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The building blocks of early learning set up children for life

This postgraduate course develops professionals who are highly respected for their quality of preparation and their dedication. If you're already a teacher, you can continue your professional learning in accordance with the requirements of the Queensland College of Teachers in order to maintain your teacher registration. You'll also be able to specialise in early childhood teaching (Kindergarten to Year 3). You'll play a vital role in the development and care of children during their most formative years. Working at childcare, kindergarten or primary school level, you'll help them to interpret their world, social relationships and responsibilities with knowledge and nurturing. You'll also extend support to families and caregivers, so the benefits carry over into home life.

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Study early childhood education at Griffith

Promote positive development and learning

Our graduate certificate in early childhood education and care provides qualified registered teachers with the opportunity to teach in preschool settings (1 to 5 years) as well as specialise in the early years of school (5 to 8 years) to enhance their professional development.

Studying at Griffith, you’ll build on your understanding of the characteristics of learners and teachers in primary and early year environments.

You’ll acquire practical skills and deep knowledge of children’s creativity and how they learn. You’ll develop your problem solving skills. You’ll study the social contexts of education and be responsive to the changing cultural and individual needs of young children and their families.

Your degree includes education studies, curriculum studies and professional experience in early childhood settings. It is professionally recognised by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority.

You’ll graduate as a competent, skilled practitioner ready to work with young children in a range of settings.

Todd Winton

Griffith education graduate

As a learning diversity teacher working with students from Years 8 to 10, education graduate Todd Winton's role involves teaching small group classes and tailoring learning experiences to suit students' individual educational needs. 'My Griffith degree gave me the confidence and experience with a vast range of teaching practices,' he says. 'It also helped me develop a range of appropriate practices to improve student outcomes.'

Todd Winton

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Gain a globally recognised qualification

Consistently positive feedback from employers tells us that Griffith graduates are of excellent quality and well prepared for careers in the education industry

You'll be ready to meet the growing demand for postgraduate qualified teachers in the early childhood education sector. You'll also have a qualification that allows entry into a relevant master's degree.

You'll be eligible to be employed as a registered early childhood teacher in prior-to-school settings, including long day care and kindergartens.

You could also consider positions as a childcare co-ordinator, teaching assistant, education administrator or policy development officer.

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Monday 5 February — Friday 21 December

Ongoing Q&A sessions

Book a 30 minute, personalised appointment with a member of our student recruitment team, to help find the right degree for you and get personalised advice about your study options. You can also find out about scholarships and discover pathways to university.   Find out more

Monday 21 May — Friday 25 May

Q&A Sessions

Book a 30 minute, personalised appointment with a member of our student recruitment team, to help find the right degree for you and get personalised advice about your study options. You can also find out about scholarships and discover pathways to university.   Find out more

Tuesday 22 May — Tuesday 22 May

Parent and Student Advice Night - Nathan campus

Tour the campus and get personal study and subject selection advice with our expert study advisers at this informative on-campus event. Meet current Griffith students and their parents and hear about their experiences of the transition from school to university. Find out more

Tuesday 22 May — Tuesday 22 May

GriffithBUSINESS Ambassadors Workshop 2 - Gold Coast campus

The GriffithBUSINESS Ambassadors Program offers students their first real look at university life, whilst providing them with a greater understanding of social innovation and social enterprise through working with academic staff from Griffith University. Find out more

Wednesday 23 May — Wednesday 23 May

GriffithBUSINESS Ambassadors Workshop 2 - Logan campus

The GriffithBUSINESS Ambassadors Program offers students their first real look at university life, whilst providing them with a greater understanding of social innovation and social enterprise through working with academic staff from Griffith University. Find out more

Thursday 24 May — Tuesday 22 May

Parent and Student Advice Night - Gold Coast campus

Tour the campus and get personal study and subject selection advice with our expert study advisers at this informative on-campus event. Meet current Griffith students and their parents and hear about their experiences of the transition from school to university. Find out more

