Master of Teaching (Primary)
- After just four semesters of study, have the confidence to step into the classroom and ignite the minds of the next generation.
- Learn from national and international award-winning lecturers who will teach you flexible and creative ways to cater for the diverse learning needs of children.
- Undertake 70 days of supervised classroom experience.
- Graduate from an accredited program with eligibility for teacher registration in Queensland and beyond.
How you'll learn
Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2023.
Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.
- Work placements
Placements and work experience
Students undertaking the Master of Teaching (Primary) must complete 70 days of supervised and assessed professional experience throughout the program.
Every effort is made to place students within a reasonable distance of their home but you can be expected to travel up to 90 minutes one-way due to public transport connections and incur costs associated with travel and possible lost income. Students are generally placed in Brisbane and the southeast corner of Queensland (including the Gold and Sunshine Coasts) and are also encouraged to consider a rural placement.
Students must have a current Blue Card (Working with Children Check) before commencing practicum, and should apply for one through The School of Education three months before their first professional experience. The Student Handbook for the Master of Teaching (Primary) program provides additional information about professional experience requirements and is available from the School of Education.
What you'll study
At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:
- Global Issues and Social Justice
- Contemporary Theories of Development and Learning
- Introduction to Teaching Mathematics
- Building Inclusive Primary Classrooms
Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:
- Primary school teacher
- Head of curriculum
- Distance education teacher
- Community education officer
Next steps after graduation
Over 96 percent of UQ Education graduates found employment after study (QILT Graduates Outcomes Survey 2018-2019).
When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.
- Queensland College of Teachers
When you graduate, you may be eligible for registration with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to register.
- Queensland College Of Teachers
The Master of Teaching (Primary) is accredited by:
- Australian Institute For Teaching And School Leadership
To be eligible for entry, you'll need:
Depending on your previous qualifications and current goals, you might want to consider
one of these related programs:
English language requirements
IELTS score of 7.5 overall; speaking 8; listening 8, reading 7, writing 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ.
TOEFL IBT, TOEFL PB, Pearsons, BE, CES, and OET are not accepted.
There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.
To complete this degree, you have to meet its inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes. Read the inherent requirements before you apply.
International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Teaching (Primary) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).
There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.
Additional application information
Please refer to the School of Education Website for further information on entry requirements and becoming a teacher.
The following advice has been provided from the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT):
If a student is admitted as a transfer student into an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) program at a new university and they enrolled in their original ITE primary program prior to the implementation of the non-academic selection tool pre-requisite, they are able transfer without meeting the requirement. If a student is being admitted into an ITE program as a new student, the prerequisite will need to be met.
Students accepted into an ITE program who defer the commencement of their study date post Semester 2 2017
A student who has already accepted a placement in an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) program and has deferred their study for a period no longer than one year will not need to submit documentation to address the requirements of the non-academic selection tool.
Additional application information
All students are required to successfully meet the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) standards prior to graduation. For more information on the test including sample tests, indicative fees, testing institutions and registration information, please visit the School of Education LANTITE website and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website.
Fees and Scholarships
Indicative annual fee
- Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.
- From 2018, all students are required to successfully meet the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) standards prior to graduation.
- UQ committed to fund test costs to the end of 2018. From 1 January 2019 this is no longer available and students must cover this cost. The 2018 fee was $185 ($92.50 per test). ACER lists current fees.
- Please contact the School of Education for further details (education@.uq.edu.au) or visit the School of Education office.
- For more information on the test, including sample tests and registration information, please visit the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/
Domestic places in the Master of Teaching (Primary) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.
Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.
HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.
The Australian Government has approved this master's program for income support payments to be made to eligible students.
Make your university experience more affordable with a scholarship. Opportunities include:
How to apply
The closing date for this program is:
- To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.
To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants
For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.