Teaching (Early Childhood)

Master of Teaching

Overview

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 to eight years, and can be completed through either full-time or part-time study.

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Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree from an approved institution.

All applicants must also:

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 to 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.

Student experience

Marijke van Beuge, pre-prep teacher at Strathcona Girls Grammar, Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)

The academics teaching this course are undoubtedly some of the best in the field. They are passionate about developing quality teachers so that children can have access to the best teachers, and the level of interaction and support they provide throughout the course reflects this.

Marijke van Beuge,
pre-prep teacher at Strathcona Girls Grammar, Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)

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 to five years).

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

Coursework 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 pathway

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

Sample course plan (full-time)

Year 1

Semester 1

Educational Foundations

Introduction to Clinical Practice

Infant & Toddler Learning & Development

Language & Literacy Learning in Children

Clinical Teaching Practice 1 (20 placement days across the semester)
Semester 2

Becoming a Clinical Practitioner

3-8 Year-Olds Learning & Development

Numeracy in Early Childhood

Clinical Teaching Practice 2 (20 placement days across the semester)

Year 2

Semester 1

Educational Leadership

Engaging Children in the Arts

Scientific & Environmental Learning

Researching Education Practice or Education Research Methodology*

Clinical Teaching Practice 3 (20 placement days across the semester)
Option to exit with a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood)
Semester 2 (Coursework Pathway)

Education Research Project

Elective

Elective

Elective

Semester 2 (Research Pathway)

Education Research Study

Elective

  • Core subject
  • Compulsory placement
  • Elective
* Part of the research pathway.

Quick reference guide

Master of Teaching (Early childhood) Study typeAnnual fee - 2018
Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative) Coursework $6,561
Australian Fee Place Coursework $27,904
International Coursework $36,256  

All fees are for 100 points of coursework.

See below for more details on:

Domestic students

Australian Government loan programs (e.g. HECS-HELP) are available for domestic students to help you to defer all or part of your tuition fees.

Commonwealth Supported Place

Commonwealth Supported Places are available for all eligible domestic students.

If you receive an offer for a Commonwealth Supported Place, the Australian Government subsidises your fees and you pay a student contribution amount.

You may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution amount through the HECS-HELP loan program.

More information: studyassist.gov.au

 Annual fee - 2018
Masters - coursework $6,561*

* Student contribution amount for one Equivalent Full-Time Student Load (EFTSL). Your actual student contribution will be charged by subject.

Australian Fee Place

If you receive an offer for an Australian fee-paying place, you may be eligible to defer your fee payment under the FEE-HELP program.

Fees are not subsidised by the Australian Government but you do not need to repay your FEE-HELP loan until your income reaches a minimum repayment threshold.

More information: studyassist.gov.au

 Annual fee - 2018
Masters - coursework $27,904

International students

If you receive an offer for an international fee place you will be responsible for paying your fees at the beginning of each semester.

More information:  futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/fees/grad-intl

 Annual fee - 2018
Masters - coursework $36,256

Scholarships

The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, as well as many third party organisations offer a variety of scholarships to students based on merit and circumstance.

Visit the Financial Support & Scholarships page or the University of Melbourne's Scholarship site for more information.

Financial support

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

Student Support (Financial Aid) provides student loans, advice and advocacy around Government student payments, grants based on financial need (including housing/rent assistance grants) and welfare support. Book an appointment to speak with a specialist staff member.

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

Application dates

Applications for the 2018 Master of Teaching are currently being accepted. Apply directly to the University of Melbourne.

Start year intake, 2018

Domestic and international

Round 1 closes: 31 October 2017

Guaranteed entry applications now close 8 November.

Round 2 closes: 8 December 2017

Please note: International applications for Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) and Master of Teaching (Early Childhood & Primary) have closed for 2018.

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

Applications for the 2018 Master of Teaching are currently being accepted from domestic and international applicants.

Domestic

If you are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please submit your application online using the button below.

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International

If you are an international applicant, please submit your application using the button below or through one of the University's overseas representatives.

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

Supporting documentation

You may be required to provide the following supporting documentation: