Early childhood

POSTGRADUATE SPECIALISATION

The MTeach specialisation in early childhood leads to a qualification as a 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 pre-school children so that you're prepared for teaching in diverse and inclusive early childhood environments, including schools and other community settings. As a graduate, you will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and training to become an outstanding early childhood teacher, decision maker, ethical leader, and a theoretical and practical thinker.

The early childhood specialisation will provide you with well-designed professional experiences incorporating observation, participation and supervised teaching, in a variety of settings, under the guidance of experienced, qualified professionals.

Assumed knowledge

Applicants must have completed a relevant undergraduate degree.

Study plan

To meet the requirements for this specialisation, a candidate completes 96 credit points (cp) comprising
(a) Year 1: 48 cp of units of study from the MTeach table of curriculum and professional studies units; and
(b) Year 2: 48cp of units of study from the MTeach table of curriculum and professional studies units.
Subject to the satisfactory completion of 72cp (normally at the end of the third full-time semester), students undertake extensive work in our partner schools in the final semester of the course.

Capstone specialisation

Students undertake their internship of at least 40 days (usually 45 days) in an early childhood centre in the second semester in the second year of the program. Internship placements are approved by the Faculty, and students undertake their placements in the curriculum area(s) in which they are enrolled and are conditionally certified to teach.

During the internship students are assigned to one or more mentor teachers, usually in a single discipline area and are responsible for teaching one or more classes for a total of between 14 and 17 lesson periods per week. The mentor teacher monitors the intern in their work in the school and, in discussion with the tertiary mentor, is responsible for writing a report on the internship that forms the basis of the assessment. Assessment is aligned with the NSW Institute of Teacher's Professional Teaching Standards for the Graduate Teacher.

Graduate opportunities

The MTeach in early childhood education qualifies graduates to work in preschools, day-care centres and kindergartens, which can be independent facilities or affiliated with community groups, schools or hospitals. Graduates are employed as teachers as well as in administration in a variety of roles including centre directors and curriculum advisers.

Location

Camperdown campus

Specialisation study mode

On-campus

Our courses that offer this postgraduate specialisation

Not available in 2014