The Master of Early Childhood Education degree offers two pathways.
Pathway 1 is for practising early childhood teachers or others with a relevant undergraduate degree who wish to gain postgraduate qualifications in early childhood education and to acquire or update their expertise in a dynamic field of study and practice. Students may choose to focus 4 courses in one area such as Research, Early Childhood Intervention or Leadership (for example). This pathway does not meet requirements for registration to teach in schools or early childhood services.
Pathway 2 is for approved Australian 3-year trained early childhood teachers seeking 4th year level early childhood teaching qualifications. It is a program of advanced study that satisfies the requirement for a 4th year degree level qualification in Australia, equivalent to a 4 year Bachelor degree. It is NOT a standalone teaching qualification. Course advice must be sought from the convenor to ensure the correct courses are completed.
Note: Students who wish to undertake the pathway to qualify them as 4 year trained should ensure they choose the correct courses. These courses are clearly noted in the program structure.
Why study with us?
The University of Newcastle has a dynamic team of early childhood lecturers who are engaged in research and scholarship at the local, national and global level. Their research and publications are at the cutting edge in early childhood and they are also leaders and participants in a range of early childhood fora. There is an opportunity for you, through the Masters degree, to undertake projects with the support of our staff, which align with your work, whether you are a local or international scholar or practitioner. You will also have the opportunity to study with lecturers from other programs who teach courses in an area of specialisation.
The Master of Early Childhood Education program is suitable for students who wish to extend their leadership, critical analysis, research and/or curriculum and pedagogy capabilities.
Pathway 2, designed for Australian practising early childhood teachers with a three year undergraduate early childhood teaching degree (or equivalent), will allow experienced teachers and leaders in early childhood education to meet the requirement of a fourth year equivalent.
Study a Language
All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.
International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.
Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/campaigns/postgrad/how-to-apply.html for information on how to gain entry.
Admission to the Master of Early Childhood Education is open to applicants who have satisfactorily completed a relevant Bachelor degree, teaching qualification or Australian equivalent. Approved applicants may commence study in the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Early Childhood Education) prior to entering the Masters award, and may then seek up to 40 units credit in the Master of Early Childhood.
If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.
Candidates will be able to seek credit for up to 40 units at the Masters level based on appropriate studies undertaken at a similar level at another University or another related postgraduate program. Successful completion of the required 40 unit specialisation in Early Childhood Education in the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies will also provide articulation into the Master of Early Childhood Education.
There are no formal professional experience requirements. Students may however choose to undertake workplace projects to suit their current interests or needs.
Students who undertake Pathway 2, will be undertaking study that satisfies a requirement for a fourth year degree level qualification in Australia, making it equivalent to a four year Bachelor of Teaching/Education in Early Childhood. It is not a stand-alone teaching qualification.
International students must comply with the University of Newcastle’s English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonably adjustments are provided in a timely manner.
Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.
International students may be able, with their own government or funding agency, to complete a project, supported by a University of Newcastle supervisor, in their own country.
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.
Requirements and Structure
To qualify for the Master of Early Childhood Education program students must successfully complete 80 units including a series of core directed and elective courses.
Students who are undertaking the program for extended study, Pathway 1, undertake the following structure:
20 units of core courses
20 units (minimum) of courses from Early Childhood Directed Courses
40 units of electives. These can be used to undertake the research strand, early childhood intervention strand, and other specialised strands or can be chosen from any of the courses within the program, or any other course within the University as approved by the Program Convenor.
Students who undertake Pathway 2 (4th year upgrade) undertake the following structure:
20 units of core courses
30 units of courses from Early Childhood Directed Courses
20 units of courses from Contemporary Issues & Perspectives Directed Courses
10 units of courses from Leadership Directed Courses