Monash University

Postgraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Education


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


This Master of Teaching specialisation qualifies graduates to teach children from birth to eight years of age in childcare, kindergartens and preschools, and to support children's transition to school. Students develop an understanding of learning at the heart of teaching and acquire a perspective of teaching as the power to change. Students actively engage with contemporary theories, concepts and practices of early years education. They learn about the range of local and international early years services and social/cultural contexts of early years provision for children aged birth to eight years, and develop skills to work with families and communities. Students learn how inclusive practices meet a diversity of children's needs and build a repertoire of strategies to manage children's learning. Professional understanding and skills are extended through 60 days of supervised professional experience, and students learn to generate and reflect on evidence to evaluate their practice and build professional judgement. This specialisation prepares students to become effective and proactive leaders and educators in early years education.


Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Students must complete:

  • EDF4120 Learning at the heart of teaching
  • EDF4121 Teaching: The power to change
  • EDF4122 Teaching partnerships: Working with families and communities
  • EDF4123 Literacy across the years
  • EDF5016 Inclusive teaching
  • EDF5018 Curriculum, assessment and reporting
  • EDF5019 Teacher as professional leader
  • EDF5020 Early years numeracy and critical thinking
  • EDF5021 Lenses on child development
  • EDF5022 Science, technology and sustainability in early years
  • EDF5023 Creative development for children
  • EDF5024 Play and pedagogy
  • EDF5025 Early childhood policy transformations
  • EDF5026 Early years wellbeing and workplace safety
  • EDF5925 Early years professional experience 1 (0 points)
  • EDF5926 Early years professional experience 2 (0 points)
  • EDF5927 Early years professional experience 3 (0 points)
  • EDF5935 Primary professional experience 5 (0 points)

plus one of the following extended professional learning options:

* This unit is only available by invitation. It may provide a pathway to a research degree.

Refer to the course mapcourse map (http://monash.edu/education/current-students/courses/maps/2015/2015-map-d6001-mteach-ey.pdf) for course progression advice.


60 days of professional experienceprofessional experience (http://monash.edu/education/current-students/professional-experience/placements/) completed in early childhood settings.

Professional recognition

This specialisation is accredited by professional bodies. Refer to Professional registration and accreditationProfessional registration and accreditation (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/edu-04.html) for information.

Relevant courses

D6001 Master of Teaching