Master of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) - 2017

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Course summary - 2017

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Masters Degree
Number of units: 16 units to complete

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This course is designed for people seeking to attain an Initial Teacher Education qualification in order to register as a teacher in Australia and any other countries that recognise an Australian teaching qualification. Students in this course will hold a degree in another discipline that contains some content relevant to the major chosen. Students will develop advanced critical skills, knowledge and understanding concerning best practice in education and in meeting the needs of 21st century learners. Graduates from this course will be well-placed to enter leadership pathways in their teaching careers. Most units in this course will be offered fully online, in order to provide more flexible access. Students will have four opportunities to engage in professional practice in schools, culminating in a final professional placement of 5 continuous weeks.

The Master of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) will be chosen by those who wish to teach in schools in K - 2, or who are seeking educator roles in Early Childhood Education and Care settings. This major encompasses children from birth - 8 years of age, and units studied will include management and leadership of Early Childhood Education and Care centres, as well as school curriculum and general pedagogical approaches. Professional experience placements will be completed by all students in this major across the full age range of birth-8 years.

On completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. draw from theory and research to apply knowledge of the needs of students from diverse backgrounds and across the full range of abilities to enhance learning
  2. apply high-level discipline knowledge, principles and concepts associated with effective teaching; demonstrate personal literacy and numeracy competencies to the required accreditation standard
  3. assess student learning and analyse diverse sources of data to support valid judgements of student learning
  4. plan and deliver effective teaching and learning experiences with demonstrated impact
  5. use technologies appropriately for learning and teaching
  6. engage in professional learning and demonstrate capacity for leadership
  7. engage in critical and reflective practice based on local, national and international research
  8. create and manage positive learning environments for all students, including those from diverse cultural backgrounds
  9. communicate professionally and engage collaboratively with colleagues, parent/carers, and the community.

Graduates of this course will have the skills, knowledge and experience required to teach in K - 2 primary schools. Additional careers include education administrator or policy development officer.

This course is recognised nationally as an initial pre-service teaching qualification. Initial Teacher Education courses in Australia are accredited by the relevant authority in the state or territory in which the institution providing the qualification is based.

Accordingly, the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) course provided by Curtin University is fully accredited by the Teacher Registration Board of WA (TRBWA). This applies to the WA delivery of the course and to the online delivery provided through Curtin's partnership with Open Universities Australia.

Graduates of this accredited course are thus able to register as practising teachers with the registration body in their home state or territory, based on the course accreditation provided by the TRBWA.

The course is also recognised by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) as an approved early childhood teacher qualification.

Below is link to the list of state-based teacher registration bodies for reference.

State-based Teacher Registration Bodies (PDF, 30Kb)

Academic entrance requirements:

To be eligible for entry into the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) applicants need to have completed a Bachelor Degree or its equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution with studies equivalent to at least one year FTE in an area relevant to Early Childhood curriculum.

Non-academic entrance requirements:

Teacher Capability Assessment Tool (TCAT)

All institutions in Australia that provide accredited Initial Teacher Education courses are required to administer a mechanism which assesses candidates' inherent suitability for teaching. The tool that Curtin University has selected to fulfil this requirement is the Teacher Capability Assessment Tool (TCAT). The TCAT is a web-based assessment tool and further information can be found at the following link: Please check your Curtin student email address for the notification from TCAT with the link to enable you to register for this online assessment. You are required to undertake the TCAT as soon as possible in your course and please be aware that you will not be able to enrol in the unit Professional Experience 3 unless your TCAT result has been recorded.

Professional work experience:

Entry to this course will not be possible through Professional Experience only: this is consistent with current practice for courses in the School of Education.

English Language Proficiency Requirements:

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all courses are taught in English. If your education courses were not solely in English, as per the International Handbook of Universities or the World Higher Education database, please attach a scanned original copy of English Proficiency Test results.

Admission requires an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) score of 7.5, with no score below 7 in any of the four skill areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening. Alternatively, a score of level 4 in all four areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing on the International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) assessment will be accepted. In both cases, the date of the assessment must be no more than 2 years prior to the date of the application.

If applicants are seeking course admission on the basis of any other tests of English competence, they will be considered on a case-by-case basis and admission cannot be assured.

Working with Children Clearances and Certifications

A current Working with Children clearance (as required in the state or country of residence) is compulsory.

Due to the specialist nature of the teaching profession, and the professional experience placements within this course, all successful applicants will be required to have a current Working with Children clearance and any other relevant State requirements before engaging in any professional placement. If students have any doubt about their eligibility to acquire these clearances they should contact the local Teacher Registration Authority.

