Master of Education (Early Childhood)

School of Education

The Master of Education (Early Childhood) provides an opportunity for educators with practical teaching experience to continue their professional development. In particular, you develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of teaching in the early years, and engage with current theories and policies on working with young children from 0-8 years.

  • Why study this degree?

    Designed for primary and early childhood educators, our Master of Education (Early Childhood) is a highly flexible and practical degree. Because we understand that our students often have demanding work/life commitments this program is available both on Campus and online. Courses are offered in a variety of ways including face-to-face intensive mode, external semester mode and fully-online. The mode of courses is provided on the post-graduate schedule of offerings each year.

    The program consists of eight courses: two compulsory courses, one elective and five specialisation courses. The Master of Education (Early Childhood) is a highly stimulating degree and with the guidance of experienced teachers, you develop the ability to critically analyse, design and implement proactive approaches to early childhood education.

  • Program summary

    • One Theology or Ethics course
    • Two specialisation elective (to be chosen from Religious Education, Leadership and Management, Early Childhood Education, Special Learning Needs, Curriculum)
    • Applied Research Methods in Education
    • Four specialisation courses in Early Childhood

    Specialisation courses

    • Understanding Holistic Development in Context
    • Early Childhood Curriculum Development
    • Trends in Early Childhood Development and Teaching

    Integration in Early Years’ Settings Practicum Experience is embedded within the coursework (two weeks with babies and toddlers aged 0-2 years within a childcare context and 10 weeks with children aged 3-5 years within a school or childcare context)

    Please note: Students who already hold an ECE qualification are not required to undertake the practicum. In its place, students complete the course entitled Education Children with Special Needs.

    For a list of courses available please see Schedule of Courses 2022.

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Entry requirements

    A student applying for the Master of Education (Early Childhood) must have all of the following:

    • Hold the equivalent of a four year teaching qualification;
    • A GPA of at least 2.5 or higher; and
    • At least three years of full-time professional experience in primary or early childhood teaching.
  • Fees

    More information can be found at the Fees page.

  • More information

    For more information on the Master of Education (Early Childhood), please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

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