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Master of  Teaching (Primary)

Program code: 5556
QTAC code: 742802


St Lucia


2 Years full-time


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

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 across four semesters, including summer semester (equivalent to two years full-time).
  • Complete 60 days of supervised practicum throughout the program, designed to provide the opportunity for professional development and learning for growth into the role of beginning teacher and a career in Education.
  • Benefit from the support of 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 is a leader in education research. It was ranked equal best in Australia in the ERA Outcomes 2015, and 15th in the world in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • 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)
  • 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.

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
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


An approved bachelor degree, in a different discipline, 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.

Learn more about the admissions process

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.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Master of Teaching (Primary) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,566
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

An “indicative annual fee” is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth Supported Place in the Master of Teaching (Primary). It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.
  • From 2018, all students are required to successfully meet the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) standards prior to graduation.
  • UQ committed to fund test costs to the end of 2018. From 1 January 2019 this is no longer available and students must cover this cost. The 2018 fee was $185 ($92.50 per test). ACER lists current fees.
  • Please contact the School of Education for further details ( or visit the School of Education office.
  • For more information on the test, including sample tests and registration information, please visit the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying to QTAC

Apply now to QTAC

All domestic student applications for the Master of Teaching (Primary) need to be lodged through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

The QTAC code for the Master of Teaching (Primary) is 742802. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

Apply now to QTAC

Additional application information

Applications for the program from domestic students should be submitted to QTAC.

Domestic students enrolled in the Master of Teaching (Primary) may be eligible for income support and should contact Centrelink.

From 2018 applicants to education programs in Australia must complete non-academic entry criteria - please check QTAC's advice.

Please refer to the School of Education Website for further information on entry requirements and becoming a teacher.

The following advice has been provided from the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT):

Transferring students
If a student is admitted as a transfer student into an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) program at a new university and they enrolled in their original ITE primary program prior to the implementation of the non-academic selection tool pre-requisite, they are able transfer without meeting the requirement. If a student is being admitted into an ITE program as a new student, the prerequisite will need to be met.

Students accepted into an ITE program who defer the commencement of their study date post Semester 2 2017
A student who has already accepted a placement in an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) program and has deferred their study for a period no longer than one year will not need to submit documentation to address the requirements of the non-academic selection tool.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

A good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a "course" we call a "program".

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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