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Early Childhood Development

Postgraduate | MAQ-ECHX6020 | 2024

Previously MAQ-ECHX602

Examine major theories of child development and apply them to educational practice. Increase your awareness of the historical and contextual influences on children, and investigate the links between different dimensions of child growth and development.

Study method
100% online
100% online
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
18 weeks

HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available

Early Childhood Development

About this subject

  • At the completion of this subject you will be able to:

    1. Understand the many and varying influences important to the development of a child.
    2. Demonstrate an appreciation of the whole child through exploring the links between different dimensions of child growth and development.
    3. Demonstrate autonomy and adaptability as a teacher of young children through a thorough knowledge of child development theories and links with practical applications
    4. Demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural, historical and contextual influences on the child
    5. Critically analyse links between theory, research and practice to explore the biological underpinnings of development including individual differences.

Entry requirements

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-ECHX602 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-ECEX602 (Not currently available)


NCCW (pre-2020 units) ECED602, ECEX602, ECED819, ECED841

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements -

    Access to a digital camera, or mobile phone or tablet with camera capability. Basic computer tools such as Microsoft Word and Powerpoint.


    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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