Master of Teaching (Birth - 5 Years) (1784)

  • Effective from: 2022
  • Approved Abbreviation: MTeach(Birth-5Yrs)
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1784
  • AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 111250C

This program has been changed from an exit only pathway to an entry point program from Autumn 2024.

Handbook summary 2022 - 2023

The Master of Teaching (Birth - 5 Years) is an exit point on completion of 160 credit points of study selected from the 1783 - Master of Teaching (Birth - 5 Years/Birth - 12 Years) subjects as indicated in the program structure.

1783 - Master of Teaching (Birth - 5 Years/Birth - 12 Years)

Handbook summary 2024

The Master of Teaching (Birth - 5 Years) is a postgraduate initial teaching qualification that qualifies students to teach in early childhood education and care services, including preschool, long day care and community settings. This degree focuses on the continuity of children’s learning in the early childhood years across all curriculum areas. The program emphasises sustaining relationships with families and communities, social justice, diversity and advocacy. Through a strength-based approach students will develop responsive play-based pedagogies for all children. Pedagogical leadership will be developed through 60 days of professional experience placements in a diverse range of early childhood education and care settings.

Study Mode

Two years full-time.

Program Advice

Denise Fraser

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Bankstown Campus Full Time Internal See above
Bankstown Campus Part Time Internal See above
Bankstown City Campus (from 2023) Full Time Internal See above
Bankstown City Campus (from 2023) Part Time Internal See above

Accreditation

Master of Teaching (Birth-5 years) is a professional early childhood teaching qualification for students possessing a recognised and relevant bachelor degree. The program is approved by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). Graduates of this program will be registered teachers with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and meet the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Graduate Teacher level.

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this program that you must meet in order to complete your program and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this program online.

Inherent Requirements 

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline.  This program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this program.  Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the link below for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Admission

Admission 2022 - 2023

This is an exit point only from Program 1783 Master of Teaching (Birth - 5 Years/Birth - 12 Years).

1783 - Master of Teaching (Birth - 5 Years/Birth - 12 Years)

Admission Autumn 2024

Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline.

Applicants must have achieved a minimum GPA of 4 in undergraduate study. Current students transitioning from approved Western Sydney Pathway to teaching programs are not included in the GPA requirement.

Additional Information for Applicants:

Current WSU students in the Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching (Early Childhood/Primary), and Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth – 5 / Birth – 12) can apply via the WSU Transition to Teaching. All other local applicants must apply via the Universities Admission Centre (UAC), see http://www.uac.edu.au.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.  

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.


International students who did not complete their undergraduate degree in Australia must also meet English Language proficiency requirements and must provide evidence to satisfy the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) as in the following

1. An Academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test Report Form (TRF) that shows:

- an overall score of 7.5 with:

- a score of at least 7.0 for Reading and Writing; and

- score of at least 8.0 for Speaking and Listening.

The IELTS test scores must appear on a single IELTS TRF and be the result of a test undertaken during the 24-month period prior to submitting an application.

Or

2. An applicant has completed study assessed by AITSL as comparable to at least four years of full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education (university) study, that results in a qualification/s comparable to the education level of an Australian bachelor degree or higher (must include a recognised initial teacher education qualification) undertaken in Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States. Details of acceptable proof are available in the WSU International website

International - Entry requirements

Special Requirements Prerequisites

Prior to enrolling, students in subjects TEAC 7104 Professional Experience Birth - 2 Years and TEAC 7103 Professional Experience 3 - 5 Years must

QuEST - Non-Academic Capabilities Selection

Students with an offer to enrol in an accredited initial teacher education program are required to complete an online interview to assess your capabilities, in other words, your talents and personal attributes that are relevant to the teaching profession. Western Sydney University refer to this compulsory assessment as QuEST about which you will receive an email prior to the start of the teaching session.

Refer to the Australian Institute for Teaching and Leadership (AITSL)website for more information and the Selection Guidelines: Factsheet.

Recommended Sequence 2024

This structure applies to students who commenced in 2024 or later.  If you commenced prior to 2024 please refer to the relevant Sequence tab for details.

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 160 credit points which include the core subjects listed in the recommended sequence below.

