Course Structure

Course structure

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:

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

Coursework pathway

Coursework candidates must complete:

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 pathway

Research candidates must complete:

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

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

Course structure diagram

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Master of Teaching (Primary).

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).

Sample course plan (full-time)

Year 1

Semester 1

Educational Foundations

Introduction to Clinical Practice

Primary Mathematics Education 1

Foundational English Literacy

Clinical Teaching Practice 1 (20 placement days across the semester)
Semester 2

Integrating Clinical Practice

Diverse & Inclusive Classrooms

Primary Arts Education 1

Advanced English Literacies

Primary Humanities Education

Primary Mathematics Education 2 or Primary Mathematics Education 2 (Extension)*

Clinical Teaching Practice 2 (20 placement days across the semester)

Year 2

Semester 1

Becoming a Clinical Practitioner

Health & Physical Education

Science, Technology (Digital & Design) or Science and Technology in Practice*

Researching Education Practice or Education Research Methodology**

Clinical Teaching Practice 3 (20 placement days across the semester)
Semester 2 (Coursework Pathway)

Education Research Project

Literacy Assessment & Learning or Leading Literacy in Primary Schools* (both include 10 in-school placement days)

Primary Mathematics Education 3 or Primary Mathematics Education 3 (Extension)*

Primary Arts Education 2

Inquiry Learning in the Humanities

Elective

Semester 2 (Research Pathway)

Education Research Study

Literacy Assessment & Learning or Leading Literacy in Primary Schools* (both include 10 in-school placement days)

Primary Mathematics Education 3 or Primary Mathematics Education 3 (Extension)*

* Specialised pathway extension subjects (Mathematics, Science, STEM, Literacy).
** Part of the research pathway.