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Duration1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 6 years maximum.1.5 years full-time.
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Start datesTrimester 1 (24 Jan 2022), Trimester 2 (9 May 2022),
Program Code40205

Program handbook


The Master of Teaching (Primary) Program provides a postgraduate pathway into a highly successful and rewarding career in teaching. This innovative program is taught in trimester mode, enabling our graduates to enter the workforce rapidly and well prepared. The program aims to develop graduates who are outstanding teachers, who act professionally, ethically and effectively in their professional contexts; who engage in critical inquiry in their practice and the contexts of their practice; and, who play a constructive leadership role in public discourse on, and beyond education. Each trimester of study enables students to focus on a particular research stream in their coursework – thus enabling them to personalise their learning.  These streams are:

  • globalism/social justice
  • innovation and technology, and 
  • research and leadership

The final trimester contains a showcase during which students demonstrate their learnings in their chosen stream. 

Students complete 35 hours teacher observations and small group participation and 60 days formal professional experience in relevant school settings.

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.

Graduates of this program, will be eligible to seek employment as teachers of students from Kindergarten 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:

  • A body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice.
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.
  • Knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and or learning.
  • Cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship.
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice.
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level.
  • Communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship.
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning.
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with high level personal autonomy and accountability.
  • 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 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 in a school setting.
  • 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.


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Program code40205
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Australian students - 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Term typeTrimesters
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Admission information

Admission requirements

This program is available for domestic students only.

The Master of Teaching (Primary) is a 160-unit postgraduate qualification, with assessment for admission available for applicants who have one of the following qualifications or equivalent:

  • Bachelor Honours Degree; or
  • Bachelor Degree.

For admission, the applicants’ qualification must satisfy the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) requirements for accreditation.

Admission to the program is based on a SimTeach screening, a 500 word written piece of work and the Grade Point Average of the completed undergraduate degree. The SimTeach screening is a short, immersive teaching simulation, where you will simply introduce yourself, engage with the student avatars and try to teach them about something of interest to you (for example food, sport, how to apply sunscreen, etc.).

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 for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 7.5 with no subtest result below 7.0 for reading and writing subtests, and no subtest result below 8.0 for listening and speaking subtests.

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 for more information on applying 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 35 hours teacher observations and small group participation, and 60 days of professional experience across two placements.

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.

Post-admission requirements

  • Anaphylaxis Training

  • 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.

EDUC6762 - Managing the K-6 Learning Environment

EDUC6785 - Educational Foundations

EDUC6913 - The Global Professional

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

160 units

Program duration

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

Program requirements

The Master of Teaching (Primary) program requires the successful completion of 160 units.

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