Master of Teaching (Primary)

  • CRICOS Code: 093411M

What will I study?


During the Master of Teaching (Primary) course, you will learn how to become a confident primary school teacher, ready to lead your own classes. You will become an active member of a school in your first semester. This means you can directly connect what you learn at university with what you learn in the classroom.

Through studies in Evidence-Based Teaching, the Master of Teaching will help you develop interventionist educational assistance. You'll develop the professional skills to assess, diagnose and support the individual learning needs of all students, and work with learners of all abilities.

Study structure

The Master of Teaching (Primary) course is 200 points of coursework and is comprised of both supported teacher placement and face-to face learning. The course is offered both full-time (2 years/4 semesters) and part-time (4 years/8 semesters).

First year structure

In the full-time study mode, the first three semesters focus on your development as a primary teacher, equipping you to teach across the curriculum and personalise learning to meet students’ individual needs. You will become familiar with different approaches to teacher-led research, and based on your previous studies and semester results, you can choose to specialise in one of the following areas:

  • Arts; health and physical education; humanities; languages; literacy; mathematics; science; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Second year structure

In the second year, you will choose to follow either the coursework or research pathway:

Coursework Pathway

Coursework candidates must complete:

  • Compulsory coursework
  • A professional learning capstone project
  • 1 x elective (with the option of a Place Based Elective).

Place Based Electives allow you to undertake work experience in different education settings, e.g. in rural Australia, in an indigenous community, or in a museum or art gallery. Eligibility is subject to meeting academic requirements.

Research Pathway

Research candidates must complete:

  • Compulsory coursework
  • A research proposal in an area of interest

Completion of the research option allows progress to a PhD (subject to meeting academic requirements). The research pathway is only available to students who achieve an average of 75% or above in the first year and to those in the full-time study option.

Also available: Master of Teaching (Early Childhood & Primary)

Course map

Teacher Candidates choose one specialised pathway to enhance the generalist primary qualification.

Course schedules

University Handbook: Master of Teaching (Primary)

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