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Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years)

  • Qualification:

    Master's Degree

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  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Macquarie University

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What you'll learn

About this course

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. Practical placement 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


Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enrol in this program:

  • Hold an Australian bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification; AND
  • Have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.5 (out of 4.0) or equivalent; AND
  • Obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC)

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
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.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years) from Macquarie University.

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.

Curious about where a career in education could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Early Childhood Policy Advisor
  • Preschool Program Developer

Payment options & support

Finance options

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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).

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