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Master of Teaching (Primary)

Overview

Your career change starts here. Transfer your prior knowledge and expertise into a rewarding career as a primary school teacher.

Designed for those with an approved undergraduate degree, the Master of Teaching (Primary) allows you to qualify as a primary school teacher after four semesters of study.

The two year program aims to develop, educate and sustain teachers who can contribute innovatively and creatively to addressing the educational challenges of social, community and technological change. It provides the skills and knowledge necessary for teaching to complement the current knowledge and skills gained in your first degree.

Your study consists of periods of on-campus lectures, tutorials and workshops. These are alternated with blocks of professional placements in schools, designed to provide the opportunity for professional development and learning for growth into your career in education. You'll graduate qualified to teach in all areas of the primary curriculum from Prep to Year 6.

This program also provides the potential to work internationally. 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, guidance or career officer, or head of department.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
2 Years full-time
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
QTAC Code
742802
Program Code
5556
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$45456 (indicative per year)
Duration
2 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
QTAC Code
742802
Program Code
5556
CRICOS Code
078819A
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • After just four semesters of study, have the confidence to step into the classroom and ignite the minds of the next generation.
  • Learn from national and international award-winning lecturers who will teach you flexible and creative ways to cater for the diverse learning needs of children.
  • Undertake 60 days of supervised classroom experience.
  • Graduate from an accredited program with eligibility for teacher registration in Queensland and beyond.

23 in the world for education

QS World University Rankings 2020

1 in Queensland for education

QS World University Rankings 2020

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Fieldwork

Placements and work experience

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.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Global Issues and Social Justice
  • Contemporary Theories of Development and Learning
  • Introduction to Teaching Mathematics
  • Building Inclusive Primary Classrooms

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Primary school teacher
  • Head of curriculum
  • Distance education teacher
  • Community education officer
  • Educator

Next steps after graduation

Over 96 percent of UQ Education graduates found employment after study (QILT Graduates Outcomes Survey 2018-2019). 

 

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Queensland College of Teachers

Professional registration

When you graduate, you may be eligible for registration with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to register.

  • Queensland College Of Teachers

Program accreditation

The Master of Teaching (Primary) is accredited by:

  • Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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.

As part of the Australian Institute for Teaching and Leadership (AITSL) revised Standards and Procedures (2015), applicants to initial teacher education courses (pre-service teachers) must satisfy both academic and non-academic entry criteria for selection to the course.

All applicants will need to complete an online questionnaire to meet the non-academic entry requirement for this program. Once you have submitted your application, you will be directed to the online questionnaire.

Prerequisites

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.

As part of the Australian Institute for Teaching and Leadership (AITSL) revised Standards and Procedures (2015), applicants to initial teacher education courses (pre-service teachers) must satisfy both academic and non-academic entry criteria for selection to the course.

All applicants will need to complete an online questionnaire to meet the non-academic entry requirement for this program. Once you have submitted your application, you will be directed to the online questionnaire.

English language requirements

IELTS score of 7.5 overall; speaking 8; listening 8, reading 7, writing 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ.

TOEFL IBT, TOEFL PB, Pearsons, BE, CES, and OET are not accepted.

 

Learn more about English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Inherent requirements

To complete this degree, you have to meet its inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes. Read the inherent requirements before you apply.

Learn about inherent requirements

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.

Additional application information

As part of the Australian Institute for Teaching and Leadership (AITSL) revised Standards and Procedures (2015), applicants to initial teacher education courses (pre-service teachers) must satisfy both academic and non-academic entry criteria for selection to the course.All applicants will need to complete an online questionnaire to meet the non-academic entry requirement for this program. Once you have submitted your application, you will be directed to the online questionnaire.

From 2018, all students are required to successfully meet the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) standards prior to graduation. For more information on the test including sample tests, indicative fees, testing institutions and registration information, please visit the School of Education LANTITE website and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Teaching (Primary) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $45,456

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Teaching (Primary) for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on an intensive full-time study load.

If you do not enrol in the intensive study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

HECS-HELP

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.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,684

Indicative annual fee 2020 Commonwealth supported place

This 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 (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

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 (education@.uq.edu.au) 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 https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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