UNSW Graduate Certificate in Child Development gives professionals from non-Psychology backgrounds specialised skills to apply psychological principles to their work with children. If you work in education, nursing, juvenile justice, social work or any other field involved with young people, this program will give you a highly-valued suite of psychological skills.

The Graduate Certificate in Child Development is a unique offer in Australia. Delivered entirely online, the part-time one-year program will equip you to apply an evidence-based approach to your work with children. You will gain an understanding of typical - compared to atypical - child development; age-appropriate capabilities and performance expectations; factors that influence attention, learning, and memory; the development, management and treatment of common childhood disorders; and factors that promote well-being and resilience.

Psychology at UNSW

When you study with the UNSW School of Psychology, you’ll learn with globally recognised scholars. Our staff have international reputations for their research and teaching excellence, working collaboratively with prestigious universities across the world. We are the leading School of Psychology in Australia across a range of ranking barometers including the 2020 Shanghai Rankings and the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities. (links)

Your Career

The Graduate Certificate Child Development will greatly enhance your skills when working with children and set you ahead in your field. It is suitable for professionals including teachers, social workers, nurses and the many roles found in the Education, Health, Allied Health, and Child and Family Services industries.

What Our Academics Say

The increased recognition of the importance of strategies that encourage positive development in early childhood creates a demand for specialised programs for professionals involved in the day to day care, support and education of our youngest members of society. Rising mental health issues also prompt the need for expert-informed carers who can respond appropriately.

Professor Simon Killcross, Head of School, Psychology