Master of Teaching (Primary)

Course Code 2056
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Course duration: Two years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus or distance education

Location Lake Macquarie

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The Master of Teaching (Primary) is a graduate-entry teaching course, offered on campus and via distance education. It is designed to produce graduate teachers who are reflective, creative and confident in the classroom, and to equip you with the necessary skills to teach in Christian, independent and state school systems both in Australia and overseas. Students are provided with the opportunity to explore and critically analyse a wide range of educational literature and research to examine the application of these findings to professional practice. Throughout the course, students engage in practical experience opportunities in a variety of relevant school environments. It is a highly practical course with a total 60 days hands-on classroom experience gained through three professional experience placements in a variety of primary school settings. 

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the MTch (Primary) will allow the student to graduate with the qualifications to teach from Foundation to Year 6 and the potential to gain employment as a:

  • Primary teacher
  • Primary school administrator
  • Primary school specialist teacher (Creative Arts, PDHPE, Science, Humanities & Social Sciences, English and Mathematics)
  • Tutor

Graduates leave qualified to teach in independent and state school systems in both Australia and overseas. In addition to education-related careers, teachers often find careers in the corporate world where organisational and relationship skills are valued by employers.

Admission Criteria


Entry into the MTch (Primary) course requires a suitable Australian bachelor’s degree (or equivalent, AQF Level 7 qualification) that meets the content requirements of the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA). The course convenor will need to undertake an assessment of each candidate’s transcript to ensure the unit content requirements have been completed, prior to enrolment into this program.

Prospective students need to provide evidence of a NSW Working With Children clearance before gaining entry to this course.


Overseas applicants will have their qualifications assessed by Avondale Admissions in line with the Admission Policy for Undergraduate Higher Education Courses found at  Overseas applicants are also required to satisfy Australian Government visa requirements


Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English as per the Admission to Higher Education undergraduate course



Course Structure

Course duration: Two years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus or Distance education
Maximum time to complete: Six years

The MTch (Primary) course is designed to successfully prepare Primary teachers. It consists of 16 six credit point units (96 credit points) studied over four semesters full-time or the equivalent part-time. The course composition is set out below.


The course structure is based on four semesters (each of 13 weeks in duration), with four units normally taught in each semester.  The course is comprised of:

  • 8 Education Units (3 Core Education Units + 5 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Units)
  • 8 Discipline specific Units


Year 1 Semester 1

  • EDUC14105 Curriculum Studies-Teaching Mathematics I
  • EDUC14102 Curriculum Studies-Teaching English I
  • EDUC52102 Introduction to Learning & Teaching
  • EDUC52103 Managing the Primary Classroom

Professional Teaching Experience (July – 20 days)

Year 1 Semester 2

  • EDUC24107 Curriculum Studies-Teaching Science & Technology
  • EDUC54106 Curriculum Studies–Historical Inquiry, Religion & Geographical Investigation in the Primary School
  • EDUC50107 Exploring Multicultural & Indigenous Education
  • EDUC52101 Planning, Assessment & Evaluation for Learning

Professional Teaching Experience (February – 10 days)

Year 2 Semester 1

  • EDUC54102 Curriculum Studies–Primary Creative Arts
  • EDUC24104 Curriculum Studies-Teaching English II
  • EDUC34109 Curriculum Studies-Teaching Health & Physical Education
  • EDUC50104 Preparation for the Teaching Workplace

Professional Teaching Experience (July – 30 days)

Year 2 Semester 2

  • EDUC50108 Exploring a Personal Philosophy of Christian Education
  • EDUC50102 Understanding Students with Special Education Needs
  • EDUC24106 Curriculum Studies-Teaching Mathematics II
  • EDUC50106 Research & Pastoral Care



Core Education Units


These units cover a range of current educational topics designed to prepare pre-service teachers to successfully teach young people. These units involve a variety of topics including: Classroom Management; Students with Special Education Needs and Multicultural & Indigenous Education.

Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Units

These units provide pre-service teachers with the opportunity to apply quality-teaching principles to specific teaching areas such as: Literacy education, classroom safety, curriculum development and teaching strategies.

Content of the Course of Study - All units are worth 6 Credit Points unless otherwise stated

Core Education Units

  • EDUC50107 Exploring Multicultural & Indigenous Education
  • EDUC50108 Exploring a Personal Philosophy of Christian education
  • EDUC50102 Understanding Students with Special Education Needs

Primary Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Units

  • EDUC52102 Introduction to Learning & Teaching
  • EDUC52103 Managing the Primary Classroom
  • EDUC52101 Planning, Assessment & Evaluation for learning
  • EDUC50104 Preparation for the Teaching Workplace
  • EDUC50106 Research & Pastoral Care
  • EDUC54106 Curriculum Studies – Historical Inquiry, Religion & Geographical Investigation in the Primary School
  • EDUC14105 Curriculum Studies – Teaching Mathematics I
  • EDUC24107 Curriculum Studies – Teaching Science & Technology
  • EDUC14102 Curriculum Studies – Teaching English I
  • EDUC24104 Curriculum Studies – Teaching English II
  • EDUC34109 Curriculum Studies – Teaching Health & Physical Education
  • EDUC24106 Curriculum Studies – Teaching Mathematics II

Practical Experience

Before undertaking professional experience students need to obtain a Working With Children Clearance.

Professional Experience is a critical component of post-graduate teacher education and offers pre-service teachers enrolled in the Master of Teaching degree, work- integrated learning opportunities as part of their professional development. Avondale’s Professional Experience program is based on a framework of high-quality Professional Experience in Australian schools in order to provide first-rate experiences that will equip pre-service teachers to face the challenges and diversity of classrooms. All mentor teachers for domestic Professional Experience placements are registered teachers at the Proficient level or higher of the Australian Institute of Teaching and School leadership (AITSL) standards.


Professional Experience placements occur regularly throughout all teaching degree programs at the times listed in the course structure.  It is the student’s responsibility to be available at those times. Pre-service teachers experience a range of school settings, including public and independent schools. Each school placement offers pre-service teachers the opportunity to apply their theoretical learning to real-life situations.

Transport to and from placement schools and accommodation and related costs are the responsibility of the student.

In addition to the listed admission criteria, students will need the relevant working with children clearance applicable to any Australian state in which they choose to complete a placement. A supervised overseas placement may be allowable for one placement (other than the final placement).

Students also need to be able to demonstrate their fitness for teaching. This means they are able to:

  • maintain satisfactory academic progression prior to professional experience placement;
  • act in a way that demonstrates sound cognitive, mental, emotional and physical health, and be able to cope with the varying demands of classroom situations;
  • demonstrate the ability to cope effectively with stressful situations;
  • demonstrate the ability to maintain duty of care while on placement;
  • relate to students in an age appropriate and professional manner;
  • be able to model appropriate literacy and numeracy skills both in the classroom and beyond.

Students who cannot demonstrate their fitness for teaching will not be allowed to do school placements.


This course is accredited through Avondale's self-accrediting process as authorised by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). Graduates are qualified to teach in the government and private school sectors in Australia and overseas and are eligible for teacher accreditation using the standards of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership as regulated by the state teacher accreditation authority.

Registration and Self-Disclosure

Current legislation requires that all students who will be working with children or young people must take responsibility to make an online application for a NSW Working With Children Check and complete the Child Protection Awareness Training.

All students enrolled in education degrees must complete the above and evidence of completion must be sent or given to the Professional Experience Placement Officer. This will cover all local school visits undertaken as part of education courses and school placements in New South Wales schools.

All students who undertake placements in states other than NSW must also complete a separate Working with Children Check relevant to the state in which they are doing their placement. The placement officer will help with this process.

Pre-service teachers must take a copy of the Working with Children Check form/card with them to their placement school. This applies to pre-service teachers doing Professional Experience placements in all Australian schools.

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'This course allows me to expand on my previous knowledge and bring these experiences into the classroom.’ – Master of Teaching graduate