The accreditation process involves a rigorous assessment of an initial teacher education (ITE) program against a set of nationally agreed standards. Accreditation standards and procedures are designed to ensure that all graduates of ITE meet the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Graduate career stage. This ensures the program is of high quality and prepares pre-service teachers for the teaching profession. The process also includes an assessment of a provider’s quality assurance and continuous improvement mechanisms, as well as ensuring that the provider has a nationally endorsed teaching performance assessment which all graduates must successfully complete.
In Queensland, each program is assessed by a panel of nationally trained assessors that includes school leaders, employers, practising teachers and higher education representatives. A mandatory site visit involving forums with school partners, graduates, ITE students and the teaching staff of the ITE program is embedded in Queensland reaccreditation processes. Panels make a recommendation to the QCT’s Professional Standards Committee, which holds responsibility for granting accreditation and determines the length of the accreditation period. A maximum of five years accreditation may be granted.
More information on the accreditation process may be found at: www.aitsl.edu.au/deliver-ite-programs/standards-and-procedures.
|Provider||University of Southern Queensland|
|Program title||Master of Learning and Teaching (Early Years)|
|Program duration in equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL)||2 years|
|Minimum program duration||1.5 years|
|Stage of schooling||Early Childhood|
|Mode(s) of delivery||Online|
|Date of current accreditation||19/11/2020|
|Accreditation outcome*||Five-year accreditation period granted|
|Accreditation expiry date (optional)||30/12/2025|
|Quality assurance processes in place||
Quality assurance processes include, but are not limited to:
Program description and rationale
To graduate with a Master of Learning and Teaching (Early Years), students are required to complete 16 units, including discipline-specific curriculum and pedagogical studies and a primary specialisation. This postgraduate preservice teacher program is offered in an accelerated pattern to enable the completion of four semesters of study in one and a half years, which is equivalent to a two year program.
The learning/subject area available for the primary specialisation is English/Literacy.
The Master of Learning and Teaching (Early Years) includes 75 days of supervised professional experience in primary schools and childcare settings and alternative educational settings.
For further information, including entry requirements and career opportunities, please visit:
USQ Master of Learning and Teaching (Early Years) graduates have successfully passed the national literacy and numeracy test (LANTITE), the final Queensland Professional Experience Reporting Framework (QPERF) and the Graduate Teaching Performance Assessment (GTPA).
* Nationally accredited ITE programs delivered in Queensland are subject to ongoing monitoring, including: