Postgraduate coursework

Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)

Accredited by the VIT, Deakin's postgrad Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) course is tailored for students who seek professional qualification.

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS band score of 7 (with no band less than 7) and speaking and listening of 7.5

Duration

2 years full time

Campuses

International campus based students undertake their studies at Burwood (Melbourne).

Course information

Early Childhood Education focuses on birth to 5 years. As Australia is in the midst of significant growth in the early childhood education sector, Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) has been developed to address the potential shortage of trained early childhood teachers.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Master of Teaching (Early Childhood), students must complete 16 credit points as follows:

  • 12 core units
  • A further 4 credit points in one of the following specialisations:
  1. Inclusive Education
  2. Internship
  3. Research
  4. Leadership (Only available Cloud (online)) and

This course includes 70 days of supervised professional experience

12

Core units

4

Specialisation

16

Total units

Key information

Award granted
Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
Year
2018 course information
Deakin code
E761
CRICOS code
088430F
Level
Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Campuses by intake

Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

Trimester 1 - March

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)

Additional course information

Students are required to apply for a Working with Children Check.  Apply online as a volunteer at https://online.justice.vic.gov.au/wwccu/onlineapplication.doj  

All professional experience placements must be undertaken in an Australian school setting. Overseas placements are not permitted.

For further information contact the School of Education, Professional Experience office.

 

Entry requirements

Entry information

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Entry will be based on performance in:

  • a Bachelor degree in a different discipline OR
  • a Bachelor degree in Primary or Secondary Teaching

All Applicants must complete an additional selection tool for non-academic attributes. Deakin University is using the CASPer assessment tool. CASPer is an online, video-scenario based situational judgement test, designed to measure non-academic suitability for teaching.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

Cloud studies

Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

Professional recognition

This program has been approved by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) as an early childhood teaching qualification in Australia.

Course learning outcomes

Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Apply an advanced, integrated understanding of: current theories of child and adolescent development; contemporary theories and early childhood pedagogy; conceptual, cognitive and developmental theories of learning and of barriers to learning to teaching practice, with a particular focus on literacy and numeracy skills of all children.

Demonstrate, analyse and synthesize an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex bodies of knowledge specific to the content areas to be taught and effective pedagogical approaches in early childhood education.

Communication

Discern and use high level effective interpersonal, oral, written and electronic communication skills with students, their parents, colleagues and other stakeholders to demonstrate empathy, develop rapport and build teacher/ student/ parent partnerships and trust.

Use expert and specialised professional skills in teaching and learning to interpret and develop new knowledge and multimodal skills with students colleagues and the community.

Contribute to scholarly and professional practice and inquiry using a range of communication methods to engage and motivate students and establish positive and inclusive learning environments.

Digital literacy

Select, create, curate and evaluate a range of digital teaching and learning resources and technologies to support student engagement and learning in accordance with responsible and ethical practice.

Employ a range of digital resources to analyse and disseminate classroom research as a professional practitioner and in scholarly contexts and/or in leadership roles.

Critical thinking

Critically evaluate and synthesise information relating to student learning, using formative and summative assessment data, taking into consideration contemporary theories of curriculum and pedagogy to make judgments about the use of appropriate teaching, learning and assessment strategies and apply this understanding in professional practice, research and/or leadership roles.

Identify, analyse, implement, evaluate and adapt a range of cross-curricula and learning activities in response to the needs of students.

Inquire, research and reflect critically on professional practice and the scholarship of teaching.

Problem solving

Demonstrate expert and specialised knowledge and apply technical and creative skills to research, critically analyse, implement, evaluate a range of problems and issues in the learning environment and communities.

Use leadership, creativity and initiative to identify solutions and develop inclusive and supportive learning environments.

Critically reflect on professional practice and/or leadership role to generate creative approaches to a range of problems encountered in learning environment and communities.

Self-management

Work autonomously and responsibly and identify and plan for professional development as a reflective practitioner committed to high standards of professional practice.

Actively participate in an/or lead professional learning communities to deepen professional skills in and knowledge of contemporary educational issues.

Teamwork

Work collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals, families and members of the wider community who share responsibility for the learning and wellbeing of students to optimise student learning. 

Global citizenship

Apply advanced knowledge and skills as an educator to develop learning environments and experiences that address cultural diversity and socioeconomic factors to positively influence students’ learning.

Demonstrate and apply the legal and ethical responsibility required in the teaching profession.

Approved by Faculty Board 2014

 

Application information

How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Apply through Deakin

Deakin International office or Deakin representative

Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

PDF Application form - 306 KB

Need more information on how to apply?

For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

Research Information

This is a graduate entry teaching course that introduces research based practice throughout the core professional studies units (a total of six credit points), which includes demonstrating their application of knowledge and skills through their 70 days of professional practice in education based contexts e.g. early childhood settings. As part of the series of core professional studies units, students are also required to complete a capstone assessment in the final year (1 credit point unit) to demonstrate their evidence based professional practice informed by data analysis and scholarship of teaching and learning.

Credit for prior learning

Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater.

As the Master of Teaching is a nationally accredited course, credit for prior learning is not available for core units (EEE751, EEE752, EEE753, EPR711, EPR712, EPR713). Further, credit for prior learning is not available for any work experience whether paid or unpaid, qualified or unqualified teacher or teacher aide.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

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