Master of Teaching (Primary)

  • CRICOS Code: 093411M

What will I study?


You will become an active member of a school in your first semester. This means you can connect what you learn at university with what you learn in the classroom.

Gain unique skills to assist individual learning needs

Through studies in clinical 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.

Learn more about the clinical framework

Course structure

  • Full-time study, comprising four semesters over two years
  • 200 points of coursework.

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).

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

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Master of Teaching (Primary).

Coursework pathway

Coursework candidates must complete:

  • Compulsory coursework, including an Education Research 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 substantial research project 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.

Course diagrams

Teacher Candidates choose one specialised pathway to enhance the generalist primary qualification. Find more information on the Specialised Pathway subject overview (PDF, 472 KB).

Course schedules

The Commonwealth Government of Australia now requires all students undertaking initial teacher education courses in Australia to pass a literacy and numeracy test.  For more information, see Literacy and Numeracy Test for Master of Teaching students (PDF, 262 KB).

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