Teaching (Primary)

Master of Teaching


Study a Master of Teaching (Primary) and become qualified to teach across all primary years as a generalist teacher, with in-depth knowledge in literacy and numeracy, as well as a specialised area.

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Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree from an approved institution.

All applicants must also:

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.

Student experience

Anthony Curnow, Grade 1 teacher at Footscray City Primary School, Master of Teaching (Primary)

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.

Anthony Curnow,
Grade 1 teacher at Footscray City Primary School, Master of Teaching (Primary)

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 pathway

Coursework candidates must complete:

  • Compulsory coursework, including a Capstone project
  • 1 x elective (with the option of a Place Based Elective).

Place Based Electives 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:

  • 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

Teacher Candidates choose one specialised pathway to enhance the generalist primary qualification. Find more information on the Specialised Pathway subject overview (PDF, 472 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).

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


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)*

  • Core subject
  • Compulsory placement
  • Elective
* Specialised pathway extension subjects (Mathematics, Science, STEM, Literacy).
** Part of the research pathway.

Quick reference guide

Master of Teaching (Primary) Study type Annual fee - 2018
Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative) Coursework $6,444
Australian Fee Place Coursework $27,904
International Coursework $36,256  

See below for more details on:

Domestic students

Australian Government loan programs (e.g. HECS-HELP) are available for domestic students to help you to defer all or part of your tuition fees.

Commonwealth Supported Place

Commonwealth Supported Places are available for all eligible domestic students.

If you receive an offer for a Commonwealth Supported Place, the Australian Government subsidises your fees and you pay a student contribution amount.

You may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution amount through the HECS-HELP loan program.

More information: studyassist.gov.au

 Annual fee - 2018
Masters - coursework $6,444*

* Student contribution amount for one Equivalent Full-Time Student Load (EFTSL). Your actual student contribution will be charged by subject.

Australian Fee Place

If you receive an offer for an Australian fee-paying place, you may be eligible to defer your fee payment under the FEE-HELP program.

Fees are not subsidised by the Australian Government but you do not need to repay your FEE-HELP loan until your income reaches a minimum repayment threshold.

More information: studyassist.gov.au

 Annual fee - 2018
Masters - coursework $27,904

International students

If you receive an offer for an international fee place you will be responsible for paying your fees at the beginning of each semester.

More information:  futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/fees/grad-intl

 Annual fee - 2018
Masters - coursework $36,256


The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, as well as many third party organisations offer a variety of scholarships to students based on merit and circumstance.

Visit the Financial Support and Scholarships pages or check the University of Melbourne's Scholarship site for more information.

Financial support

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

Student Support (Financial Aid) provides student loans, advice and advocacy around Government student payments, grants based on financial need (including housing/rent assistance grants) and welfare support. Book an appointment to speak with a specialist staff member.

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

Application dates

Applications for the 2019 Master of Teaching are now open.

Start year intake, 2019


Round 1: closes 25 October 2018


Round 1: closed
Round 2: closes 6 December 2018

Application process

1. Complete the Teacher Capability Assessment Tool

You must complete the Teacher Capability Assessment Tool (TCAT) prior to applying.

TCAT takes approximately 70 - 90 minutes to complete and contains both long and short answers used to assess your suitability for Melbourne Graduate School of Education courses.

Complete the TCAT

2. Submit your application

Applications for the 2018 Master of Teaching are currently being accepted from domestic and international applicants.


If you are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please submit your application online using the button below.

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If you are an international applicant, please submit your application using the button below or through one of the University's overseas representatives.

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Course entry options

Domestic secondary school students with a high ATAR may be eligible to apply for the Master of Teaching (all streams) at the same time as their undergraduate degree through a Graduate Degree Package.

Recent University of Melbourne undergraduate students may be eligible for guaranteed entry, which offers the opportunity to secure a place in the Master of Teaching before all other applicants. If you meet the eligibility criteria we will identify you as a guaranteed entry applicant when we assess your application. Applications must be submitted by Round 1 closing date.

Supporting documentation

You may be required to provide the following supporting documentation: