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Program Code 11714
Graduate Level Postgraduate
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 064598B
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The Master of Teaching (Primary) (Program Code 11714) is a Level 9 AQF compliant postgraduate Coursework program.

The Master of Teaching (Primary) Program at the University of Newcastle provides a postgraduate pathway into a highly successful and rewarding career in teaching. The program aims to develop graduates who are outstanding teachers who act professionally, ethically and effectively in their professional contexts; who engage in critical enquiry into their practice and the contexts of their practice; and who play a constructive leadership role in public discourse on and beyond education.

Graduates of this program will be eligible to seek employment as teachers of students from Kindergarten (Reception) to Year 6 in a wide range of national and international contexts, including in New South Wales Government, Catholic, and Independent school sectors.

Career Opportunities

Opportunities exist for employment in Australian and International Schools. 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 church-affiliated schools. The program can be undertaken concurrently with the Master of Teaching ( Primary) 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. For more information including the application process and eligibility criteria, please see the procedure which is linked from “further Information” at the top of this page.

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 the program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Admissions for the 2015/16 Master of Teaching will open on September 4, 2014 and applications for Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP’s) will close on October 4, 2014. Eligibility for admission to the program will be based on an interview, a written peice of work and the Grade Point Average of the undergraduate degree. Only applicants who meet the IELTS requirements for the Program will be invited to interview for a place.

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Selection Criteria

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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


The Master of Teaching (Primary) program shall be awarded with Distinction where students achieve a grade point average of 6.0 or above and completed 50% or more of the degree at the University of Newcastle.

Practical Experience

Students engage in a wide variety of practical experiences in schools both via coursework integrated with the School of Education’s TeachOutreach Program and via the completion of 60 days of professional experience across two placements. The Program both meets and exceeds the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership requirements. Please note that some professional experience placements occur during university vacation times. Prospective students are encouraged to check the professional experience website for placement dates prior to application.

Professional Accreditation

Graduates of an accredited initial teacher education program are eligible for registration with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW, and can pursue careers as teachers in Government and non-Government education sectors both nationally and internationally.

International Students

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle’s English language proficiency requirements.

This program has the following requirements:

  1. An overall IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each subtest and a minimum of 8.0 in speaking and listening.
  2. A Level 4 score in all four skill areas in ISPLR.
  3. A PEAT test result of Band A in each of the four skill areas.
  4. The test results are no more than two years old at the time of application.

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 program 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

Applicants for the Master of Teaching (Primary) Program should have completed in their Undergraduate Degree at least one year of full-time equivalent studies relevant to one or more areas of the primary school curriculum (English, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Human Society and its Environment, Creative Arts and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education). For further information regarding the areas of academic study that relate to each area of the primary school curriculum, see

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. Each semester of study is ‘bookended’ by an MTeach Conference (comprising of a series of lectures and presentations by researchers and teachers) and an MTeach Showcase (comprising demonstrations of learning over the semester by MTeach students).  Over the course of each academic year, students work in ‘Professional Learning Communities’, supported by School of Education staff, to engage in problem- and project-based learning in each of their courses. Students complete the equivalent of 60 days formal professional experience in relevant school settings, along with school experience integrated with coursework via the School of Education TeachOutreach program. Formal professional experience placements are supervised by school and university staff, and students are expected to demonstrate a range of professional teaching competencies as part of the successful completion of the program.

Transition Arrangements

Students who commenced the Master of Teaching (Primary) prior to Semester 1, 2015 will continue in their Program and no transition arrangements are necessary. The School of Education will teach out the existing Programs structures to these students.

For individual requests to transition into the new Program structure, please contact your Program Officer or Program Convenor.

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
EDUC6166 Inquiry as Stance: Researching Teaching Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6168 Teachers, Learners and the Foundations of Schooling Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 20 units
EDUC6738 K-6 English Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6739 K-6 Mathematics Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6740 Students with Special Needs in Diverse Contexts Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6745 K-6 Creative Arts Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6746 K-6 HSIE Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6634 The Practising Professional: Primary Not currently offered 20 units
EDUC6744 K-6 Science Not currently offered 10 units
EDUC6747 K-6 PDHPE Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6748 Advanced Literacy Studies Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6749 Advanced Numeracy Studies Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6762 Quality Teaching in Practice: Primary Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6912 Aboriginal Education Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units