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Master of Teaching (Primary)/Graduate Certificate in Religious Education

Australian Catholic University
Program overview
2.2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Start dates
Melbourne (Australia)
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Strathfield
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Program description

Master of Teaching (Primary)/Graduate Certificate in Religious Education

This is the combination of the Master of Teaching (Primary) and the Graduate Certificate in Religious Education.

The Master of Teaching (Primary) is for graduates who want to become primary school teachers and have an appropriate undergraduate degree. It provides a pre-service education for beginning teachers.

The Graduate Certificate in Religious Education is designed to help students meet accreditation requirements to teach Religious Education in Catholic Schools in addition to their other teaching areas.

Graduates are eligible for employment in Catholic and other faith-based schools, government and non-government schools.

This Master’s degree prepares primary school teachers who are reflective, independent and flexible thinkers who can apply their skills to improve curriculum offerings and advance their community’s education.

It provides students valuable professional experience through a range of school and community-based placements during the course.

*2.25 years full-time or equivalent part-time but may be completed in two years.

Admission requirements

English language requirements

No score less than 7 in reading and writing. No score less than 8 in listening and speaking.


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Program content

Career Paths

The Master of Teaching (Primary)/Graduate Certificate in Religious Education is the combination of the Master of Teaching (Primary) and the Graduate Certificate in Religious Education, specifically designed to assist students to meet accreditation requirements to teach Religious Education in Catholic Schools in addition to their other teaching areas.

Professional experience

Students must complete a minimum of 60 days professional experience during which time they are required to be available full-time.

Professional experience covers all school and community-based experience designed to help students develop professional competence and personal commitment, in accordance with the expressed Catholic philosophy of the University. The professional experience units apply skills, techniques and processes taught in the Foundations Studies and Professional Studies units.

Professional experience units are planned as a specific sequence allowing for progressive development of both classroom-based proficiency and an understanding of the relevance of theory to practice and practice to theory. The practicum will be supported by other forms of in-school experiences, such as school-based tutorials and workshops.

Certain prerequisite or co-requisite units are required before students are placed in schools.

Supervised professional experience is at the heart of all our pre-service teacher education courses and the Faculty will find appropriate placements to suit the needs of your course. Placements will usually be arranged for the scheduled placement period in the professional experience calendar though this may not always be possible.

In Victoria, part-time students do not commence the Professional Experience program until the second year of the course. The Professional Experience program consists of a minimum of 9 weeks of teaching rounds, usually broken into two blocks.

In Queensland, students are required to complete 100 days of professional experience to be eligible for teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers. This involves 80 supervised days and 20 days of observation.

Other prerequisites to undertaking this course

Requirements for working with children: All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom.

These are: Blue Card (Qld), Working with Vulnerable People (ACT) or Working with Children Check ( NSW and Vic).

International students must bring police check documentation from their own countries. Australian students who have lived in another country for 12 months or more must provide a police check from that country for that period.

Pathways to further study

Master of Teaching (Primary) is a pathway to doctoral studies.

More course information

Non-academic assessment - suitability for teaching
Applicants who apply for entry into this initial teacher education course will be required to complete a non-academic assessment. The assessment is to demonstrate suitability for teaching and will be part of your application when applying for admission into this course. Please visit our Suitability for teaching page for more information.

Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)
Students will be required to demonstrate they have achieved approved benchmarks in literacy and numeracy as demonstrated through the Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE). Successful completion of LANTITE is a requirement for course completion.

If you have started your ITE course at another institution and wish to transfer to ACU to complete your studies, please be sure that you have read and understand the requirements for receiving credit for previous studies and those on completing LANTITE.

About this institute

Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a public university in Australia which aims to empower students to think critically and ethically, and to gain the skills to bring about change in their communities, industries, and professions. ACU is funded by the...


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