Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary)
Bring your love of learning to the classroom.
Focus on creating a great environment to support childhood learning. Become a passionate advocate for the rights of children. Explore the ways that you can help children to build knowledge, skills and positive attitudes.
Established in 1991 after amalgamating four eastern Australian Catholic tertiary institutes, Australian Catholic University now has seven campuses, from Brisbane to Melbourne and welcomes students of all beliefs. Specialising in arts, business, education, health sciences, law, theology and philosophy, ACU encourages its students to think critically and ethically and bring change to their communities and offer this online through Open Universities Australia.
The Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) cultivates graduates to be articulate and passionate teachers who are committed to the generation and dissemination of knowledge, skills and attitudes that can facilitate the implementation of high quality early childhood and primary education for all children.
A Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) graduate may seek employment in Australia and overseas as:
- Early childhood educator, kindergarten/preschool teacher in a prior to school early learning centre
- Foundation level to year 6 teacher in a primary school
- Director of an early learning centre
- Government policy professional
- Children’s services professional
- Tertiary educator
- Officer in Non Government Organisations (NGOs)
This program has been submitted to the relevant teacher regulatory authorities, seeking course accreditation approval, as a teacher education component of the qualification requirement for registration (accreditation) as an early childhood teacher and/or a primary school teacher in all states and territories and is pending accreditation approval.
To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must:
- have successfully completed a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification, with:
- subject content studies equivalent to one year of full-time study in one or more learning areas of the primary school curriculum; including
- subject content studies equivalent to one quarter of a year in a selected subject specialisation of English or mathematics.
- demonstrate suitability for teaching.
Applicants who completed bachelor degrees outside Australia should review Admission to Coursework Programs Policy to determine if they are required to meet additional English Language Proficiency requirements for entry into the course.
Applicants seeking teacher registration in Australia should check with state registration bodies to confirm English Language Proficiency requirements for teacher registration.
English Proficiency Requirements
IELTS no score less than 7 in reading and writing. No score less than 8.0 in listening and speaking.
Pre-service educators must complete a Professional Experience Program in a relevant prior-to-school and formal primary school settings in line with the requirements of national teacher accreditation authorities. During this time they are required to be available on a full-time basis. In the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) program Professional Experience totals 80 days and is supervised by a registered teacher.
Supervised professional experience is at the heart of all our pre-service teacher education courses and the Faculty will find appropriate placements to suit the needs of your course. Placements will usually be arranged for the scheduled placement period in the professional experience calendar though this may not always be possible.
All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom. These are: Blue Card (QLD), Working with Vulnerable People (ACT) or Working with Children Check (NSW and VIC). Students in other states and territories should check their local requirements. To meet the requirements for working in settings other than schools, a National Police Check may also be required.
International students must bring police check documentation from their own countries. Australian students who have lived in another country for 12 months or more must provide a police check from that country for that period.
The Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) has been designed to contribute to the education profession by preparing graduates to be accomplished and articulate advocates for the rights and responsibilities of all children within their professional, community, outreach, and research contexts.
To qualify for the degree, a student must complete 160 cp from the schedule of subject offerings, consisting of:
- 40 cp Education Studies subjects;
- 80 cp Curriculum Studies subjects;
- 40 cp Professional Experience Studies subjects.