If you find the development of babies, infants and toddlers fascinating, and are extremely passionate about their right to a quality early childhood education, this online Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years) course is the perfect program for you.
Delivered by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Macquarie University, this course is designed as a postgraduate gateway qualification into the niche field of early childhood education.
Approved by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and developed in consultation with early childhood education experts, this program is everything you need to build a successful career in the field.
The program of study is underpinned by a play-based philosophy to teaching and learning, and incorporates a multidisciplinary approach to examining a child’s development processes. Drawing on the latest research-based findings in early childhood development, the curriculum covers everything from early childhood philosophy and pedagogy, through to creativity in young children and government policies.
Through the various practical components, students will also be given the opportunity to put their theoretical knowledge into practice.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enrol in this program:
Hold an Australian bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification
Have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.5 (out of 4.0) or equivalent
Obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC)
As a part of this course, students are required to complete three professional placements in a variety of early childhood settings. The placements must comprise of:
20 days with infants and toddlers
20 days with 2-5 year olds
30 days, completed as 3 days x 10 weeks with 2-5 year olds
Areas of study
In this teaching course, the subjects you will study include:
Core units – complete all:
Early childhood philosophy and pedagogy
Health and wellbeing in early childhood
Early childhood development
Families in context
Early childhood professional practice I
Language and literacy in early childhood
Early childhood development research and practice
Learning through mathematics, science and technology in early childhood settings
Early childhood professional practice II
Leading and managing early childhood settings
Creativity and the arts: contemporary perspectives
Issues in early childhood policy and pedagogy
Early childhood postgraduate internship
Early intervention: theory and practice
Elective units – complete one:
Pedagogical approaches to early childhood curriculum
Contemporary approaches to infant and toddler theory and practice
Child development in context
Multimodality and early childhood
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With the increasing professionalisation of the early childhood sector, this master’s program is the perfect way to show employers you’re serious about providing quality education to the young children of Australia.
Upon successful completion of this course, you’ll be qualified to work as an early childhood specialist in a variety of professional settings. This could include anything from advising government departments on early childhood policies, to setting up programs for privately owned preschools.
If you’re a high performing graduate you may also be eligible to complete a Master of Research degree with Macquarie University, should you wish to take your career in that direction.
How else will I benefit from this master’s degree?
Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Master in Teaching (Birth to Five Years) from Macquarie University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and a qualification that’s highly valued.
Recognition of Prior Learning may be available for previous work experience, formal training or qualifications in this field.
Studying with OUA allows you the opportunity to study single units.
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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.
OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
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