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Undergraduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood)

Want to start a career in education? Do you enjoy working with young children in their learning journeys? This certificate provides an introduction to education and the professional work of early childhood educators.

In this program you will:

  • Develop foundational skills and knowledge for teaching in early education settings
  • Learn about child development, play-based learning, fostering creative expression through the arts, early years care and age-appropriate teaching
  • Improve your own literacy and numeracy skills and knowledge


Entry threshold

50.00 50.00 ATAR/Rank


6 months 6 months Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2024 fees (A$)

A$2220 - 2024 Fees CSP

QTAC code



  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2

Career opportunities

  • Childcare
  • Long day care
  • Youth support worker

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
  • Online with mandatory onsite requirements
Total courses
Total units
6 months 6 months
UniSC program code
Program coordinator
Program structure
Introductory courses (3) 36 units

EDU101 Human Development and Learning
EDU109 Professional Experience: Play and Pedagogy in Early Learning
EDU119 English Language and Literacy

PLUS select 1 course (12 units) from:

EDU115 Creative Expression and Play through the Arts
EDU118 Foundations of Numeracy

Study sequences

This study sequence reflects the current program structure. Continuing students must follow their commencing structure, which can be found in the previous student handbooks.

Student profile

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Adjusted ATARs are a calculation of a student's ATAR + eligible adjustment factors and are used to determine admission. The raw ATAR is the student's rank before any adjustments are applied.

Minimum entry threshold

Applicants must meet the minimum ATAR/Rank.

Location ATAR/Rank
Sunshine Coast 50.00
Online 50.00

Post admission requirements

To commence Professional Experience (PEx) within this program, students must have a Working with Children Check (Blue Card), or link their existing Blue Card to UniSC.
The Blue Card system is regulated by legislation, Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000 (the Act) and the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Regulation 2020. Students must undergo a criminal history check and be issued with a Blue Card, by Blue Card Services to allow them to undertake Professional Experience (PEx) placement in prior to school and school contexts, that children under 18 years of age are present. It is highly recommended students be proactive in applying for a BlueCard as soon as they are accepted into the program. PEx placements cannot commence without a valid Blue Card.

Additional entry information

Non-standard English language requirements apply.

Proficiency in the English language is required for entry to all programs and courses, and any international or domestic applicant from a non-English speaking background must satisfy the University’s standard and program specific English language requirements.


English (Units 3 and 4, C)

Recommended prior study
Mathematics or Science
Program requirements
  • Successful completion of 48 units
  • Students are required to complete a professional experience placement for five consecutive days in a childcare setting
  • Designed as a pathway into Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
  • Designed as a pathway into Diploma in Education Studies (Early Childhood)
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
WIL notes

It is no longer a requirement that students in the Undergraduate Certificate in Education (Early Childhood) are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Please note that some Professional Experience (PEx) placement host organisations have chosen to continue requiring COVID-19 vaccination. If you are not fully vaccinated, it is important to know that PEx placement opportunities in your program may be limited and may result in a delay to your PEx placement.

UniSC still strongly recommends that all students undertaking PEx placement are fully vaccinated and provide evidence of this vaccination status to the University.

Students are required to hold a valid Blue Card, or link their existing Blue Card to UniSC. This must be obtained prior to commencing Professional Experience (PEx) in both prior to school and school contexts.

Headstart Program - Year 11 or 12

The Headstart program lets you study uni subjects while you’re still in high school. If you successfully complete two Headstart courses, you’ll get a selection rank that you could use to get into uni.

Early Offer Guarantee scheme - Year 12

The Early Offer Guarantee scheme enables Year 12 students to be offered a place at USC on the basis of their Principal's recommendation.

Previous qualifications or experience

If you:

  • have completed Year 12 (no matter how long ago)
  • have a TAFE/VET qualification
  • have relevant work experience, or
  • have studied at university before (even if you didn’t complete your studies)

You may be eligible for a selection rank, which can help you get into uni. For more detailed information selection ranks and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.

Tertiary Preparation Pathway

If you don’t have qualifications or experience that will give you a selection rank, you can complete the Tertiary Preparation Pathway as a stepping stone into most degrees. You can also use TPP to complete subject prerequisites.

If you haven’t studied in a while, TPP is also a great way to brush up on essential study skills like critical reading, assignment writing and referencing.

It can also build your knowledge and confidence in the subject areas you’ll need for your degree, like science or maths. TPP courses are fee-free for eligible domestic students.

I identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

You may be eligible for direct entry into a UniSC degree based on your potential to succeed, under UniSC’s Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS). All you have to do is complete an online application through our website.

CSP estimate
A$2220 - 2024 Fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

Domestic applicants apply for admission through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). Some applicants may be eligible to apply direct to UniSC if they meet certain criteria.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

QTAC code

Location QTAC code
Sunshine Coast 013708
Complete in just six months full-time
Flexible learning options
Complete a 5-day supervised professional experience
Kathy Pitt

Student story

“I am first in my family to attend and now graduate from university – something I never imagined was possible.”
Kathy Pitt Graduate
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