Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

This course leads to a qualification as an early childhood teacher of children aged birth to five years, in pre-primary childcare and early-childhood-education settings. The curriculum integrates training for general- and special-early-childhood education of infants, toddlers and preschool children so that students are prepared for teaching in diverse and inclusive early-childhood environments, including schools and other community settings. Graduates are equipped with the necessary knowledge and training to become outstanding early-childhood teachers, decision-makers, ethical leaders, and theoretical and practical thinkers.

Course outline

Study plan

Year 1

Semester 1 CP
EDMT5550 Language Development in Early Childhood 4
EDMT5551 Mathematics in Early Childhoood 4
EDMT5560 Early Childhood Protective Environments 4
EDMT5561 Early Childhood Settings and Communiities 4
EDMT5626 Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood 8
Semester 2 CP
EDMT5123 Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood 2 4
EDMT5124 Special Interest Early Childhood 2
EDMT5555 Creative Arts in Early Childhood 4
EDMT5556 Health and Wellness in Early Childhood 4
EDMT5557 Early Childhood Professional Experience 1 4
EDMT5558 Sciecne in Early Childhood 4
EDMT5559 Diversity and Inclusion in Early Childhood 2

Year 2

Semester 1 CP
EDMT5552 Sociocultural Learning - Early Childhood 4
EDMT6001 Partnering with Families in EC Settings 2
EDMT6002 Early Childhood Professional Experiences 2 4
EDMT6003 Special Interest Early Childhood 2 2
EDMT6502 Early Intervention in Early Childhood 4
EDMT6503 Curriculum Development and Models in EC 4
EDMT6504 Administration in Early Childhood 4
Semester 2 CP
EDMT6009 Early Childhood Professional Internship 12
EDMT6010 Early Childhood Professional Research Project 12

Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) students complete 96 credit points (cp). Full-time students enrol in 24cp in each semester. Students normally complete a combination of core education and curriculum and professional units of study and practicum placements. The first three full-time semesters of the Master of Teaching total 72 credit points. Once the 72 credit points have been achieved students undertake extensive work in an early childhood setting from the beginning of their final semester. For further information regarding the course structure, please visit the Faculty of Education and Social Work website.

Further course information

Progression rules

Candidates must successfully complete each unit of study to meet the course requirements and graduate with a teaching qualification. Except with the permission of the Dean, a candidate must complete all unit of study requirements specified for each year, before proceeding to the next year. Candidates must complete a minimum of 72 credit points in Education before completing the Internship and the Action Research Project and Conference in the final semester of the degree.

Capstone experience

Students undertake their internship of at least 40 days (usually 45 days) in an early childhood setting (birth to 5 years) in the second semester in the second year of the program. Internship placements are approved by the Faculty, and each student is assigned to a tertiary mentor. During the internship, students work closely with a qualified cooperating teacher. The cooperating teacher, alongside the university mentor, monitors the intern in her/his work in the early childhood setting and, in discussion with the student and the university mentor, is responsible for writing a report on the internship that forms the basis of the assessment.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The University of Sydney has an international reputation for excellence. Many of our Master of Teaching students are offered full-time employment before completing their degrees.

Course accreditation

The Master of Teaching - Early Childhood (MTeach) is listed under the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) approved qualification list. This course is open to students who already have an undergraduate degree.

Further study

The University of Sydney is Australia's premier research University, and the faculty is a world-class research centre in the humanities, human services and related fields. Several higher research degrees are available within the Faculty of Education and Social Work, including Doctor of Philosophy , Doctor of Education , Doctor of Social Work , Master of Philosophy in Education , Master of Philosophy in Social Work , and Master of Education (Research) .

Other study options

The Faculty of Education and Social Work offers a wealth of experience and expertise in the development and delivery of professional development activities. Please visit our webpage to find out about the range of consultancy and customized programs, conferences, colloquial and symposia, and professional learning courses offered by the faculty. The Faculty of Education and Social Work is an endorsed provider of professional development for the maintenance of accreditation.

Admission

Admission requirements

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit. Admission to Master of Teaching – Early Childhood candidature requires: (a) a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; and (b) the completion of any additional qualifying courses prescribed by the faculty. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. In exceptional circumstances, the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who in the opinion of the faculty have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. Applications open on 29 August 2014 at 10AM. All applications, including supplementary documentation, must be uploaded and completed by Friday, 31 October 2014 at 4:00 PM. Only completed applications will be assessed. Complete applications received after this time will only be considered if spots are still available. No guarantees will be given for applications received after 31 October.

This program has annual Semester 1 intake only. Applicants are advised to download the supplementary application forms before commencing their online application.

For more information about the application process, please visit the MTeach applications page in the Faculty of Education and Social Work website.

Ancillary expenses

Due to government legislation, students are required to undergo external training in child protection, first aid and anaphylaxis. For additional incidental fees, please refer to the unit of study outlines.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University. or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent). Applicants are advised to download the supplementary application forms before commencing their online application.

For more information about the application process, please visit the MTeach applications page in the Faculty of Education and Social Work website.

Ancillary expenses for international students

Due to government legislation, students are required to undergo external training in child protection, first aid and anaphylaxis. For additional incidental fees, please refer to the unit of study outlines.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee not available for Master of Teaching (Early Childhood).

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee not available for Master of Teaching (Early Childhood).

Additional incidental fees

Additional incidental fees not available for Master of Teaching (Early Childhood).

Potential for inaccuracy

Potential for inaccuracy not available for Master of Teaching (Early Childhood).

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.