Professional Experience Placements

All placements must be in a registered school and where the language of instruction is Australian Standard English. All students are required to successfully complete compulsory professional experience placements in schools as part of designated units throughout the course. 

Placements are undertaken on a full-time basis for the number of days shown in a continuous block and students need to plan carefully to ensure they are able to meet this commitment. The total number of days of professional experience in the course will satisfy all states' requirements for teacher registration. No more than 25% of professional experience days may be undertaken in schools outside Australia. Therefore, students will only be able to complete one 3 week placement outside Australia and will be required to complete all other placements within Australia.

None of the four professional experience placements can be broken or split into shorter periods.

Note: The first professional experience unit requires placement in an Early Learning Centre comprising of a 1 day visit for 5 weeks immediately followed by a block of 10 consecutive days. The second and third professional experience units contain block placements of 15 consecutive days in two different school contexts and the fourth professional experience has 25 consecutive days in a third school.

Students require access to one accredited Early Learning Centre with infants and young children (Birth-2 years of age) and three schools in which to undertake their professional experience placements (and be able to travel to these educational settings).

In those circumstances where the student is having difficulty securing a placement, Curtin University staff will assist and will seek input from the student to identify possibilities before making direct contact with the school. Students having difficulty should contact Curtin in sufficient time to ensure that they are not disadvantaged due to their personal inability to identify a site for professional experience. 

Further information about the professional experience placement requirements will be provided to students who have been admitted to the degree. Students who may seek to vary any of the stated conditions and requirements in the various professional experience unit handbooks must contact prior to enrolling in the unit.

The final placement of 25 consecutive days is part of the final unit in the degree and cannot be undertaken until all other units and theoretical components have been successfully completed. Clearance will be given to commence the final professional experience placement pending results of final units.

Students should check for prerequisites before enrolling in any units. Each of the Professional Experience units must be completed in order and there are pre-requisites for these units. For example, Professional Experience 1 and 2 are both pre-requisites for Professional Experience 3.

The standard full-time study load is two units per study period.

Recommended Study Plan MTeach ECE – commencing SP1 (PDF, 108Kb)

Recommended Study Plan MTeach ECE – commencing SP2 (PDF, 109Kb)

Recommended Study Plan MTeach ECE – commencing SP3 (PDF, 109Kb)

Recommended Study Plan MTeach ECE – commencing SP4 (PDF, 109Kb)

If you are not intending to enrol in a full-time study load, please email the School of Education on to get advice on a personalised study plan.

To qualify for the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood Education), students must successfully complete all core units. There are 16 units comprised of:

  • coursework units
  • units requiring professional experience block placements in school settings, including a final placement of 25 consecutive days

LANTITE Completion Requirement
Students are also required to provide evidence of successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students (LANTITE) prior to enrolment in the Internship unit. The test is managed by ACER and details of the test (for example, sample questions, the Test Window dates, and registration) can be found at: Students are responsible for meeting the costs associated with taking these tests, which are a national requirement applicable to all teaching graduates.

Students must successfully complete all required units in the degree and the LANTITE prior to enrolling in the final professional experience unit.

Total number of units to complete: 16 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Theories of Development and Learning
MTPS500 CUR SP1 - - SP4
Early Literacies and Play-Based Pedagogies
MTEC500 CUR Coming in 2018
Early Childhood Professional Experience 1: Planning and Documentation
MTEC5011 CUR Coming in 2018
Early Childhood Professional Experience 2: Planning, Assessment and Reporting
MTEC5021 CUR Coming in 2018
Developing Positive Learning Environments
MTP503 CUR - SP2 - -
Numeracy for 5 to 8 Year-Olds
MTEC503 CUR Coming in 2018
Health, Safety and Physical Education in Early Childhood
MTEC504 CUR Coming in 2018
Language, Literacy and Communications in Early Childhood
MTEC505 CUR - - - SP4
Numeracy for Birth to 4 Year-Olds
MTEC506 CUR Coming in 2018
Family and Community Contexts
MTEC507 CUR Coming in 2019
Humanities and Science in Early Childhood
MTEC508 CUR Coming in 2019
Professional Experience 3: Using Data to Inform Teaching and Learning
MTPS5031 CUR Coming in 2018
Creative and Media Arts in Early Childhood
MTEC509 CUR Coming in 2018
Philosophy, Management and Educational Leadership in Early Childhood Education and Care
MTEC510 CUR Coming in 2018
Creative Technologies
MTPS504 CUR - - SP3 SP4
Professional Experience 4: Transition into the Profession
MTPS5051 CUR Coming in 2018

1 MTEC501, MTEC502, MTPS503 and MTPS505 have a practicum placement requirement.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from to along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit

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You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

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You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
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