Master of Education (Early Childhood Education)

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  • Qualification:
    Master's Degree
  • Study mode:
  • Payment options:
    FEE-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    16 months to complete part-time
  • Start date:
    Study intakes: Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Aug & Oct
  • Awarded by:
    Edith Cowan University Online
  • Location:
  • Career Outcomes:
    Early Childhood Teacher | Early Learning Coordinator | Early Childhood Policy Advisor | Early Childhood Educator | Early Learning Centre Director | View All

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Course Rundown

Love helping children learn how to learn? Want to step into a leadership role in your early childhood career? The online Master of  Education (Early Childhood) from Edith Cowan University is for you.

Designed for those with a background in education, the course equips you to lead with confidence in early childhood education settings as an expert advocate for children’s social, emotional, and physical wellbeing.

Covering the latest research, policy, theories, and practice, the course will deepen your knowledge of contemporary issues in pedagogy, practice, policy, curriculum, and assessment strategies. Learn how these areas impact your practice as an early childhood education leader.

Delivered 100% online, the flexibility allows you to study around existing work commitments. 

The career result? You’ll graduate as an early childhood education expert and be ready to step up into a senior leadership position.


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • A Bachelor of Education OR
  • Bachelor level degree in any other field plus a Graduate Diploma of Education or Master of Teaching.

Special entry may be considered for students with a Bachelor level degree in another area or a three-year trained teacher, both supported by extensive professional experience.

In this early childhood education course, the subjects you may study include:


  • Leading Education in a Global Context
  • Assessment in Education: Policies, Pedagogy and Equity
  • Inquiry-Based Practice
  • Advanced Seminar


  • Leading Early Childhood Pedagogy and Practice (0-8 years)
  • Leading Family and Community in the Early Years (0-8 years)
  • Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education
  • Language and Literacy in Early Childhood

Edith Cowan University is consistently rated in the top Australian universities for student experience and teaching quality and ranked #9 in the world for quality education in 2020.

Accessible, Flexible and Accelerated: Study anywhere, anytime with our flexible online format delivered in accelerated mode, allowing you to earn your degree and put your skills into practice sooner.

Fully Supported: Be supported throughout your study journey by a personal Student Success Advisor and online learning community of like-minded students and friendly, accessible staff.

Job-Ready Skills, Relevant to Industry: Gain a wide range of skills, identified and designed by industry experts, to meet the complex and evolving needs of the industry. Our accelerated program means you graduate and put your skills into practice sooner than traditional part-time study options.

Edith Cowan University provides ongoing support to all students enrolled in online courses that encourages them to reach their potential.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Master of Education (Early Childhood Education) from Edith Cowan University. Your new skills and knowledge will equip you for a multitude of career paths in early childhood education. 

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

How Much Will It Cost?

FEE-HELP is available for this course. Enquire now for more information.

FEE-HELPYou 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, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $46,620 (2020-21 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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