The University of Newcastle, Australia
Fast facts


Start dates
  • Trimester 1 - 25 Jan 2021
  • Trimester 2 - 10 May 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 6 years maximum.

Program code: 40205

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 program, which you will study in three trimesters per year, 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.

For more information about this program, check out our Master of Teaching (Primary) admissions booklet.

Why study with us?

  • Graduate within 16 months: producing graduates ready to enter a rewarding career as a primary teacher; this program will have you teaching within 16 months due to our trimester model.
  • Be recognised internationally: 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 60 days of formal professional placement in schools and 5 days of Work Integrated Learning.
  • 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. You will be able to immediately seek accreditation to teach in NSW government schools.
  • NESA Registration - graduates are eligible for registration with the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA).
#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 150 ? 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 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

The program will also see you study Aboriginal education, how to teach children with special needs, and educational psychology and sociology, using and undertaking research in your classroom. In support of your theoretical learning, you will also complete 60 days of formal professional experience in the classroom, and 5 days of Work Integrated Learning in educational settings. You will have the opportunity to build relationships with schools integrated within the program.

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, 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

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.

*The Master of Teaching (Primary) program has been submitted for accreditation with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

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.