Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)

Postgraduate coursework

Discover how to help young children learn important concepts and become an accredited early childhood teacher with this ACECQA approved course.

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Early Childhood Teaching (ECT) qualification

Key facts


2 years full-time or 4 years part-time (16 credit points)

Deakin courses can also be studied part-time over a longer period.

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

Want to equip the next generation with the emotional intelligence, social and critical-thinking skills to flourish? Study a Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) and discover how to help young children learn important concepts like empathy and self-confidence through play. Graduate with the unique ability to shape the next generation as a nationally accredited early childhood teacher.

Ready to start a meaningful career, shaping tomorrow’s leaders?

Whether your background is in education or you’re looking to make a meaningful career change, this fast-tracked course will equip you with the knowledge to work across diverse early childhood settings. Our nationally recognised academics will guide you towards teaching expertise in areas such as:

  • Developing numeracy and literacy in young learners
  • Creating safe and inclusive learning environments
  • Social justice, diversity and equity
  • Trauma responsive practice
  • Arts and STEM creativity in a child’s life
  • Play-based learning across all areas of the curriculum

At Deakin, we’re focused on developing educational leaders for the future. That’s why we offer our Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) students the chance to develop in-depth knowledge through unique specialisation training pathways.

One popular training pathway is in the International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP Early Years Program, which provides students with the skills to help develop young children as self-motivated and internationally minded learners. Specialising in the IB PYP Early Years Program can lead to international teaching opportunities and can help to increase your employability.

You may alternatively choose to specialise in trauma responsive practice or Research pathways, the latter of which may be used as a pathway to further study in a PhD. An internship is also available for students who would like to have an immersive experience in the sector before graduating.

In addition, you will put your academic knowledge into practice with over 60-days of professional experience placements. The course is designed to blend your classroom experience with your academic learning, culminating in a final hurdle task, the Deakin Teaching Performance Assessment, that ensures you graduate with the experience and rigour you will need to enter the teaching profession with confidence.

This practical experience ensures you graduate with the skills and expertise that are highly valued by employers. 96% of Deakin early childhood education graduates have gone on to secure roles in the early childhood education profession, which continues to generate new jobs at a steady rate. In addition, the Victorian Government offers a range of financial incentives to support students interested in studying the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) at Deakin. More information can be found at

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Course information

Award granted
Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)

2024 course information

Deakin code
CRICOS code?
114296J Burwood (Melbourne)
Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9

Course structure

The Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) is typically 16 credit points.

The exact number of credit points you study depends on how much credit you receive as recognition of prior learning (RPL) – your professional experience and previous qualifications – which can save you time and money.

To qualify for the award of Master of Teaching (Early Childhood), students must complete the following:

  • 12 core units (12 credit points)
  • A further 4 credit points in one of the following specialisations:
    • Research
    • International Baccalaureate Early Years (Primary Years Programme (PYP)
    • Internship
    • Trauma Responsive Practice
    • Academic Integrity Module DAI001
    • Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

This course includes 60-days of supervised professional experience, and students must successfully complete the Deakin Teaching Performance Assessment.


Core and Professional experience credit points


Specialisation credit points


Total credit points

Core units

  • Bioecological Perspectives of Child Development in the Early Years (Birth-Eight)
  • Positioning Early Childhood Education and Care: the History and Philosophy
  • Pedagogical Understandings of Teaching and Learning in the Early Childhood Contexts
  • Children's Ecological Positioning: Seeing Children in Family and Community Contexts
  • Integrative Curriculum Concepts in Play-Based Contexts: Language and Literacy
  • Integrative Curriculum Concepts in Play-Based Contexts: Creative Arts
  • Integrative Curriculum Concepts in Play-Based Contexts: Mathematics and Science
  • Teacher as Leader
  • Diverse Environments and Pedagogies
  • Play Pedagogies Addressing Adversity and Trauma
  • Curriculum Inquiry in Professional Experience: Education and Care Birth to Three
  • Decolonising Teaching and Learning: Recognition, Relationships, and Reconciliation On Unceded Land
  • Specialisations


    Students complete the remaining four credit points from one of following specialisations:

    Research ^

  • Research Design Development and Method
  • Theory and Methodology in Education Research
  • Research Paper A
  • Research Paper B
  • ^ Enrolment in Trimester 3 in Year 1 is required for students who select the Research specialisation in order to complete units in the required sequence and complete the course within the full-time duration.

    International Baccalaureate Early Years (Primary Years Programme (PYP)

  • Inquiry Learning Through the International Baccalaureate (PYP)
  • The Inquiring Child: the Role of Play in Children's Learning
  • Assessing and Documenting Learning in the Global Early Years Context
  • Planning for Inquiry Learning: Professional Practice and Portfolio
  • Trauma Responsive Practice

  • Refugee Trauma and Education
  • Trauma-Responsive and Humanitarian Practice Inquiry
  • Trauma and Learning
  • Trauma and Trauma-Responsive Practices
  • Internship

  • Internship
  • note: the Internship specialisation is not available for full-time study mode for domestic and international students commencing in 2024.

    Part-time students can commence this specialisation in 2024.

    The specialisation will be available for full-time study mode for all students commencing from 2025. 

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

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

    Become an Early Childhood Teacher. This course is approved by ACECQA as an early childhood teaching qualification in Australia and graduates are eligible to register with the VIT.

    Students commencing in 2024 please note: the internship specialisation study mode is limited for commencing students.  The Internship specialisation is not available for full-time study mode for domestic and international students commencing in 2024. The Internship specialisation will be available for full-time study mode for all students commencing from 2025. Part-time students can commence this specialisation in 2024.

