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Program Code40267

Program handbook

Description

If you are an early childhood educator or an allied health professional with a desire to enrich the learning experiences of young children facing unique challenges then the Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Disability Support is the program for you.

The program is suitable for childhood educators working in inclusive contexts, or who wish to gain additional qualifications in the area of disability support. The program will enable qualified allied health professionals to understand and utilise educational strategies to assist young children with additional needs. The program provides theoretical and practical skills so you can cultivate a rich learning environment, supported by your specialised skills in diversity programming and adjusted learning activities which support individual students.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • specialised knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area
  • cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems
  • cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas
  • specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice
  • communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts
  • communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to support children’s communication skills and social interactions
  • demonstrated knowledge and of, and an ability to analyse, early childhood curriculum theory and trends in early childhood educational practice

Details

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Program code40267
AQF level

Level 8 Graduate Certificate

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Online
Duration
  • Australian students - 0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Term typeSemesters
Fees
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Admission information

Admission requirements

Entry into the Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Disability Support (40 units) will be available for applicants who have:

  • 4 year Bachelors Degree; or
  • 3 year Bachelors Degree; or
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma in a related field/discipline and 2 years relevant work experience; or
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma not in a related field/discipline and 3 years relevant work experience; or
  • At least 5 years relevant work experience in a related field/discipline.

Related fields/discipline areas are:

  • Teaching, Early Childhood Educator
  • Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Social Work,
  • Mental Health Care Worker, Community Care Worker,  Disability Support Worker, Art and Music Therapy

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0.


Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

40 units

Program duration

0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 3 years maximum.

Program requirements

This program requires the successful completion of 40 units.

Students must complete 20 units of core courses and 20 units of directed courses.

Students must complete only courses that form part of this program and must not complete more than 40 units.


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following 20 units of core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EDUC6088Teaching Methods and Techniques in Special and Inclusive Education
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6164Critical Reflections in Special and Inclusive Education Settings
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units

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Directed Courses

Choose 20 units from the following directed courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EDUC6160Supporting Communication Skills
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6161Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Intervention
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6162Social-Emotional Learning and Positive Behaviour Support for Children 0-5 years
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
EDUC6163Collaborative and Inter-disciplinary Approaches in Early Childhood Intervention
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units

Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.


International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

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