Course Structure

Course structure

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

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:

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:

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 2 (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*

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