Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)

This course is designed with a new type of early childhood professional in mind – one who operates in a multi-disciplinary field involving care, education and health.

The course covers children aged 0-8 years, reflecting the Victorian Government’s early childhood strategy.

Start year intake

The core program comprises four semesters over two years. You can choose to exit after the third semester with a Graduate Diploma in Teaching, which will qualify you to teach in early childhood settings (children aged 0-5 years) only.

course structure semester one

In your fourth semester, you can choose from one of three options to gain the full masters:

  1. Early Years: receive dual registration to teach in early childhood settings and primary schools
  2. Early Childhood (professional development): specialise in an area of interest, such as special education, and receive registration to teach in early childhood settings
  3. Early Childhood (research): research a topic of interest, and receive registration to teach in early childhood settings.

These options can be completed up to five years after completing the Graduate Diploma.

Career outcomes

The Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood) and the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) have been approved by The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and successful completion qualifies you to work in children’s services in Australia (with children aged 0 – 5). 

If you complete the Early Years option you will be qualified to work in children’s services plus gain provisional registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as a primary teacher. If you intend to teach outside Victoria, we recommend you check registration requirements with the relevant body.

You may also choose to pursue a career in areas like: 

  • children’s services coordination
  • early childhood research
  • policy formation
  • quality regulation and assessment
  • early intervention for children with special needs.

Mid-year intake

Listen to Dr Tim Gilley explain how the Mid-year intake will better prepare students.

This program is undertaken in four semesters over two years. The first semester provides an in-depth opportunity to learn more about working with children in an Australian context, which will ensure you are better prepared to face the challenges of the program, most particularly during placements in early childhood settings. In turn this can help you achieve better results in the course and improve your employability in the future.

If you are unfamiliar with the context of education in Australia, we recommend you take the mid-year intake option.

course structure semester two

The outcomes of the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) differ depending on which intake you commence your studies. If you are interested in receiving dual registration to teach in early childhood settings and primary schools; or are interested in moving into research, you will need to begin the course in start year intake.

Career outcomes

The Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) have been approved by The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and successful completion qualifies you to work in children’s services in Australia (with children aged 0 – 5).

You may also choose to pursue a career in areas like:

  • children’s services coordination
  • policy formation
  • quality regulation and assessment
  • early intervention for children with special needs.

Entry requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from an approved institution
  • All applicants must also meet English language requirements and Teacher Capability Assessment Tool (TCAT) standards

Fees and scholarships

The Master of Teaching has a large number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Australian Fee places are also available for local students and International Fee places are available to international students. Visit the Future Students website for more information on fees.

Government loan schemes are available to help you defer all or part of your tuition fees, depending on the type of offer you receive. With both schemes, you don't need to repay the loan until your income reaches a minimum repayment threshold.

  • If you receive an offer for an Australian Fee place, you may be eligible for the FEE-HELP loan program.
  • If you receive an offer for a CSP, you may be eligible for the HECS-HELP loan program.

For more information on these schemes, visit studyassist.gov.au

Youth Allowance and Austudy are available to students undertaking the Master of Teaching. Visit Centrelink for more information.

Master of Teaching students are also eligible for a number a scholarships.