child (0-8)
    EDUC1025 Supporting Children’s Behaviour and Social Engagement
    EDUC1022 Creating Environments for Children to Learn Through Play
    EDUC1024 Supporting Young Children to Learn Through Play

    The program is currently available full-time or part time. All courses are currently on offer for Semester 2 2021

    • Each course within the program covers 40 hours of online class engagement spread over the semester with additional reading and assessment preparation time required.
    • The four courses are covered over 10 weeks of content from August 9th 2021
    • Each week there will be 4 hours of guided recorded content and 4 hours of live online workshops in each course
    • The recorded content for each week will be available from each Monday starting on August 9th 2021
    • The recordings will be available for you to watch at your convenience.
    • The workshops will be live and online with your tutors. The scheduled times for the live workshops are as follows:

    ALL WORKSHOP TIMES ARE ON THE FOLLOWING DATES from 9am-1pm WST/12-4pm EST.

    EDUC1023 Supporting the Developing Child (0-8):  All on the following Fridays:  August 13th , August 27th,  September 10th, September 24th and October 8th
    EDUC1025 Supporting Children’s Behaviour and Social Engagement: All on the following Saturdays:  August 21st , September 4th,  September 18th, October 2nd and October 16th.
    EDUC1022 Creating Environments for Children to Learn Through Play: All on the following Saturdays:  August 14th , August 28th, September 11th,  September 25th and October 9th.
    EDUC1024 Supporting Young Children to Learn Through Play: All on the following Fridays:  August 20th , September 3rd,  September 17th, October 1st and October 15th.

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Entry requirements

    To be eligible for admission to The University of Notre Dame Australia, all applicants must meet the  University’s minimum requirements for admission. The requirements for admission are detailed on the University’s Admission Requirements page. Initial Teacher Education applicants are required to achieve minimum entry standards as specified for Initial Teacher Education.

    To be eligible for admission to The Undergraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Learning and Development applicants must also meet the following specific requirements.

      a)      Evidence of specific professional and or industry experience;
      and/or
      b)       Demonstrated interest in supporting young children's learning and development

    Addressing this criteria for admission is an important element of the one page personal statement which you will write as part of your application.

  • Fees

    For more information and indicative fees, please visit the Fees page.

  • More Information

    For more information on the Undergraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Learning and Development, please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email studyonline@nd.edu.au.

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