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.
An undergraduate degree from an approved institution.
All applicants must also:
- meet English language requirements, and
- complete the Teacher Capability Assessment Tool (TCAT) prior to applying.
- 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
- 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:
- Compulsory coursework, including a Capstone project
- 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:
- Compulsory coursework
- A substantial research project in an area of interest.
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:
- Master of Teaching (Primary) course map (PDF, 163 KB).
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).
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.
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
Recent 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.
Direct to the University of Melbourne
We accept online applications year-round from both domestic and international applicants. Domestic applicants may be eligible to receive an early offer before VTAC offers are released. International applicants can apply online or through our overseas representatives .
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.
Note: VTAC applications cannot be made for our new Master of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) degree. Applicants interested in this course should apply through Guaranteed Entry or direct to the University of Melbourne.
Applications for the 2017 Master of Teaching intake have now closed. Application dates for the 2018 intake will be published soon.
- Complete the Teacher Capability Assessment Tool (TCAT) prior to applying.
- 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:
- previous academic transcripts
- evidence of degree completion (testamur)
- evidence of English language proficiency
- evidence of completion of the Teacher Capability Assessment Tool (TCAT).
VTAC applicants should see the documents required page on the VTAC website.
- On-campus at Parkville, and
- Placements in schools.
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Learn more about financial support.
Master of Teaching (Primary) schedule - 2017 (PDF, 95 KB)
Without doubt, the most valuable aspect of the course was having the opportunity to bridge the gap between cutting edge educational research and how this materialises in the everyday classroom. The clinical teaching model is the backbone of my teaching practice, enabling me to effectively meet the individual needs of all children in my class. Given that a huge component of the course included practical placements in schools, I was able to build a suitcase of teaching strategies to support me in my graduate year.
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