Teaching (Early Childhood)


Marijke van Beugee, early childhood teacher, standing in front of her classroom

The Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) 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.

This course focuses on learning and teaching for children aged birth-eight years, and can be completed through either full-time or part-time study.

Have an enquiry? Course brochure (3.4mb PDF)

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree from an approved institution.

All applicants must also:

Course structure

  • Course code: MC-TEACHEC
  • 200 points of coursework.

The Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) may be undertaken through either:

  • full-time study, comprising four semesters over two years, or
  • part-time study, comprising up to seven semesters over three and a half years.

You can choose to exit after the first 150 points with a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood), which will qualify you to teach in early childhood settings (birth-five years).

Alternatively, you can continue to complete the Masters following either the coursework or research pathway.

Coursework candidates must complete:

  • Compulsory coursework, including a Capstone project
  • 3 x electives (with the option of an enriched placement).

Enriched placements allow you to undertake work experience in different education settings, e.g. in rural Australia, in an indigenous community, or in a museum or art gallery. Eligibility is subject to meeting academic requirements.

Research candidates must complete:

  • Compulsory coursework
  • A substantial research project in an area of interest
  • 1 x elective (with the option of an enriched placement).

Completion of the research option allows progress to a PhD (subject to meeting academic requirements).

The research pathway is only available to students who achieve an average of 75% or above in the first year.

Enriched placements allow you to undertake work experience in different education settings, e.g. in rural Australia, in an indigenous community, or in a museum or art gallery. Eligibility is subject to meeting academic requirements.

Course structure diagrams:

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

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).

This course is currently being re-accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

This course is included in the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) list of approved qualifications.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma or Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) are eligible to apply for registration as an early childhood teacher with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). This qualifies you to work in children’s services in Australia with children aged birth-five 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 childhood research
  • policy formation
  • quality regulation and assessment
  • early intervention for children with special needs.


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

Guaranteed Entry

Recent University of Melbourne undergraduate students have the opportunity to secure a place in the Master of Teaching before all other applicants are considered. For more information, visit guaranteed entry. Open to both international and domestic applicants.

Direct to the University of Melbourne

We accept online applications year-round from both domestic and international applicants. Domestic applicants may be eligible to receive an early offer before VTAC offers are released. International applicants can apply online or through our overseas representatives .

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)

VTAC administers the application process for Graduate Entry Teaching for Victorian institutions. Open to domestic students only, you can apply for either a Commonwealth Supported Place or an Australian Fee Place.

Note: VTAC applications cannot be made for our new Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) degree. Applicants interested in this course should apply through Guaranteed Entry or direct to the University of Melbourne.

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 (TCAT) prior to applying.
  2. Submit your course application through:

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

VTAC applicants should see the documents required page on the VTAC website.