Graduate Certificate of Education (International Baccalaureate PYP Early Years)

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Enhance your teaching qualification with the specialist skills, knowledge and theoretical understanding of the IB PYP, with a focus on the early years.

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Gain the professional requirements to teach in IB PYP schools

Key facts


1 year part-time


Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2024 close 23 June 2024

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Course overview

The Graduate Certificate of Education (International Baccalaureate PYP Early Years) is aimed at providing current early childhood and/or Primary teachers with the specialist skills, knowledge and theoretical understanding of the IB PYP, with a specific focus on the early years (children 3-8 years). Graduates of this course will be able to apply for recognition by the IBO as having met the expected professional learning requirements to teach in an IB PYP school.

The Course consists of units which covers Inquiry Learning Through the International Baccalaureate (PYP), which introduces students to the IB PYP from a theoretical and practice-based understanding:

  • The Inquiring Child: The Role of Play in Children's Learning, explores the connections between contemporary, research-based thinking on theories of play and inquiry practice in the early years and the IB PYP, and teachers’ own pedagogical approaches and experiences;
  • Assessing and Documenting Learning in the Global Early Years Context, analyses the role of assessment in contexts of play, relationships, environment and symbolic learning in early years education drawing in global perspectives and contemporary perspectives; and
  • Planning for Inquiry Learning: Professional Practice and Portfolio is a praxis unit which provides students with the opportunity to connect the theoretical understanding of the IB PYP pedagogy and approaches with practical opportunities to enact planning, teaching and assessment in an IN PYP (Early Years) setting.

Through undertaking 15-days fieldwork in an IB PYP (Early Years) students will work in collaboration with experienced IB PYP (Early Years) teachers to plan, teach and assess a unit of inquiry.

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Course information

Award granted

Graduate Certificate of Education (International Baccalaureate PYP Early Years)


2024 course information

Deakin code
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Education (International Baccalaureate PYP Early Years), students must attain 4 credit points.

The course comprises a total of 4 credit points including:

  • 4 credit points of core units (EIB701, EIB702, EIB703, EIB704)
  • DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements.

Core Units

  • Inquiry Learning Through the International Baccalaureate (PYP)
  • The Inquiring Child: the Role of Play in Children's Learning
  • Assessing and Documenting Learning in the Global Early Years Context
  • Planning for Inquiry Learning: Professional Practice and Portfolio
  • Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 (part-time only) - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Online

    Trimester 2 (part-time only) - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Online

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.


    Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period for each credit point undertaking required teaching, learning and assessment activities.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher in either early childhood education or primary education

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 7.0 (with no individual band less than 7.0) speaking and listening 7.5
    • TOEFL iBT: minimum overall score of 102 (with minimum score of 24 in reading and speaking, 27 in listening and writing)
    • PTE Academic: minimum score of 65 (with no communication band less than 65) speaking and listening 73

    English-speaking education:

    • completion of a bachelor degree in a recognised English-speaking country with a WAM of at least 60 or completion of DUELI English for Teaching program
    • professional recognition: completion of a bachelor degree or higher in the field of education that is a recognised initial teacher qualification for the purpose of registration as an early childhood or primary teacher in Australia

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    Recognition of prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Recognition of prior learning may be granted to applicants based on prior studies and/or equivalent industry experience.

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    Entry pathways

    Guaranteed entry pathways:

    Deakin University: Bachelor of Education (Primary), Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education, Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), Master of Teaching (Primary), Master of Teaching (Primary and Early Childhood), Master of Teaching (Early Childhood).

    RPL will be assessed on an individual basis only, within the limits prescribed by the Recognition of prior learning Policy, and where an applicant can ‘demonstrate that they have achieved learning outcomes equivalent to the learning outcomes of that component’. It is not expected that RPL could be granted in most situations

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    Career outcomes

    The Graduate Certificate of Education (International Baccalaureate PYP Early Years) will provide graduates with the required skills, knowledge and underpinning theory of the IB PYP Program and the IBO will recognise graduates as meeting the professional requirements to teach in an IB YP school. The IB PYP is a globally recognised curriculum and accredited IB PYP schools can be found both in Australia and across many countries in North America, Europe and Asia. Additionally, there is an increasing number of schools across Asia applying to become IBO accredited schools, resulting in the need for increasing opportunities for suitably qualified teachers to address the employment needs. As a professional post graduate qualification, the Graduate Certificate of Education (International Baccalaureate PYP Early Years) provides an opportunity for current early childhood and primary school teachers to build on their existing qualifications to gain this additional specialisation which will result in further employment opportunities for graduates both in Australia and internationally, as well as attract students internationally who need to undertake the professional learning necessary to be employed in an IB PYP school. Furthermore, the course design as a Graduate Certificate can also lead to a Master of Education, providing additional opportunities for current teachers seeking to build their professional skills and understanding.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Contribute to critical, professional debates about education theory in a global context as it applies to early years curriculum and pedagogy and ethical codes and standards, and these understandings to inform their own practice as a global early educator.


    Apply critical thinking, pedagogical and effective interpersonal, oral, written and multimodal communication skills to demonstrate empathy, foster learner agency, establish positive and inclusive internationally minded learning environments, and build effective professional collaborative partnerships and trust with teaching colleagues, families and other stakeholders

    Digital literacy

    Act in accordance with the ethical and legal frameworks and policy that inform responsible and ethical practice in digital environments, and critically discuss, evaluate and employ a range of appropriate digital literacies, resources and technologies for professional/community/learner engagement and agency.

    Critical thinking

    Engage with contemporary critical and professional debates regarding global education trends, theory, policy and research and use these understandings to critically reflect on and evaluate own teaching practices and diverse learning data sets to make informed evidence-based judgements for enhancements and innovations to improve learner agency and outcomes.

    Problem solving

    Collaboratively and independently use evidence and research to identify, prioritise and creatively respond to problems that arise in professional learning and practice.


    Actively and collaboratively participate in, and/or lead learning communities, involving learners, families, community members, colleagues and the broader profession to deepen understandings of global education and international mindedness to optimise learning and learner outcomes

    Global citizenship

    Engage in research and professional collaborations to develop informed positions on and approaches to internationally minded educational transformation as applied to learner agency and global citizenship; Indigenous and intercultural issues; global education trends and issues; and, social justice and sustainability.

    Approved by Faculty Board October 2021

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