Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (International)

Study the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care in Australia with MCIE in Melbourne.

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102 weeks including 22 weeks holidays
CHC50113 - IC3503
This course is eligible for the Victorian Training Guarantee (VTG)

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will enable you to work as an Early Childhood Educator; someone who designs and implements curriculum used to support the learning of babies, toddlers and pre-school children.

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (International) – Course Details 

  • National Code: CHC50113
  • CRICOS Code: 088945A
  • Duration: 102 weeks (including 22 weeks holidays)
  • Contact Hours: 20hrs per week
  • Tuition Fee: $20,000
  • Materials Fee: $300 (includes MCIE training shirt)
  • Administration Fee: $200 


Course Description

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care will enable you to work as an Early Childhood Educator; someone who designs and implements curriculum used to support the learning of babies, toddlers and pre-school children. In order to complete this qualification, you must satisfactorily complete all 23 core units and 5 elective units.


Career Pathways

The Child Care Diploma is well-suited for individuals looking to embrace a career as a:

  • Children’s service coordinator
  • Director or Educational Leader at an Early Childhood Education centre
  • Child development worker
  • Early childhood educator
  • Centre manager & more

Entry Requirements

An English Language proficiency level of one of the below:

  • IELTS band score of 5.5 or equivalent internationally recognised exam result in line with DHA regulations or;
  • satisfactorily completing ELICOS at Upper Intermediate level from a NEAS endorsed English Training Centre or;
  • completion of secondary studies equivalent or higher to an Australian Year 12 qualification from an
    English-speaking country or;
  • completion of MCIE English Placement Test with an overall score of 6 or above;
  • other tests like PTE, TOEFL and OET are also considered equivalent for direct entry into MCIE VET courses.

Other entry requirements include:

Academic: Completion of senior high school or equivalent to the Australian Year 12 of education

Regulatory: A current and valid passport, A valid study visa that covers the duration of study for the course

Age at Commencement: MCIE will not accept overseas students who would be under 18 years of age at the time of proposed commencement

Special Considerations: Students who have completed one year of study in Australia (Cert III, AQF Qualification or above) are exempt from submitting Year 12 qual or equivalent + IELTS results



There are no pre-requisites for this qualification.

Delivery and Assessment

Classroom Training
Training is delivered ‘face to face’ by qualified trainers and students are required to attend each scheduled class. The trainer will moderate the learning pace, method and sequence appropriate to the learning needs.
Learning methods will vary and can include case study scenarios, field trips, ‘hands-on’ practical classes, role-play techniques, discussions, presentations and assignments.

Assessment tasks and strategies cover a wide range of methods and may include the creation of specific written documents, projects or reports, formal questions (multiple choice, short and long answer), practical demonstrations, small or large group tasks, oral presentations, problem-solving tasks, case studies and discussions.
Broadly classroom assessments have two or three assessment tasks for each unit of competency or module.
As a general rule for major assessments, students are provided with task assessment instructions including the date the task is due for completion.

The work placement requirement of this qualification is 240 hours.
MCIE will organise your work-placement with one of our host employers.


Qualification Recognition

This qualification is based on the standards set by Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) and is recognised throughout Australia.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Students may be granted RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) or Credit Transfer if they are able to demonstrate that they have achieved the level of skills and knowledge equivalent to the unit they seek credit for through work experience, through life experiences or similar study at another institution. Students can apply for credit transfer or RPL at the time of enrolment.

Applicants applying for RPL/CT should submit the RPL/CT application along with their original supporting documents to Student Administration. Where RPL is being applied, the student must submit all relevant evidence of work experience and where learning has occurred.

A Credit Transfer application must be accompanied by Nationally Recognised Certificates with detailed Statements of Attainment indicating the units successfully completed including unit codes and titles and dates of completion. Credit Transfer may also include credit transfer based on formal learning that is outside the AQF.

Course Units

CHCECE002 Ensure the health and safety of children

CHCECE004 Promote and provide healthy food and drinks

HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

CHCECE016 Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children

CHCECE019 Facilitate compliance in an education and care services

HLTWHS003 Maintain workplace health and safety

CHCECE017 Foster the holistic development and well-being of the child in early childhood

CHCECE018 Nurture creativity in children

CHCECE022 Promote children’s agency

CHCECE023 Analyse information to inform learning

CHCECE024 Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development

CHCECE026 Work in partnership with families to provide appropriate education and care for children

CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically

CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

CHCECE009 Use an approved learning framework to guide practice

CHCECE007 Develop positive and respectful relationships with children

CHCECE003 Provide care for children

CHCECE005 Provide care for babies and toddlers

CHCECE001 Develop cultural competence

CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

CHCECE025 Embed sustainable practices in service organisations

CHCECE020 Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour

CHCECE021 Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children

BSBLED401  Develop teams and individuals
CHCDIV001  Work with diverse people
CHCMGT003  Lead the work team
CHCPOL002  Develop and implement policy
CHCPRP003  Reflect on and improve own professional practice


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