Master of Teaching (Primary)


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Program Description

Provides a nationally accredited initial teacher education qualification for students who have already obtained a Bachelor degree or an equivalent qualification in areas other than Education.

The Master of Teaching (Primary) is designed to produce future teachers ready to enter the Primary education profession.

This course is built on the principle that students come to the program with strengths from a diverse range of educational and life experiences.

A distinguishing feature of the course is the opportunity to complete a formal specialisation in the Primary Education qualification. This enables students to obtain a deeper and broader level of knowledge and understanding in a particular Learning Area at the graduate level while maintaining their generalist knowledge.

The range and number of professional practice experiences are a key feature of the course. This ensures students can make the essential connection between theory and practice whilst building both professional and generic skills in real teaching environments.

Partnerships between the University and over 1,000 schools and early childhood settings allow pre-service teachers to gain experience in diverse settings including public, metropolitan, rural, regional and remote schools, allowing them to work with children from differing economic, social, ethnic and educational backgrounds.

Successful completion of the course presents graduates with the opportunity to gain employment as teachers equipped with the knowledge and skills to make a positive difference in the lives of young people.

Course Entry

Academic Admission requirements (Band 6)

The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

All applicants are required to have completed at least one year of full-time equivalent study relevant to one or more learning areas of the primary school curriculum. Entrants to graduate-entry programs must have a discipline-specific bachelor or equivalent qualification relevant to the Australian Curriculum or other recognised areas of schooling provision, and satisfy non-academic criteria, in addition to satisfying academic entry criteria. Applicants' non-academic capabilities will be assessed based on completion of a Non-Academic Requirements for Teacher Entry (NARTE) online questionnaire.

Academic admission requirements (Band 6) may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:

  • Bachelor degree; or
  • Equivalent prior learning including at least five years of relevant professional experience.

English Language requirements (Band 5)

Students must attain an IELTS Academic with an average level of 7.5 or more, across the four components of listening, speaking, reading and writing; no score below level 7.0 in any of these components; and, a score of 8.0 or more in the components of speaking and listening.


  • If secondary education and degree studies were completed within a period of 2 years before applying for registration in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or the USA, applicants do not need to provide proof of English competency.
  • Applicants who have completed their secondary education in South Africa in English and have an undergraduate degree taught in English from a South African University are deemed to have met English language requirements for entry to the Master of Teaching.

Course Details

Semester availability

  • Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley, South West

Course Structure

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
LIT1200 Personal Literacy  
NUM1200 Personal Numeracy  

Students must complete the above two units LIT1200 (Personal Literacy) and NUM1200 (Personal Numeracy). The Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia requires that all students who enrol in a pre-service teacher education course (undergraduate and graduate) from 1st January 2017 will have to successfully complete tests about their personal levels of literacy and numeracy to graduate, and therefore, be eligible for registration as a teacher. Students who enrol in the Master of Teaching (Primary) will need to complete successfully both components of the personal Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) to enrol beyond 120 credit points within their course).

Year 1 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
EDU6015 Learners and Learning 10
LAN6015 Language Education 10
AED6205 Teaching the Arts 10
MPE6105 Primary Mathematics Education 10
WPL6105 First Professional Practice 20

Year 1 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
EDU6205 Positive Learning Environments 10
HSS6215 Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences (Primary) 10
ICT6050 Technologies 10
HPE6104 Teaching Health and Physical Education 10
WPL6205 Second Professional Practice 20

Year 2 - Trimester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
EDF6101 Strategies for Teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students 15
CUR6020 Programming and Assessment in Numeracy 15
SCE6103 Primary Science Education 15
CUR6010 Programming and Assessment in Literacy 15

Year 2 - Trimester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
WPL6335 Third Professional Practice 10
TPA6120 Teaching Performance Assessment 10

Year 2 - Trimester 3

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
All students complete the following unit:
EDU6260 Transition to Teaching 10

As well as complete one of the following options (30 credit points):

Option 1: Professional Learning - Research Mode

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
RES6101 Research Preparation: Methods of Research 20
EDU6195 Advanced Seminar 10

Option 2: Professional Learning - Internship Mode

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
EDU6227 Internship 30

Option 3: Professional Learning - Graduate Certificate Mode

In consultation with the course coordinator, students may select two Graduate Certificate of Education units totalling 30 credit points.

Option 4: Professional Learning - Specialisation Mode

Students may select one specialisation totalling 30 credit points.

Specialisations you can study in this course

  • Arts
  • Catholic Studies
  • English
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Science
  • Special Education

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, evaluate and synthesise teaching theory and practice in authentic situations.
  • Apply communication and collaboration skills to design innovative curriculum, learning and assessment activities in primary education.
  • Reflect critically on a complex body of education knowledge, research principles and methods to demonstrate mastery of primary teaching.
  • Use high-level self-management skills to initiate, plan and execute an extended practicum.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA)

Career Opportunities

This course will prepare you to teach in primary schools in all states and territories in Australia. It may also be possible to work in the industry, TAFE, community organisations, private tutoring, consultancies, personnel training, administration and public relations.

Possible future job titles

Primary Teacher.

Last updated May 2020

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