Start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
TEAC 7022 Creative Teaching and Learning 10
TEAC 7162 Children’s Learning and Development 10
TEAC 7030 Diverse Literacies 10
TEAC 7015 Children, Families, Communities 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
TEAC 7057 Becoming an Exemplary Teacher 10
TEAC 7147 Play, Health and Wellbeing 10
TEAC 7037 Early Learning Environments 10
TEAC 7112 Prosocial Learning Environments 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
TEAC 7156 Aboriginal Education: Past, Present and Future 10
TEAC 7038 Working Mathematically 1: Exploring Connections 10
TEAC 7071 Literacy Connections 1: Understanding and Creating 10
TEAC 7104 Professional Experience Birth - 2 Years 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
TEAC 7061 Leadership and Management 10
TEAC 7166 Inclusive Pedagogies 10
TEAC 7087 Pedagogical Leadership: Critically Reflective Practice 10
TEAC 7103 Professional Experience 3 - 5 Years 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points160

Mid-year Intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
TEAC 7037 Early Learning Environments 10
TEAC 7156 Aboriginal Education: Past, Present and Future 10
TEAC 7057 Becoming an Exemplary Teacher 10
TEAC 7162 Children’s Learning and Development 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
TEAC 7015 Children, Families, Communities 10
TEAC 7030 Diverse Literacies 10
TEAC 7147 Play, Health and Wellbeing 10
TEAC 7022 Creative Teaching and Learning 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
TEAC 7104 Professional Experience Birth - 2 Years 10
TEAC 7061 Leadership and Management 10
TEAC 7112 Prosocial Learning Environments 10
TEAC 7166 Inclusive Pedagogies 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
TEAC 7071 Literacy Connections 1: Understanding and Creating 10
TEAC 7038 Working Mathematically 1: Exploring Connections 10
TEAC 7087 Pedagogical Leadership: Critically Reflective Practice 10
TEAC 7103 Professional Experience 3 - 5 Years 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points160

Graduates of Bachelor of Arts (Pathways to Teaching (Early Childhood/Primary)

will receive 40 credit points advanced standing for: TEAC7156 Aboriginal Education: Past, Present and Future, TEAC7015 Children, Families, Communities, TEAC7057 Becoming an Exemplary Teacher, TEAC7022 Creative Teaching and Learning.

Start-year Intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
TEAC 7030 Diverse Literacies 10
TEAC 7162 Children’s Learning and Development 10
TEAC 7147 Play, Health and Wellbeing 10
TEAC 7037 Early Learning Environments 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
TEAC 7112 Prosocial Learning Environments 10
TEAC 7061 Leadership and Management 10
TEAC 7104 Professional Experience Birth - 2 Years 10
TEAC 7166 Inclusive Pedagogies 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
TEAC 7038 Working Mathematically 1: Exploring Connections 10
TEAC 7071 Literacy Connections 1: Understanding and Creating 10
TEAC 7087 Pedagogical Leadership: Critically Reflective Practice 10
TEAC 7103 Professional Experience 3 - 5 Years 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points120

Mid-year Intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
TEAC 7162 Children’s Learning and Development 10
TEAC 7147 Play, Health and Wellbeing 10
TEAC 7037 Early Learning Environments 10
TEAC 7112 Prosocial Learning Environments 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
TEAC 7030 Diverse Literacies 10
TEAC 7038 Working Mathematically 1: Exploring Connections 10
TEAC 7071 Literacy Connections 1: Understanding and Creating 10
TEAC 7104 Professional Experience Birth - 2 Years 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
TEAC 7061 Leadership and Management 10
TEAC 7166 Inclusive Pedagogies 10
TEAC 7087 Pedagogical Leadership: Critically Reflective Practice 10
TEAC 7103 Professional Experience 3 - 5 Years 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points120

Recommended Sequence 2022-2023

This structure applies to students who commenced in 2022 - 2023. If you commenced in Autumn 2024 or later please refer to the relevant Sequence tab for details.

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 160 credit points which include the subjects listed in the recommended sequence below.

Start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
TEAC 7114 Research and Professional Practice 10
TEAC 7030 Diverse Literacies 10
TEAC 7015 Children, Families, Communities 10
TEAC 7147 Play, Health and Wellbeing 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
TEAC 7022 Creative Teaching and Learning 10
TEAC 7156 Aboriginal Education: Past, Present and Future 10
TEAC 7057 Becoming an Exemplary Teacher 10
TEAC 7037 Early Learning Environments 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
TEAC 7061 Leadership and Management 10
TEAC 7071 Literacy Connections 1: Understanding and Creating 10
TEAC 7112 Prosocial Learning Environments 10
TEAC 7104 Professional Experience Birth - 2 Years 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
TEAC 7038 Working Mathematically 1: Exploring Connections 10
TEAC 7087 Pedagogical Leadership: Critically Reflective Practice 10
TEAC 7103 Professional Experience 3 - 5 Years 10
TEAC 7166 Inclusive Pedagogies 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points160

Mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
TEAC 7030 Diverse Literacies 10
TEAC 7156 Aboriginal Education: Past, Present and Future 10
TEAC 7057 Becoming an Exemplary Teacher 10
TEAC 7147 Play, Health and Wellbeing 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
TEAC 7114 Research and Professional Practice 10
TEAC 7015 Children, Families, Communities 10
TEAC 7112 Prosocial Learning Environments 10
TEAC 7104 Professional Experience Birth - 2 Years 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
TEAC 7038 Working Mathematically 1: Exploring Connections 10
TEAC 7022 Creative Teaching and Learning 10
TEAC 7037 Early Learning Environments 10
TEAC 7166 Inclusive Pedagogies 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
TEAC 7061 Leadership and Management 10
TEAC 7071 Literacy Connections 1: Understanding and Creating 10
TEAC 7087 Pedagogical Leadership: Critically Reflective Practice 10
TEAC 7103 Professional Experience 3 - 5 Years 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points160

Graduates of Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth - 5 / Birth - 12) 
(40 credit points advanced standing for Theorising Play; Introduction to Pedagogical Leadership; Children, Families, Communities; Early Learning Environments) 

Start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
TEAC 7114 Research and Professional Practice 10
TEAC 7030 Diverse Literacies 10
TEAC 7022 Creative Teaching and Learning 10
TEAC 7112 Prosocial Learning Environments 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
TEAC 7038 Working Mathematically 1: Exploring Connections 10
TEAC 7156 Aboriginal Education: Past, Present and Future 10
TEAC 7104 Professional Experience Birth - 2 Years 10
TEAC 7166 Inclusive Pedagogies 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
TEAC 7071 Literacy Connections 1: Understanding and Creating 10
TEAC 7061 Leadership and Management 10
TEAC 7087 Pedagogical Leadership: Critically Reflective Practice 10
TEAC 7103 Professional Experience 3 - 5 Years 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points120

Mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
TEAC 7030 Diverse Literacies 10
TEAC 7022 Creative Teaching and Learning 10
TEAC 7156 Aboriginal Education: Past, Present and Future 10
TEAC 7104 Professional Experience Birth - 2 Years 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
TEAC 7114 Research and Professional Practice 10
TEAC 7061 Leadership and Management 10
TEAC 7071 Literacy Connections 1: Understanding and Creating 10
TEAC 7112 Prosocial Learning Environments 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
TEAC 7038 Working Mathematically 1: Exploring Connections 10
TEAC 7087 Pedagogical Leadership: Critically Reflective Practice 10
TEAC 7103 Professional Experience 3 - 5 Years 10
TEAC 7166 Inclusive Pedagogies 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points120

Start-year intake - Accelerated Pattern

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
TEAC 7114 Research and Professional Practice 10
TEAC 7030 Diverse Literacies 10
TEAC 7071 Literacy Connections 1: Understanding and Creating 10
TEAC 7112 Prosocial Learning Environments 10
TEAC 7104 Professional Experience Birth - 2 Years 10
 Credit Points50
Spring session
TEAC 7038 Working Mathematically 1: Exploring Connections 10
TEAC 7156 Aboriginal Education: Past, Present and Future 10
TEAC 7087 Pedagogical Leadership: Critically Reflective Practice 10
TEAC 7103 Professional Experience 3 - 5 Years 10
TEAC 7166 Inclusive Pedagogies 10
 Credit Points50
Summer session
TEAC 7061 Leadership and Management 10
TEAC 7022 Creative Teaching and Learning 10
 Credit Points20
 Total Credit Points120

Mid-year intake - Accelerated Pattern

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
TEAC 7030 Diverse Literacies 10
TEAC 7156 Aboriginal Education: Past, Present and Future 10
TEAC 7038 Working Mathematically 1: Exploring Connections 10
TEAC 7104 Professional Experience Birth - 2 Years 10
TEAC 7166 Inclusive Pedagogies 10
 Credit Points50
Summer session
TEAC 7061 Leadership and Management 10
TEAC 7022 Creative Teaching and Learning 10
 Credit Points20
Year 2
Autumn session
TEAC 7114 Research and Professional Practice 10
TEAC 7071 Literacy Connections 1: Understanding and Creating 10
TEAC 7112 Prosocial Learning Environments 10
TEAC 7087 Pedagogical Leadership: Critically Reflective Practice 10
TEAC 7103 Professional Experience 3 - 5 Years 10
 Credit Points50
 Total Credit Points120

Equivalent Subjects

The subject listed below count towards completion of this program for students who passed these subjects in 2023 or earlier.

TEAC 7153 Inclusive Education: Principles and Practice, replaced by TEAC 7166 Inclusive Pedagogies