Teaching (Primary)

Masters

Anthony Curnow, primary teacher, with two students

The Master of Teaching (Primary) qualifies you to teach across all primary years as a generalist teacher, with in-depth knowledge in literacy and mathematics, and a specialist area.

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Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree from an approved institution.

All applicants must also:

Course structure

  • Course code: MC-TEACHPR
  • Full-time study, comprising four semesters over two years
  • 200 points of coursework.

The first three semesters focus on your development as a primary teacher, equipping you to teach across the curriculum and personalise learning to meet students’ individual needs.

You will become familiar with different approaches to teacher-led research, and based on your previous studies and semester results, you can choose to specialise in one of the following areas:

  • the Arts
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Humanities
  • Languages
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

In the second year, you will choose to follow either the coursework or research pathway.

Coursework candidates must complete:

  • A capstone project
  • 5 x core subjects
  • 1 x elective (with the option of an enriched placement).

Enriched placements allow you to undertake work experience in different education settings, e.g. in rural Australia, in an indigenous community, or in a museum or art gallery. Eligibility is subject to meeting academic requirements.

Research candidates must complete:

  • A substantial research project in an area of interest
  • 12.5 points of core subjects.

The research pathway is only available to students who achieve an average of 75% or above in the first year.

Completion of the research option allows progress to a PhD (subject to meeting academic requirements).

Course structure diagram:

Detailed course and subject information for the Master of Teaching (Primary) can be found in the University Handbook (MC-TEACHPR).

Please note: the Commonwealth Government of Australia now requires all students undertaking initial teacher education courses in Australia to pass a literacy and numeracy test. Attaining a satisfactory standard in this test is a hurdle requirement for successful completion of the course.

For more information see Literacy and Numeracy Test for Master of Teaching students (PDF, 262 KB).

This course is currently being re-accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

Career outcomes

The Master of Teaching (Primary) will enable you to apply for provisional registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as a primary teacher.

If you intend to teach outside Victoria, we recommend you check registration requirements with the relevant body.

You may also choose to pursue a career in a related field, such as:

  • policy formation
  • education research
  • assessment and evaluation
  • youth health and wellbeing.

Fees

For information on course fees for domestic and international students visit the Future Students website.

Australian Government loan schemes are available for domestic students to help you to defer all or part of your tuition fees, depending on the type of offer you receive:

  • if you receive an offer for an Australian fee-paying place, you may be eligible for the FEE-HELP loan program
  • if you receive an offer for a Commonwealth Supported Place, you may be eligible for the HECS-HELP loan program.

With both schemes, you do not need to repay the loan until your income reaches a minimum repayment threshold.

For more information on these schemes, visit Study Assist.

Youth Allowance and Austudy are available to eligible students undertaking the Master of Teaching. Visit Centrelink for more information.

For more information on financing your studies, visit financial support and scholarships.

How to apply

There are three ways to apply for the Master of Teaching (excluding the Master of Teaching (Secondary) Internship):

Guaranteed Entry

Final year University of Melbourne undergraduate students have the opportunity to secure a place in the Master of Teaching before all other applicants are considered. For more information, visit guaranteed entry. Open to both international and domestic applicants.

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)

VTAC administers the application process for Graduate Entry Teaching for Victorian institutions. Open to domestic students only, you can apply for either a Commonwealth Supported Place or an Australian Fee Place.

Direct to the University of Melbourne

We accept online applications year-round from both domestic and international applicants. Domestic applicants may be eligible to secure an Australian Fee Place before VTAC applications open. International applicants can apply online or through our overseas representatives.

Application dates

Domestic

Guaranteed Entry

Open: 1 August 2016

Close: 31 October 2016

VTAC

Open: 1 August 2016

Close: 4 November 2016

Direct

Open: 1 August 2016

Round 1 close: 16 November 2016

Round 2 close: 16 January 2017

International

Guaranteed Entry

Open: 1 August 2016

Close: 31 October 2016

Direct

Round 1 close: 31 July 2016

Round 2 close: 15 December 2016

Application process

  1. Complete the Teacher Capability Assessment Tool (TCAT) prior to applying.
  2. Submit your course application through:

If you are submitting your application through guaranteed entry or directly to the University, you may be required to provide the following supporting documentation:

VTAC applicants should see the documents required page on the VTAC website.