Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)

Duration1.5 years full-time, 2.5 years part-time
Next start termTerm 1, 2024
Study modeOnline
Course codeCM43
A teaching student helping two children with their work.


Our Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) is ideal if you already hold a non-education three-year bachelor degree and wish to start a diverse and rewarding teaching career in early childhood. Upon completion of this course, you will be eligible to teach across the Australian Curriculum in the Preparatory Year to Year 2 in Australian primary schools as well as in early childhood settings such as long day care settings and kindergartens.

The Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) is an initial teacher education course that will prepare you to qualify for professional registration with the Queensland College of Teachers, the administering body in Queensland and teaching across the Australian Curriculum in the Preparatory Year to Year 2 in Australian primary schools and in early childhood settings (long day care settings and kindergartens/pre-prep).

In addition to building the professional knowledge and skills required to teach, the course is designed to foster dispositions for engaging in and contributing to the teaching profession through a commitment to ongoing professional learning. The Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) includes a specialisation in English providing you with knowledge and skills in this specialisation area and appealing to your future employers. Plus, you will benefit from work-integrated learning opportunities built into each term of study based on a full-time study load, ensuring you are building real-world skills in the classroom and developing your confidence.

The design of this course utilises CQUniversity’s three term structure, enabling a two-year volume of learning master course to be completed in one and a half years, so you can start your teaching career sooner. A part-time pathway is also available and is to be completed as a minimum of two units per term as per the part-time course planner.

This course is also an approved course with the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) for employment purposes as an early childhood teacher in childcare/early learning centres and kindergartens. To be eligible for teacher registration, students in this course are required to undertake and pass the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Educators (LANTITE) prior to graduation.

Study experience

Career Opportunities

The Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) is an initial postgraduate pre-service teacher education course for those who aim to pursue a career as a primary school teacher. Graduates are qualified to teach from Prep to Year 2. In addition, graduates are qualified to work in long day care settings and kindergartens with children from birth to school age.

Graduates of the course can apply for registration with the Queensland College of Teachers and are qualified to teach in State, Catholic and Independent schools throughout Australia.

The course is also recognised as a teaching qualification for employment in educational settings internationally, however additional requirements may apply in some locations.

Graduates of this course have developed significant skills that enhance employment opportunities in other sectors. In combination with work experience and personal qualities, graduates may pursue employment in a variety of career paths including:

  • government departments (e.g. family services, education and health)
  • education administration
  • community development roles
  • workplace training developers

Structure & Availability

Course structure

You are required to complete a total of 16 core units.

Students undertaking an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course are expected to undertake and meet the benchmark in the personal Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE). These two tests (one literacy and one numeracy) are part of the accreditation requirements of this course and there is an expectation that students enrolled in an ITE course will be undertaking the tests and successfully meet the benchmarks prior to graduation. You can find further information about the LANTITE including how to register at the ACER website.

Term 2 commencement

Please note that if you are commencing your studies in Term 2 (July), the units that you are required to complete will be scheduled over two years of full-time study (or part-time equivalent). Check out the Course Planner for more information.

Unit information

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

Online Availability

Term 1, 2024Available Online
Term 2, 2024Available Online

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.

This course has no residential schools.

Professional Praxis 1: Understanding learning contexts - EDFE20034

Supervised placement in a kindergarten context as per EDFE20034 Unit Profile

Professional Praxis 2: Supportive Learning Environments - EDFE20035

Supervised placement in a kindergarten context as per EDFE20035 Unit Profile

Professional Praxis 3: Enacting Learning and Teaching - EDFE20036

Supervised placement in a school context as per EDFE20036 Unit Profile

Professional Praxis 4: Transition to Teaching - EDFE20037

Supervised placement in a school context as per EDFE20037 Unit Profile

Duration of Professional Practice units

Benefit from supervised placements to graduate classroom ready. Check below for more detail on the length of each placement block. 




Professional Praxis 4 - Transition to TeachingEDFE2003720-day block placement in an Australian school plus five one-day contextual visits leading up to the block placement.

Professional Praxis 3 - Enacting Learning and Teaching

EDFE2003620-day block placement plus one-day induction and orientation at the discretion of the site in an Australian school. 

Professional Praxis 2 - Supportive Learning Environments

EDFE2003520-day block placement in an Australian school.

