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Program Code 11714
Graduate Level Postgraduate
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 064598B
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

How to apply as a:

Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Face to face on campus.
Program Enrolment Checklist
Additional Documents
Further Information

Professional Experience Unit: Information re Student Practical Placements

Summary of Subject Content Requirements for Primary Teaching

Procedure for Concurrent Enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Theology

The links provided under "Further Information" are to be read in addition to the approved program documentation, detailed below.


The Master of Teaching (Primary) program at the University of Newcastle aims to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for a highly successful career in teaching. Graduates of this program will be able to seek employment as K-6 (Primary) teachers in and beyond the New South Wales (NSW Government, Catholic, and Independent school sectors).

The program aims to develop graduates who are inspirational teachers with the capability to act professionally, ethically and effectively in their Primary school destinations; insightful scholars with the capability to engage in rational enquiry into curriculum, policy and practice; and innovative leaders with the capability to play a constructive role in public discourse on and beyond education.

Why study with us?

The University of Newcastle is the leading University in quality teaching, research and practice.

Career Opportunities

Opportunities exist for employment in Australian International Schools in Singapore, Vietnam and Dubai as well as Australian Schools generally.
A Graduate Certificate in Theology can provide training and development in theology for prospective teachers who are looking for a competitive edge when seeking employment in religious schools, especially the Catholic School system.

The program can be undertaken concurrently with either an undergraduate or postgraduate teacher training program. You will need to ensure that you are able to meet the demands of both programs.

For further information on how to apply please see FAQ’s - Grad Cert Theology Admission Procedure document in the ‘further information’ section above.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit for information on how to gain entry.

Assumed Knowledge

Applicants must have successfully completed a relevant Bachelor degree from a recognised University or equivalent tertiary education institution.

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.


The Master of Teaching (Primary) program shall be awarded with Distinction where students achieve a grade point average of 6.0 or above.

Practical Experience

The programs in the School of Education incorporate both traditional and innovative approaches to professional experience. Students will complete the equivalent of 60 days professional experience in relevant school settings in this two year full time equivalent (FTE) Masters program. This matches the current NSW Institute of Teachers (NSWIT) requirements for professional experience in a two year FTE graduate entry program.

IMPORTANT: Some professional experience placements occur during university vacation times. Please check the professional experience website for placement dates before you book a holiday.

Professional Accreditation

Graduates of an accredited initial teacher education program will be eligible for registration with the NSW Institute of Teachers, and can pursue careers as teachers or educators in both the NSW Department of Education and Training, Catholic Education and Independent school systems; and in public and private sectors both nationally and internationally.

International Students

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle’s English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonably adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit for more information.

Additional Information

International applicants intending to seek accreditation to teach should seek clarification of accreditation requirements with their proposed/intended employment authority prior to undertaking the program. Responsibility for clarification of suitability of undergraduate qualifications for employment with an employing authority rests with the applicant.

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

Recommended Studies

To be eligible for entry to the Master of Teaching (Primary) program, applicants will need to have either 2 (semester-long) courses from 4 Key Learning Areas (KLAs) of the Primary curriculum covered, OR 4 (semester-long) courses from one area and 2 (semester-long) courses from 2 other areas OR 8 (semester-long) courses from one area.

The six KLA areas are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science and Technology
  • Personal Development Health Physical Education
  • Creative Arts
  • Human Society and Its Environment

For example, if you had 2 Maths, 2 English, 2 Science and 2 Creative Arts courses in your degree, you would be eligible to apply for entry into the MTeach(Primary).

Or, if you had 4 HSIE, 2 Creative Arts and 2 Maths courses in your degree, you would also be eligible to apply.

If you do not meet these criteria, you may need to pick up extra single courses.

Requirements and Structure

The Master of Teaching (Primary) program is offered as a 2 year full time program or part-time equivalent. The program requires the successful completion of 160 units that are normally offered as 40 units per semester for four semesters. Students will complete the equivalent of 60 days professional experience in relevant school settings.

In-school professional teaching experiences may involve placement in schools in a variety of geographic regions outside the Newcastle area. In-school professional teaching experiences are supervised by school or university staff, and students are expected to satisfy a range of professional teaching competencies as part of the successful completion of the program.

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
EDUC6735 Learners, Learning and Teaching Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6739 K-6 Mathematics Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6744 K-6 Science Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6761 Quality Teaching in Primary Classrooms Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6738 K-6 English Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6745 K-6 Creative Arts Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6746 K-6 HSIE Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6762 Managing the K-6 Learning Environment Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6747 K-6 PDHPE Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6748 Advanced Literacy Studies Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6749 Advanced Numeracy Studies Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6763 Integrated Curriculum Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6740 Students with Special Needs in Diverse Contexts Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6764 The Practicing Professional Primary Teacher Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6911 Schooling, Identity and Society Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6912 Aboriginal Education Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan) 10 units