The Early Childhood specialisation is taught at the Magill campus.
Applicants for the Early Childhood specialisation require a three-year degree from a recognised tertiary institution.
The Early Childhood specialisation prepares graduates to work in a diverse and changing range of services for the education and care of children from birth to eight years. The specialisation has been designed to develop skilled, committed and flexible education professionals with the knowledge and pedagogical skills to promote effective and inclusive learning for teaching students from birth to eight years-of-age.
The Early Childhood specialisation includes core Education Studies, Curriculum and Pedagogy and Professional Experience. Professional Experience is the field-based placements that combine theory with practice. Professional Experience requirements must be completed on a full-time basis.
In the Early Childhood specialisation students study children developing in context, enabling students to learn about children’s emotional, social, cognitive and physical development and apply that knowledge. Over the two years of the degree, students participate in four supervised placements in child care, sessional preschool/ kindergarten and junior primary schools, totalling 80 days.
Applicants may be eligible to enter the program with Advanced Standing and complete the requirements of the Masters in one year. Please see the entry requirements for further details.
When applying through SATAC, please refer to the following codes. Applicants who are uncertain about their eligibility for Advanced Standing are encouraged to include more than one SATAC code in their list of application preferences.
4CM111 Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) [2 years]
4CM188 Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) [1 year]
Students will be required to undertake a criminal history screening through the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI). The clearance will be valid for three years. The criminal history screening must be completed prior to being accepted for a placement and can take up to six to eight weeks to be processed. Strict confidentiality is maintained during the DCSI clearance process. If a student fails to obtain clearance for any reason, the University cannot accept responsibility for obtaining a professional experience placement or any other professional experience activity which is a compulsory part of the program and they cannot graduate with an education degree from the University.
Mandatory Child-Safe Environments Training
All education students enrolled in programs in the School of Education and who are completing any in-school or site (i.e. preschools and childcare settings) observations, activities or professional experience placements, must undertake mandatory training in Responding to Abuse and Neglect prior to the commencement of the activities or placements. In South Australia child protection legislation and policy require all organisations to establish and promote child safe environments. Mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect training is required of all individuals working with children and young people. All undergraduate students undertaking professional experience placements in South Australian government and non-government schools and preschools must provide documented evidence (i.e. a certificate) that shows they have completed all the required training from one of the providers mentioned on the following website.
For more information on placement requirements please visit this website.
This program has been approved by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) as an Early Childhood Teaching Qualification for the purposes of the Education and Care Services National Law.
Successful completion of this program provides a recognised academic qualification which will enable graduates to apply for teacher registration in South Australia, interstate and some overseas countries. Applicants should note there are other criteria determining eligibility for registration by the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia and other registration and regulatory authorities. Applicants are advised to check registration requirements as they are subject to change.