Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)

Duration1.5 years full-time, 2.5 years part-time
Next start termTerm 2, 2024
Study modeOnline
Course codeCM43
First-year fee
$4,440 (Indicative) (CSP)
$23,628 (Indicative) (FFP)
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, 2023Available Online
Term 2, 2023Available Online
Term 1, 2024Available Online
Term 2, 2024Available Online
Term 1, 2025Available Online
Term 2, 2025Available 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 Teaching EDFE20037 20-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

EDFE20036 20-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

EDFE20035 20-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.


To be eligible

For your application to be considered, you must meet the following entry requirements. 

During your study

While not needed to apply, you'll need to meet the following requirements throughout your studies. 

Fees & Scholarships

Indicative First-Year Fee

Indicative first-year CSP place
Indicative first-year FFP place

The Indicative First-Year Fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in this course for one full-time academic year (eight units over two terms) depending on the type of place you are offered, for example, a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) or Full Fee Paying (FFP) Place. Your actual fees may vary, depending on the units you select to study and your study load. Fees are reviewed each year and are subject to change. 

Understanding your fees.

Commonwealth Supported Places

With Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) available for this course in 2024, you may be eligible for significant fee savings, provided you meet CSP eligibility requirements. CSPs are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees.

If you are not eligible for a CSP or if CSPs are full, you will be required to pay full fees.


You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan if you are offered a CSP. 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.

Part of your course costs will include Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). SSAF is charged in addition to your student contribution or tuition fees and is used to help enhance your study experience. There may also be other costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

How to apply

How to apply

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