Master of Teaching (Primary)

The Master of Teaching (Primary) is a postgraduate initial teacher education program developed in partnership with the NSW Department of Education and local primary school networks. This Commonwealth Supported degree is accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). The degree delivery is accelerated, enabling you to teach in primary schools in all states of Australia and internationally upon completion of 1.3-years, full-time.

UNSW is one of Australia’s top-ranking universities. You’ll learn innovative teaching methods derived from our industry-shaping research, receive supervised experience in the classroom and gain the skills needed to be a future leader in schools.

Practical Experience

The degree is founded on in-school experience and learning in-practice with ongoing support from experienced UNSW School of Education Academics. The theoretical concepts you learn in your courses are applied directly to the classroom in this unique site-based degree. In the first year, you’ll be based in primary schools for two days a week where you'll work with students and learn from experienced primary teachers. During this degree, you’ll learn from both classroom teachers and academic staff.

Students in the Master of Teaching degree can benefit from our strong ties to the Education sector. UNSW is a valued partner to industry, community and government organisations, domestically and internationally. We maintain close links with leading public and private schools in Australia, and we’re the only university to have a formal partnership with the NSW Association of Independent Schools. UNSW School of Education is also a preferred provider of professional development and training for the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Your Career

This Master of Teaching (Primary) degree will enhance your career options and professional advancement within the Primary School education sector in all states across Australia, as well as internationally. 

The coursework in this degree develops the necessary knowledge and skills to enable you to meet the Australian graduate teacher standards, including disciplinary content knowledge beyond the key learning areas of specialisation. As a result, you’ll qualify as a generalist primary teacher as well as a specialist in at least one key learning area (based on your prior degree).

Entry Requirements

Students must have completed a recognised undergraduate degree with a major in one of the six key learning areas below, consisting of at least six units of undergraduate study, with no more than two at first year and at least two at third year, plus at least two units of study in one or more other key learning areas.

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What Our Students Say

"My degree taught me about the kind of teacher I should be... It gave me the opportunity to stay on at Matraville High School after graduating, and now with its partnership with Matraville High School, UNSW is still helping me grow as a teacher as our school receives PL (Professional Learning) support from UNSW. I also continue to grow as a teacher by working with new prac students from UNSW, with all the new knowledge that they bring to our school, which really helps in my professional development as well."

- Howard Cheng, Bachelor of Education (Secondary) Alumn

You can find more information on this degree including entry requirements on the UNSW Degree Finder.

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