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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (International)

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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (International)

Want to get ahead with your career in early childhood education? This Diploma builds on existing childcare experience so you can learn how to develop learning curriculums for children, supervise other educators, and increase your overall knowledge in children’s education.

Job prospects

+ Children’s Service Coordinator

+ Director or Educational Leader

+ Child Development Worker

+ Early Childhood Educator

+ Centre Manager & more


+ Duration: 52 weeks

+ Work placement: 14 weeks

Local students No

International students Yes

How can I study?

This course is available via on campus and virtually. Call us to discuss your study options.

National code: CHC50121

CRICOS code: 107918J

Units: 12 core + 3 elective

Location: Levels 8 & 9, 250 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

Program delivery: Blended training (in-person and online)

Work placement: 14 weeks

Total duration: 52 weeks

Delivery weeks: 40 weeks

Holiday weeks: 12 weeks

Tuition fee: $20,000

Resource fee: $300

Administration fee: $200

Enrolment fees include additional resources required for the program and student ID charges. For additional service fees, such as re-assessment fees or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), please refer to the International Student Handbook.

In this nationally recognised course, you will acquire the skills and knowledge to support your move into ECEC leadership and management. You could become a…

  • Authorised Supervisor

  • Child Development Worker

  • Group, Team or Room Leader

  • Childcare Centre Manager

  • Children’s Adviser

  • Children’s Services Coordinator

  • Children’s Services Director

  • Educational Leader

  • Early Childhood Educator


According to the National Skills Commission:

  • There are currently 12,500 Child Care Centre Managers in Australia

  • This occupation has considerable future growth of 21.8%

  • Average weekly earnings are $1,494

  • 71% of Child Care Centre Managers work full-time

  • 92% of people in this occupation are women, with an average age of 40.

English language proficiency

Candidates must meet one of the following English Language proficiency requirements:

  • IELTS band score of 5.5, or an equivalent internationally recognised exam result in line with Department of Home Affairs (DHA) regulations

  • Satisfactory completion of an ELICOS program at Upper-intermediate level from Explore English, or other NEAS endorsed English language centre

  • Certificate of completion equivalent to, or higher than, an Australian Year 12 qualification from an English-speaking country

  • Completion of MCIE’s English Placement Test with an overall score equivalent to IELTS 5.5, or above

  • Other English language proficiency tests, such as TOEFL and OET, will also be considered.

Candidates who have completed 1 year of study in Australia in English within the past 2 years at Certificate IV or AQF level 4 and above are exempt from submitting Australian Year 12 completion certificate or equivalent and Evidence of English Proficiency.



Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who hold either of the following qualifications:

  • CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.


Education and skills

Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for this program level, and demonstrate they are a suitable candidate for this program.



MCIE does not accept overseas students under 18 years of age at the time of proposed commencement.

To begin your training at MCIE, you will need a Unique Student Identifier (USI). The USI is a personal reference that creates a secure online record of your VET training. It is managed by the Australian Government and is kept for up to 30 years.

It can be accessed anywhere, anytime. When you arrive in Australia, your visa will be activated and you can then apply for a USI. It is free to create a USI. You need a USI to receive your qualification, or statement of attainment. For further information visit


Students with disabilities

MCIE welcomes all people with disabilities, learning differences and medical conditions. Acceptance in this program is subject to candidates’ ability to undertake all program requirements as discussed in the Pre-Training Review, with reasonable adjustments where applicable.


Digital technology

Students must have sufficient digital literacy skills to access online content, enter answers to written questions and communicate with trainers via email, the student portal and the learning management system.


Industry requirements

Candidates may be asked to provide evidence of the following for work placement (requirements vary according to host employer policies):

  • National Police Check

  • Working with Children Check

  • Flu vaccination and COVID-19 vaccinations


Prior experience

Credit Transfer (CT) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are available. Credit Transfer is free of charge. RPL application fees are $145 per hour. Please click here for more information on RPL fees, terms and conditions.

Blended training

This program is delivered as blended training, both in-person on campus and remotely in real-time via Microsoft Teams.



Assessment tasks and strategies cover a wide range of methods and may include writing tasks, questions, projects or reports, practical demonstrations, group tasks, oral presentations, problem-solving tasks, case studies and discussions.



The work placement requirement of this qualification is 280 hours. MCIE will organise your work-placement with one of our host employers.

Core Units

CHCECE042 Foster holistic early childhood learning, development and wellbeing 

CHCECE048 Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum 

CHCECE047 Analyse information to inform children’s learning 

CHCECE043 Nurture creativity in children 

CHCECE041 Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children 

CHCECE049 Embed environmental responsibility in service operations 

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

CHCECE045 Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children 

CHCECE046 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children 

CHCECE050 Work in Partnership with children’s families 

CHCECE044 Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service 

BSBWK502 Manage team effectiveness

Elective Units

CHCPOL002 Develop and implement policy

CHCMGT003 Lead the work team

BSBSTR501 Establish innovative work environments

Nationally Recognised Training

This is Nationally Recognised Training,
leading to Australian Qualifications
Framework (AQF) qualification or a
Statement of Attainment.

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Had a great learning eperience

October 20, 2022

Doing my diploma in child care education under Syeda has been a great experience. Syeda is an incredible teacher who puts a lot of effort into the course delivery. She is very passionate about teaching and detail-oriented. Our classes have always been very engaging. Looking back I have learned so much which wouldn’;t have been possible without Syeda. I would highly recommend to anyone interested in doing a course in child care.

Aishwarya Radhakrishnan
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