Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary)

Master of Teaching


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.

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

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Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree from an approved institution.

All applicants must also:

Career outcomes

The Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) has been approved by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), allowing you to qualify for provisional registration and work in Australian early childhood education and care settings with children aged birth to five years.

Successful completion of the course also enables you to apply for provisional registration as a primary school teacher (five to 12 years) with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), which qualifies you to work in 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.

Student experience

Viknesh Appanasamy, Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) teacher candidate on placement at Wood Street Childcare Centre

You are being taught by the best to be the best. The responsibility of a teacher in the early years and primary school is an enormous one and the academics are there to craft you into the greatest educator you can be.

Viknesh Appanasamy,
Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) teacher candidate on placement at Wood Street Childcare Centre

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.

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).

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)
Winter intensive – Engaging Children in the Arts
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)
Summer intensive – Researching Education Practice

Year 2

Semester 1

Educational Leadership

Literacy for the Primary Years

Science, Technology (Digital & Design)

Health & Physical Education

Clinical Teaching Practice 3 (20 placement days across the semester)
Winter intensive – Education Research Project
Semester 2

Mathematics for the Primary Years

Inquiry Learning in the Humanities

Diverse & Inclusive Classrooms

Learning from Evidence

Clinical Teaching Practice PRIM (40 placement days across the semester)
  • Core subject
  • Compulsory placement
  • Elective

Quick reference guide

Master of Teaching (Early childhood and primary) Study type Annual fee - 2018
Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative) Coursework $6,444
Australian Fee Place Coursework $27,904
International Coursework $40,788  

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 $6444*

* 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 $40,788


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 and Scholarships pages or check the University of Melbourne's Scholarship site for more information.

Financial support

Youth Allowance and Austudy are not yet available to students undertaking the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary). MGSE is currently seeking approval. 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 2019 Master of Teaching are now open.

Start year intake, 2019


Round 1: closes 25 October 2018


Round 1: closes 31 July 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.


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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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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Course entry options

Domestic secondary school students with a high ATAR may be eligible to apply for the Master of Teaching (all streams) at the same time as their undergraduate degree through a Graduate Degree Package.

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. Applications must be submitted by Round 1 closing date.

Supporting documentation

You may be required to provide the following supporting documentation: