Master of Early Childhood Education

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This online program is designed as an early childhood specialisation for 4 year trained teachers. It will provide candidates with the values, attitudes, attributes, knowledge and skills that will enable them to be effective, committed and engaged early childhood educators in diverse educational (prior-to-school) settings, nationally and internationally. In addition, graduates may seek employment in related children's services agencies. The course is a Master of Early Childhood Education [Birth-5] - an ACECQA approved early childhood teacher qualification (not leading to teacher registration) under the NQF.

Course Fee:


Entry Requirements:

Relevant undergraduate teacher education degree; Students who wish to teach in Catholic schools, and who do not currently meet the minimum requirements to teach Religious Education, will be required to concurrently enrol in the 40 credit point Graduate Certificate in Religious Education which meets the minimum requirements to teach Religious Education in Catholic Schools and also permits teachers to satisfy requirements for teaching religious education in Anglican schools. Students who wish to complete the requirements for teaching in Lutheran schools must register and enrol with Australian Lutheran College as well as with Australian Catholic University


120 credit points consisting of: 70cp from Early Childhood Education Units; 30cp from Research Units; 20cp from Graduate Professional Experience Units. Candidates must complete a Professional Experience Program in a relevant prior-to-school setting in line with ACECQA requirements. Professional experience comprises 40 days, undertaken in two blocks of 20 days.

Subjects you can Study:

Education-early childhood

Study Pathways:

Master's degree graduates may be eligible to progress to a doctoral program.


Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) approved as an early childhood (birth to five years) teaching qualification.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

Teacher - Early Childhood,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No

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