In a move to enhance the quality of education for four to six year-old children, The University of Western Australia will offer a Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) from 2011.
The two-year course will be open to graduates with a three-year Bachelor's degree.
Dean of UWA's Faculty of Education, Winthrop Professor Helen Wildy, said the introduction of the new program would complete the Master of Teaching suite of education programs offered at the Graduate School of Education.
"Early childhood teachers are key figures in the teaching and learning of language and literacy skills, as well as the whole range of cognitive, physical, emotional and social skills," Professor Wildy said.
"They create safe learning environments for children while nurturing creative and curious instincts and fostering positive attitudes to learning and problem solving. And they play a critical and foundational role in preparing young people for life-long learning and participation in society.
"At a time of unprecedented national and international attention to the early years of education, our Faculty of Education is committed to preparing graduates of the highest calibre who will make a vital contribution to the educational community."
UWA Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alan Robson, said the University's Graduate School of Education attracted students of the highest quality who were destined to become leaders in education.