Professional Praxis 1 - Learning, Teaching and Planning


10 observation visits in a range of settings where learning occurs to conduct observations. These settings may include schools, tutoring centres, coaching venues, and other suitable sites.


There are three key components to gain successful entry to the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) as outlined below:

Academic Requirements (Pre-requisite Qualification)

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must hold:

  • A completed 3 year non-education Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor degree, or overseas equivalent qualification, with a minimum overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 4.0 which has been completed within the last 10 years* ; and
  • Successful completion of at least 8 units (1 year full-time equivalent study) relevant to either one, or a combination, of the learning areas from the primary school curriculum (below):






-The Arts

-Civics and Citizenship

-Economics and Business

-Health and Physical Education


*Degrees must have been completed/conferred within the last 10 years from the date of term commencement for the relevant intake term. Applicants who completed their Bachelor degree ten or more years ago will need to supply a letter of employment which demonstrates professional experience in the same area as their undergraduate degree. Letters of employment must be presented on a company letterhead as well as signed and dated by a delegated authority. The letter must contain position title, duties performed and length of service.

Non-Academic Requirements (Key Capabilities)

All applicants must provide a mandatory written statement in support of your non-academic capabilities, demonstrating how you hold the key attributes and motivations to become an effective teacher, as outlined by AITSL (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership). You may consider the prompts mentioned below in each question to frame your response. For your application to be considered, you must write 200-500 words for each of the questions below:

  • Tell us what has inspired you to become a teacher and tell us why you think teaching is a good career choice for you. (In your response, describe who and what has inspired you to become a teacher and describe the types of skills and abilities you will bring to teaching.)
  • Describe one or two leadership, community and/or learning and development activities that you have engaged in. (In your response, describe how these leadership, community and/or learning and development activities demonstrate your conscientiousness and coping strategies when you are faced with challenges.)
  • Describe how you manage your time when you are both planning and coordinating activities in your personal schedule. (In your response, provide examples of how you have put both your planning and coordinating skills to use.)
  • Tell us about one or two times where you have utilised your problem-solving skills to achieve an outcome. (In your response, explain what you learned, regardless of whether the outcome you achieved was positive or undesirable.)

English Language Proficiency

Applicants are required to provide evidence of their completed 3 year non-education Bachelor level qualification with an overall Grade Point Average of at least 4.0, which has been completed within Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland or United States of America.

If you do not satisfy the above requirement, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 7.5 with a minimum 7.0 for Reading and Writing and 8.0 for Speaking and Listening.

Each student will be assessed individually.

COVID-19 vaccination is no longer a mandatory requirement for workers in early childhood, primary and secondary education settings. Decisions on mandatory vaccinations will instead be made by the owner or operator of these settings and as such students undertaking work-integrated learning will need to adhere to the individual education setting requirements. 

To be eligible to complete placements in early childhood settings, pre-service teachers may be required to show proof of immunisation against measles, mumps and rubella and influenza. In addition, some states and territories are requiring vaccination against COVID-19 for all school staff. Please be aware that these regulations would apply to preservice teachers. Regulations may be introduced in your state prior to, or at the time of, your scheduled placement/s and you must adhere to these requirements.

This course requires you to possess a Working with Children Check (WWCC) to enable you to participate in work integrated learning in schools and other learning sites.

You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

2023 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$22,284

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is eight units over two terms). Your fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

Commonwealth support and government assistance loans

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. If offered a CSP, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your student contribution fees. Learn more about paying for university.

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

How to apply

StateAdmission Code
QueenslandOnline: 851475

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way. Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you do not have a USI, creating one is quick and easy. Simply visit to create one.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, unless you are a returning CQU student or changing your CQU course.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you are a past CQU student.

Option 1: In most situations, you will need to apply via the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC)

To apply for this course, you will need to submit your application for this course via QTAC.

Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via QTAC.

Tertiary Admission Centre Codes

QTAC 851475



Option 2: If you have studied with CQUniversity before, apply directly to CQUniversity

As a past CQU student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity for this course.

To apply directly to CQU, you must have successfully completed a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course or higher education course (such as an undergraduate or postgraduate course) with CQU. You must also hold a completed non-education bachelor degree as outlined within the Entry Requirements section above. 

Applicants who are not CQU Alumni must apply via QTAC.