Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years) - 2016

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Course summary - 2016

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Masters Degree
Number of units: 16 units to complete
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Please Note: Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years) has only one intake per year commencing in Session 1. If you do not apply in Session 1, applications for the following years intake will open towards the end of the year. Applications are due one month prior to start of Session 1.

The Master of Teaching (Birth to five years)is a postgraduate level initial early childhood teacher qualification. This degree is open to graduates, from any disciplines that wish to teach in “prior to school” settings such as preschools and childcare centres. In encouraging students to connect theory, practice and policy, when designing unit content we have drawn on contemporary research-based expertise in child development, curriculum, pedagogy, leadership and management. This degree is available for completion through OUA in two (2) years full-time or equivalent part-time.

This degree is underpinned by a play-based philosophy of teaching and learning and a multidisciplinary approach to examining children’s development and learning in diverse socio-cultural settings. Highly skilled, early childhood specialists working at the Institute of Early Childhood, at Macquarie University, developed this course. This named degree reflects the specialist nature of early childhood teachers’ work in prior to school settings and its status as an approved postgraduate teaching qualification.

Please note:

Typically, this Master of Teaching is restricted to those students who have applied and been accepted into this course. However, there is a possibility that if you meet the entry requirement (completed an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 2.5 or above (out of 4.00) and wish to experience the units without having to commit to the entire program you may be able to enroll in one of the following units:

  • ECHX600 – Early Childhood Philosophy and Pedagogy
  • ECHX602 – Early Childhood Development
  • ECHX820 - Families in Context

ECHX600 and ECHX602 are gateway units and introduce you to the basic foundations of early childhood teaching and child development knowledge respectively. ECHX820 covers diversity in family values across a range of contexts.

Students who wish to do these three individual units still have to apply for the course under the same admissions criteria using the Macquarie Postgraduate Application Form (PDF, 684Kb) and email it to apply@open.edu.au. Once you have completed these unit(s), you can stop or then apply to do the full program. A re-application is not required as Macquarie will still have your initial application. However, students would need to send Macquarie an email requesting a transfer to the restricted course.

Note: To enroll in ECHX600, students must complete a Working With Children Check as this unit includes a placement in an early childhood centre.

Cross institutional students who require the convenience of studying a single online unit towards their degree are also welcome to apply for a single unit in the Masters of Teaching (Birth to 5). Make sure you first have written approval from your home institution to do a unit in this way. Please refer to course information for the full unit list. Contact http://www.students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/student_connect/ to apply.

In 2016 the Macquarie unit codes have changed. All units previously studied under the old unit code will be recognized as equivalent.

In keeping with Macquarie University’s vision to promote research-intensive learning and teaching, critical, analytical and integrative thinking skills are incorporated into all units in this degree.

By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:

  1. critically review and analyse specialist knowledge of children’s development and learning during birth to five years at an advanced level
  2. appraise and critically reflect on advanced theory and practice in child development, health and well-being, curriculum, pedagogy, leadership and management
  3. systematically document and critically analyse pedagogy and practice in designing early childhood programs
  4. critically examine ideas, issues and principles connected with professional decision-making as a teacher/leader in early childhood settings
  5. communicate effectively as ethical, reflective and informed practitioners when working with colleagues, children, families, and other early childhood stakeholders
  6. use a range of communication media and technologies effectively in designing, evaluating and implementing innovative early childhood programs and research projects
  7. articulate a personal philosophy of professional practice which reflects advocacy for children’s rights
  8. identify abilities, interests and needs of children and families to develop inclusive programs which reflect an understanding of the diversity of Australian society
  9. apply knowledge of educational research principles and methods to critically evaluate early childhood programs and policies
  10. investigate complex information, problems, concepts and theories when working in diverse early childhood contexts by applying high order analytical and integrative thinking skills
  11. model initiative, accountability and high level personal autonomy when applying early childhood knowledge and skills in undertaking research, policy development and teaching practice.

Completion of the Master of Teaching (Birth to Five years) degree aligns well with the increasing professionalisation of the early childhood sector and the growing demand for early childhood educators with university qualifications. This degree is designed to enable graduates from diverse disciplines or professions to obtain an approved early childhood teacher qualification. It will support students to develop practical teaching skills underpinned by a sound multidisciplinary knowledge base of early childhood studies, essential for employment and career growth as an early childhood specialist. Upon successful completion, graduates from this degree can seek employment with a range of government agencies, non-government organisations as well as private and community owned early childhood settings, based within Australia or overseas. High performing graduates can also gain access to higher degree research training programs at Macquarie University through the Master of Research degree.

Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), the government agency responsible for accrediting early childhood teacher qualifications in Australia, has approved the Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years) degree. To see the list of approved courses visit: www.acecqa.gov.au

On completion of this degree, graduates are eligible for employment as a teacher in prior to school settings, typically within preschools and childcare settings. This qualification meets the four year accreditation status in the National Quality Standard guidelines of ACECQA.

