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Teacher Education

Teachers help to develop and shape young minds. At ECU, we develop and shape those teachers. Because making a positive difference in the lives of kids requires some creative thinking. Like finding new ways to engage their already active minds. Think you can do it?

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Why ECU?


If you want to be part of the next generation of outstanding teachers and make a real difference to the lives of young people, our Teacher Education courses will start you on your journey.

Our experienced team are passionate about education and strive to find better ways to help you become a teacher – through pioneering research and outstanding community-based partnerships with schools.

Our courses are professionally accredited by the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia. Early Childhood Studies courses have been approved by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority.

Master of Teaching or Master of Education?

Our School of Education offers two postgraduate courses that sound similar, but are tailored to students seeking different outcomes.

Master of Teaching

If you have a degree in an area other than education, these 2-year courses enable you to become a teacher, including completing your studies on an internship in a Western Australian school.

Master of Teaching (Secondary) - Fast Track

ECU's Master of Teaching (Secondary) can be completed in only 18 months. To take advantage of this fast-track option, you'll need to continue your studies during our winter and summer teaching periods.

Master of Education

If you're already in the education profession, this is a 1-year postgraduate degree that'll help you progress your career by expanding your knowledge in a specialist area and fine-tuning your leadership skills.

Alternatively, you can complete this course in 16 months, specialising in either Early Childhood Education or Leading Education, via our Accelerated Online mode.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

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Experience Teacher Education at ECU.

Explore your options

  • Professor Caroline Mansfield, Executive Dean of the School of Education says ECU's Education students grab the opportunity to become teachers

  • The Master of Teaching (Secondary) course can be completed in only 18 months. To take advantage of this fast-track option, you'll need to continue your studies during our winter and summer teaching periods.

  • Senior lecturer in Master of Teaching (Primary) Dr Helen Adam on why young children need to be exposed to books containing cultural diversity.

  • Early Childhood Education student Hannah Newton talks about her professional placement and the incredible support from her lecturers.

  • Secondary Education (Science) graduate Ellyn Johnson says her studies and practical experience have prepared her so well that she now gets excited every time she's working with kids.

  • ECU Pre-Service Teachers and Mount Lawley Senior High School Staff talk about ECU's innovative Scholar in Residence Program.

  • Explore the exciting Design and Technology major in Secondary Education and hear from current students about their experiences.

  • ECU's School of Education provides its Pre-Service Secondary Teachers with fantastic workshops to hone their Design and Technology skills and knowledge, and to create some truly inspired works.

Scholarship opportunities to reduce your expenses

Scholarships recognise those whose life journey may have been challenging, as well as students who've shown outstanding academic excellence and endeavour.

A scholarship can help you realise your ambitions by paying for fees, text books and living expenses.

Realise your dream with our scholarships

Increased demand for qualified Early Childhood Teachers

There has never been a better time for Early Childhood Studies at ECU.

Changes to regulations in early learning centres means those centres must now employ a second teacher for 60+ children, creating additional demand for university-qualified early childhood teachers.

So now is an ideal time for early childhood workers to upskill with a degree from ECU. Better still, our recognition of prior learning rules means a childcare employee with an existing diploma or advanced diploma qualification can get a head start into a Bachelor's degree. This could be as much as eight units, shaving a full year off the course.

More about Early Childhood Studies

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Student stories

  • Mikayla King

    Mikayla King

    ECU Early Childhood Education graduate

    I gained employment straight after my final practicum placement

    The Early Childhood Teaching course is extremely practical. I was in the classroom on placements from my first semester, which allowed me to put theory into practice.

    I formed really great two-way relationships with my lecturers. They all came from teaching backgrounds, and were able to pass on knowledge from their own experience of classrooms and early learning settings.

  • April Lotay

    April Lotay

    ECU Master of Teaching (Primary Education) student

    There is an immense amount of support and inspiration on campus.

    Before I even considered becoming a teacher, I knew ECU created the best teachers from what I heard amongst my teacher friends.

    ECU's Master of Teaching offers specialisations, enabling us students to graduate as an expert in our chosen field. I also really enjoyed the long practical placements, and gained loads of hands-on experience.

    There is an immense amount of support and inspiration on campus. The lecturers are passionate and genuinely want each of us to be the best teacher we can be. I've made great friends in my course and we all support each other. It's not a competitive environment which is refreshing. It's supportive, fun and motivating.

  • James O'Neil

    ECU Secondary Education student

    Studying Secondary Education at ECU – James’ Story

    Secondary Education student James chats about why he chose to study at ECU and the experiences he's gained throughout the course.

The Important Things

Things you should know about if you're thinking about studying here.

Course Entry

There's more than one admission pathway into an ECU course. It depends on what you've studied already, or your work or life experience.

Fees & Scholarships

Course tuition fees can change, but we can give you an estimate of your costs. If you're eligible, a scholarship or student loan can help too.


Applying for a course is a fairly simple process, especially if you have scanned copies of qualifications, your resume or other paperwork, ready to upload.

ECU Experience

Starting a course is an exciting and sometimes daunting time, so we make a massive effort to ensure you get all the support you need to have a positive experience.