Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary)

  • CRICOS Code: 093002F

Course overview

  • 2 years full time
  • On Campus (Parkville)
  • Available to domestic and international students


✓ Become a highly effective early childhood and primary teacher

✓ Unparalleled support during your studies and placements

✓ Graduate extremely employable

✓ Become eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching and the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority

Become a confident, qualified early childhood and primary teacher with unparalleled support throughout your studies and teacher placements. The Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) prepares you for registration to teach in early childhood education and across all primary years as a generalist teacher.

You will focus on early childhood development and education from birth to 12 years and be prepared to teach across the curriculum, with a specialisation in early years learning and development, literacy, and mathematics.

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Who is the program for?

The Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) is for those looking for dual registration as early childhood and primary teachers. It is also excellent training for those pursuing a career in children’s services coordination, early childhood research, policy formation, quality regulation and assessment or positions involving early intervention for children with special needs.

Students who have completed a Bachelor degree at the University of Melbourne have access to a Guaranteed Entry pathway into the Master of Teaching. This includes early admission into the Master of Teaching and a Commonwealth Supported Place (for Domestic students only). If you’re a year 12 student, you can secure your place in the Master of Teaching program with one of our new Graduate Degree Packages, comprising both a Bachelor’s and Master’s qualification.

Learn more about Graduate Degree Packages

Why choose the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) with us?

Our renowned qualification is known for producing some of the best teachers in the country. Both centres and schools often approach MGSE directly with job opportunities for teacher candidates, thanks to this courses’ strong focus on child developmental needs. The reputation of the University of Melbourne is strong and globally recognised, particularly for education where MGSE has been ranked #1 in Australia and #14 in the world.*

We’re the only initial teaching degree in Australia to use an Evidence-Based Teaching frameworkputting research at the heart of what we do. MGSE is at the cutting edge of teaching and research, meaning you’ll be taught by a number of internationally recognised education experts.

These factors combined mean you will finish your course confident of gaining employment. We rank with a high employment rate, with 96 per cent of our graduates gaining employment within the first four months of graduating.^

Support while you learn

With an extensive network of placement schools available for our teacher placements,  our placement support is the most comprehensive of all programs in Victoria.  We take pride in the excellent support we offer our Master of Teaching (Primary) students from enrolment, throughout their studies, and beyond. Our teacher candidates are successful because of the extra support and guidance they get when leading a class for the first time. You will receive ongoing support – unlike any other university – both on campus and while on placement. As you learn, you will be supported by a Mentor Teacher and a Teaching Specialist.

Indigenous Support and Knowledge

We offer a range of support services here at the University of Melbourne for Indigenous students, via Murrup Barak. Find out more here. We are also working to empower all teachers to integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in their teaching through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Curricula project. Find out more here.

Early Childhood Scholarship

The Victorian government are offering Early Childhood Scholarships and incentives for individuals looking to start a rewarding career as an early childhood teacher. Find out more at the Department of Education and Training.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021: Education

^Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching, Graduates Outcomes Survey 2017-2019