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Undergraduate Certificate of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

Undergraduate Certificate of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) (UCTE)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • Online
  • -
  • 0.5 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Jan, May


  • This Undergraduate Certificate of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) offers an introduction to the key concepts, knowledge and skills that underpin the work of an early childhood educator.
  • It balances theoretical understandings with practical considerations to start a journey towards being in educational and care settings, as well as classroom contexts.

Further study

  • This certificate is an entry point and four units of credit towards a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), which provides graduates with a qualification for working with children from birth to eight years of age.
Thinking of studying in 2024? UniSQ will be delivering flexible new ways of teaching, with different calendar offerings, making the balance of study and life easier. Read more in our new academic calendar FAQs.

Entry requirements


To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English (Units 3 & 4, C) 

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to a grade C or higher in Units 3 and 4 at high school level (typically studied in Year 12). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

  • Admission into this short program is available to eligible Commonwealth Support applicants, who are aged 17 years or over. 


If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education (IHEPP) program.

Degree structure

To complete this certificate, students must complete 4 courses.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 4
Total 4

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for an example of courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your study (4 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 2220

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2024. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.


At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to UniSQ.


You can select to start your study in Trimester 1 or 2.

Study period  Application closing date Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Trimester 1, 2024  Monday 22 January Monday 15 January Monday 22 January Friday 26 April 
Trimester 2, 2024 Monday 13 May Monday 6 May Monday 13 May  Friday 16 August

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

Discover further information on applying to study at UniSQ that is relevant to you.

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Why UniSQ?
At UniSQ, we pride ourselves on delivering a comprehensive and engaging early childhood education certificates. Our approach combines academic excellence with practical experience, ensuring our Education and Teaching graduates are well-prepared for their careers. We offer a supportive learning environment, industry-relevant resources, and a commitment to helping you achieve your full potential.
What are the entry requirements for a certificate in early childhood education and pathways options?

To study an Undergraduate Certificate of Teaching (Early Childhood Education), you need to meet English pre-requisites and assumed knowledge.

For further information on pre-requisites and assumed knowledge, please view the entry requirements section of this page.

If you don't meet these requirements, UniSQ offers a Tertiary Preparation Pathway to help you gain entry into your chosen Early Childhood degree. 

What key skills will I acquire from completing a certificate in early childhood education?

Some of the key skills you may acquire include:

  • Child development knowledge- understanding the stages of early childhood development.
  • Effective communication skills- both with children and adults, including parents and colleagues.
  • Classroom management techniques- creating a safe and productive learning environment.
  • Creative lesson planning- developing engaging and educational activities for young children.
  • Cultural competence- embracing and incorporating diversity in the classroom.
  • Observation and assessment skills- monitoring and supporting children’s learning and development. 
Are flexible study options available?

Yes! At UniSQ you will study our Undergraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education Fundamentals online, allowing you to balance your education with other commitments. We’ve been delivering distance education for over 40 years, so you can be sure that you are learning your degree from the online education experts.

Discover more about the ways you can study an Early Childhood Education Online Certificate with UniSQ.