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

✓ Flexible study: 2 years full-time |  3 years extended

✓ Unparalleled support during your studies and placements

✓ Graduate extremely employable

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

Exciting Master of Teaching News: The Melbourne Graduate School of Education is pleased to announce that we will be launching a new Master of Teaching curriculum for 2022. Our academic team has redeveloped our Initial Teacher Education courses, with you, the Teacher Candidate, at the centre. Continuing our high level of quality, our new courses will offer greater flexibility and more specialised preparation to best prepare you for your future in teaching. We will be sharing the new program in November. To get the news first, please register your interest.

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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 one learning area. You will be prepared to teach with innovative insights into curriculum and subject areas, as well as applying and building on knowledge from specialised pathways in a capstone project subject. The course promotes a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing and being. There is a focus on wellbeing for both the student and the teacher, along with prioritising sustainable practices. The course will prepare graduates to become leaders in the profession and extend their capabilities through work integrated learning that links authentic real world professional experiences with disciplinary theory.

The Master of Teaching (Primary) 2022 course will be submitted to the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) for accreditation. Once accredited, the Master of Teaching (Primary) will allow graduates to apply for registration to teach in Australian schools. Please note: The Master of Teaching courses offered prior to 2022 are accredited.

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.

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. This integrates theory and practice, ensuring teacher candidates develop the professional skills to assess, identify and support students’ individual learning needs, and to work with learners of all abilities.

These factors combined mean you will finish your course confident of gaining employment. We rank with a high employment rate, with 95.9 per cent of our graduates gaining employment within the first four months of graduating.^

After completing her previous studies at the University of Melbourne, Essie taught in secondary schools and had a son, before returning to the Master of Teaching (Primary). As a mature student, she is enjoying the diverse course cohort: "There are lots of parents, people changing careers in their 30s and 40s, people coming to study from overseas, and so on. It didn’t take me long to feel a real sense of belonging among a truly fantastic group of people."

Support while you learn

With international, regional and rural 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 2018-2020