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The Federal Government is providing support for people to retrain or upskill during COVID-19. If you are a domestic student, you may be eligible to complete this course at a discounted rate in 2021. You must complete the course by December 2021 to be eligible for the discounted tuition fee.

Course Code: HE20540

Locations: TAFE NSW Glendale campus

Duration: One semester full-time or two semesters part-time

Course load: You must complete four subjects and achieve 40 credit points. Each subject is worth 10 credit points.

Next intake:

  • Classes commence 15 February 2021
  • Applications close 29 January 2021 subject to availability of places

To be eligible for admission into the Undergraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Special Needs, you must have completed a diploma or higher qualification in early childhood education and care.

Discounted Short Course: In 2021 domestic students will pay a tuition fee of $1,925 for the full course. Students must complete the course by December 2021 to be eligible for the discounted short course fee. Domestic students who enrol in the discounted short course may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) which means that you can take out a HECS loan to pay the tuition fee for the discounted short course.

There may be additional costs to purchase resources required for individual subjects. The course coordinator can advise you of any additional course fees.

You can access current fee information on the Fees and Payments page.

If you have extensive, current, and relevant workplace experience, or you have recently completed studies in a related field, you may be eligible for exemption from some subjects in the Undergraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Special Needs.

Speak with your course coordinator to see if you are eligible. You are required to attend class until you are advised that your application for RPL has been successful.

Please note: Your application for RPL will assess your prior learning against the outcomes of this course. RPL is only granted against full subjects. Partial RPL will not be granted.

Students who complete the Undergraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Special Needs who choose to continue their studies in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5) will receive credit for the four subjects completed.

Study pattern

Full time students enrol in four subjects worth 40 credit points, for one semester. Part time students will typically enrol in two subjects, worth 20 credit points, completing the course over two semesters.

Students will attend classes at TAFEW NSW Glendale for approximately 4 hours per week, per subject.

It is recommended that students also undertake at least 5 hours of additional private study per subject, per week, to maximise their understanding of course content.


A range of assessment methods are used across subjects in this course with most subjects requiring the completion of three to four assessment tasks, with assessments designed to be practical and relevant to early learning contexts.


You can view the course structure and an overview of study requirements for each subject by downloading the Course Information Brochure.

This course is not available for enrolment by international students studying on a student visa.

While every effort has been made to ensure the above information is accurate and up to date, you are advised to contact the course coordinator for specific and up to date information about tuition fees and academic requirements of the course.

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This is an Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) approved early childhood teaching qualification.

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