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:

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:

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 and course structure (PDF, 465 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

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.