This specialisation will prepare you to teach infants and children from birth to five years of age in childcare, kindergartens and preschools. The curriculum spans birth to eight years of age and you will actively engage with contemporary theories, concepts and practices of early years education, developing inclusive practices to meet a diversity of children's needs and building a repertoire of strategies to manage children's learning and to support children's transition to school. You will develop a deep understanding of the social and cultural contexts of early years provision for children, develop skills to work with families and communities, and learn to identify the range of local and international early years services available to practitioners.
Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.
Part A. Orientation studies (24 points)
- Learning at the heart of teaching
- Teaching: The power to change
- Teaching partnerships: Working with families and communities
- Literacy across the years
Part B. Specialist education studies and Part C. Professional practice (72 points)
The professional experience units below require 60 days of professional experience, in four blocks of 15 days, completed in early childhood settings.
For specialist studies (54 points) students complete:
- Inclusive teaching
- Curriculum, assessment and reporting
- Early years numeracy and critical thinking
- Lenses on child development
- Science, technology and sustainability in early years
- Creative development for children
- Play and pedagogy
- Early childhood policy transformations
- Early years wellbeing and workplace safety
For professional studies (18 points) students complete:
- Teacher as professional leader
- Early years professional experience 1 (0 points)
- Early years professional experience 2 (0 points)
- Early years professional experience 3 (0 points)
- Primary professional experience 5 (0 points)
- one master's unit chosen from the elective list below (12 points)
Note: This elective list will change from time to time and not all units are available on every campus, every semester or every year. Some units are offered in flexible mode.
Elective units are 12 points unless otherwise stated.
- Understanding inclusion in learning communities
- Language, culture and curriculum
- Pedagogy and assessment in TESOL
- Bilingualism and content-based programs
- Educating the gifted
- Talent development and diversity
- Technology and education key issues and debates
- Instructional design: Harnessing digital technologies for learning
- Language and literacies across educational contexts
- Developing expertise in mathematics education
- Teaching music: Theory and practice
- Expertise in teaching
- Practising inclusion
- Indigenous perspectives in professional practice
- Young people: Culture, communities and education
- Building partnerships with families and communities
- Designing learning for adults
- Leading local, rural and regional learning and participation
- Education and globalisation in the Asian century
- Learning through participation
- Environmental education, design and learning for sustainability
- Education, development and ecological sustainability
- Positive behaviour support
- Engaging with practices of contemporary science
- Professional project
- Professional practice in special and inclusive education
- Using and evaluating research evidence
- Taking a stand in education debates
- Self-study as professional inquiry
- VCAL and VET at school
- Creative research approaches
60 days of professional experienceprofessional experience (http://monash.edu/education/current-students/professional-experience/placements/) completed in early childhood settings.
This specialisation is accredited by professional bodies. Refer to Professional recognitionProfessional recognition (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2017handbooks/postgrad/edu-06.html) for information.
Related areas of study
D6001 Master of Teaching