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Guide to entry thresholds

Rank 93

Admission to the course is based on prior study entry requirements in addition to a rank. Please refer to Entry Requirements.

  • Mid-year entry is only available to applicants with suitable advanced standing (credit). See the entry requirements tab for details.
  • Prepares you to become a teacher if you already have a degree in a field other than education.
  • Early childhood teachers work in early childhood education and care settings, kindergartens, and Prep to Year 3 in primary schools.
  • Demand for early childhood teachers is expected to increase.
  • Please check the entry requirements for this course. Content knowledge obtained in an undergraduate degree will determine your eligibility. If needed you can consider options for further study to meet these requirements.
QTAC course code424102 Feb (Kelvin Grove); 424105 Feb (External); 423102 Jul (Kelvin Grove); 423105 Jul (External)
QUT course code EU30
Attendance Full-time or Part-time
Course duration 2 years full-time
4 years part-time
Start month 2018 & 2019 February, July
Note: Admission in July is with advanced standing (credit) only.
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Online
  • Faculty of Education
Course contact
CRICOS code 084581A
  • Child Care Professional
  • Early childhood specialist
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Educator
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Primary School Teacher

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There has never been a better time to study to become an early childhood teacher in Queensland. The most recent Queensland Early Childhood Education and Care census identified a significant shortfall in the number of specialist early childhood teachers needed to lead approved kindergarten programs in long day care and kindergarten services. With the planned introduction of new national requirements for a second early childhood teacher in most long day care services, demand is set to increase. This puts you as an early childhood graduate teacher in the box seat for leadership in the early childhood education and care sector.

Why choose this course?

The Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) will allow you to obtain a teaching qualification if you have a bachelor degree in a field other than education. The course is designed to complement content knowledge obtained from your previous qualification, and the breadth of life and other experiences you can draw on in the role of early childhood teacher.

You will learn innovative ways to provide foundation programs for young learners from birth to eight years of age, setting up these children for their lifelong learning journey. You will be supported by specialist early childhood academics and will experience unique, real-world opportunities that prepare you to teach in early childhood. Our future-focused courses will equip you with the broad range of skills and capabilities to manage learning programs, and to develop your own professional identity as a teacher.

Flexible delivery

Choose the part-time or full-time course to suit your circumstances and lifestyle. You can study on campus or online, depending on your preferred learning style. Evening classes may be available for some units.

Real-world learning

Professional experience placements give you the opportunity to work in real school classrooms, childcare settings and kindergartens.

Customise your degree

As this course qualifies you to teach to Year 3, you will undertake a primary specialisation as required by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) in either maths/numeracy, science or English/literacy. This will enhance your skills in national areas of priority for a primary school setting.

Career outcomes

As an early childhood specialist, you will be prepared to work as a qualified teacher in early childhood education and care settings, kindergarten and Prep to Year 3 in primary school. A masters qualification can set you up for leadership roles in the sector. Your qualification can also allow you to work in other locations in Australia and overseas.

Professional recognition

This course meets professional teaching standards for the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership and Queensland College of Teachers. Graduates are also recognised as qualified early childhood teachers under the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority framework. Graduates are eligible to apply for teacher registration.

Advanced standing

If you intend to apply for advanced standing (credit) you can view more information and find out how to apply

Mid-year offers

If you receive a mid-year QTAC offer, that offer decision does not determine which units you are eligible for, and you will need to apply for advanced standing within ten days on receiving your QTAC offer.

Early exit

If you decide you do not wish to complete a course that leads to teacher registration you can consider an option to complete the Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies as an alternative education qualification. This qualification does not meet requirements of the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority framework.

Course requirements

Other requirements during your course

Blue card
Student teachers must undergo a criminal history check prior to undertaking professional experience in a school or centre, or undertaking activities in any unit which may involve contact with children or young people (under 18 years).
For Queensland and international placements a blue card must be obtained. In other Australian states and territories you must fulfil the local requirements for working with children. As a QUT student, you can apply for a blue card through QUT for free. Submit your blue card application to HiQ as soon as you've received your offer.

Literacy and numeracy
You will need to successfully complete the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students to graduate from the course. The test will assess your personal literacy and numeracy skills. QUT provides you with one reimbursement to cover the cost of the test.

For more information view additional course requirements.



Download course structures and unit outlines for Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)

You are required to undertake professional experience or work integrated placements (WIL) as part of your course. Units which contain professional experience components are recorded as designated units. If you have not successfully completed all assessment items, or on-campus components in a designated unit, you will not be placed on your professional experience.

If you fail a unit containing professional experience, you are required to repeat all components of the unit.

You must have a valid Blue card to be eligible for professional experience placements.

If you do not follow the standard course progression (e.g. due to a fail grade, non-enrolment in units, or advanced standing), you may extend your course duration. If you are out-of-step or if you intend to overload or underload units in a semester, you must contact the Course Administration Officer, David Smith on 07 3138 3212, or

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

Rank 93

Admission to the course is based on prior study entry requirements in addition to a rank. Please refer to Entry Requirements.

Academic entry requirements

A completed recognised three year bachelor degree (or equivalent) not in education or in a course leading to teacher registration.

Applicants must have completed eight semester units (one year of full-time study) relevant to one or more learning areas in the primary school curriculum. Primary school curriculum areas are English, mathematics, science, humanities and social sciences, the arts (music, drama, dance, media arts and visual arts), languages, health, physical education and technologies.

Additional entry requirements

A statement addressing suitability criteria. Information on the selection guideline including the process for assessing an applicant's non-academic capabilities is available from the QTAC initial teacher education webpage.

Mid-year entry

Mid-year entry is only available for applicants with a minimum of 24 credit points of advanced standing from core or elective units in the course.




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.

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)

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Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (424102 Feb (Kelvin Grove); 424105 Feb (External); 423102 Jul (Kelvin Grove); 423105 Jul (External)) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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