Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Duration (incl. holidays) 102 weeks
Teaching Duration80 weeks
(2 Semesters is 1 academic year)
CRICOS Code083067E
National CodeCHC50113
Course TypeTraining Package Qualification
Course UnitsView Course Units
Example Career ProfileChild Care EducatorChild Care Educator
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    Course Admission Requirements (for International Applications)

    • An academic IELTS score of 5.5 overall with minimum of 5.5 in all bands or equivalent
    • Satisfactory completion of Year 12 or overseas equivalent .
    • Students seeking a packaged offer with the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) at the University of South Australia must have an academic IELTS score of 7.0 overall with minimum of 7.0 in all bands or equivalent for entry into the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care at TAFE SA. **Applicants are required to submit a 400 word Education Statement.

    Work Placement Duration:  480 hours

    Students will need to undertake 20 days work placement x 4 semesters (140 hours).

    Course Notes

    • *University Packaged offers are available for Jan intake.
    • Students may choose, particularly those who don't meet the academic entry criteria of Year 12 or equivalent, to complete the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care first. Upon successful completion of the Certificate III students can then continue with the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Students will receive a semester of credit into the Diploma which is typically 4 semesters in length. The duration for the package of Certificate III and Diploma is 4 semesters at a total cost of $24,000.
    • ** In accordance with national teacher education program standards, applicants must also fulfil non-academic entry requirements. All applicants will be required to submit a 400-word Education Statement with their application to TAFE SA, about their motivation to teach, addressing the topic, ‘Why I want to be a teacher and my understanding of the role’. The Education Statement should include a list of relevant community service, volunteer or professional experiences and significant awards. Complete information on content, format and submission is available here (http://www.unisa.edu.au/eds-requirements)

    How to Apply

    International Course - application process

    If you are applying from onshore, generally, you will need to apply for an international course to TAFE South Australia at least two months before you want to start your studies in Australia. If you are applying from offshore it is highly recommended that you apply at least four months in advance.

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    Note: You must be an International resident to apply for this course. For Australian residents please visit TAFE SA Courses.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113)
    This course provides the skills needed by educators in a range of early childhood education and care settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. This involves learning how to support the implementation of an approved learning framework, children’s wellbeing, learning and development.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full Qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    Packaged University Offer

    This course is available as a Packaged University Offer. The University program(s) for this course: Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) at the University of South Australia

    This allows students to accept a joint packaged offer with a local South Australian University, and upon successful completion of TAFE SA qualification, the student is eligible for a guaranteed entry into a nominated University Program. Find out more about Packaged University Offers.

    The benefits of a Packaged University Offer include:

    • Students will be able to apply for a single visa for the entire duration of both programs
    • Guaranteed entry into selected University Programs
    • Guaranteed credits shorten the duration of qualifications and reduces tuition fees over the total duration of study program
    • Graduate with a dual qualification from both TAFE SA and a University (for example Advanced Diploma/Bachelor Degree)
    • Graduate with a competitive mix of practical and theoretical skills

    See relevant Credit Transfer details below.

    Credit Transfer

    You will only receive a joint offer for TAFE SA and University if you apply for a Packaged University Program. If the University course that you have selected is not part of a Packaged University Offers, you will need to apply separately to the University for your selected degree program.

    Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses.

    Find other TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

    Credit Gained
    UniversityUniversity CoursePointsTime Equiv.Details
    Flinders UniversityBachelor of Education (Primary R to 7) and Bachelor of Arts13.5 points  Details
     Bachelor of Education (Middle and Secondary Schooling) and Bachelor of Arts9 points  Details
    University of South AustraliaBachelor of Education (Early Childhood)36 points 12 months Details
     Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services)18 points 6 months Details


    These course fees are for international students only.

    Tuition FeesIncidental Fees
    Semester 1AUD $6000-
    Semester 2AUD $6000-
    Semester 3AUD $6000-
    Semester 4AUD $6000-
    Fee TotalsAUD $24000-
    Total Course CostAUD $24000

    * Students will need to purchase a name badge $10.

    Note: TAFE SA does not commit to any fees shown. Charges vary between courses and subjects and are based on a rate per hour. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    Overseas Health Cover

    All overseas students are required to have Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Health Cover.

    Additional Services

    TAFE SA International offers an optional Arrival & Pick up and/or Accommodation Service. For further details please contact us.

    Contact us

    TAFE South Australia International

    Level 1, 120 Currie Street
    Adelaide, South Australia, 5000