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.

Would you like to inspire and influence the next generation?

This program enables you to qualify to teach children from birth to five years. You will develop the knowledge and skills to become an outstanding early childhood teacher, professional decision maker, ethical leader, and theoretical and practical thinker.

Become a teacher with this two-year program. Gain hands-on experience with 40 days of teaching practice in early childhood settings, a 45-day internship and a professional research project. This experience will ensure you develop the confidence, knowledge and skills to become a successful early childhood teacher.

For more information on this course, please visit the Faculty website.

Course outline

Study planYear 1 - Semester 1

EDMT5696 History and Philosophy of Early Childhood Education - 6 Credit points

EDMT5685 Development in the Early Years - 6 Credit points

EDMT5686 Early Childhood Health and Wellness - 6 Credit points

EDMT5687 Language and Communication in Early Childhood - 6 Credit points

Semester 2

EDMT5688 Early Childhood Professional Experience1 - 6 Credit points

EDMT5689 Science Topics for Early Childhood - 6 Credit points

EDMT5690 Creative Arts in Early Childhood - 6 Credit points

EDMT5691 Becoming Mathematical - 6 Credit points

Year 2 - Semester 1

EDMT6631 Inclusion and Early Intervention in Early Childhood - 6 Credit points

EDMT6632 Early Childhood Leadership - 6 Credit points

EDMT6633 Family, Community and Contexts - 6 Credit points

EDMT6634 Early Childhood Professional Experience 2 - 6 Credit points

Semester 2

EDMT6009 Early Childhood Professional Internship -12 Credit points

EDMT6010 Early Childhood Professional Research Project -12 Credit points

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

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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.

Inherent requirements for programs in early-childhood education

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, the Faculty of Education and Social Work has identified inherent requirements for coursework-award courses in Early Childhood Education. In order to successfully complete such a course, students must possess the qualities and skills listed in the document below.

http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/future_students/resources/inherent-requirements/IR-EC-230915.pdf (pdf, 68kB)

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. Applications open on Friday, 26 August 2016 (10am). All applications, including supplementary documentation, must be uploaded and completed by 4pm on Friday, 28 October 2016. Only completed applications will be assessed. Complete applications received after this time will only be considered if places are still available.

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 on 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 on 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.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

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

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will 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 costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

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.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.