Master of Teaching (Primary)

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
055926K
Location:
  • Melbourne
  • Strathfield
Duration:

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time. 18 months full-time in accelerated mode.

Entry to this course is governed by the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy. The selection of course entrants is based on academic merit and satisfaction of non-academic capabilities for entry to initial teacher education. In accordance with the mission of ACU, the Faculty of Education and Arts is committed to providing access to education for a diversity of students. ACU provides a range of access and equity schemes which consider additional or alternative factors in assessing applicants, including applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

An accelerated option to complete this degree in 18 months is available at some campuses.

Description

The Master of Teaching (Primary) is for graduates who want to become primary school teachers and have an appropriate undergraduate degree.

The degree is a pre-service teacher education program that applies advanced knowledge and research findings to the problems, issues and challenges facing education professionals.

Graduates will be eligible for employment in Catholic and other faith-based schools, and government and non-government schools.

This Masters degree prepares primary school teachers who are reflective, independent and flexible thinkers who can apply their skills to improve curriculum offerings and advance their community’s education.

It gives students valuable professional experience through a range of school- and community-based placements during the course.

Course duration

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time. 18 months full-time in accelerated mode.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • Strathfield (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Note: This course is available only to students with a recognised undergraduate tertiary qualification.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

No deferment available.

Credit Points

160

Exit Point

A student who has successfully completed the following requirements may exit from the course with that qualification. Note that none of these qualifications qualify a student to teach in Australia.

  1. Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies
  2. Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies

A student who does not meet the LANTITE requirements may exit with the Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies or Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies if they meet the requirements of those awards.

International students must contact the International Student Adviser before applying for early exit.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $6680 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must:

  1. have successfully completed a Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification, with subject content studies equivalent to one year full-time study in one or more learning areas of the primary school curriculum1;
  2. demonstrate suitability for teaching as evidenced by completion of an assessment available in the relevant State at the time of application.

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Any applicant who completed a Bachelor degree outside Australia should review the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy to determine if they are required to meet additional English Language Proficiency requirements for entry into the course.

Any applicant who completed a Bachelor degree outside Australia intending to seek teacher registration in Australia should check with state registration bodies to confirm English Language Proficiency requirements for teacher registration.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission.


1 In Queensland, for entry to Primary programs, the prior undergraduate degree must include at least 8 semester units of discipline studies relevant to at least 2 of the Primary learning areas (institutions should give preference to applicants with studies in Mathematics, English and Science).

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through ACU
Sydney (Strathfield), NSW
Apply through ACU

Career paths

The Master of Teaching (Primary) course is designed to prepare Primary teachers to meet the requirements for teaching in Catholic, non-government, government schools and Lutheran schools (Queensland only).

Professional experience

Students must complete a minimum of 60 days professional experience during which time they are required to be available full-time.

Professional experience covers all school and community-based experience designed to help students develop professional competence and personal commitment, in accordance with the expressed Catholic philosophy of the University. The professional experience units apply skills, techniques and processes taught in the Foundations Studies and Professional Studies units.

Professional experience units are planned as a specific sequence allowing for progressive development of both classroom-based proficiency and an understanding of the relevance of theory to practice and practice to theory. The practicum will be supported by other forms of in-school experiences, such as school-based tutorials and workshops.

Certain prerequisite or co-requisite units are required before students are placed in schools.

Supervised professional experience is at the heart of all our pre-service teacher education courses and the Faculty will find appropriate placements to suit the needs of your course. Placements will usually be arranged for the scheduled placement period in the professional experience calendar though this may not always be possible.

In Victoria, part-time students do not commence the Professional Experience program until the second year of the course. The Professional Experience program consists of a minimum of 9 weeks of teaching rounds, usually broken into two blocks.

In Queensland, students are required to complete 100 days of professional experience to be eligible for teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers. This involves 80 supervised days and 20 days of observation.

Professional recognition

This program has been listed on the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) accredited programs list and meets the teacher education component of the qualification requirement for registration (accreditation) as a primary school teacher in all states and territories.

Other prerequisites to undertaking this course

Requirements for working with children: All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom.

These are: Blue Card (Qld), Working with Vulnerable People (ACT) or Working with Children Check ( NSW and Vic).

International students must bring police check documentation from their own countries. Australian students who have lived in another country for 12 months or more must provide a police check from that country for that period.

English language requirements

No score less than 7 in reading and writing. No score less than 8 in listening and speaking.

Pathways to further study

Master of Teaching (Primary) is a pathway to doctoral studies.

More course information

Non-academic assessment - suitability for teaching
Applicants who apply for entry into this initial teacher education course will be required to complete a non-academic assessment. The assessment is to demonstrate suitability for teaching and will be part of your application when applying for admission into this course. Please visit our Suitability for teaching page for more information.

Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)
Students will be required to demonstrate they have achieved approved benchmarks in literacy and numeracy as demonstrated through the Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE). Successful completion of LANTITE is a requirement for course completion.

