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Key facts

The UNE Master of Teaching (Primary) is designed to prepare postgraduate students with the knowledge and skills for teaching in contemporary primary school environments. Gain teaching skills informed by the latest research, learn from our internationally regarded staff and hone your skills in a wide variety of practical experiences, both online and in the classroom. By studying with UNE, you will future proof your career with a nationally accredited primary teaching qualification.

  • 2 years full-time
  • Up to 6 years part-time
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
  • Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
  • On Campus
  • Online
  • Armidale Campus
Entry requirements
  • Guaranteed ATAR: Not applicable
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  • Commonwealth Supported Place
    Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

    An Australian Government subsidised university place. Students eligible for admission to a CSP only pay the student contribution amount for their study.

  • Full Fee
    Full Fee

    Tuition fees for domestic students not admitted to a Commonwealth Supported Place (i.e. no available government subsidy).

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Course information

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Why study the Master of Teaching (Primary) with UNE?

If you are a graduate considering a career move which makes a difference, there has never been a better time to study the Master of Teaching (Primary) with UNE. With a growing demand for highly qualified primary teachers, UNE will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to step into a rewarding career path as a specialist teacher, and to play a vital role in children’s development.  Combining theoretical study with practical experience, this degree is especially for graduates with a passion for high quality education of children in their formative primary years.

What makes our course different?

The School of Education at UNE offers a supportive and collaborative learning environment, backed by significant research expertise. With a range of opportunities to develop your practical experience, as well as your theoretical knowledge and research skills, you will build your resourcefulness, creativity and expertise as a specialist primary teacher. In this course you will:

  • Benefit from flexible study across three trimesters, making it easier to balance your study with other work and family commitments.
  • Gain core knowledge and practical skills with an introduction to the profession, literacy and numeracy education, ICT across the curriculum, and classroom behaviour management.
  • Explore the latest developments in Aboriginal education; teaching students who have English as an additional language or dialect; and inclusive and special education.
  • Develop your knowledge of research principles and methods by completing a research project.
  • Hone your skills in evaluating ideas and making informed judgements on complex issues in education.
  • Put your knowledge into practice with 60 days of professional experience, which includes an online demonstration school and 50 days of professional experience in primary classrooms, including a partial internship.
  • Graduate with a Primary Specialisation in English/Literacy.

This is an approved Student Income Support course. Eligible students may apply for Youth Allowance or Austudy. This course is accredited with the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA).

UNE understands how important it is to have flexible pathways to success, with options for full-time and part-time study via face-to-face, online and blended modes of learning. Year after year, our students award us 5-star ratings in The Good Universities Guide for Overall Experience and Student Support.

Study online

Most of our students choose to study online across three study periods with 24/7 tutor support* and fit study around work and family commitments. Uniquely, our online students are mostly over 30 and bring valuable experience with them. They form a community of adults juggling the same challenges and priorities and who bring their life and work experience together to build real world networks for the future.

Study on campus

Many of our students choose to take advantage of the on-campus lifestyle in Armidale, in the beautiful New England region, with access to unparalleled support, accommodation and sporting facilities. These students are often starting their first degree and have left school recently. Through access to academic and career support they get a fantastic start to their careers.

* 24/7 tutor support includes: essay feedback (within 24 hours); live chat 24/7 for generic feedback on academic writing; and subject-specific help at a foundation or first-year level for subjects including mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, business, accounting, microeconomics, macroeconomics and statistics. There are also a wide range of workshops, resources and courses available in academic skills support to assist you and help you to succeed.


Admission periodMode/location
Trimester 1On Campus, Armidale Campus
Trimester 1Online
Trimester 2On Campus, Armidale Campus
Trimester 2Online
Trimester 3Online

Entry requirements

A candidate shall:
(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree or an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree and an AQF Level 8 or 9 postgraduate qualification, with a GPA of at least 3.50 in which they have completed the equivalent of one full academic year or eight units of study in a discipline area or discipline areas relevant to one or more of the following Key Learning Areas (KLAs):

English KLA
Communications, creative writing, English literature, language studies (English), linguistics, literature studies, media studies (ie the theoretical study of media or where the product is a literary text).

