Master of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

Inherent requirements for programs in early-childhood education

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, the Sydney School of Education and Social Work has identified inherent requirements for coursework-award courses in Early Childhood Education. For the successful completion of the course, we expect students to have a range of qualities in the following areas:

  • communication tasks
  • observation/sensory tasks
  • physical tasks
  • intellectual tasks
  • interpersonal and social interactions.

More in-depth information about the inherent requirements is available by downloading (pdf, 229kB). Applicants for the MTeach(Early Childhood) must have an initial relevant undergraduate qualification. The English-language prerequisites are the same as for all other graduate-entry-teaching designations offered by the school.

Course overview

This course 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 preservice teachers of infants, toddlers and preschool children. Graduates will be well prepared to meet the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and gain employment in diverse early-childhood settings.

Incorporated into the two-year program of study is an examination of the vital relationships between early-childhood teachers, families, caregivers and the community. Graduates are equipped with the necessary knowledge and training to become early-childhood teachers, professional decision-makers, ethical leaders, and theoretical and practical thinkers.

Candidates are encouraged to challenge themselves and develop their confidence to teach in all early-childhood settings, from newborn up to five-years old. Our world-class researchers integrate their topics of inquiry into each of their lectures, and campus-based coursework is complemented with compulsory professional experiences, and in-depth study of child development and pedagogy.

Professional experiences

The early childhood course strives to provide students with well-designed professional experiences – incorporating observation, participation and supervised teaching – in a variety of settings, under the guidance of experienced, qualified professionals.