Follow your passion for teaching and inspire inquisitive minds with the Master of Teaching (Primary).

  • Designed for those with an approved undergraduate degree, you can qualify as a primary school teacher in just 18 months of intensive study (equivalent to four semesters).
  • Benefit from a structure that combines the latest educational research with practical school based learning, ensuring you are job ready.
  • Complete 60 days of supervised practicum supported by an expert team of university facilitators, who liaise, visit and observe practice for pre-service teachers and school-based mentors.
  • Graduate from an accredited program with eligibility for teacher registration in Queensland. This program also provides the potential to work internationally.

Encourage curiosity and make an impact on future generations.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    UQ's School of Education has been training teachers for nearly 70 years. You will be taught by national and international award-winning lecturers and will be thoroughly prepared for a career in education through access to the latest innovations in teaching research.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ was ranked 14th in the world in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject for Education. UQ is also ranked as the joint best school for education research in Australia (ERA Outcomes 2015)

  • Professional membership

    Accreditation and professional membership

    This program is accredited by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (completing this degree may not result in automatic accreditation for graduates – please contact the relevant association for details). Graduates may be eligible for membership with the Queensland College of Teachers.

  • Alumni
    As a new teacher, this proved to be a challenging role. But I felt well prepared thanks to the excellent tutors and lecturers at UQ. The Master of Teaching program provided me with a comprehensive overview of the skill set required by a primary school teacher. Whether I was teaching fractions or functional grammar or implementing a digital technologies program, I would find myself drawing on the experience and advice of my lecturers. Tim Mullaly, Master of Teaching (Primary) (2016)

Fields of study for this program

Fields of study for this program

There are 1 fields of study available in the Master of Teaching (Primary).

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Career outcomes

Graduates are eligible to register with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT), as well as other authorities, to teach in schools around Australia, and some worldwide.

Once registered, you can work as a primary school teacher in state or independent schools in Queensland, interstate or overseas, or undertake further study to qualify as a principal, mentor, curriculum adviser, or a guidance or career officer or head of department.


  • Program code
  • 742802
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Entry requirements


An approved bachelor degree with a minimum GPA 4.5 from an approved tertiary institution which includes the equivalent of at least one full year of study in areas relevant to one or more learning areas of the primary school curriculum in Australian schools. Students will be required to submit a statement addressing non-academic criteria. ELP - overall IELTS proficiency level of 7.5, with no score below 7 in any of the four skill areas, and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Teaching (Primary) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Teaching (Primary). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

Students undertaking the Master of Teaching (Primary) must complete 60 days of professional experience throughout the program.

Every effort is made to place students within a reasonable distance of their home but you can be expected to travel up to 90 minutes one-way due to public transport connections and incur costs associated with travel and possible lost income. Students are generally placed in Brisbane and the southeast corner of Queensland (including the Gold and Sunshine Coasts) and are also encouraged to consider a rural placement.

Students must have a current Blue Card (Working with Children Check) before commencing practicum, and should apply for one through The School of Education three months before their first professional experience. The Student Handbook for the Master of Teaching (Primary) program provides additional information about professional experience requirements and is available from the School of Education.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Queensland College of Teachers

Accreditation body

The Master of Teaching (Primary) is accredited by:

  • Australian Institute For Teaching And School Leadership

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Queensland College Of Teachers

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Master of Teaching (Primary) may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

Courses and Programs

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Master of Teaching (Primary).

When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.


The primary years of schooling (years 1-7) are a crucial stage of learning for all children. From the early years to the later years of primary school, teachers need specialist preparation as they are required to teach across subject areas and to have the skills and knowledge to understand and manage the diverse issues related to early and middle childhood.

The field of study provides the skills and knowledge necessary for teaching to complement the current knowledge and skills gained in the first degree. Students will be qualified to teach in all areas of the primary curriculum:

  • Arts (including Drama, Dance, Media, Music and Visual Arts)
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History / Geography / Civics and Citizenship
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Technologies

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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