About Us

About Us

The Institute of Early Childhood is part of the Faculty of Human Sciences at Macquarie University. With a history that can be traced to 1898 we are committed to maximising opportunities for young children, families and communities through research, teaching, learning and advocacy.

IEC graduates may be employed as teachers in preschools, (K-6) primary schools and long day care centres. They may also be employed in local and state government departments.

A tradition of excellence 

The history of the Institute of Early Childhood can be traced back to the late 19th Century, when the Kindergarten Union established a course to train early childhood teachers in the Froebelian Method. In 1898, the original course was extended to three years, reflecting the Kindergarten Union's concern for an educational emphasis rather than an only caring emphasis in the centres it provided. The Nursery School Teachers College was established in 1931 to prepare teachers for the Sydney Day Nursery and Nursery Schools Associate centres.

Our courses

Undergraduate courses

Our undergraduate degrees qualify you to teach in long day care, preschool and primary school settings.

Postgraduate courses

Our flexible postgraduate courses is aimed at building your capacity to develop, lead and innovate. You may study online, part-time or full-time.

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Our staff

The department comprise of academic staff and professional staff.

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