Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)

  • CRICOS Code: 093410A

Course overview

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


✓ Become a highly-qualified early years teacher

✓ Flexible study: 2 years full-time |  3 years extended

✓ Complete placement in a Victorian school

✓ Receive ongoing support throughout studies and placement

✓ Graduate extremely employable

✓ Become eligible to apply for provisional teacher registration with the  Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)

Exciting Master of Teaching News: The Melbourne Graduate School of Education is pleased to announce that we will be launching a new Master of Teaching curriculum for 2022. Our academic team has redeveloped our Initial Teacher Education courses, with you, the Teacher Candidate, at the centre. Continuing our high level of quality, our new courses will offer greater flexibility and more specialised preparation to best prepare you for your future in teaching. We will be sharing the new program in November. To get the news first, please register your interest.

Register for updates

Become a highly-effective early childhood teacher with unparalleled support throughout your studies and teacher placement. The course focuses on learning and teaching for children aged birth to eight years and provides a qualification for registration to teach in early childhood settings. You will gain an in-depth understanding of child learning and development, as well as professional practice in early childhood settings so that you can operate in multi-disciplinary fields involving care, education and health. The course promotes a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing and being. There is a focus on wellbeing for both the student and the teacher, along with prioritising sustainable practices. The course will prepare graduates to become leaders in the profession and extend their capabilities through work integrated learning that links authentic real world professional experiences with disciplinary theory.

The Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) 2022 course will be submitted to the Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) for accreditation. Once accredited, the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) will allow graduates to apply for registration and work in Australian early childhood education and care settings with children aged birth to five years. Graduates will also be eligible to apply for registration as an early childhood teacher with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). Please note: The Master of Teaching courses offered prior to 2022 are accredited.

Who is the program for?

The Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) is for those looking to become teachers in early childhood settings. 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. 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) 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 framework, putting research at the heart of what we do. This integrates theory and practice, ensuring teacher candidates develop the professional skills to assess, identify and support students’ individual learning needs, and to work with learners of all abilities.

These factors combined mean you will finish your course confident of gaining employment. We rank with a high employment rate, with 95.9 per cent of our graduate’s 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 (Early Childhood) students from enrolment, throughout their studies, and beyond. 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

If you are an Indigenous student, we offer a range of support services here at the University of Melbourne 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