Teaching (Primary) self assessment

The Master of Teaching (Primary) is an innovative site-based accelerated postgraduate initial teacher education program developed in partnership with the NSW Department of Education and local primary school networks. The program consists of core education courses, discipline-specific curriculum and pedagogic studies in the six key primary school subject areas and a minimum of 65 days of supervised professional experience, including a graduate teacher performance assessment.

This structured 3-day onsite program will give you the confidence to succeed from their first day at school. The program develops the requisite knowledge and skills to enable students to meet the Australian graduate teacher standards and qualifies graduates as generalist primary teachers, specialising in at least one Key Learning Area (KLA) in demand by employers.

As a graduate, you will gain accreditation with NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and will be eligible to work in all states across Australia, as well as internationally.

Admission Requirements

If you wish to study the Master of Teaching (Primary), you 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.

Key Learning Areas (KLA) include:

  • English (literature, communications, linguistics, creative writing, media studies)
  • Mathematics (pure or applied maths)
  • Science and Technology (architecture, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, design, computer studies, psychology, engineering, nursing, medicine, materials production)
  • Human Society and its Environment (history, anthropology, cultural studies, sociology, archeology, geography, economics, business studies, legal studies, politics)
  • Creative Arts (dance, drama, music, visual arts, fine arts)
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (physical education, family studies, sports science, health studies, human movement, nutrition)

NB: You will be qualified to teach across the curriculum and will also have a specialisation in a KLA

Click below for the subject content requirements necessary to have completed within your bachelor degree:

Subject content requirements (PDF)

Satisfied all the requirements to apply?

If you have satisfied all the requirements to be eligible to apple for the Master of Teaching (Primary) then click below to enrol now.

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If you are still unsure whether the courses you have studied in your undergraduate degree make you eligible, send through your transcript to education@unsw.edu.au

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I study this program part-time?

Yes, but you need to follow a specific plan of study as outlined by the School.

Follow this link to see a sample part-time program plans here. (PDF)

What are the English language proficiency requirements?

A very high level of competence in spoken and written English is required to participate successfully in this program. For English language requirements, please see www.unsw.edu.au/english-requirements-policy.

All applicants, domestic or international, must meet the above criteria and submit evidence with the MTeach application. Prior study in the English language does not exempt students from having to submit this evidence.

Please note that once accepted into the program, you will also need to pay for and pass the new national literacy and numeracy test.

Can I start mid-year?

No. Intake only occurs for Semester 1 each year.

Does my degree from overseas qualify me to study the MTeach (Primary)?

It can. As long as you have met the entry requirements outlined above.

You may be asked for additional information following your application to determine the equivalency of your courses to those of UNSW.

What is the personal statement that I have to complete on my UAC form?

When submitting your application through UAC Postgraduate, you will need to upload a Personal Statement via UAC’s Electronic Document Lodgement service.

In addition to meeting the graduate and background studies requirements, you must submit a personal statement outlining your suitability for secondary teaching. Your statement should be no more than 150 words and include your reasons for wanting to be a teacher and why you are best suited for that role.

If you need to upload your personal statement, change your contact details, Teaching Method preferences or add studies that you didn’t include in your application, you can use UAC’s Check & Change.

How much will the overall program cost?

Fee estimator will give approximate overall cost.

Commonwealth supported places are offered in the Master of Teaching.