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Early Childhood Education

Postgraduate major

Shape the social and cognitive development of children aged zero to eight years.

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  • Qualification
    Early Childhood Education Major (MTeach)
  • Credit
    400
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Why study Early Childhood Education at Curtin?

Highly ranked course

Curtin is ranked in the top 100 in the world for education.

Professional recognition

Accredited by the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia, and the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022.

Outline

Outline

This major is designed for those who aim to teach children from kindergarten to year 2, or work with children aged 0–8 in early childhood education and care.

You will learn about the school curriculum, general pedagogical approaches and the management and leadership of early childhood education and care centres.

The Early Childhood Education Major is part of the Master of Teaching.

What jobs can the Early Childhood Education Major (MTeach) lead to?

CAREERS 

  • Early childhood teacher 
  • Junior primary teacher 
  • Education advisor and reviewer 
  • Early learning centre manager 
  • Nanny 
  • Early learning centre educator 

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate a capacity for leadership through critical thinking, reflective and innovative practices based on local, national and international research, and engagement in ongoing professional learning
  • apply principles of social justice to create and manage positive, safe and ethical learning environments that support a diversity of learners to engage in meaningful learning
  • communicate professionally with educational stakeholders, including colleagues, parents and carers, and engage collaboratively to build sustainable communities
  • demonstrate cultural responsiveness and respectful engagement with local First Peoples and a diversity of cultures
  • apply relevant theory and research to enhance the learning experiences and outcomes of learners from a diversity of backgrounds and aspirations
  • demonstrate effective and creative literacy and numeracy competencies across a range of professional contexts
  • apply high-level discipline and well-developed pedagogical knowledges to generate and critically analyse diverse sources to support situated professional judgements when assessing and reporting on learning
  • apply high-level discipline knowledges and understandings to demonstrate pedagogical capabilities, including planning and delivering effective teaching and learning experiences in the technologically enhanced learning environment, with demonstrated impact for all learners

Professional recognition

This course is recognised nationally as an initial pre-service teaching qualification. Initial Teacher Education courses in Australia are accredited by the relevant authority in the state or territory in which the institution providing the qualification is based.

Accordingly, the Master of Teaching course provided by Curtin University is fully accredited by the Teachers’ Registration Board of WA (TRBWA) and graduates of the course are able to register as practising teachers with the registration body in their home state or territory, based on the course accreditation provided by the TRBWA.

The course is also recognised by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) as an approved early childhood teacher qualification.

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

You must have a bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised institution, with at least one year of study in areas relating to early years learning, development and care.

Applicants will also be required to engage in assessment of non-academic attributes in order to reflect on their suitability for teaching. Students will be responsible for meeting any costs associated with this assessment process.

You also need to meet a minimum standard of English Language Proficiency, as you are required to teach others in English during your professional experience placements.

Entry to this course will not be possible based on work experience alone. This is consistent with current practice for courses in the School of Education.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

7.0

Speaking

8.0

Reading

7.0

Listening

8.0

Overall band score

7.5

Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fees & charges

Please view the Master of Teaching degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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