This information is for international students. If you are domestic, click here
This information is for international students. If you are domestic, click here

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (International) (superseded)

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Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care  (International) (superseded)

Rather finger paint than write reports? Make a career in the Child Care Industry with a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Job prospects

+ Children’s Service Coordinator

+ Director or Educational Leader

+ Child Development Worker

+ Early Childhood Educator

+ Centre Manager & more


+ Duration: 52 weeks

+ Work placement: 240 hours

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:CHC50113
  • CRICOS Code: 088945A
  • Units: 28 units (23 core + 5 electives)
  • Location: Level 9, 250 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 3000
  • Delivery Mode: This qualification is delivered through a blend of formal face to face classes at MCIE campus and online self-paced learning. (15 hours classroom delivery & approximately 5 hours online learning per week)
  • Assessment: Methods for assessment include written Q&A, observations, research assignments or projects
  • Duration: 52 weeks (including holidays)
  • Prior Experience: Recognition of Prior Learning & Credit Transfer are available
  • Tuition Fee: $20,000
  • Materials Fee: $300 (includes MCIE Training shirt)
  • Administration Fee: $200

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

  • Children’s Service Coordinator
  • Director or Educational Leader at an Early Childhood Education Centre
  • Child Development Worker
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Centre Manager & more

There are no pre-requisite units for this qualification.

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

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´s Placement Coordinator will consult with you to organise your work placement with one of our host employers. You must have a volunteer’s Working with Children Check, and current First Aid including CPR to participate in work placement.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT) are available. Please click here for more information on fees and terms and conditions.

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 wellbeing 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

Nationally Recognised Training

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

The reviews

Great and rewarding experience!

Rated 5 out of 5
October 13, 2021

I just finished my course in Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care this month. I would say the experience was great and rewarding. As an international student, I felt I was supported throughout the entire duration of my studies. I am lucky to have an amazing trainer, Vanessa Fan who was supportive, accommodating and go the extra mile in assisting her students.

Mae Aguirre

Best training school!

Rated 5 out of 5
April 27, 2021

The best experience. Trainers, campuses, and learn materials are great!.