Learning outcomes

  • Research and practice
    Understand, critique and apply the latest research and strategies in early childhood education to improve your practice and ensure better outcomes for children.

  • Leadership
    Be an advocate for early childhood education through effective leadership. Apply strategies across pedagogical practices and programs to instigate change for the benefit of children, students and the community.

  • Global perspective
    Develop a global perspective of early childhood education and its impact on curriculum, education systems, community and leadership across Australia and in local contexts.

  • Language and literacy
    Explore evidence-based research on teaching and learning language and literacy in contemporary early childhood contexts.
Core units
  • Leading Education in a Global Context
  • Assessment in Education: Policies, Pedagogy and Equity
  • Inquiry-Based Practice
  • Advanced Seminar
Specialised units
  • Leading Early Childhood Pedagogy and Practice (0-8 years)
  • Leading Family and Community in the Early Years (0-8 years)
  • Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education
  • Language and Literacy in Early Childhood

What you will study

The Master of Education (Early Childhood Education) comprises four core units of study and four specialisation units of study.

Through this advanced coursework, you will deepen your understanding of contemporary issues in pedagogy, practice, policy, curriculum, assessment strategies and leadership in early childhood education. You will also critically reflect on your practice, with a particular focus on leading change in pedagogy and practice to advocate for children and their learning and establish positive outcomes for families and communities.

Entry criteria

Course admission requirements

To gain entry into the Master of Education (Early Childhood Education), you will have a Bachelor of Education or a Bachelor level degree in any other field plus a Graduate Diploma of Education or Master of Teaching. You will also be required to meet English Language Requirements (Band 4).

Special entry

Special entry may be considered for students with a Bachelor level degree in another area or a three-year trained teacher, both supported by extensive professional experience.

Accelerated and 100% Online

Delivered 100% online and with six study periods a year, you could complete the Master of Education in as little as 16 months while continuing to work full-time. Designed to be intuitive and user-friendly, you’ll experience the same quality of education and learning outcomes, as well as the connection with your fellow students and academics, that you would if studying on-campus. You will also receive dedicated one-on-one support from a Student Success Advisor who can assist with all non-academic questions and motivate you to reach your study goals.


Grow Your Network

ECU has a large professional teacher and education network, putting you in good company to connect, collaborate and network with experienced and passionate peers globally.

Quality Learning Experience

Your learning experience will be of the highest quality, as you’ll learn from experienced, passionate academics who are experts in their field. From our beginnings in 1902 as Claremont Teachers College, we have been at the forefront of teacher education for over 100 years.