Mathematics KLA
Pure or applied mathematics; other studies of mathematics that are relevant to the central concepts, modes of enquiry and structure of the content/discipline(s) (only one unit of statistics may be counted); engineering units may be considered upon review of unit statements for appropriate mathematical content.

Science and Technology KLA
Agriculture; architecture; biology; bio-technology; chemistry; computing studies; design - interior, industrial, graphics, fashion, product, landscape (2 units only may be counted); design and technology; engineering/physics; geology; Earth and/or environmental science; materials science; medicine/nursing/biomedical science; psychology; or similar fields which include processes of inquiry, designing and producing.

Human Society and Its Environment KLA
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies, Aboriginal languages; anthropology and/or Sociology; archaeology; Asian or Pacific studies; economics/business studies; cultural studies; geography/environmental studies; government and citizenship; history; languages ; legal studies; political science; studies of religion.

Creative Arts KLA
Dance including practical experience in choreography and performance in various dance styles appropriate for primary contexts; drama including experiential involvement in making and performing drama; music including performing (singing, playing and moving), listening and organising sound (composing) incorporating a range of repertoire and approaches; visual arts including art making and art history/theory; fine arts.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) KLA
Physical education studies; health studies; family studies; health promotion; human movement studies; nutrition education; sports science.

Applicants who are 12 credit points short of meeting the prerequisite for KLA discipline knowledge may be permitted to enrol in the relevant curriculum units provided they enrol concurrently in the appropriate prerequisite discipline unit or units. All prerequisites must be passed prior to or concurrently with Master of Teaching (Primary) candidature. Such prerequisite discipline units are in addition to the program of study in the Master of Teaching; and

(b) satisfy the School of their suitability for teaching through the satisfactory completion of the Personal Statement for Initial Teacher Education Course Entry; and

(c) comply with the University's English Language Requirements for Courses in Education Accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority.

Prospective candidates should only accept an offer of a place in this course if they are able to meet the following Fit for Practice requirements:

  • abide by relevant UNE Rules and Procedures, for example, Student Behavioural Misconduct Rules, and any relevant School of Education policies, for example, the Professional Experience Policy for professional placements;
  • exercise sound judgement based on cognitive, mental and physical health and be able to respond appropriately to demands of teaching situations;
  • demonstrate personal resilience and persistence to cope and maintain wellbeing under stressful situations;
  • demonstrate satisfactory academic progression prior to professional placement;
  • safeguard the University's integrity and demonstrate duty of care to students/children while engaged in professional experience;
  • show personal maturity to ensure that a professional relationship is established with students/children;
  • communicate to students/children with clarity and in an appropriate manner that relates to their age/profile;
  • possess and model the literacy and numeracy skills expected of teachers in interactions they have within the classroom and broader settings;
  • be able to create, evaluate and reflect on the physical and emotional safety of students/children in a variety of situations and environments; and
  • be able to establish and maintain effective professional relationships with colleagues and the broader school/early childhood community.

Candidates who have or who develop a disability that may or will prevent them from meeting the above professional experience requirements should contact Student Support to see if reasonable adjustments are practicable.

Candidates who have difficulties in meeting some of the above professional experience requirements will be required to contact the Office for Professional Learning to put in place remedial and/or counselling activities through a pro-active approach to improve their teaching practice.

(a) The maximum advanced standing shall be for units counting 48 credit points which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by the University and approved for the course.
(b) There shall be no maximum to credit granted on the basis of education units completed at UNE which have not already counted to a completed qualification.

Fees and scholarships

How much will it cost?

Estimated fees for your first year of study in this course are:

Fee typeCost
Full Fee$24,408*
Commonwealth Supported Place$3,900*
*The costs will depend on the units you choose to study as the cost of individual units vary. “Estimated fees” are provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking a study load of 48 credit points in the first year of this course. For courses that require less than 48 credit points the fees indicated are based on the total credit points required for completion of that course. For more information, please see fees and costs.


UNE scholarships are open for all to apply and offer financial help while you are studying. If you are commencing your university studies or if you are already a student at UNE, there are a number of scholarships to help you throughout your studies. There are UNE scholarships for students:

  • with high academic achievement
  • from rural areas
  • studying specific degrees
  • in disadvantaged groups
  • who excel at sport
  • living in a UNE residential college.

