The University of Newcastle, Australia


Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


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



Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019

$30,855 (indicative annual fee, 2019)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees


2 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.5
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0 (R,W), 8.0 (L,S)

Find out more about IELTS.

UON program code: 11714
CRICOS code: 064598B

Study Primary Teaching

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) is for you. Using your existing degree as a foundation, the Master of Teaching (Primary) offers you a highly-regarded advanced teaching program.

Our unique program incorporates an emphasis on 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 your knowledge, skills and dispositions needed for a successful career in teaching.

Why study with us?

  • Graduate within two years - producing outstanding graduates ready to enter a rewarding career as a primary teacher this program will have you teaching within just two years.
  • Be recognised internationally - the University of Newcastle's School of Education is ranked in the world's top 100 for education (Shanghai Ranking's global ranking of academic subjects 2018, QS World University Rankings by subject 2019).
  • Become an industry expert - you’ll graduate with high-level communication and leadership skills to enhance learning and shape the futures of primary students.
  • Work anywhere in the world - our Master of Teaching (Primary) is recognised nationally and internationally. In an environment where teachers are in demand globally you will stand out at the forefront of the profession.
  • Graduate work-ready - students undertake 70 days of formal professional placement in schools.
#5 in Australia ? for overall postgraduate education experience
#6 in Australia ? for overall postgraduate teaching quality
#7 in Australia ? for overall postgraduate student satisfaction
World top 100 ? for Education
95% Employed ? within four months of graduating

What you will study

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Teaching (Primary) will see you complete 160 units of core courses to support your drive and learning. The core courses place focus on the following key learning areas:

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

The program will also see you study educational psychology and sociology, using and undertaking research in your classroom, Aboriginal education and how to teach children with special needs. In support of your theoretical learning, you will also complete 70 days of formal professional experience in the classroom, and have the opportunity to build relationships with schools integrated within the program. Upon graduation you will be ready to embark on your professional career and teach with confidence.

This degree requires students to participate in placements in NSW Department of Education or other NSW school or service. 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.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

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Career opportunities

At the completion of your Master of Teaching (Primary) 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 as a capable and professional individual with a well-developed sense of professional ethics. You will be eligible to apply for registration with the NSW Education Standards Authority, essential for employment as a teacher in NSW. Your postgraduate qualification will also support registration as a teacher in other jurisdictions both nationally and internationally.

Upon completion of your Master of Teaching (Primary) 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:

  • primary teacher
  • school executive and principal
  • home school liaison officer
  • school counsellor
  • teacher librarian
  • learning assistance support teacher
  • university lecturer/academic
  • Aboriginal cultural education officer