Infancy and Toddlerhood

Graduate Certificate

An infant and toddler teacher helping a child to draw on a blackboard

There will be no intake for this course in 2018.

The Graduate Certificate in Infancy and Toddlerhood will give you the skills to reflect critically on the ways in which educational theory and research informs work with infants and toddlers.

The first three years of life are critical to lifelong learning, and adults play a vital role in supporting children’s development during this time.

The Graduate Certificate in Infancy and Toddlerhood will teach you about infant and toddler development, learning from birth to three years of age and the role of measurement and assessment in monitoring learning and development.

Targeted at professionals with an interest in the learning and development of very young children, the course also includes a 20 day placement in an early childhood setting within the education, health or community sector.

Have an enquiry? Course brochure (1.4mb PDF)

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree in a related discipline.

Applicants without a relevant degree but with at least 6 years relevant work experience are encouraged to provide a CV with their application to be considered.

All students must meet English language requirements.

Please note that this course will not provide you with registration to teach in Australia.

Course structure

  • 1 year part-time
  • 50 points of coursework, comprising:
    • 3 x compulsory 12.5 point subjects
    • 1 x professional practice subject (which includes a 20 day supervised placement).

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Graduate Certificate in Infancy and Toddlerhood.


On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • reflect critically on the ways in which educational theory and research inform work with infants and toddlers
  • create productive learning environments that empower children and promote positive behaviour
  • analyse assessment data and evidence to make sound clinical judgments about supporting young children’s learning
  • use learning interventions to promote participation and inclusion for diverse learners
  • establish and maintain ethical and respectful relationships with children, colleagues and parents, working independently and collaboratively across a range of professional early childhood education and care contexts.


After completing this program, you may be eligible for 50 points of credit towards a relevant graduate certificate or masters qualification.

How to apply

The University of Melbourne accepts online applications year-round from both domestic and international applicants. International applicants can apply online or in person through our overseas representatives.

Application dates

Start-year intake, 2019


Round 1: closes 18 October 2018


Round 1: closes 27 September 2018

* Dates only apply for courses which are available to international students.

Prepare your application

You may be required to provide the following supporting documentation with your application:

  • previous academic transcripts
  • evidence of degree completion (testamur)
  • evidence of English language proficiency.

It's also worth checking the advanced standing policy (PDF, 209 KB) to see if you are eligible to receive credit towards your chosen course.

Application process

Submit an online course application directly to the University of Melbourne.

Please note:

  • If you are a current or past University of Melbourne student or applicant, use your existing student ID/username and password. Registering as a first time applicant will delay the processing of your application.
  • Only submit one application per course with your preferred fee type and study load (full-time or part-time) if applicable.
  • Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are limited and are not available for all courses. Eligible applicants who cannot be offered a CSP will automatically be considered for an Australian Fee Place.

Application outcome

Application outcomes will be sent to your nominated email address or overseas representative.

Applicants are able to check the progress of their application by logging in to the online course application page.