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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

Some units of study and/or placements relating to this course cannot be delivered remotely or online for students commencing their study in Semester 1, 2021. You will be required to attend in-person on campus from Semester 2, 2021.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this course

Would you like to inspire and influence the next generation? This program enables you to qualify to teach children from birth to five years. You will develop the knowledge and skills to become an outstanding early childhood teacher, professional decision maker, ethical leader, and theoretical and practical thinker.

Become a teacher with this two-year program. Gain hands-on experience with 40 days of teaching practice in early childhood settings, a 45-day internship and a professional research project. This experience will ensure you develop the confidence, knowledge and skills to become a successful early childhood teacher.

Commonwealth Supported Places

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for postgraduate study for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSPs are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

Domestic student applications for the Semester 1 intake open on the last Friday in August of the preceding year.

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Applicants are advised to download the supplementary application forms (supplementary form, how to apply document) and complete the information before commencing their online application, as only completed applications will be assessed. 

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 October of the preceding year.

Only complete applications that include supplementary documentation will be considered. Applications received after this deadline may be considered if places are still available.

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Applicants are advised to download the supplementary application forms (supplementary form, how to apply document) and complete the information before commencing their online application, as only completed applications will be assessed. 

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

What you'll study

Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) students complete 96 credit points. Full-time students enrol in 24 credit points in each semester. Students normally complete a combination of core education and curriculum and professional units of study and practicum placements.

The first three full-time semesters of the Master of Teaching total 72 credit points. Once the 72 credit points have been achieved students undertake extensive work in an early childhood setting from the beginning of their final semester.

For further information regarding the course structure, please click here

Work component

Mandatory work component = 595 hours.

This mandatory work component must be completed as part of the award requirements for the course. 

Completion requirement

Candidates must successfully complete each unit of study, including 595 hours of work-based training, to meet the course requirements and graduate with a teaching qualification. Except with the permission of the Dean, a candidate must complete all unit of study requirements specified for each year, before proceeding to the next year. Candidates must complete a minimum of 72 credit points in Education before completing the Internship and the Action Research Project and Conference in the final semester of the degree.

Capstone (compulsory project)

Students undertake their internship of at least 40 days (usually 45 days) in an early childhood setting (birth to 5 years) in the second semester in the second year of the program. Internship placements are approved by the Faculty, and each student is assigned to a tertiary mentor.

During the internship, students work closely with a qualified cooperating teacher. The cooperating teacher, alongside the university mentor, monitors the intern in her/his work in the early childhood setting and, in discussion with the student and the university mentor, is responsible for writing a report on the internship that forms the basis of the assessment.

Admission requirement

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit. Admission to Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) candidature requires:

  • a bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; and 
  • the completion of any additional qualifying courses prescribed by the Faculty.

English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.

In exceptional circumstances, the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who in the opinion of the Faculty have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

Inherent requirements for programs in early-childhood education

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, the Sydney School of Education and Social Work has identified inherent requirements for coursework-award courses in Early Childhood Education. In order to successfully complete such a course, students must possess the qualities and skills listed in this document (PDF).

Professional accreditation

The Master of Teaching - Early Childhood (MTeach) is listed under the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) approved qualification list. This course is open to students who already have an undergraduate degree.

Career Pathways

The University of Sydney has an international reputation for excellence. Many of our Master of Teaching students are offered full-time employment before completing their degrees.

Future study

The University of Sydney is Australia's premier research university, and the Sydney School of Education and Social Work is a world-class research centre in education, the humanities, human services and related fields. Several higher degrees by research are available within the School, including:

Professional development

The Sydney School of Education and Social Work offers a wealth of experience and expertise in the development and delivery of professional development activities. Find out about the range of consultancy and customised programs, conferences, colloquia and symposia, and professional learning courses offered by the School.

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International students

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