If you have started your ITE course at another institution and wish to transfer to ACU to complete your studies, please be sure that you have read and understand the requirements for receiving credit for previous studies and those on completing LANTITE.

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

Description

The Master of Teaching (Primary) is for graduates who want to become primary school teachers and have an appropriate undergraduate degree.

The degree is a pre-service teacher education program that applies advanced knowledge and research findings to the problems, issues and challenges facing education professionals.

Graduates will be eligible for employment in Catholic and other faith-based schools, and government and non-government schools.

This Masters degree prepares primary school teachers who are reflective, independent and flexible thinkers who can apply their skills to improve curriculum offerings and advance their community’s education.

It gives students valuable professional experience through a range of school- and community-based placements during the course.

Course duration

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time. 18 months full-time in accelerated mode.

Start dates and campus availability

Melbourne
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021
Strathfield
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021

Note: This course is available only to students with a recognised undergraduate tertiary qualification.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

No deferment available.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Credit Points

160

Exit Point

A student who has successfully completed the following requirements may exit from the course with that qualification. Note that none of these qualifications qualify a student to teach in Australia.

  1. Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies
  2. Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies

A student who does not meet the LANTITE requirements may exit with the Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies or Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies if they meet the requirements of those awards.

International students must contact the International Student Adviser before applying for early exit.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $2925.00 (2020)
  • Average first year fee: $23400.00 (2020)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $46800.00 (2020)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

1.1 To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed –

  1. Bachelor degree or equivalent that includes at least one year of equivalent full time study relevant to one or more learning areas of the primary school curriculum; with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) equivalent to an Australian Catholic University GPA of 4.0; and
  2. units within that degree that meet the subject content requirements as outlined by the national accreditation authority and the state/territory concerned.

1.2 For applicants who have successfully completed a Bachelor degree with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) equivalent to an Australian Catholic University GPA of 4.0; but do not meet national subject content requirements or the state/territory requirements, conditional enrolment may, in special circumstances, be approved by the Course Coordinator provided additional study is undertaken.1

1.3 International applicants must also meet the English Language Testing System (IELTS) assessment, or an equivalent English language proficiency assessment, with no score less than 7.0 in reading and writing, and no score less that 8.0 in listening and speaking.


1 In Queensland, for entry to Primary programs, the prior undergraduate degree must include at least 8 semester units of discipline studies relevant to at least 2 of the Primary learning areas (institutions should give preference to applicants with studies in Mathematics, English and Science).

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Career paths

The Master of Teaching (Primary) course is designed to prepare Primary teachers to meet the requirements for teaching in Catholic, non-government, government schools and Lutheran schools (Queensland only).

Professional experience

Students must complete a minimum of 60 days professional experience during which time they are required to be available full-time.

Professional experience covers all school and community-based experience designed to help students develop professional competence and personal commitment, in accordance with the expressed Catholic philosophy of the University. The professional experience units apply skills, techniques and processes taught in the Foundations Studies and Professional Studies units.

Professional experience units are planned as a specific sequence allowing for progressive development of both classroom-based proficiency and an understanding of the relevance of theory to practice and practice to theory. The practicum will be supported by other forms of in-school experiences, such as school-based tutorials and workshops.

Certain prerequisite or co-requisite units are required before students are placed in schools.

Supervised professional experience is at the heart of all our pre-service teacher education courses and the Faculty will find appropriate placements to suit the needs of your course. Placements will usually be arranged for the scheduled placement period in the professional experience calendar though this may not always be possible.

In Victoria, part-time students do not commence the Professional Experience program until the second year of the course. The Professional Experience program consists of a minimum of 9 weeks of teaching rounds, usually broken into two blocks.

In Queensland, students are required to complete 100 days of professional experience to be eligible for teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers. This involves 80 supervised days and 20 days of observation.

Professional recognition

This program has been listed on the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) accredited programs list and meets the teacher education component of the qualification requirement for registration (accreditation) as a primary school teacher in all states and territories.

Other prerequisites to undertaking this course

Requirements for working with children: All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom.

These are: Blue Card (Qld), Working with Vulnerable People (ACT) or Working with Children Check ( NSW and Vic).

International students must bring police check documentation from their own countries. Australian students who have lived in another country for 12 months or more must provide a police check from that country for that period.

English language requirements

No score less than 7 in reading and writing. No score less than 8 in listening and speaking.

Pathways to further study

Master of Teaching (Primary) is a pathway to doctoral studies.

More course information

Non-academic assessment - suitability for teaching
Applicants who apply for entry into this initial teacher education course will be required to complete a non-academic assessment. The assessment is to demonstrate suitability for teaching and will be part of your application when applying for admission into this course. Please visit our Suitability for teaching page for more information.

Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)
Students will be required to demonstrate they have achieved approved benchmarks in literacy and numeracy as demonstrated through the Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE). Successful completion of LANTITE is a requirement for course completion.

If you have started your ITE course at another institution and wish to transfer to ACU to complete your studies, please be sure that you have read and understand the requirements for receiving credit for previous studies and those on completing LANTITE.

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