Degree structure

Degree details

Higher Education

Please Note: This degree has only one intake per year commencing in Semester 1. If you do not apply in Semester 1, applications for the following years intake will open towards the end of the year.

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 degree admission criteria

Please note: Effective 2017, domestic students applying for the full program are for CSP places only. Accepted students are required to submit a HECS-HELP form. If an applicant fails to submit that form, they would not be eligible to commence study in the full program. The HECS – HELP form allows students to pay either upfront and/or use HECS-HELP if eligible. Students applying for single subjects only can pay via FEE-HELP or an upfront payment. Current students who commence study prior to 2017 can continue to pay via FEE-HELP..

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

Special requirements

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).

Practicum placement

While the majority of subjects are completed fully-online, as this is an Australian government accredited teaching qualification, there are four (4) subjects 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. Subject descriptions for ECHX600, ECHX603, ECHX825 and ECHX829 provide specific information about these requirements.

The introductory subject 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 subjects 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 subjects during any one semester.

All Macquarie subjects are now available in Semesters. Please refer to the Key Dates page for further information.

Please Note: Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years) has only one intake per year commencing in Semester 1. If you do not apply in Semester 1, applications for the following years intake will open towards the end of the year.

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 subject 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 degree. 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 degree. 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 subjects without having to commit to the entire program you may be able to enroll in one of the following subjects:

  • ECHX600 - Early Childhood Philosophy and Pedagogy
  • ECHX601 - Health and Well-being in Early Childhood
  • ECHX602 - Early Childhood Development
  • ECHX820 - Families in Context
  • ECHX886 - Multimodality and Early Childhood

Students who wish to do these five individual subjects still have to apply for the degree under the same admissions criteria using the Macquarie Postgraduate Application Form (PDF, 710Kb) and email it to reg.postgraduate@mq.edu.au. Once you have completed these subject(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 degree.

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

Cross institutional students who require the convenience of studying a single online subject towards their degree are also welcome to apply for a single subject in the Masters of Teaching (Birth to 5). Make sure you first have written approval from your home institution to do a subject in this way. Please refer to degree information for the full subject list. Contact https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-admin-services to apply.

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

*** Effective 2017, domestic students applying for the full program are for CSP places only. Accepted students are required to submit a HECS-HELP form. If an applicant fails to submit that form, they would not be eligible to commence study in the full program. The HECS – HELP form allows students to pay either upfront and/or use HECS-HELP if eligible. Students applying for single subjects only can pay via FEE-HELP or an upfront payment. Current students who commence study prior to 2017 can continue to pay via FEE-HELP. ***

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

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. Subject/Subject outlines 

It is the applicant’s responsibility to demonstrate how the previous studies completed at another university, align with the specific subject learning outcomes in the Macquarie Program. Please also supply a copy of the subject outline to support your request for exemption from subjects 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 subject learning outcomes at 800 levele.g. workplace letters of reference verifying your knowledge, skill and experience, and Certificates from accredited degrees, 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 degree application form or contact us at  https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-admin-services for more information.

To request for a prerequisite waiver, please refer to Macquarie's website at https://ask.mq.edu.au/account/pub/display/non_award

Recommended Study Pattern

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

Year 1 – Semester 1:

ECHX600 – Early Childhood Philosophy and Pedagogy

ECHX601 – Health and Wellbeing in Early Childhood

ECHX602 – Early Childhood Development

ECHX820 – Families in Context

Year 1 – Semester 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 – Semester 1

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 – Semester 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 subject availability for either Semester 1 or 2.

Important:

BEFORE enrolling in the following subjects - 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 subjects in a different order from the recommended sequence, they must be aware that this may impact on their progress in the degree.

Award Requirements

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 subjects (14 single subjects and 1 double subject). These subjects comprise:

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

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

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

PART-TIME students can enroll in one or two subjects each session. It is essential to note the pre-requisite subjects 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 subjects per session. As such, we recommend that you complete the following subjects in 2017 based on the following combinations (order of importance). Pre-requisites have been taken into account in the following recommendations:

Combination 1
Semester 1: ECHX600,
Semester 2: ECHX827 and/or ECHX823

Combination 2
Semester 1: ECHX602
Semester 2: ECHX824

Combination 3
Semester 1: ECHX601
Semester 2: -
Combination 4
Semester 1: ECHX820
Semester 2: ECHX603

Important:

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

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

Exit Points

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 degree advice from a designated academic at the Institute of Early Childhood.

This degree is restricted. Students are required to apply and be approved by Macquarie University before they can enrol in subjects through OUA.

Please note there is only one intake in Semester 1 each year.