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Guide to entry thresholds


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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • QUT also offers graduate entry programs for primary and secondary, and a range of bachelor degrees in teaching.
QTAC course code424102 Feb (Kelvin Grove); 424105 Feb (External); 423102 Jul (Kelvin Grove); 423105 Jul (External)
QUT course code EU30
Attendance Part-time or Full-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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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.

Why choose this course?

The Master of Teaching is an innovative and progressive qualification. The course includes educational and curriculum studies to complement content knowledge obtained from your previous qualification. You will undertake professional experience in school, kindergarten and childcare settings which will give you the confidence and expertise to be ready to teach.

There has never been a better time to study to become an early childhood teacher. 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 double.

Flexible delivery

You can choose to study externally or on campus, and either part time or full time. If you choose to study part time on campus, evening classes may not be available for all units. 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

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

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. Your qualification can also allow you to work in other locations within 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.

Additional English language proficiency requirements may apply. Visit the Queensland College of Teachers website for more information.

Advanced standing

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

Course requirements

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them.

Blue card: because you will be working with children or young people in this course, you will need to apply for a blue card for professional placements located in Queensland (or the interstate equivalent for other states and territories).

Literacy and numeracy: you will need to successfully complete the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students to graduate from this course.

Information is available from the additional course requirements and costs website.


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, Yvonne Thursby for progression advice,

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.

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.

These scholarships are available for this course:

View all postgraduate scholarships

You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support

All done? Then you're ready to apply

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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After you've submitted your application to QTAC

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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