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Master of Teaching (Primary)

CQUniversity Australia
1.5-3.5 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Online / Distance
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CQUniversity Australia

Program description

Master of Teaching (Primary)

The Master of Teaching (Primary) course is an initial teacher education course that will prepare you to demonstrate the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage) with evidence and qualify you for professional registration with the Queensland College of Teachers, the administering body in Queensland.

The Master of Teaching (Primary) will enable 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 Master of Teaching (Primary) includes a “Knowledge Specialisation”. This specialisation is based on the student’s entrance level degree (bachelor course) and already existent knowledge base. Entrants to the Master of Teaching (Primary) come to the course with a rich knowledge base from previous study and work and life experience. Many entrants are second (or third or fourth) career teachers who are undertaking a career change into primary school teaching. These entrants bring a set of rich expert knowledges within curriculum learning areas based on their completed course they use to gain entry to this graduate-entry pathway.

The course is structured to include work-integrated learning in each term of study.

The design of this course utilises CQUniversity’s 3 Term structure, therefore a 2 year volume of learning Master course can be completed in 1.5 years. A part-time pathway is also available and is to be completed as a minimum of two units per term as per the part-time course structure provided.

To be eligible for teacher registration, students in this course are required to undertake and pass the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Educators (ITE) prior to graduation.

AQF Level: Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Admission requirements

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 e.g. letters from employers. This experience must link to their previous undergraduate study.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Compulsory units:

Year 1 - Term 1

  • Literacy Learning
  • Numeracy Learning
  • Teaching Science
  • Professional Praxis 1: Learning, Teaching and Planning

Year 1 - Term 2

  • Professional Praxis 2: Supportive Learning Environments
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Teaching English
  • Teaching Mathematics

Year 1 - Term 3

  • Indigenous Learners and Learning
  • Professional Praxis 3: Enacting Learning and Teaching
  • Special Needs
  • Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences

Year 2 - Term 1

  • Teacher as Researcher: Using Student Data to Improve Educational Outcomes
  • Professional Praxis 4: Transition to Teaching
  • Teaching Technologies and The Arts
  • Teaching Health, Wellbeing and Physical Activity

Scholarships & funding

The university offers a generous variety of scholarships to international students. For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


Exit awards:

CC34 - Graduate Diploma of Teaching



Core learning outcomes:

  1. Design, implement and evaluate effective, engaging and contemporary teaching strategies and resources for a range of learners using appropriate discipline specific content knowledge for primary school learning environments
  2. Generate and evaluate learning sequences that align the needs of learners, curriculum, teaching and learning strategies, assessment and reporting requirements that comply with the requirements of relevant legislative and regulatory bodies and policy frameworks for primary school learning environments
  3. Justify and interpret theories to effectively manage inclusive, safe, ethical and supportive primary school learning environments for groups and individuals that value diversity, encourage student participation and promote engagement
  4. Communicate and engage professionally and ethically with learners, colleagues, parents/carers and the community to support the interests of and improve outcomes for primary school learners
  5. Synthesise and apply theoretical understanding and practical research skills to make decisions in response to assessment data and diverse learning, cultural and/or social needs and contexts to improve learning for primary school learners
  6. Critically analyse and reflect upon the scholarship of teaching and learning to improve personal practice, identify personal learning needs and future professional development
  7. Comply through personal autonomy and accountability with relevant policy frameworks, legislative requirements and regulatory bodies appropriate for teaching in primary school learning environments

Career opportunities

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.

Graduates of this program have developed significant skills that enhance employment opportunities in other sectors. In combination with work experience and personal qualities, graduates may pursue employment in a variety of career paths including:

  • government departments (e.g. family services, education and health)
  • education administration
  • community development roles
  • workplace training developers

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554-700 Yaamba Road
4701 Norman Gardens QLD

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