Associate Degree of Early Years Studies

Melbourne Polytechnic

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00724G

This program provides the skills and industry qualifications to be employed as a qualified educator within children's services (as registered with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development - DEECD). Students will learn the importance of the Early Years of a child's life and be skilled in supporting contemporary children's diverse learning, growth and development needs in a range of educational settings within children's services. Graduates will have a specialisation in the infant and toddler years of a child's life, an appreciation of the specific curriculum and educational needs of children in this age range and understand their role in supporting transitions across children's services. The program has a commitment to the practical application of teaching theory and knowledge and sees placement as an essential component of pre-service education.


Course includes a substantial practical placement component.


  • Education-early years

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 or equivalent with a study score of at least 25 in English
  • Or relevant work experience and/or mature age entry
  • Or previously qualified with a Diploma of Children's Services. International students require overall Academic IELTS 7.0 (across all bands), Pearson PTE Academic 58 overall, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.

Study pathways

Graduates may proceed to a third year to obtain a Bachelor of Early Years Studies or a fourth year to obtain a Bachelor of Education (Early Years).

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Preston International: $39,600 Yes
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years

Further information

Working with Children Check and department interview required prior to commencement.

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