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  • 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.
  • 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
Start month 2018 & 2019 July, February
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Online

Note: Online - Residing offshore; or Online - Residing in Australia: only available to international students onshore on an Australian government visa other than a student visa that entitles the holder to study.
  • Faculty of Education
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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.

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.

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) in education; or
  • postgraduate degree (graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters (or higher)) in any field; or
  • bachelor degree in any field plus 5 years professional work experience related to your undergraduate degree. You will need to provide a detailed CV and employer statements; or
  • Australian bachelor honours degree in any field or recognised equivalent.

Master of Education - 1 year program

A completed recognised:

  • Australian bachelor honours degree in the field of education or recognised equivalent; or
  • postgraduate degree (graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters or higher) in the field of education.

Minimum English language requirements

We accept English language proficiency scores from a variety of tests. If you completed a test that was not IELTS, check which English language test scores we accept.

You must have taken your test no more than 2 years before your QUT course starts.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Overall 6.5
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language courses to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually.

2019: $28,700 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

2018: $28,700 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Scholarships and financial support

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

These scholarships are available for this course:

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How to apply for Master of Education (Early Years)

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  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 costs and scholarships
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Gathered supporting documents

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

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