This course is only available to Australian citizens or permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens


Early graduation options

You may be able to graduate sooner with:

  • Ideal for teachers who want to specialise in early childhood education.
  • Includes a professional experience component (practicum).
  • Develop skills in critically analysing, designing and implementing approaches to curriculum and pedagogy in the early years of a child’s education.
  • Prepares you to work as early childhood teacher.
  • Commonwealth Supported Places available for Australian citizens and permanent visa holders, and New Zealand citizens (subject to change).
QUT course code EU70
Attendance Full-time or Part-time
Course duration 1.5 years full-time
3 years part-time
Start month 2018 & 2019 February, July
Delivery External
  • Online
  • Faculty of Education
Course contact


This study area is ideal for teachers who want to specialise in early childhood education. It allows teachers to upgrade their qualifications with a focus on early childhood teaching, and includes a field experience component (practicum).

The Early Childhood Teaching study area will enable you to develop in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge and understandings of current research, theory and practice that will inform effective teaching and learning with young children and their families in early years programs and services.

You must be a registered teacher to study in the Early Childhood Teaching study area.

Why choose this course?

The staff involved in teaching the units in this study area are early childhood experts who are all recognised in their specific fields. They work within the School of Early Childhood and are involved in specialist teaching, research, and professional and community engagement activities. QUT’s dedicated School of Early Childhood is a leader in the field and thus able to address the key debates and relevant issues for early childhood teaching.

In this study area, you will develop skills in critically analysing, designing and implementing approaches to curriculum and pedagogy in the early years of a child’s education. You will engage with issues related to working in and with culturally diverse students and contexts. You will be asked to consider what it means to provide access to high-quality and high-equity systems, and to provide access to positive outcomes for all students. Your engagement with readings, resources, and teaching and learning materials will support you in becoming an informed practitioner and professional with a strong understanding of current early childhood issues, policy and debates.

Flexible delivery

You can choose to study externally, either part time or full time. All the lectures are recorded and study materials are available online. You can access these resources at any time to help you fit study into your lifestyle.

Real-world learning

The Early Childhood Teaching study area includes professional experience with children in an early childhood setting. The unit will enable you to draw upon your professional knowledge and experience in planning, implementing and evaluating learning experiences for and with young children, their families and communities.

Career outcomes

Qualified teachers are able, on completion, to become early childhood specialists, both in schools and as leaders in childcare and other prior-to-school settings.

Professional recognition

This study area is recognised by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority as a specialist early childhood qualification.

Advanced standing

On entry, you will be assessed for advanced standing (credit) for 48 credit points (4 units) based on a completed Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 8 or higher qualification in Education (An Honours year with a research component, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or higher), regardless of the age of the qualification. You do not need to apply for this credit.

Depending on your study area, you can receive up to 50 per cent advanced standing from masters or higher study completed in another program. Prior study must be current. Study over 10 years old is not normally considered. If you are applying for advanced standing for specific units, you will need to provide detailed unit/subject outlines from your previous study. These outlines must include learning outcomes, learning content, and assessment including word lengths. No advanced standing can be granted for undergraduate study, or postgraduate study at a lower level than masters.

You can also apply for advanced standing based on work or industry experience. Advanced standing is not able to be awarded for normal teaching experience. If you are responsible for an original academic work, such as creating a course and/or curriculum, or have published any original research, then you may be eligible for advanced standing for work or industry experience. The original academic work must be in excess of 5000 words.

If you intend to apply for advanced standing for prior study you can view more information and find out how to apply.

Early exit

You can exit the course with a Graduate Certificate in Education following completion of any four masters units.

Blue Card

You may require current authorisation to work with children as applicable to the State in which you will be doing field experience and site visits. You may need either a Blue Card, if you are not a registered teacher, or an Exemption Card.

Teachers registered with the Queensland College of Teachers do not require a Blue Card or an Exemption Card when teaching at school or boarding school. However, they may require an Exemption Card if providing other child-related regulated services. Teachers registered in other states or countries, and students without Teachers Registration will need to apply for the appropriate card.

This authorisation must be obtained before you can undertake your practicum or professional experience units, or you may be withdrawn from the relevant unit and incur both academic and financial penalties.


Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

Master of Education - 1.5 year program

A completed recognised bachelor degree (or higher award) in education.

Additional entry requirement

Current teacher registration in Australia.

Master of Education - 1 year program

A completed recognised honours degree in the field of education; or

A postgraduate degree (graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters or higher) in the field of education.

Please note: you do not need to apply for the 1 year program as you will be automatically assessed for eligibility as part of QUT's application for admission process.

Limited places

There are limited Commonwealth Supported places in this course. Places are likely to fill early so you are encouraged to apply for this course as soon as possible to secure a place.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.



2019: CSP $6,600 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

2018: CSP $6,600 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

View all postgraduate scholarships

You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Master of Education (Early Childhood Teaching)

You apply directly to QUT for all our postgraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you have:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked course costs and if you're eligible for financial support
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Collected supporting documents (see application form)

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Application for postgraduate course admission form (PDF file, 234.35 KB)


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