Master of Teaching Primary

Charles Darwin University
Program overview
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Full time/part time
Master's degree

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About this program

Master of Teaching Primary

Make a difference in children's lives with a Master of Teaching Primary. If you already hold a bachelor degree in a relevant field other than education, this course will enable you to become a teacher in two years.

Study either online or on campus, part-time or full-time, with additional flexibility to switch between study modes.

On graduating, you will be eligible to register as a teacher in primary schools in all states and territories in Australia.

Graduate ready to plan and deliver engaging experiences for different learning styles and be prepared for new and changing educator roles. This course will develop your awareness of the environmental and cultural influences on teaching and learning and explores strategies for integrating Information Technology to enhance the needs of learners and communities with diverse linguistic and cultural orientations, including Indigenous learners.

Apply your learning with 60 days of professional experience completed in primary schools.

As a teacher, your levels of personal literacy and numeracy will be broadly equivalent to the top 30% of the Australian population.

Relevant fields of previous study include art, music, technologies, English, health and physical education, mathematics, science or humanities and social sciences (e.g. history and geography).

Admission requirements

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree or equivalent international qualification with at least one-year equivalent full-time study in an area relevant to primary curriculum, such as art, music, technologies, English, health and physical education, mathematics, science or humanities and social sciences (e.g. history and geography).

Additional admission requirements

Applicants must complete the Teaching Capabilities Statement used to demonstrate suitability for study and work in the teaching profession.

Essential requirements

Working with Children Check
A Working with Children Check is required before you can undertake your practical placements. If your Working with Children Check is not cleared, you will not be able to undertake practice teaching placements and therefore, will not meet the requirements of the course.

National Police Clearance:

In some jurisdictions preservice teachers may be required to have a National Police Clearance prior to commencing placement.


COVID-19 digital certificate may be required to be shown in the jurisdiction of the educational settings.

English language requirements:

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either:

  • two years higher education (tertiary) study in English in either Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America.
  • undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed for the program.

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Program content

Through the Master of Teaching Primary you will study a range of units, including professional experience units in a range of schools. The units are designed to develop skills, strategies and dispositions for facilitating positive development and learning in the children you will teach. The course will enable you to develop the skill to integrate technology across all Primary subjects and develop the knowledge to engage children, parents and communities in school education learning outcomes.

  • 2023 HE unit offerings are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 November 2022.
  • This course is being accredited for 2023 and some changes may apply.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

All students must pass prior to graduation the ACER Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) as required by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). The cost of the testing will be met by the student. Refer to

Please check the pre-requisite and assumed knowledge requirements prior to enrolment.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated otherwise.

This course has a requirement of 60 days of Professional experience.
Professional experience units MUST be undertaken in the following sequences: EPE528, EPE635.

Compulsory Core units totalling 160 credit points as per the list of units detailed below:

  • ECU502 Primary Humanities
  • ECU503 Health and Physical Education
  • ECU510 Primary Arts
  • EIE501 Inclusive Education, Policies and Practice
  • ELA525 English Literacy and Literature (F-2)
  • ELA526 English Literacy and Literature (3-6)
  • ELA529 English Language and Literacy Assessment
  • EMA541 Primary Mathematics Education 1
  • EMA542 Primary Mathematics Education 2
  • EPE528 Primary Professional Experience 1
  • ESC520 Science Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • EST501 Managing the Classroom Environment and Student Wellbeing
  • EST511 Integrating Indigenous History, Cultures and Learning in Teaching Practice
  • ETE525 Primary Technologies
  • ETL503 Learner Development
  • EPE635 Professional Experience: Assessment for Graduate Teachers
  • LAN020 Literacy and Numeracy (LANTITE) (0cp)

Program delivery

Charles Darwin University promotes flexible learning through on-campus, online or a mix of both. All learning materials are available online, and students interact and collaborate in a range of delivery modes and activities to develop professional dialogues, networks and leadership.


Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

Check the CDU website for more information about fees and charges.


On graduating, you will be eligible to register as a teacher in all states and territories in Australia, providing you meet all other requirements. Registration is currently being approved.

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Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a sustainable, innovative, creative and inclusive new world university located in northern Australia teaching 24,000 students from more than 69 nationalities across 11 campuses and training centres, in over 100 regional and remote locations; and...

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Why study at Charles Darwin University

High Graduate Salaries

CDU is ranked the number one Australian university for postgraduate employment outcomes.

Leader in Online Learning

CDU is a pioneer in e-learning and has been delivering courses online for almost 20 years. While you are studying online with CDU, you'll be studying with an innovative multi-sector university that is a leader in research and online study delivery.


With small class sizes, lecturers know your name and provide personalised support and advice.


You will receive support from academic staff and the dedicated International Student Support team, who will work with you throughout your studies to ensure your success.


Our main campus in Casuarina is surrounded by nature, with bike paths linking the University to the tropical surrounds, including a beautiful beach a few minutes away. Affordable public transport connects the campus to the Darwin Central Business District (CBD).

Dual-sector university is a pathway for everyone, from VET and undergraduate courses to postgraduate and higher degrees by research.

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0810 Darwin

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