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Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)

Build on your undergraduate degree to become an Early Childhood teacher.
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
(240 credit points = 2.0 EFTSL)
Entry requirements

Build on your undergraduate degree to become an Early Childhood teacher. Maybe it is time for a career change or studying for your degree has shown you that teaching is where you belong.  You will graduate from this course with the confidence and skills to teach in Pre-Schools throughout Australia and overseas. This is a hands-on course that will get you into the classroom for a minimum of 60 days where you can put into practice what you have learnt.
You will discover how young children learn and how you can develop and support their learning prior to school settings, with a focus on nature pedagogy. You’ll look at examples from around the world and learn how to best work with children from diverse backgrounds.
Our Master of Teacher (Early Childhood) course is offered on campus at Mt Helen (Ballarat) in an accelerated mode over 2 years full time or 4 years part time.  It is also offered online  (part-time study is not available to international students).  We offer flexible pathways to suit peoples’ individual circumstances; this means blended options that include a combination of on campus and online study are also possible.

Hear from our students

"I love my course - all of the subjects are very hands-on. We practice with real-life scenarios during class, where we are encouraged to share our ideas and different cultural perspectives. I have completed two placements and it's been a great experience.  Federation University was supportive, helping me find a centre that was close to home so that I didn't have to commute too far."

Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
  • Preschool/kindergarten teacher
  • Day care teacher
  • Pedagogical leader in children's services

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course.  Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes.  To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual course structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current unit information and cost, click on the individual unit name below, or click here to view current unit information and cost for ALL units.

Year 1

Semester 1

EDMAS6026, 15 credit points
EDMAS6051, 15 credit points

Semester 2

EDMAS6027, 15 credit points
EDMAS6031, 15 credit points
EDMAS6032, 15 credit points

TX9 Year 1, Summer

EDMAS6035, 15 credit points

Year 2

Semester 1

EDMAS6029, 15 credit points
EDMAS6033, 15 credit points

Semester 2

EDMAS6034, 30 credit points
EDMAS6036, 15 credit points

Contact hours can vary depending on requirements, however typical contact hours for full-time study are around 25-30 hours comprising of on-campus classes, online learning and self-directed study.

This course requires a total of 480 placement hours, across 12 weeks.

Entry requirements (year 12)

Applicants with current or recent secondary education are not eligible to apply for this course.

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Admissions criteria for applicants with a higher education study.


Bachelor Degree: An approved 3 year degree or equivalent.

This course uses the entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training study are not eligible to apply for this course.
Applicants with work and life experience are not eligible to apply for this course.

English language requirement

Overall IELTS band score of 7.0 (with at least 7.5 for Speaking and Listening and 6.5 for Reading and Writing) or equivalent English language test


Successful completion of two years full-time equivalent study at a recognised Australian university within the past two years 

(with the proviso that students must prove they meet the English language requirement as determined by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) to be eligible for registration)


Extra requirements

Essential requirements for selection and application

Additional details form

Compulsory: Applicants must complete and submit an additional details form to support their application. The form is available for download here.

Referee report form

Compulsory: A referee report must be completed to support the application. The form is available for download here

Essential requirements for enrolment and graduation

Working with children check

Compulsory: Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC). Check prior to undertaking professional placements as part of this course. For more information see:

Police record check

National Police Record Check: Some childcare centres may require students to hold a valid National Police Record Check for professional placements.  Students will be notified if this is applicable.


Compulosory: All students enrolled in an Early Childhood Teacher Program are now required to provide validation of immunisation/ training pre-requisites (Infuenza, Whooping Cough, MMR, and COVID) for placement in Early Childhood settings.  The validation is to be uploaded in InPlace by the commencement of the University academic semester.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700510881 (Mt Helen), 3700810881 (On-line Learning)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: TX9

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee Type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$4,445 student contribution amount

A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Australian Government.  Your fees (student contribution amount) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual units, not the overall course.  Each unit falls into a band which determines the student contribution.

2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range between $4,445 Band 1 to $16,323 Band 4.  To find the Band, EFTSL and contribution amount for each unit, check the Sample Structure or refer to the 2024 unit listing.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only.  It is based on a typical enrolment for a student undertaking the first year of study in this course.  For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses the certificate fee is displayed.  Total cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.

Other fees

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Fee assistance

You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution.  You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through a SA-HELP loan.


Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs.  Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Approved by ACECQA (Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority)

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.  You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per unit, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department


Course coordinator

Alison Lord