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Master of Teaching (Primary and Early Childhood)

  • Masters (Coursework)

If you're passionate about nurturing young, inquisitive children from prep to grade 6 and are motivated to make a genuine impact on future generations, Deakin's Master of Teaching (Primary and Early Childhood) is for you.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Course Code
E764, 088432D

About this course

If you're passionate about nurturing young, inquisitive children from prep to grade 6 and are motivated to make a genuine impact on future generations, Deakin's Master of Teaching (Primary and Early Childhood) is for you.

Ready to become a highly sought-after primary school teacher with a holistic understanding of how young people learn and make sense of the world?

The Master of Teaching (Primary and Early Childhood) is infused with practical learning. With a focus on dynamic skills and communication, you'll graduate classroom-ready; a finely tuned educator and leader with a set of adaptable techniques.

A career in education provides flexibility, variety and security. Learn first-hand from highly experienced and passionate teachers who understand the importance of recognising all students as people first.

Discover how to shape teacher/student relationships to ensure students build positive connections with their peers, their school and themselves. Gain the critical knowledge required for modern-day digital classrooms, engaging with topics such as diversity and inclusion, teacher inquiry, context and leading-edge research, coupled with culturally relevant approaches to teaching.

At Deakin you'll also collaborate with early childhood educators, primary and secondary teachers. Our multidisciplinary approach will enable you to gain a well-rounded view of how young people learn.

This, combined with at least 60 days of professional placement and your completion of a Deakin Teaching Performance Assessment (DTPA), benchmarked against national standards, means you'll be set for success in the classroom anywhere in Australia and beyond.

Entry requirements

Admission to study postgraduate coursework at Deakin is based on recognition of your professional experience and previous qualifications.

Admission is based on:

  • a Bachelor degree in a different discipline, or
  • a Bachelor degree in Secondary Teaching, and
  • All applicants must complete an additional selection tool for non-academic attributes. Deakin University is using the CASPer test. CASPer is an online, video-scenario based situational judgement test, designed to measure non-academic suitability for teaching.

In addition, applicants are required to have at least one year of full-time or equivalent study relevant to one or more learning areas of the primary school curriculum, including a minor in science, maths/numeracy, English/literacy, health or the arts.

For more information see F-10 Learning Areas: http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au

Admissions information

Applicant indicator profile report of all applicants applying to Deakin University Graduate Entry Teaching (GET) courses in Trimester 1, 2019.

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

Career pathways

As one of the largest growing employment sectors in Australia, there are many career opportunities to explore. The knowledge and skills you'll develop through the Master of Teaching (Primary and Early Childhood) prepare you well for a diverse range of industries and settings, including:

  • teaching in public, independent or private schools
  • arts, museums and learning centres
  • corporate learning and development
  • counselling
  • human resources
  • policy
  • universities
  • youth work

For more information go to DeakinTALENT

Course structure

The Master of Teaching (Primary and Early Childhood) is typically 16 credit points.

The exact number of credit points you study depends on how much credit you receive as recognition of prior learning (RPL) - your professional experience and previous qualifications - which can save you time and money

To qualify for the award of Master of Teaching (Primary and Early Childhood), students must complete the following:

  • 15 core units (16 credit points)

In addition there is a 0 Credit Point Compulsory Unit (AAI018) for all students in the Faculty of Arts and Education and 2 x 0 Credit Points Compulsory Units, ELN010 and ELN011, for all Primary and Secondary Initial Teacher Education Students.

This course includes 90-days of supervised professional experience, and students must successfully complete the Deakin Teaching Performance Assessment.

Credit for prior study or work

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater.

Recognition for Prior Learning in the Master of Teaching (Primary and Early Childhood) is restricted by the professional accreditation structures of the course. Students are encouraged to apply for CPL for comparable curriculum discipline units completed at postgraduate level.

Credit is not available for any work experience whether paid or unpaid, qualified or unqualified teacher or teacher aide against the academic professional experience units.

You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

Graduate outcomes

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