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Early graduation options

You may be able to graduate sooner with:

  • Ideal for professionals working in early education and care settings who want to expand their knowledge of working with young children, their families and communities.
  • Study contemporary early childhood issues.
  • Prepares you to extend your career in early childhood.
  • Commonwealth Supported Places available for Australian citizens and permanent visa holders, and New Zealand citizens (subject to change).
  • If you are seeking a teaching qualification the Bachelor of Education, or Master of Teaching may be suitable for you.


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 On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Online
  • Faculty of Education
Course contact
CRICOS code 081798G


This study area is ideal for professionals working in early education and care settings, who want to expand their knowledge of working with young children, their families and communities.

Early childhood research has consistently provided evidence that the experiences and environments of children in the early years are important for strong social-emotional development and positive learning outcomes through school and into adulthood, and influence children’s health and wellbeing across their lives. Because of increased recognition of the importance of the early years to later outcomes, there is increased demand for highly trained professionals who can specifically support the diverse learning needs of young children.

Why choose this course?

The Early Years 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.

Flexible delivery

You can choose to study externally or on campus, and 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.

Career outcomes

The Early Years study area enables professionals working in early education and care settings, schools, child protection or family services and other relevant contexts to enhance their knowledge of working with young children, their families and communities.

Professional recognition

If you are already a registered teacher and would like to be an accredited early childhood teacher please refer to Master of Education (Early Childhood Teaching).

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 (Early Years) following completion of the four core units required for this study area.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

Master of Education - 1 .5 year program

A completed recognised:

  • bachelor degree (or higher award) in education; or
  • bachelor honours degree (or higher award) in any field; or
  • bachelor degree in any field plus 5 years of related professional work experience.

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 Years)

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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