Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)

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  • Qualification:
    Master's Degree
  • Study mode:
    On Campus
  • Payment options:
    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    2 years full time; 4 years part time
  • Start date:
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  • Awarded by:
    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)
  • Location:
  • Career Outcomes:
    Primary School Teacher | Early Childhood Teacher | Pre-School Teacher | Pre-Primary Teacher |

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Course Rundown

 Set yourself up with the tools for success in the early childhood education sector with this Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) course from Edith Cowan University.

Perfect for empathetic and caring individuals, the course emphasises the importance of building positive and respectful relationships with children, families, communities and colleagues to create an environment where children are engaged and productive learners.

Graduates of this course will be prepared to start their career with confidence in a range of settings, including teaching children from birth to 3 years of age, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, pre-primary and years 1-3 in a primary school.

You’ll learn crucial skills to succeed in the industry, including how to develop, implement and assess socially inclusive curricula, use research and reflection to creates links from theory to practice and draw on the diverse educational and life experiences of students in the course.

This course includes an extensive program of professional practice in school and early  childhood settings, giving you with practical hands-on experience in a learning environment. You’ll have shared responsibility for the education, safety and wellbeing of children in schools and early childhood settings, requiring you to meet the high professional standards and personal ethics the teaching profession demands.


You may be eligible to apply for a postgraduate course at ECU if you meet the following:

  • Hold a Bachelor Degree from a recognised Australian Institution (or equivalent); AND
  • Meet ECU’s English Competency requirements and any other special admission requirements for the course

In this teaching course, subjects you may study include:

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) units:

  • Personal literacy
  • Personal numeracy

Year 1 - Semester 1

  • Language and literacy birth to 5 years
  • Constructing early childhood curriculum
  • Investigating young children's holistic learning and development
  • Mathematics and technologies for young children

Year 1 - Semester 2

  • Science for young children
  • Early literacy 5-8 years
  • Mathematics in the early years of school: 5 to 8 years
  • Early childhood practice and pedagogy for children 5-8

Year 2 - Semester 1

  • Physical education, health and wellbeing for young children (healthy, active and safe children)
  • Humanities and social sciences birth to 8 years
  • Visual arts and music education in early childhood
  • Effective pedagogy and practice in early childhood contexts

Year 2 - Semester 2

  • Strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Contemporary and comparative perspectives in early childhood education
  • Dance, drama and media arts education in early childhood
  • Leading and managing in early childhood contexts

Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!

Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

Campus Locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

Western Australia: Mount Lawley

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

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Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) from Edith Cowan University.

Through the course, you will have gained the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to work across a range of early childhood settings.

Graduates of this course are eligible to register with the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA). Registration is required to practice in the profession.

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

How Much Will It Cost?

Eligible students can apply for a FEE-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Edith Cowan University also offers student loans and scholarship opportunities to eligible applicants.

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 $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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