Please Note: This course has only one intake per year. Applications are due one month prior to start of Session 1.

Entry to this degree is restricted and applicants are asked to consider the requirements regarding Working with Children Checks and Professional Experience Placements when applying.

Selection into the Master of Teaching (Birth to Five years) is based on meeting the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree or recognised equivalent
  • Achievement of a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 (out of 4.00) or equivalent
  • Minimum English Language Proficiency: IELTS or IELTS equivalent overall of 7.5, with a minimum 7.0 in Reading and Writing, and minimum 8.0 in Listening and Speaking.

Students are required to apply and be approved by Macquarie University before they can enter into the degree through OUA. Applicants who meet the academic requirements for admission will be issued with an offer of admission, conditional upon meeting the following criteria:

  • evidence that you are either a temporary or permanent resident living in Australia. This is necessary because all compulsory Professional Field visits and Professional Experience placements must be undertaken and supervised in an Early Childhood centre located in Australia.
  • obtaining a “Working with Children Check” (WWCC) from the relevant state/territory authority

Where applicable, English language competence will be assessed in accordance with the University’s English Language requirements which can be viewed at: http://www.mq.edu.au/study/international-students/how-to-apply/english-language-requirements/course-specific-special-english-language-requirements

To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this degree, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies; OR
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your studies; OR
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your studies; AND
  • Able to meet the university course admission criteria

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places.

Please note: You can still enrol and pay for your units via FEE-HELP or an upfront payment if you are not eligible for CSP. 

Working with Children Check:

Prior to enrolling in any units that involve direct contact with children in an Early Childhood Centre in Australia, students are required to apply for a “Working with Children Check” (WWCC) and provide documentary evidence to the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University.

Students who fail to provide this evidence cannot enroll in the following units: ECHX600, ECHX603, ECHX825 and ECHX829.

IMPORTANT:

Please note that ECHX600 is one of the first units undertaken in this degree and it is essential to obtain your WWCC before or as soon as possible when enrolling in this unit.

Each State/Territory has its own website which provides information about the requirements for Working with Children Checks.

Students completing the Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years) from outside NSW are required to contact their state/territory Children’s Services Regulatory Agency for further information to ensure compliance with equivalent working with children legislation requirements in that state/territory.

At all times, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure they are meeting the relevant Working with Children’s Check clearances when completing work related to the Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years).

While the majority of units are completed fully-online, as this is an Australian government accredited teaching qualification, there are four (4) units in the Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years) that require students to complete a professional experience placement in a prior to school setting in Australia. Unit descriptions for ECHX600, ECHX603, ECHX825 and ECHX829 provide specific information about these requirements.

The introductory unit ECHX600: Early Childhood Philosophy and Pedagogy requires students to complete 8 x 4-hour professional field visits to a prior to school setting in Australia. These visits must be completed once a week from Week 5 and cannot be completed as a block.

The three professional experience units involve the following placements:

  • ECHX603: 20 days with birth - 2 year olds
  • ECHX825: 20 days with 2 - 5 year olds; and
  • ECHX829: 30 days completed as 3 days x 10 weeks with either birth – 2 year olds or 2-5 year olds. (Students currently working with children aged birth to five years in a prior to school setting in Australia may be able to complete ECHX829 at their place of employment.)

Please note that no student will be allowed to complete two Professional Experience units during any one session.

This degree can be completed as a two year full-time course or the equivalent part-time. The recommended full-time study pattern comprises the completion of units in the sequence outlined below.

Year 1 – Session 1:

ECHX600 – Early Childhood Philosophy and Pedagogy

ECHX601 – Health and Wellbeing in Early Childhood

ECHX602 – Early Childhood Development

ECHX820 – Families in Context

Year 1 – Session 2:

ECHX603 – Early Childhood Professional Practice I

ECHX823 – Language and Literacy in Early Childhood

ECHX824 – Early Childhood Development Research and Practice

ECHX827 – Learning through Mathematics, Science and Technology in Early Childhood settings

Year 2 – Session

ECHX825 – Early Childhood Professional Practice II

ECHX826 – Leading and Managing Early Childhood Settings

ECHX828 – Creativity and the Arts: Contemporary Perspectives

Elective - Complete 1 elective from the below list

Year 2 – Session 2

ECHX822 – Issues in Early Childhood Policy and Pedagogy

ECHX829 – Early Childhood Postgraduate Internship

ECHX830 – Early Intervention: Theory and Practice

And one (1) of the following electives*:

ECHX831 – Pedagogical Approaches to Early Childhood Curriculum

ECHX832 – Contemporary Approaches to Infant and Toddler Theory and Practice

ECHX833 – Child Development in Context

ECHX886 – Multimodality and Early Childhood

* Please seek advice on unit availability for either Session 1 or 2.

