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Master of Teaching (Primary)

  • Masters (Coursework)

The Master of Teaching (Primary) will enable you to move into a career as a primary school teacher to teach Years 1 - 6 if you have successfully completed a three-year undergraduate qualification.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
1.5 years full-time, 3.5 years part-time
Course Code
CC45, 084508K
Study Mode

About this course

The Master of Teaching (Primary) will enable you to move into a career as a primary school teacher to teach Years 1 - 6 if you have successfully completed a three-year undergraduate qualification. This course enables you to teach across the Australian Curriculum. Within Accreditation requirements, the required Australian Curriculum to be covered includes:

  • Science
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (Including Geography (Foundation - Year 6), History (Foundation - Year 6), Civics and Citizenship (Year 3 Year 6), and Business and Economics (Year 5 - Year 6) )
  • Technologies
  • The Arts
  • Health and Physical Education.

In addition to building the professional knowledge and skills required to teach, the course is designed to foster dispositions for engaging in and contributing to the teaching profession through a commitment to ongoing professional learning.

The design of this course utilises CQUniversity's three-term structure, therefore a two year Masters course can be fast-tracked to be completed in one and a half years.

This course can only be studied within Australia, however, you must be in a location where you can access, or travel to, up to two school sites for the in-school practicum within the course.

Entry requirements

There are three key components to gain successful entry to the Master of Teaching (Primary) as outlined below:

Academic Requirements (Pre-requisite Qualification)

To be eligible for entry into the Master of Teaching (Primary) course all applicants must have completed a 3 year non-education Bachelor degree or equivalent from a university or college.

Applicants must have successfully completed at least 8 units of discipline studies (at least one year of full-time-equivalent study) relevant to one or more learning areas of the primary school curriculum.

The learning areas are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • The Arts
  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Economics and Business
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Technologies
  • Applicants with degrees completed overseas must provide evidence to support that their qualifications are equivalent to an Australian 3 year Bachelor degree.

Applicants who cannot demonstrate they have completed a Bachelor degree will be refused entry to the course.

The GPA within the Bachelor degree must be at least 4.0.

Please note: Applicants with undergraduate degrees that were obtained ten or more years ago will need to supply certified evidence of current relevant professional work experience in the area of their speciality eg. letters from employers. This experience must link to their previous undergraduate study.

Non-Academic Requirements (Key Capabilities)

All applicants must provide a mandatory written statement in support of your non-academic capabilities, demonstrating you hold the key attributes and motivations to become an effective teacher, as outlined by AITSL (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership). You may consider the prompts mentioned below in each question to frame your response. For your application to be considered, you must write 200-500 words for each of the questions below:

  • Tell us what has inspired you to become a teacher and tell us why you think teaching is a good career choice for you.
    (In your response, describe who and what has inspired you to become a teacher and describe the types of skills and abilities you will bring to teaching.)

  • Describe one or two leadership, community and/or learning & development activities that you have engaged in.
    (In your response describe how these leadership, community and/or learning & development activities demonstrate your conscientiousness and coping strategies when you are faced with challenges.)

  • Describe how you manage your time when you are both planning and coordinating activities in your personal schedule.
    (In your response provide examples of how you have put both your planning and coordinating skills to use.)

  • Tell us about one or two times where you have utilised your problem-solving skills to achieve an outcome.
    (In your response explain what you learned, regardless of whether the outcome you achieved was positive or undesirable.)

English Language Proficiency for Teacher Registration

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) has set the assessment criteria for English language proficiency for teacher registration requirements in Australian states and territories.

In addition to the academic entry requirements listed, international applicants to this course are required to have an acceptable level of competency in writing, reading, speaking and understanding English.

For entry to this course, applicants will be required to have an IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) that shows an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing - with no score below 7 in any of the four skills areas and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening.

The date of the assessment must be no more than 2 years prior to the time of application.

English language proficiency assessment is not required where the full four years of required higher education study (or qualifications assessed as comparable) have been undertaken in English in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada and the Republic of Ireland. (These are the countries accepted under Australian migration policy as not requiring English language proficiency assessment.)

For further information please refer to the AITSL website:


NOTE: This course can only be studied within Australia.

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Career pathways

The Master of Teaching (Primary) is an initial postgraduate pre-service teacher education course for those who aim to pursue a career as a primary school teacher. As a graduate, you will be qualified to teach from Foundation (Preparatory) to Year 6. You will be eligible to apply for provisional registration as a teacher and are qualified to teach in state, Catholic and independent schools throughout Australia. This course is also recognised as a teaching qualification for employment in educational settings internationally, however additional requirements may apply in some locations.