The NSW Department of Education is committed to increasing the number of early childhood teachers qualified in providing inclusive education for children with disability and additional needs in NSW community preschools, mobile preschools and long daycare services. To support this commitment, scholarships worth up to $20,000 for eligible individuals.
The scholarships provide financial assistance to scholars who are qualified early childhood teachers to increase the capacity of the early childhood education sector to include children with disability and additional needs, in community preschools, mobile preschools and long daycare services.
Scholarships are available for eligible applicants:
Up to $20,000 each for those commencing or completing the Master of Special and Inclusive Education (specialising in Early Childhood); or
- Up to $10,000 for those commencing or completing the Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Disability Support, at the University of Newcastle.
Both qualifications can be studied online.
Scholarships will be awarded taking into consideration prioritisation areas to meet emerging workforce needs. This includes those already employed in a preschool (including mobile preschool) or long day care in NSW, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those in regional and remote NSW areas, and/or NSW areas with high numbers of disadvantaged children.
The final number of scholarships awarded may vary depending on the financial award provided to each scholar (for instance if there is substantial recognised prior learning or the scholar has partially completed a qualification).
Applications are sought from individuals intending to commence or continue studying from Trimester 1 2023.
Interested applicants need to be qualified early childhood teachers in the NSW early childhood education sector to apply. To be eligible to apply for the 2022-23 Early Childhood Inclusive Education scholarship program, applicants must:
intend to enrol or already be enrolled in the Master of Special and Inclusive Education (specialising in Early Childhood) or a Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Disability Support, at the University of Newcastle.
intend to complete the above qualifications in no more than 4 years.
have completed an early childhood teaching bachelor’s degree recognised by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQAExternal link).
not be in receipt of any other scholarship funding related to the course for which the scholarship is sought.
be employed or intend to work in a NSW community preschool, mobile preschool or long day care service.
- be an Australian citizen or permanent resident residing in NSW. An exemption from the NSW residency requirements may be provided where the applicant can demonstrate they are working or intend to work in NSW early childhood education services. An example of this would be an applicant living in a border region where the applicant is already employed in a NSW early childhood education service.
Applicants may study full-time or part-time.
The aim of the Early Childhood Inclusive Education Scholarships program is to increase the number of NSW early childhood education teachers with a postgraduate qualification in Early Childhood Inclusive Education in NSW community preschools, mobile preschools and long day care services. This supports the vision of a highly qualified and sustainable workforce which meets the needs of children with disabilities and additional needs, and their families.
For more information or to apply: 2022-23 Early Childhood Inclusive Education Scholarships Program