The Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) has been designed to contribute to the education profession by preparing graduates to be accomplished and articulate advocates for the rights and responsibilities of all children within their professional, community, outreach, and research contexts. The Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) cultivates graduates to be articulate and passionate teachers who are committed to the generation and dissemination of knowledge, skills and attitudes that can facilitate the implementation of high quality early childhood and primary education for all children.
2 years duration
Campus availability and study mode
Study mode definitions
Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.
Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).
Online: Fully online (including assessments).
Deferment, credit points & course units
DefermentNo deferment available.
A student who has successfully completed the following requirements may exit from the course with that qualification. Note that none of these qualifications qualify a student to teach in Australia.
- Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies
- Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies
A student who does not meet the LANTITE requirements may exit with the Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies or Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies if they meet the requirements of those awards.
Course Units (Subjects)Schedule of Unit Offerings
- Semester 1 - Applications closed
- Semester 2 - July
- Average first year fee: $6680 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)
Important Note on Fees
All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.
A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:
- the number of units studied per semester;
- the choice of major or specialisation; and
- elective units.
The University reviews fees annually.
Essential requirements for admission
An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.
To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must:
- have successfully completed a Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification, with:
- subject content studies equivalent to one year of full-time study in one or more learning areas of the primary school curriculum; including
- subject content studies equivalent to one quarter of a year in a selected subject specialisation of English or Mathematics.
- demonstrate suitability for teaching as evidenced by completion of an assessment available in the relevant State at the time of application.
Applicants who completed Bachelor degrees outside Australia should review Admission to Coursework Programs Policy to determine if they are required to meet additional English Language Proficiency requirements for entry into the course.
Applicants seeking teacher registration in Australia should check with state registration bodies to confirm English Language Proficiency requirements for teacher registration.
2. Additional Approvals
All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom.
These are: Blue Card (Qld), Working with Vulnerable People (ACT) or Working with Children Check (NSW and Vic).
International students must provide a police check from their home country. All students who have lived in another country for twelve months or more must provide a police check from that country for that period.
*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission.
There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.
Applying for admission
A Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) graduate may seek employment in Australia and overseas as:
- Early childhood educator, Kindergarten/preschool teacher in a prior to school early learning centre
- Foundation level to Year 6 teacher in a primary school
- Director of an early learning centre
- Government policy professional
- Children’s Services professional
- Tertiary Educator
- Officer in Non Government Organisations (NGOs)
Pre-service educators must complete professional experience placements in a relevant prior-to-school or formal primary school settings in line with the requirements of state/territory teacher accreditation authorities. During this time they are required to be available on a full-time basis.
This program is listed on the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) accredited programs list and meets the teacher education component of the qualification requirement for registration (accreditation) as a primary school teacher in all states and territories.
Other prerequisites to undertaking this course
Pre-service educators must complete a Professional Experience Program in a relevant prior-to-school and formal primary school settings in line with the requirements of national teacher accreditation authorities. During this time they are required to be available on a full-time basis. In the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) program Professional Experience totals 80 days and is supervised by a registered teacher.
Supervised professional experience is at the heart of all our pre-service teacher education courses and the Faculty will find appropriate placements to suit the needs of your course. Placements will usually be arranged for the scheduled placement period in the professional experience calendar though this may not always be possible.
All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom. These are: Blue Card (Qld), Working with Vulnerable People (ACT) or Working with Children Check (NSW and Vic). Students in other states and territories should check their local requirements. To meet the requirements for working in settings other than schools, a National Police Check may also be required.
Pathways to further study
Master’s degree graduates may be eligible to progress to a doctoral program.
More course information
Non-academic assessment - suitability for teaching
Applicants who apply for entry into this initial teacher education course will be required to complete a non-academic assessment. The assessment is to demonstrate suitability for teaching and will be part of your application when applying for admission into this course. Please visit our Suitability for teaching page for more information.