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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.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The average course and programs costs listed on this page are the tuition costs for full fee paying students. Students with a graduate Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) pay a contribution towards the cost of their postgraduate education. The Australian Government pays the balance of the tuition costs. For more information please visit the UAC website.

Details of student contributions for CSP places are provided by the University of Newcastle Students Financials and Scholarships unit.

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.

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary

Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

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Commonwealth Supported Places are available in this program.

Number of Courses

Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.


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International Student Program and Fee Summary

Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

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  • Semester 2
Tuition Fees

Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

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Number of Courses

Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.



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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 70 days of formal professional experience and the many opportunities for contact with our partner schools integrated within the program.


Following Her Dream: Master of Teaching Graduate Helen Powell

Helen Powell is a passionate and inspirational educator with a mission to positively influence young students’ lives for the better. It was while working as a solicitor that she realised it was often too late to make a difference in someone’s life when they were facing charges at court. This hard-working mum of five decided to follow her dream to become a teacher and channel her passion for helping others where she felt she could make the most difference – at school.

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Career Opportunities

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.

Click here to view a sample of job titles and descriptions that includes positions suitable for teaching graduates as well as positions that will require further study or experience.


Courses and Details

Program Code 11714
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 064598B
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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.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is available to domestic and international students. All applicants must hold a completed Bachelor degree that satisfies the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) requirements for accreditation, in order to be assessed for admission. Admission to the program will be based on an interview, a written piece of work and the Grade Point Average of the completed undergraduate degree, as described under Additional Selection Criteria.

Additional Selection Criteria

  • Grade Point Average: Interviews and written work will be jointly used to determine the applicant's eligibility for admission. All applicants are then ranked on the basis of their GPA.
  • Interviews: Only applicants who meet the IELTS requirements for the Program will be invited to interview for a place.
  • Written Statement: Written piece of work.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants to this program must meet one of the following English Language Proficiency admission requirements: 

  • 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.
  • A Level 4 score in all four skill areas in ISPLR.
  • A PEAT test result of Band A in each of the four skill areas.

The test results must be no more than two years old at the time of application.   Only applicants who meet the English language requirements for the program will be invited to interview for a place.

Post-Admission Requirements

  • Anaphylaxis Training (AXS):

    Anaphylaxis e-training Course Certificate.

  • Working With Children Check (WWC)
  • Child Protection Awareness Training (CPA)

Compulsory Industrial Experience/Placement

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 70 days of professional experience across three 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. 



Compulsory Program Requirements – Review of Progress

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their 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.

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.

Course Information

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6711 Curriculum Design and Quality Teaching Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6735 Learners, Learning and Teaching Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6738 K-6 English Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6739 KLA Studies: K-6 Mathematics Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6740 Students with Special Needs in Diverse Contexts Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6744 K-6 Science Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6745 K-6 Creative Arts Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6746 K-6 HSIE Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6747 K-6 PDHPE Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6748 Advanced Literacy Studies Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6749 Advanced Numeracy Studies Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6762 Managing the K-6 Learning Environment Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6763 Integrated Curriculum Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6764 The Practicing Professional Primary Teacher Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan) 10 units
EDUC6911 Schooling, Identity and Society Semester 2 - 2018 (Online) 10 units
EDUC6912 Aboriginal Education Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan) 10 units

Additional Information

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an advanced, integrated understanding of the complex contexts of education and their implications for contemporary schooling.
  • Demonstrate a sophisticated, specialised, holistic understanding of curriculum, assessment and pedagogy as they apply to diverse primary school contexts
  • Critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise complex concepts, problems, and theories in order to shape and implement curriculum responsive to the needs of diverse learners K-6
  • Engage critically with and in educational research such that research and inquiry inform and continuously shape evolving praxis.
  • Work constructively and innovatively to build generative relationships between school, home and community, and leverage these relationships to the benefit of their students.
  • Demonstrate ethical and well-informed professional judgement and high levels of professional autonomy, adaptability, responsibility and collegiality, in the application of expert educational knowledge to diverse school and classroom contexts.

Professional Accreditation

Graduates of an accredited initial teacher education program are eligible for registration with the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA), and can pursue careers as teachers in Government and non-Government education sectors both nationally and internationally.

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, visit the University’s credit website and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

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 our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

International students 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 student.

Additional Support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens 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. More information is available online

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 unless they can complete both their principal program and the Diploma in Languages within the duration of their CoE. For more information please contact the Student Advice team.

Recommended Studies

At least one year or undergraduate studies relevant to one or more areas of the primary school curriculum.

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

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