Important:

BEFORE enrolling in the following units - ECHX600, ECHX603, ECHX825 and ECHX829, it is essential that students complete a “Working with Children Check” and provide documentary evidence to the University.

Students are strongly encouraged to seek academic advice from a designated academic at the Institute of Early Childhood to identify a study pattern that fits with their individual needs, interests and circumstances. If they study units in a different order from the recommended sequence, they must be aware that this may impact on their progress in the degree.

Course content in the Master of Teaching (Birth to Five years) degree comprises studies in child development, curriculum and pedagogy, and leadership and management. To be eligible for the award of Master of Teaching (Birth to Five years), students must successfully complete 64 credit points across a total of 15 units (14 single units and 1 double unit). These units comprise:

  • 3 gateway (GW) units
  • 3 Professional Experience (PE) units –these units must be completed in sequence and one per session
  • 8 Core (C) unit
  • One Elective (E) unit from a range of options

FULL-TIME students, complete eight (8) units each year or equivalent, and can complete the course in two years as follows:

  • Year 1: three (3) gateway units + four (4) core units + one (1) professional experience unit*
  • Year 2: four (4) core units + two (2) professional experience units** + one (1) elective unit.

PART-TIME students can enroll in one or two subjects each session. It is essential to note the pre-requisite units in advance. Students are strongly advised to seek academic advice to work out an individual study plan to complete studies on a part-time basis.

We are aware that students may decide to complete 1-4 units per session. As such, we recommend that you complete the following units in 2016 based on the following combinations (order of importance). Pre-requisites have been taken into account in the following recommendations: 

Combination

1

2

3

4

Session 1:

ECHX600

ECHX602

ECHX601

ECHX820

Session 2:

ECHX823 and/or ECHX827

ECHX824

 

ECHX603

Important:

* The first professional experience unit ECHX603 is completed at a gateway unit level.

**The final profession experience unit ECHX829 is a double credit point unit.

There are no early exit points in this degree.

Students wanting to review their progress and/or continuation in this degree are strongly recommended to seek course advice from a designated academic at the Institute of Early Childhood.

Total number of units to complete: 3 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Early Childhood Philosophy and Pedagogy
ECHX6001 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Health and Well-being in Early Childhood
ECHX601 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Early Childhood Development
ECHX602 Macquarie Sess 1 - -

1 Students enrolled in ECHX600 are required to complete eight 4-hour professional field visits to a prior to school setting in Australia. These visits must be completed once a week from Week 5 and cannot be completed as a block.

Students must complete all three gateway units

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Families in Context
ECHX820 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Language and Literacy in Early Childhood
ECHX823 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
Early Child Development Research and Practice
ECHX824 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
Learning Through Mathematics, Science and Technology in Early Childhood Settings
ECHX827 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
Leading and Managing Early Childhood Settings
ECHX826 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Creativity and the Arts: Contemporary Perspectives
ECHX828 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Issues in Policy and Pedagogy
ECHX8221 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
Early Intervention: Theory and Practice
ECHX830 Macquarie - Sess 2 -

1 ECHX822 is only available to students who have completed 3 ECEX / ECHX units at 600 level AND 3 ECEX / ECHX units at 800 level.

Students must complete all eight core units.

Total number of units to complete: 3 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Early Childhood Professional Practice 1
ECHX603 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
Early Childhood Professional Practice 2
ECHX825 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Early Childhood Postgraduate Internship
ECHX8291 Macquarie - Sess 2 -

1 NB: ECHX829 is a double unit (2 credit points)

These units have practicum placement requirements. Students must complete all these three professional experience units.

Complete 1 unit from the following 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Pedagogical Approaches to Early Childhood Curriculum
ECHX831 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
Contemporary Approaches to Infant and Toddler Theory and Practice
ECHX832 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
Child Development in Context
ECHX833 Macquarie Coming in 2017
Multimodality and Early Childhood
ECHX886 Macquarie Sess 1 - -

Students must do any one of the elective units.

As this is a professionally accredited degree, admission to the program is strictly limited to the specified criteria. Credit for previous studies completed within a university degree may be considered. An application for RPL will need the following support:

Evidence for formal learning

1. Official Academic transcript including all grades, on an institution letterhead. If your supporting documents are in a language other than English, this must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

2. Unit/Subject outlines 

It is the applicant’s responsibility to demonstrate how the previous studies completed at another university, align with the specific unit learning outcomes in the Macquarie Program. Please also supply a copy of the unit outline to support your request for exemption from units at Macquarie University.

Evidence for informal and non-formal learning

If providing supplementary evidence based on 3 or more years of experience in the sector, applicants are asked to provide a suitable portfolio of work related to unit learning outcomes at 800 levele.g. workplace letters of reference verifying your knowledge, skill and experience, and Certificates from accredited courses, employment history and position descriptions, employers ; it is also possible that the applicant will be called in for an interview.

To apply please refer to section F on the course application form or contact us at  http://www.students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/student_connect/ for more information.

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