    *This course is accredited with the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and recognised as an early childhood teaching qualification in Australia. Graduates are eligible to register with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as an early childhood teacher. Other states and territories may also require early childhood teachers to hold teacher registration or accreditation. Prospective students are strongly advised to check with teacher registration and accreditation authorities as to the requirement and eligibility to register and work as early childhood teachers in other states, territories or internationally with a Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) birth to five qualification.

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Students will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional placements as part of this course. Learn more about Working with Children Checks.

    Interstate applicants must check the requirements and meet all conditions for undertaking professional experience in schools for their state or territory before undertaking professional experience placements as part of this course.

    Inherent requirements

    It is expected that all students will be able to abide by, and ensure their behaviour is in accordance with the Victorian Institute of Teaching Code of Conduct.


    Immunisation and/or vaccination requirements will be communicated by the Professional Experience Office in line with the Department of Education and Training's directions at the time of placement.

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

    Participation requirements

    Professional Experience Placements are a compulsory component of the course and a requirement for registration as a graduate teacher. Placement can occur at any time, including during standard holiday breaks. Learn about key dates at Deakin.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements may be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher in any discipline
    • completion of a bachelor degree in primary or secondary teaching

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher in a recognised English-speaking country (clause 26)
    • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 7.0 (with no individual band less than 7.0) speaking and listening 7.5
    • PTE Academic: minimum score of 65 (with no communication band less than 65) speaking and listening 73
    • completion of DUELI English for Teaching program, with a WAM of 60

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning.

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin postgraduate study? Postgraduate study doesn’t have to be a balancing act; we provide flexible course entry and exit options based on your desired career outcomes and the time you are able to commit to your study.

    Admissions information

    Applicant indicator profile report of all applicants applying to Deakin University Undergraduate Teaching courses in Trimester 1, 2024

    Online studies

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

    However, international students living in Australia on a student visa, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), must enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered online. International students may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as online study. Please note enrolment in one face to face unit in compulsory study periods is only allowed if the student is completing their final unit of study and will not exceed maximum one third (or equivalent) online requirement.

    Recognition of prior learning

    Am I eligible to receive Recognition of 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.

    Recognition of prior learning in the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) is restricted by the professional accreditation structures of the course. Students are encouraged to apply for credit for comparable curriculum discipline units completed at postgraduate level.

    Recognition is not available for any work experience whether paid or unpaid, qualified or unqualified teacher or teacher aide against the academic professional experience units.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    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 Recognition of prior learning.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    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 tuition fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    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

    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 (2 credit point unit) to demonstrate their evidence based professional practice informed by data analysis and scholarship of teaching and learning.


    Career outcomes

    The education and training industry is one of the largest growing employment industries in Australia, and is projected to grow by 11.2% by May 2023 – that’s 11,300 new jobs.* Early childhood education teachers in particular are in high demand.

    As an early childhood education graduate, you could go on to secure teaching roles within early childhood settings across the private, independent, or public education sectors. You could also find employment in a range of other education-adjacent fields, including in early years service management, policy, consultancy, NGOs, research community and government organisations.

    *Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018 Employment Projections – for the five years to May 2023.

    For more information go to 'DeakinTALENT'

    Professional recognition

    This program is approved by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) as an early childhood teaching qualification in Australia. In line with recent changes to early childhood teacher registration, it is also mapped against the Australian professional standards for graduate teachers. Graduates of this course who are intending to apply for registration in Victoria or interstate may be required to provide further information. Applicants are advised to check the registration requirements in their state, carefully.

    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

    Research, interpret, critically evaluate, and synthesise advanced knowledge, theory, principles and practices relevant to curriculum, ethical conduct, policy and regulations in early childhood education. Advanced ability to transfer specialised theoretical and practical knowledge into practice.


    Critically evaluate and use highly skilled communication strategies (oral, written, digital and nonverbal) to professionally transfer specialised knowledge, complex ideas and advanced theoretical concepts with diverse individuals and groups (such as children, families, parents and caregivers, colleagues and other professionals, community organisations).

    Digital literacy

    Research, critically evaluate and apply a range of technologies to collect, analyse, synthesise, evaluate, generate and transmit information for the purposes of advanced and ethically responsible teaching and learning practices in a rapidly changing global environment.

    Critical thinking

    Apply advanced knowledge to research, critically analyse and reflect on complex and contemporary issues, policies and concepts in educational and societal contexts to generate and transmit independent evidence-informed judgements that are ethical to complex situations relating to teaching and learning in early childhood education.

    Problem solving

    Apply analytical and practical skills to complex professional situations and ideas to make independent judgements related to teaching and learning. Generate and transmit creative, innovative and authentic solutions to real-life and complex problems encountered when working with diverse individuals and groups (such as children, families, parents and caregivers, colleagues and other professionals, community organisations).


    Use initiative and agency to apply advanced evaluative and analytic knowledge and skills to demonstrate responsibility for own learning and professional practice (and in collaboration with others).


    Actively and collaboratively participate in, and/or lead learning communities, involving learners, families, community members, colleagues and the broader profession to deepen knowledge and practice to optimise teaching for child learning and wellbeing.

    Global citizenship

    Research, interpret and apply knowledge, ideas and skills that actively promote knowledge and inclusion of the diversity in the professional context. This includes influences of Indigenous and intercultural issues, family contexts, gender, and disability on development, learning and teaching.

    Approved by Faculty Board 2023

    * U.S. News & World Report, Best Global Universities Subject Rankings 2022–2023