UNE scholarship applications are free and confidential. You may apply for more than one scholarship.

Course structure

1. To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 96 credit points including 48 credit points at 500-level and 60 days of professional experience.
2. Candidates must pass the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students to qualify for the award.
3. Candidates must pass a Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) during the final professional experience placement to qualify for the award.

48 credit points

Complete the following units:

48 credit points

Complete the following units:

See UNE Handbook for more details. The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course plans, intensive schools, and work placement requirements.

Course outcomes

The Master of Teaching (Primary) aims to provide candidates with: (i) an accredited professional qualification meeting the requirements of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) for initial teacher education programs, and ensuring all graduates meet the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Graduate Career Stage; and (ii) UNE Graduate Attributes as detailed below; and (iii) a knowledge of research methods and the skills to apply these in the context of education.
  1. know students and how they learn. Have a current knowledge and understanding of research into teaching, learning and child development and how to apply such research to the needs of the students in the primary school;
  2. know the content and how to teach it;
  3. plan and implement effective teaching and learning, with a high level of personal autonomy and professional accountability;
  4. assess, provide feedback and report on student learning. Communicate, negotiate, collaborate and advocate effectively and relate well to all the school's community;
  5. engage in professional learning and set personal targets and take responsibility for their own development. Demonstrate a knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of Education, and plan and execute a substantial research-based project and/or piece of scholarship; and
  6. create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments and engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community. Behave with integrity underpinned by moral purpose, model values and ethical perspectives in relation to own and the school's practice and organisation. Promote democratic values including active citizenship and inclusion.
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will be able to demonstrate mastery and skills of pedagogy and curriculum methodology relevant to the primary teaching profession and will be able to demonstrate an awareness of the multicultural nature and global perspectives of education in the wider community.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to implement various media and other forms of communication appropriate to primary school classroom levels. They will have acquired the communication skills necessary to effectively communicate with a wide range of stakeholders both within and outside the classroom.

Problem Solving

Graduates will have the skills necessary to conceptualise problems in their profession and formulate solutions by gathering and analysing information relevant to primary school teaching as a profession.

Information Literacy

Graduates will be able to acquire, evaluate and use information from a wide range of media forms in primary school teaching.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will be able to appreciate and acknowledge the social and ethical implications of their actions. They will be able to contribute responsibly to the wider community and appreciate the importance of sustainable development.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will have acquired the necessary knowledge and skills to develop, evaluate and implement personal learning strategies. Furthermore, they will demonstrate curiosity, creativity and critical thinking in their workplace and personal development.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will be able to independently apply their knowledge and skills in their professional practice. In addition they will be able to negotiate, assert their own values and respect the values and contributions of others whilst participating in team based activities.

A five-star experience

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#1 in Australia Postgraduate Teaching Quality
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Overall Experience
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Studying online

At UNE we know it takes more than just being online to be a great online university. It takes time and experience. We pioneered distance education for working adults back in the 1950s, so we’ve been doing this longer than any other Australian university.

We understand the challenges faced by busy adults studying at home. We know that a vital part of online study is your engagement with the learning community. Communication with your classmates, teaching staff and university support staff will enhance your study experience and ensure that your skills extend beyond the subject matter. UNE’s teaching staff are experts in their field which is why UNE consistently receives five stars from students for teaching quality, support and overall experience.*

*The Good Universities Guide

Your career

Career outcomes

Career opportunities for graduates with a Master of Teaching (Primary) include:

  • primary school teacher in the public or private sector
  • further opportunities for education leadership positions, for example, school principal or education manager.
Professional recognition

The Master of Teaching (Primary) is accredited with the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA), providing graduates with a professional qualification meeting the requirements of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) for initial teacher education programs, and ensures all graduates meet the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Graduate Career Stage.

From 2019 onwards, the Department of Education advises that an application for approval to teach will include consideration of a preferred minimum credit average (or equivalent) by the conclusion of the applicant’s Program of Study.

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Music teacher and Master of Teaching (Primary) graduate Caleb Gorman playing electric guitar.Caleb Goman, Music Teacher, Northern Territory Music School

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