Master of Teaching - Early Childhood and Primary

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

The Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) has been designed to contribute to the education profession by preparing graduates to be accomplished and articulate advocates for the rights and responsibilities of all children within their professional, community, outreach, and research contexts. The Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) cultivates graduates to be articulate and passionate teachers who are committed to the generation and dissemination of knowledge, skills and attitudes that can facilitate the implementation of high quality early childhood and primary education for all children.

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor degree or equivalent; subject content studies equivalent to one year of full-time study in one or more learning areas of the primary school curriculum including subject content studies equivalent to one quarter of a year in a selected subject specialisation of English or Mathematics; demonstrated suitability for teaching.


160 Credit Points. Pre-service educators must complete professional experience placements in a relevant prior-to-school or formal primary school settings in line with the requirements of state/territory teacher accreditation authorities. During this time they are required to be available on a full-time basis.

Subjects you can Study:

Learning and Development in Childhood; Sociocultural influences on learners and learning in Australian Contexts; Learning and Pedagogies in the Early Years; Impacting Diverse Learners in English and Literacy (Birth-12 years); English and Literacy 1; Mathematics and Numeracy 1; Science, Inquiry and Sustainability; plus more

Study Pathways:

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

Further information:

A Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) graduate may seek employment in Australia and overseas as: Early childhood educator, Kindergarten/preschool teacher in a prior to school early learning centre; Foundation level to Year 6 teacher in a primary school; Director of an early learning centre; Government policy professional; Children's Services professional; Tertiary Educator; Officer in Non Government Organisations (NGOs).


This program is listed on the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) accredited programs list and meets the teacher education component of the qualification requirement for registration (accreditation) as a primary school teacher in all states and territories.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Online 2 years
Australian Catholic University (ACU) commenced operation on 1 January 1991. The University has seven campuses in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney (2 campuses) and teaches courses throughout Australia and overseas. The University was formed by the amalgamation of four Catholic institutions of higher education in eastern Australia, and is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (Australian Catholic University Ltd).

ACU is a public university open to all, a Table A listed higher education provider under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the International Federation of Catholic Universities. The University is a member of Universities Australia (formerly the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee).

The three foundation Faculties are Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health Sciences. The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy commenced operation on 1 January 2009 and the Faculty of Business commenced operation on 1 January 2010.

ACU graduates are high achievers and enjoy one of the best rates of employment in Australia. ACU students undertake work experience throughout their studies, with many students finding jobs using their professional skills even before they have graduated.

ACU's small friendly campuses, small class sizes (student to teacher ratio of 18.5:1), easy access to teaching staff and outstanding student support services allows students to achieve their full potential.

Provider CRICOS: 00004G

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