Thursday 24 May — Thursday 24 May

GriffithBUSINESS Ambassadors Workshop 2 - Nathan campus

The GriffithBUSINESS Ambassadors Program offers students their first real look at university life, whilst providing them with a greater understanding of social innovation and social enterprise through working with academic staff from Griffith University. Find out more

Tuesday 29 May — Tuesday 22 May

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Mackay

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM. Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more

Wednesday 30 May — Tuesday 22 May

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Rockhampton

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM. Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more

Tuesday 5 June — Tuesday 5 June

GriffithBUSINESS Year 12 Workshop 2 - Nathan campus

The GriffithBUSINESS Year 12 Program provides an opportunity for high-achieving Year 12 business students to experience university first-hand. Students participate in a minimum of two workshops based around the theme of social entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as an online employability module. Find out more

Wednesday 6 June — Wednesday 6 June

GriffithBUSINESS Year 12 Workshop 2 - Logan campus

The GriffithBUSINESS Year 12 Program provides an opportunity for high-achieving Year 12 business students to experience university first-hand. Students participate in a minimum of two workshops based around the theme of social entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as an online employability module. Find out more

Thursday 7 June — Thursday 7 June

Careers in Commerce - Nathan campus

Years 10, 11 and 12 students are invited to attend the annual Griffith Business School Careers in Commerce Experience Day. Students will gain insight into the exciting career choices available to them as commerce graduates, and they will hear from speakers who have used their commerce qualifications to forge successful careers in the diverse areas of accounting, business law, economics, finance and financial planning. Find out more

Friday 8 June — Friday 8 June

GriffithBUSINESS Year 12 Workshop 2 - Gold Coast campus

The GriffithBUSINESS Year 12 Program provides an opportunity for high-achieving Year 12 business students to experience university first-hand. Students participate in a minimum of two workshops based around the theme of social entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as an online employability module. Find out more

Tuesday 19 June — Tuesday 22 May

Discover Griffith - Nathan campus

Join us at our Nathan campus for a fun and informative day with family and friends. You'll have the opportunity to tour our campus with a student ambassador, hear from program staff about your preferred degree and chat with our recruitment team about entry requirements and pathways to Griffith.  Find out more

Thursday 21 June — Tuesday 22 May

Discover Griffith - Gold Coast campus

Join us at our Gold Coast campus for a fun and informative day with family and friends. You'll have the opportunity to tour our campus with a student ambassador, hear from program staff about your preferred degree and chat with our recruitment team about entry requirements and pathways to Griffith. Find out more

Saturday 21 July — Sunday 22 July

TSXPO (Tertiary Studies Expo)

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Tertiary Studies Expo to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Tuesday 24 July — Tuesday 22 May

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Sunshine Coast Daily Careers and Employment Expo to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Monday 6 August — Tuesday 22 May

Townsville Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Townsville Careers Expo to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Sunday 12 August — Sunday 12 August

OPEN DAY - Nathan, Gold Coast and South Bank campuses

Discover what's possible at Griffith at Open Day. Visit our Gold Coast, Nathan or South Bank campus to attend information sessions and activities, chat with academics about your preferred degree, find out about services and support, and tour our campuses. Find out more

Monday 17 September — Friday 28 September

Q&A Sessions

Book a 30 minute, personalised appointment with a member of our student recruitment team, to help find the right degree for you and get personalised advice about your study options. You can also find out about scholarships and discover pathways to university.   Find out more

Tuesday 13 November — Tuesday 22 May

Mature Student Open Evening - South Bank campus

If you’re considering returning to university for postgraduate study, or starting for the first time, come along to a Griffith University Mature Student Open Evening to speak to our specialist advisers about pathways to study and support for non-school leavers and mature age students. Find out more

Thursday 15 November — Tuesday 22 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast campus

If you’re considering returning to university for postgraduate study, or starting for the first time, come along to a Griffith University Mature Student Open Evening to speak to our specialist advisers about pathways to study and support for non-school leavers and mature age students. Find out more