Master of Teaching (Primary and Early Childhood)

Deakin University

Program Overview

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?



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 32,000



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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. This must be complete in the final year of study. Successful completion of this course indicates that a student has met the expected standard of performance for each of the Graduate Teacher Standards.

Core Units

Year 1


  • Academic Integrity (zero (0) credit points)
  • Australian Literacy Test (zero (0) credit points)
  • Australian Numeracy Test (zero (0) credit points)
  • Language, Literacy and Learning
  • Numeracy, Social Justice and New Pedagogies
  • Health, Wellbeing and Inclusive Education
  • Primary Literacy
  • Primary Mathematical Development
  • Early Childhood Pedagogy, Curricula and Contexts
  • Professional Experience Placement Units*
  • Orientation to the Teaching Profession
  • Building Capacity in Professional Experience

Year 2

  • Learning in and Through the Arts in Early Years
  • Early Childhood STEM
  • Primary Science and Technology Education
  • Arts, Humanities and Sustainability in Primary Education
  • Early Childhood Language, Literacy and Mathematics
  • Professional Experience Placement Units*
  • Curriculum Inquiry in Professional Experience
  • Reflecting On Practice in Professional Experience (2 credit points)

*please note unit rules for order in which these must be completed

Admission is based on:

  • a Bachelor degree in a different discipline, or
  • a Bachelor degree in Secondary Teaching, and

IELTS / English language requirements 
Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
$32,000 for 1 yr full-time AUD

The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.

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
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