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Master of Education (Early Childhood)

  • Masters (Coursework)

Are you a career-focused educator with practical experience and an interest in early childhood education?

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
1 year full-time
Study Mode
Online, In person

About this course

School of Education

Are you a career-focused educator with practical experience and an interest in early childhood education? The University of Notre Dame Australia's Master of Education (Early Childhood) will expand your career choices and allow you to cultivate in-depth knowledge of teaching children from 0 - 8 in the early years. With flexible study options, this one-year postgraduate degree could be your career boost. Get in touch today to find out more.

Entry requirements

A student applying for the Master of Education (Early Childhood) must have all of the following:

  • Hold the equivalent of a four year teaching qualification;
  • A GPA of at least 2.5 or higher; and
  • At least three years of full-time professional experience in primary or early childhood teaching.

English Language Test Scores

Education students who have English as an additional language and are admitted on the basis of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assessment, or an equivalent English language proficiency assessment, are only admitted if they have attained an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 8.0 (with no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening).

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What you will learn

If you have been teaching for some time and have the practical experience and desire further to develop your education career with an Early Childhood focus, this Master's degree is the course for you. The Master of Education (Early Childhood) is designed to meet the needs of professional teachers like you who wish to undertake further career development.

The program consists of eight courses: two compulsory, one elective and five specialisation courses. The Master of Education (Early Childhood) is a highly stimulating degree. With the guidance of experienced teachers, you develop the ability to critically analyse, design and implement proactive approaches to early childhood education.

Career pathways

With a Master of Education (Early Childhood), your career options include working in Australia as a Primary School/Early Childhood teacher in Catholic, Independent and Government schools, or in community and government organisations as a carer, including long day care, family day care, pre-schools, and after-hours care. Other career opportunities within the education system include Lead teacher, faculty or year group coordinator, principal and assistant principal. With an early childhood specialisation, you could work as a childcare leader in long day care, family day care, pre-schools, and after-hours care.

Course structure

  • One Theology or Ethics course
  • Two specialisation elective (to be chosen from Religious Education, Leadership and Management, Early Childhood Education, Special Learning Needs, Curriculum)
  • Applied Research Methods in Education
  • Four specialisation courses in Early Childhood

Specialisation courses

  • Understanding Holistic Development in Context
  • Early Childhood Curriculum Development
  • Trends in Early Childhood Development and Teaching
  • Integration in Early Years Settings

For a list of courses available please see Schedule of Courses.

Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Requirements.

More information regarding courses can be found at the course descriptions page.

Graduate outcomes

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