Why study the Master of Teaching (Primary)

The Master of Teaching (Primary) is a teacher preparation program specifically designed for people with an undergraduate degree to qualify as a primary school teacher in 1.5 years of full-time study. The program is ideal for those looking for a career change or who wish to follow their passion for teaching.

The program consists of periods of on-campus lectures, tutorials and workshops, alternated with blocks of professional placements in schools. Strong emphasis is placed on classroom practice with placements designed to provide opportunity for professional development and learning for growth into the role of beginning teacher. All placements are supported by an expert team of university facilitators, whose role is to liaise, visit, observe practice, and support the pre-service teachers and school-based mentors.

Students will gain the benefits of being 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 taking place within UQ's School of Education.

This program is 1.5 years full time - it is the equivalent of 2 years (4 semesters) full time, offered intensively over 18 calendar months by using a summer semester.


  • 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 appropriate bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) or equivalent qualification 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 (i.e., course that link to school curriculum content areas such as mathematics, English, science, history, geography, The Arts, health and physical education, ICT). 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 MTEach(Prim) must complete 60 days of supervised practicum throughout the program.

Effort is made to place students within a reasonable distance of their home but they can be expected to travel up to 90 minutes due to public transport connections and incur costs associated with travel and possible lost income. Students are generally placed in southeast Queensland but are encouraged to consider a rural placement. Financial assistance may be available to assist with travel and accommodation costs for rural placements.

Students must have a current Blue Card (Working with Children Check) before commencing practicum, and can apply for one through The School of Education three months before their practicum. The Teacher Preparation Programs Handbook provides additional information about practicum and school 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
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Technology

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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