The University of Newcastle, Australia

Prospective and newly commencing students should refer to our new program
Master of Teaching (Primary) (2020 onwards)

Program handbook


The Master of Teaching (Primary) Program at the University of Newcastle provides a postgraduate pathway into a highly successful and rewarding career in teaching. The program aims to develop graduates who are outstanding teachers who act professionally, ethically and effectively in their professional contexts;  who engage in critical enquiry into their practice and the contexts of their practice; and who play a constructive leadership role in public discourse on and beyond education.  Graduates of this program will be eligible to seek employment as teachers of students from Kindergarten (Reception) to Year 6 in a wide range of national and international contexts, including in New South Wales Government, Catholic, and Independent school sectors.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Demonstrate an advanced, integrated understanding of the complex contexts of education and their implications for contemporary schooling.
  • Demonstrate a sophisticated, specialised, holistic understanding of curriculum, assessment and pedagogy as they apply to diverse primary school contexts
  • Critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise complex concepts, problems, and theories in order to shape and implement curriculum responsive to the needs of diverse learners K-6
  • Engage critically with and in educational research such that research and inquiry inform and continuously shape evolving praxis.
  • Work constructively and innovatively to build generative relationships between school, home and community, and leverage these relationships to the benefit of their students.
  • Demonstrate ethical and well-informed professional judgement and high levels of professional autonomy, adaptability, responsibility and collegiality, in the application of expert educational knowledge to diverse school and classroom contexts.


Information correct as at15 Sep 2019 5:50 PM
Program code11714
Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Australian students - 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 2 years full-time.
Recommended studiesAt least one year or undergraduate studies relevant to one or more areas of the primary school curriculum.
Term typeSemesters
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Education and Arts
Contributing schools
  1. School of Education
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code064598B

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Admission to the program is available to domestic and international students. All applicants must hold a completed Bachelor degree that satisfies the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) requirements for accreditation, in order to be assessed for admission. Admission to the program will be based on an interview, a written piece of work and the Grade Point Average of the completed undergraduate degree, as described under Additional Selection Criteria.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants to this program must meet one of the following English Language Proficiency admission requirements: 

  • An overall IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0  in each subtest and a minimum of 8.0 in speaking and listening.
  • A Level 4 score in all four skill areas in ISPLR.
  • A PEAT test result of Band A in each of the four skill areas.

The test results must be no more than two years old at the time of application.   Only applicants who meet the English language requirements for the program will be invited to interview for a place.

Additional selection criteria

  • Grade Point Average - Interviews and written work will be jointly used to determine the applicant's eligibility for admission. All applicants are then ranked on the basis of their GPA.
  • Interviews - Only applicants who meet the IELTS requirements for the Program will be invited to interview for a place.
  • Written Statement - Written piece of work.

Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

Compulsory program requirements

This degree requires students to participate in placements in NSW Department of Education or other NSW school or service providers via the completion of teacher observations and small group participation and 70 days of professional experience across three placements.  Placements may extend beyond normal semester times and students must meet their own associated travel and accommodation costs, where applicable. During placement, students will be subject to the policies and procedures of the placement facility. Students must meet all the Education Placement Requirements , including a NSW Working with Children clearance. Students must check the professional experience website for all placement information.

Post-admission requirements

  • Anaphylaxis Training

    Anaphylaxis e-training Course Certificate.

  • Working With Children Check

  • Child Protection Awareness Training

Compulsory program requirements - Review of progress

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their program.

EDUC6634 - The Practising Professional: Primary

EDUC6762 - Managing the K-6 Learning Environment

Professional recognition

New South Wales Education Standards Authority

Graduates of an accredited initial teacher education program are eligible for registration with the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA), and can pursue careers as teachers in Government and non-Government education sectors both nationally and internationally.

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

160 units

Program duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at

Program requirements

The Master of Teaching( Primary) program is offered as a 2 year full time program or part-time equivalent. The program requires the successful completion of 160 units that are normally offered as 40 units per semester for four semesters.

Each semester of study is 'bookended' by an MTeach Conference (comprising of a series of lectures and presentations by researchers and teachers) and an MTeach Showcase (comprising demonstrations of learning over the semester by MTeach students).  Over the course of each academic year, students work in 'Professional Learning Communities', supported by School of Education staff, to engage in problem- and project-based learning in each of their courses.

Students complete the equivalent of 70 days formal professional experience in relevant school settings, along with school experience integrated with coursework via the School of Education TeachOutreach program. Formal professional experience placements are supervised by school and university staff, and students are expected to demonstrate a range of professional teaching competencies as part of the successful completion of the program.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

Additional documents

Transition arrangements

Students who commenced the Master of Teaching (Primary) prior to Semester 1, 2015 will continue in their Program and no transition arrangements are necessary.  The School of Education will teach out the existing Programs structures to these students. 

For individual requests to transition into the new Program structure, please contact your Program Officer or Program Convenor.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EDUC6711Curriculum Design and Quality Teaching
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6735Learners, Learning and Teaching
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6738K-6 English
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6739KLA Studies: K-6 Mathematics
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6740Students with Special Needs in Diverse Contexts
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6744K-6 Science
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6745K-6 Creative Arts
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6748Advanced Literacy Studies
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6749Advanced Numeracy Studies
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6762Managing the K-6 Learning Environment
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6763Integrated Curriculum
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6764The Practicing Professional Primary Teacher
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC6911Schooling, Identity and Society
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
EDUC6912Aboriginal Education
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units


The Master of Teaching (Primary) program shall be awarded with Distinction where students achieve a grade point average of 6.0 or above and completed 50% or more of the degree at the University of Newcastle.

Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

International students intending to seek accreditation to teach should seek clarification of   accreditation requirements with their proposed/intended employment authority prior to undertaking the program. Responsibility for clarification of suitability of undergraduate qualifications for employment with an employing authority rests with the student.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.