Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary)


And early childhood and primary teacher reading with her student

The Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) prepares you for dual registration to teach in early childhood education and across all primary years as a generalist teacher. It has an in-depth focus on early years education, literacy and mathematics.

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Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree from an approved institution.

All applicants must also:

Course structure

  • Course code: MC-TEACHEP
  • Full-time study, comprising four semesters over two years including one summer and two winter intensives
  • 250 points of coursework
  • 60 placement days in early childhood settings, to be completed in your first 150 points
  • 45 placement days in primary schools, to be completed in the final 100 points.

Focusing on early childhood development and education from birth to 12 years, you will be prepared to teach across the curriculum, with specialisations in early years learning and development, literacy and mathematics.

You will gain expert knowledge in clinical teaching, and learn to personalise your teaching to meet individual students’ needs throughout the critical preschool period, transition to school and primary years.

Course structure diagram:

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary).

Please note: the Commonwealth Government of Australia now requires all students undertaking initial teacher education courses in Australia to pass a literacy and numeracy test. Attaining a satisfactory standard in this test is a hurdle requirement for successful completion of the course.

For more information see Literacy and Numeracy Test for Master of Teaching students (PDF, 262 KB).

Career outcomes

The Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) will enable you to apply for registration as an early childhood teacher (birth to five years), and provisional registration as a primary school teacher (five to 12 years) with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). This qualifies you to work in children’s services and schools in Australia with children aged birth to 12 years.

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 intervention for children with special needs
  • assessment and evaluation
  • youth health and wellbeing.


For information on course fees for domestic and international students visit the Future Students website.

Australian Government loan schemes are available for domestic students to help you to defer all or part of your tuition fees, depending on the type of offer you receive:

  • if you receive an offer for an Australian fee-paying place, you may be eligible for the FEE-HELP loan program
  • if you receive an offer for a Commonwealth Supported Place, you may be eligible for the HECS-HELP loan program.

With both schemes, you do not need to repay the loan until your income reaches a minimum repayment threshold.

For more information on these schemes, visit Study Assist.

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

For more information on financing your studies, visit financial support and scholarships.

How to apply

Application dates

Applications for the 2017 Master of Teaching intake have now closed. Application dates for the 2018 intake will be published soon.

Application process

1. Complete the Teacher Capability Assessment Tool

You must complete the Teacher Capability Assessment Tool (TCAT) prior to applying.

TCAT takes approximately 70 - 90 minutes to complete and contains both long and short answers used to assess your suitability for Melbourne Graduate School of Education courses.

Complete the TCAT

2. Submit your application

Apply for the Master of Teaching through your preferred method:

Apply direct to the University of Melbourne

We accept direct online applications from domestic and international applicants.

Apply directly to the University

Domestic applicants who apply directly may be eligible to receive an early offer before Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) offers are released.

International applicants can apply online or through our overseas representatives.

Recent University of Melbourne undergraduate students who apply directly may be eligible for guaranteed entry, which gives them the opportunity to secure a place in the Master of Teaching before all other applicants. If you meet the eligibility criteria we will will identify you as a guaranteed entry applicant when we assess your application.

Apply via the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre

The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) administers the application process for Graduate Entry Teaching for Victorian institutions.

VTAC applications are open to domestic applicants only.

Apply via VTAC

Supporting documentation

If you are submitting your application directly to the University, you may be required to provide the following supporting documentation:

Applicants who wish to apply via the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) should see the documents required page on the VTAC website.