Provides a nationally accredited initial teaching qualification for students who have already obtained a Bachelor degree or an equivalent qualification in areas other than Education.
The Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) is dedicated to producing quality graduates ready to take up employment across the early childhood education sector, including teaching children from birth to 8 years of age.
Dealing specifically with children from birth to 8 years of age, this course focuses on the care and education of children in this age group in partnership with families and communities.
This course is built on the principle that students come to the program with strengths from a diverse range of educational and life experiences. Reflective thinking and research, with an emphasis on links from theory to practice, are valued. Students develop a deep understanding of the importance of building strong, positive relationships with children, families, communities and colleagues.
Students are taught how to develop, implement and assess socially inclusive curricula where children are valued, respected and productively engaged in learning.
This course accommodates "principles and dimensions" of excellence and is delivered through mutually beneficial partnerships between ECU, and the individual schools and early childhood settings.
Academic Admission requirements (Band 6)
The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.
All applicants are required to satisfy non-academic criteria, in addition to satisfying academic entry criteria. Applicants' non-academic capabilities will be assessed based on completion of a Non-Academic Requirements for Teacher Entry (NARTE) online questionnaire.
Academic admission requirements (Band 6) may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:
Bachelor degree; or
Equivalent prior learning including at least five years of relevant professional experience.
English Language requirements (Band 5)
Students must attain an IELTS Academic with an average level of 7.5 or more, across the four components of listening, speaking, reading and writing; no score below level 7.0 in any of these components; and, a score of 8.0 or more in the components of speaking and listening.
If secondary education and degree studies were completed within a period of 2 years before applying for registration in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or the USA, applicants do not need to provide proof of English competency.
Applicants who have completed their secondary education in South Africa in English and have an undergraduate degree taught in English from a South African University are deemed to have met English language requirements for entry to the Master of Teaching.
Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley
Students must complete the above two units LIT1200 (Personal Literacy) and NUM1200 (Personal Numeracy) to satisfy the requirements of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE). All students who enrol in an accredited pre-service teacher education course (undergraduate and graduate) from 1st January 2017 will have to successfully complete tests about their personal levels of literacy and numeracy to graduate. Students who enrol in the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) will need to complete successfully both components of the personal Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) to enrol beyond 120 credit points within their course.
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
Teaching Performance Assessment
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
Course Learning Outcomes
Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, evaluate and synthesise teaching theory and practice in authentic situations.
Apply communication and collaboration skills to design innovative curriculum, learning and assessment activities in early childhood education.
Reflect critically on a complex body of education knowledge, research principles and methods to demonstrate mastery of early childhood teaching.
Use high-level self-management skills to initiate, plan and execute an extended practicum.
Accredited by: Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)
Accredited by: Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA)
This course is committed to preparing early childhood teachers with essential knowledge, skills and experience across a range of early childhood settings, working with children from birth to 8 years of age.
Possible future job titles
Kindergarten Teacher, Pre-primary Teacher, Early Childhood Teacher, Pre-school Teacher, Junior Primary Teacher, Centre Director.