To begin a Master of Teaching (Primary) at the University of Newcastle, you will need to have a Bachelor Degree including at least one year of full time equivalent tertiary study in one or more of the six key learning areas of primary teaching:
Science and Technology
Personal Development Health and Physical Education
Human Society and its Environment
If you don’t meet these criteria you can pick up extra single courses to ensure your eligibility for accreditation as a teacher.
The program has been structured to provide you with the theoretical and practical knowledge you need to enter your teaching career with confidence.
In the Master of Teaching (Primary) you will study 16 prescribed courses, designed to provide you with the broad range of knowledge and expertise needed for success in the Primary classroom. Over two years (full time), you will study all six of the Key Learning Areas.
You will come to understand students’ physical, intellectual, and social development as they move through the primary school from Kindergarten to Year 6. You will also develop an understanding of current learning theories and practices, the complex roles that schools and teachers can play in the shaping and formation of young people, and the practical implications of these for classrooms. By exploring child development, well-being and mental health you will discover the many ways in which children learn, the principles and practices for establishing a productive learning environment and the frameworks and models for understanding and responding to a range of challenging student behaviours.
You will study current literacy research on how children acquire language including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension. You will also learn how to support children’s development in comprehension, grammar, punctuation, spelling and all areas of literacy learning.
You will also explore how children develop numeracy, how to design an integrated curriculum, how to meet the diverse learning needs of students with disabilities, behavioural disorders and learning difficulties. You will develop an understanding of Aboriginal culture and the challenges faced by Aboriginal students.
The program also incorporates a specialised professional experience component. You will take part in practical experience in schools for 60 days over the course of your two years of study.
To find out more about where the Master of Teaching (Primary) can lead you, visit the 'Careers' tab.