Master of Teaching (Primary)

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Searching for a rewarding career utilising your communication and leadership skills to help shape the future of our children? Being a primary teacher is one of the most rewarding careers you can have.

Using your existing degree as a foundation, the Master of Teaching (Primary) at the University of Newcastle is a two year program, producing outstanding graduates ready to enter a rewarding career as a primary teacher.

Throughout the program you will study the six key learning areas of English, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Physical Development, Health and Physical Education, Creative Arts, and Human Society and its Environment. Other areas of study include educational psychology and sociology, using and undertaking research in your classroom, Aboriginal Education and how to teach children with Special Needs.

To effectively prepare you for the job you will undertake 60 days’ formal professional experience in schools, as well as have many opportunities for ongoing contact with our partner schools. At the completion of your Master of Teaching (Primary) you will be prepared to begin your career teaching students from Kindergarten to Year 6.

Our unique approach incorporates an emphasis on Quality Teaching, the NSW model of pedagogy developed and refined by researchers at the University of Newcastle.

Explore this page and find out if the Master of Teaching (Primary) is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

Are you in search of a career that will be both challenging and highly rewarding? Are you a born leader and communicator and hope to use your skills to shape the future of our children? If so, then you may be destined for a career as a primary teacher.

The University of Newcastle can offer you a highly-regarded advanced teaching program that can have you teaching within two years.

The Master of Teaching (Primary) will develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions you need for a successful career in teaching. You will be ready to walk into the classroom with confidence thanks to our focus on Quality Teaching,  the 60 days of formal professional experience and the many opportunities for contact with our partner schools integrated within the program.

To find out more about what you will study, visit the 'Study' tab.


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:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science and Technology
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education
  • Creative Arts
  • 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 14 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 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 formal placements in schools for 60 days over the course of your two years of study, and also have many opportunities for involvement with our partner schools.

Overall the Master of Teaching (Primary) at the University of Newcastle will provide you with a superior preparation for practice as a caring and inspirational teacher in the secondary school.

To find out more about where the Master of Teaching (Primary) can lead you, visit the 'Careers' tab.


At the completion of your Master of Teaching (Primary) at the University of Newcastle, you will be equipped with the appropriate theoretical and practical skills and knowledge to flourish as a successful primary school teacher.

You will enter the education system as a capable and professional individual with a well-developed sense of professional ethics.

Upon graduation you will be eligible to apply for registration with the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards, essential for employment as a teacher in NSW. Your postgraduate qualification will also support registration as a teacher in other jurisdictions both nationally and internationally.  It may be of interest to you to take your qualification and pursue a position in countries across Asia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Master of Teaching (Primary) read the ‘Details’ tab.

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