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Institute of Early Childhood

Postgraduate Coursework Guide


Why Choose Postgraduate Early Childhood Studies at Macquarie

  1. Flexibility - Candidates can study at Macquarie whilst located anywhere in the world, using a variety of online discussion tools or virtual classrooms.
  2. Expertise - Candidates benefit from the expertise of skilled and dedicated specialists and world renowned researchers in a wide variety of fields. Academics at Macquarie University are leading research projects at regional, national and international levels and are recognised worldwide for their publications. For information on research and publications visit research publications and staff research interests.
    Candidates are invited to participate in fortnightly seminars and to engage with cutting edge research projects in the field of early childhood.
  3. Diversity -The current cohort of postgraduate candidates at the Institute of Early Childhood come from China, Chile, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the USA, as well as from all around Australia.
  4. Scholarship - A variety of scholarship opportunities are available for postgraduate research students who undertake full-time studies on campus.
  5. Cutting edge technology - Students at Macquarie enjoy state of the art online technology which allows them to study from anywhere in the world., Macquarie University is home to  the first Automated Retrieval Collection Library in Australia, holding over 1 million items, immediately accessible.


All IEC postgraduate units can be accessed via flexible modes of delivery. Applications for the Master of Teaching and the Master of Educational Leadership (Early Childhood) are made through UAC.  Applications for the Master of Early Childhood and the Graduate Certificate of Early Childhood are made directly to the University.  More information can be obtained from the following contacts:

  • Postgraduate Enquiries:


Local Applicants (Australian Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or New Zealand Citizens)

International Students (Other Countries other than Australia or New Zealand)
Admissions requirements - International Students considering studying for a Master of Teaching (Birth to five years) 


Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years)

64 credit points

The Master of teaching (Birth to Five Years) is a postgraduate level initial early childhood teaching qualification. It is designed to enable graduates of other disciplines to obtain an early childhood teaching qualification without undertaking a further undergraduate degree. Graduates of this degree will be eligible for employment as teachers in prior to school settings, typically preschools and long day care centres. Please note: This program is not available for external study only.

2 years full time
4 years part time

Admissions requirements - International Students considering studying for a Master of Teaching (Birth to five years)

Master of Early Childhood (MECh)

48 credit points

This program provides candidates with an opportunity to undertake advanced study in early childhood, to enhance their professional knowledge, and extend their knowledge of related areas in early childhood. The program also provides an opportunity for outstanding candidates to apply to upgrade to research programs. Please note: this program does NOT provide a teaching qualification in early childhood.

1.5 year full time
3 years part time

Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood 

16 credit points

This program enables students to develop an understanding of contemporary research-based knowledge of early childhood principles and practice in selected areas. The successful completion of the Grad Cert of EC offers an opportunity for students with an Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent in a discipline other than Early Childhood Education to qualify for entry into Macquarie's Masters programs in Early Childhood Education. 

Please note: this program does NOT provide a teaching qualification in early childhood.

6 months full time
1 year part time

Master of Educational Leadership (Early Childhood)

48 credit points

The Educational Leadership specialisation in Early Childhood Education enables students to enhance their knowledge, skills and understandings of the theory and practice of educational leadership operationalised within early childhood organisations, systems and jurisdictions in contemporary Australian society.

Key features

As a postgraduate degree, this program aims to develop graduates who are ethical, autonomous and critically reflective educational leaders and mentors. The program incorporates flexible modes of delivery for part-time study and is particularly suited for practising professionals who are either aspiring to become leaders or are currently working as leaders to consolidate their skills and knowledge in educational leadership

1 year full time
2 years part time

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