Career Pathways

Become an early childhood educator

Specialise in early years learning and development for ages birth to eight years

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How long will it take?

3 years Bachelor degree
2 years Master of Teaching

Why study early childhood education?

The Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) is designed with a new type of early childhood professional in mind – one who operates in a multi-disciplinary field involving care, education and health.

At Melbourne, you’ll benefit from our unique curriculum and partnership model. You’ll become an active member of an early childhood community from your first semester, putting into practice what you learn at university.

You’ll gain powerful insights into how students learn and develop the skills to assess, diagnose and support the learning needs of all students.

Where will this take me?

Career outcomes

A Master of Teaching not only gives you a direct path into teaching but could lead to a career in areas such as:

  • Children’s services coordination
  • Education research
  • Quality regulation and assessment
  • Early intervention for children with special needs
  • Assessment and evaluation for students
  • Youth health and wellbeing

Professional accreditation

  • Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)
  • Provisional registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching

What can I study?

Other entry pathways

Graduate Degree Packages

The University also offers guaranteed entry to high–achieving domestic and international students who have completed an Australian Year 12 or the IB in Australia baseed on your ATAR.

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Melbourne Chancellor's Scholars

Melbourne Chancellor's Scholars are guaranteed a place into the graduate degree of their choice following successful completion of their undergraduate degree.

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The University offers a range of scholarships at both undergraduate and graduate level.

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Guaranteed entry

Guaranteed entry means you’ll have the peace of mind of a secure graduate pathway with us without having to make any big decisions from Year 12. You will also be able to leave Melbourne with an undergraduate qualification if you decide further study isn’t right for you.

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Looking for personalised advice?

Find out more about our graduate degrees and get support with your application. Speak to our expert staff online, via phone or at an upcoming event. You can also register to learn more about your course options and opportunities via email.

Why study early childhood education at the University of Melbourne

High-impact research

High-impact research

Home to education experts, we deliver high-impact education research that makes a difference around the world.

Support while you learn

Support while you learn

Benefit from our extensive network of schools and early childhood centres and receive ongoing support from a Mentor Teacher and Clinical Specialist every step of the way.

Career outcomes

Career outcomes

Our graduates are confident in classrooms and education settings which sets us apart with employers. 96% of graduates are employed within 4 months of graduating.

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Please speak to our expert staff to discover more about our learning opportunities and get support with your application.