Master of Teaching (Primary)

  • CRICOS Code: 093411M

Course overview

  • 2 years full time / 4 years part time
  • On Campus (Parkville)
  • Available to domestic and international students


✓ Become a highly effective primary teacher

✓ Unparalleled support during your studies and placements

✓ Graduate extremely employable

✓ Become eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)

Learn how to become a confident primary school teacher with a combination of on-campus and teacher placement study. The Master of Teaching (Primary) prepares you to teach across all primary years (children aged five-12 years) as a generalist teacher, with specialist knowledge in literacy and numeracy education. You will be prepared to teach with innovative insights into curriculum and subject areas, as well as applying and building on your knowledge from a choice of eight specialised pathways.

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Who is the program for?

The Master of Teaching (Primary) is for those looking to become teachers in primary settings. It is also excellent training for those pursuing a career in children’s services coordination, research, policy formation, quality regulation and assessment or positions involving early intervention for children with special needs.

Students who have completed a Bachelor degree at the University of Melbourne have access to a Guaranteed Entry pathway into the Master of Teaching. This includes early admission into the Master of Teaching and a Commonwealth Supported Place (for Domestic students only).

If you’re a year 12 student, you can secure your place in the Master of Teaching program with one of our new Graduate Degree Packages, comprising both a Bachelor’s and Master’s qualification.

Learn more about Graduate Degree Packages

Why choose the Master of Teaching (Primary) with us?

Our renowned qualification is known for producing some of the best primary teachers in the country, with schools often approaching us directly with job opportunities for teacher candidates. The reputation of the University of Melbourne is strong and globally recognised, particularly for education where MGSE has been ranked #1 in Australia and #14 in the world.*

We’re the only initial teaching degree in Australia to use an Evidence-Based Teaching frameworkputting research at the heart of what we do. MGSE is at the cutting edge of teaching and research, meaning you’ll be taught by a number of internationally recognised education experts.

These factors combined mean you will finish your course confident of gaining employment. We rank with a high employment rate, with 96 per cent of our graduates gaining employment within the first four months of graduating.^

Support while you learn

With international opportunities and an extensive network of placement schools available for our teacher placements,  our placement support is the most comprehensive of all programs in Victoria.  We take pride in the excellent support we offer our Master of Teaching (Primary) students from enrolment, throughout their studies, and beyond. You will receive ongoing support – unlike any other university – both on campus and while on placement. As you learn, you will be supported by a Mentor Teacher and a Teaching Specialist.

Indigenous Support and Knowledge

We offer a range of support services here at the University of Melbourne for Indigenous students, via Murrup Barak. Find out more here. We are also working to empower all teachers to integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in their teaching through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Curricula project. Find out more here.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021: Education

^Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching, Graduates Outcomes Survey 2017-2019