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Study Primary Teaching Studies

If you are searching for a challenging and rewarding career that will utilise your communication and leadership skills to shape the future of children, then the Master of Teaching (Primary Studies) is for you.

Using your existing degree as a foundation, the Master of Teaching (Primary Studies) offers you a highly regarded advanced teaching degree which will allow you take your new skills and apply them in your home country.

Our program incorporates Quality Teaching, the NSW model of pedagogy which was developed and refined by researchers at the University of Newcastle. The courses you will study will develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions you will need for a successful career in teaching. You will also undertake placements, with the final placement completed in your home country.

If you are from a country that requires an accredited teaching degree, then we encourage you to confirm this program fulfils the requirements before applying.

Why study with us?

  • Stand out with an Australian degree - Graduate with a degree from one of the top 200 Universities in the world, ready to apply what you’ve learned in your home country (QS World University rankings 2020)
  • Study at our highly ranked School of Education: the University of Newcastle's School of Education is ranked in the world's top 150 for education (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020)
  • Graduate work-ready: Students undertake 70 days of formal professional placement in schools and 5 days of Work Integrated Learning, including the final placement in your home country
  • Become an industry expert: you’ll graduate with high-level communication and leadership skills to enhance learning and shape the futures of primary students

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What you will study

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Teaching (Primary Studies) will see you complete 150 units of core courses and 10 units of electives. The core courses place focus on the following key learning areas:

  • English;
  • Mathematics;
  • Creative and Performing Arts;
  • Science and Technology;
  • Physical Development, Health and Physical Education; and
  • Human Society and its Environment


Career opportunities

At the completion of your Master of Teaching (Primary Studies) degree you will be equipped with the appropriate theoretical and practical skills and knowledge to flourish as a successful primary school teacher. You will enter the education system in your home country as a capable and professional individual with a well-developed sense of professional ethics.

You will be prepared to begin your career teaching students from Kindergarten to Year 6 and have the opportunity to embark on some of the following career pathways:

  • Classroom Teacher;
  • School Executive and Principal;
  • Home School Liaison Officer;
  • School Counsellor;
  • Teacher Librarian; and
  • Learning Assistance Support Teacher.

Practical experience

In support of your theoretical learning, you will also complete 70 days of formal professional experience in the classroom, and 5 days of Work Integrated Learning in educational settings, with your final placement being undertaken in your home country to gain relevant experience.

This degree requires students to participate in placements in NSW Department of Education or other NSW schools, service, or relevant education facility. During placement, students will be subject to the policies and procedures of the placement facility. Students must meet all the Education Placement Requirements for their Australian placements, including a NSW Working with Children clearance.

Professional recognition

This program does not meet the requirements for Australian accreditation (i.e. NESA).

How to apply

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Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

Admission to the program is available to International students only and requires:

  • the successful completion of a qualification equivalent to a completed Bachelor degree, with at least one year of full-time equivalent studies relevant to one or more areas of the primary school curriculum in their own state, country or territory or the country in which they intend to teach, and
  • a written piece of work

All Applicants must have an English Language proficiency equivalent to an IELTS Overall Score of 6.5, with a Section Minimum in all areas of 6.5.

Admission to this program is restricted to applicants from countries where there is no reciprocal accreditation with the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Prior to admission to the program, applicant’s must verify their eligibility to undertake placement with the relevant education authority and be qualified to teach in their chosen state, country or territory.


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 for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.5.

This degree requires students to participate in two placements in two distinct settings:

  1. Completion of 20 days of  teacher observations in a NSW Department of Education or other NSW school or service providers; and
  2. Completion of 50 days of supervised practice in a primary setting in their own state, country or territory or the country in which they intend to teach.

Placements may extend beyond normal trimester 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.

  • Anaphylaxis Training

  • Child Protection Awareness Training

  • Working With Children Check

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.

EDUC6914 - Australian Primary Education

EDUC6915 - International Internship: Primary

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