About this course
The Master of Teaching (Primary) requires the successful completion of 200 credit points.
The Master of Teaching (Primary) is normally completed over two years (Standard Mode), but can be completed in a longer time frame over three years (Extended Mode).
To obtain the degree (Standard Mode) students must complete:
Year 1 subjects
- 50 credit points of Year 1 (the first semester of the program) subjects
- 50 credit points of Year 1 (the second semester of the program) subjects
Year 2 subjects
- 50 credit points of Year 2 (the third semester of the program) subjects
- 50 credit points of Year 2 (the fourth semester of the program) subjects
To obtain the degree (Extended Mode) students must complete:
Year 1 subjects
- 37.5 credit points of Year 1 (the first semester of the program) subjects
- 37.5 credit points of Year 1 (the second semester of the program) subjects
Year 2 subjects
- 37.5 credit points of Year 2 (the third semester of the program) subjects
- 37.5 credit points of Year 2 (the fourth semester of the program) subjects
Year 3 subjects
- 25 credit points of Year 3 (the fifth semester of the program) subjects
- 25 credit points of Year 3 (the sixth semester of the program) subjects
Course Structure Overview
The Master of Teaching (Primary) requires completion of 15 compulsory subjects, which must be taken in the sequence outlined in the Standard mode, or the Extended mode. The compulsory subjects include:
- 10 x learning area subjects;
- 1 First Nations in Education subject;
- 3 x Engaging and Assessing Learners subjects (which incorporate 60 placement days in primary schools); and
- 1 x Professional Learning Capstone subject.
Teacher Candidates complete two specialised pathways; literacy and numeracy, via the set of compulsory subjects in each discipline, which develops expertise in both these specific learning areas.
To meet the requirements of each specialised pathway, Teacher Candidates must pass all related discipline subjects.
Course Mode Options
The Master of Teaching (Primary) has different study modes, that are ‘Standard Mode’ and ‘Extended Mode’ similar to full time and part time modes:
Teacher Candidates should carefully consider suitability of the Standard or Extended course mode options to their personal circumstances as well as the study load implications (e.g. on international student visa, or government support).
Once enrolled students who wish to change their study mode must first speak to their course coordinator, as changing modes can impact on placements, course progression, and may have visa implications for international students. Students should note the following process should they wish to request to change modes:
• Change from Standard to Extended – complete an Enrolment Variation form and notify your Course Coordinator & advise the Placements team using the inquiry form, as below
• Change from Extended to Standard must be discussed with your Course Coordinator (and is only permissible in exceptional circumstances)
• All International students should consult with visa team and submit a Student Visa inquiry via the inquiry form, as below:
2-Year Standard Mode
- When applying for the course, select the full-time attendance mode option, and nominate the Standard Mode
- Enrol per the Standard Mode
- Undertake four semesters of full-time study over two years (50 points per semester).
3-Year Extended Mode
- When applying for the course, select the part-time attendance mode option, and nominate the Extended Mode
- Enrol per the Extended Mode
- Undertake six semesters of study with a reduced load over 3 years (each semester is either 25 points or 37.5 points).
1. LITERACY AND NUMERACY TEST FOR INITIAL TEACHER EDUCATION STUDENTS
- The Australian Commonwealth Government’s Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) is a compulsory test for Initial Teacher Education students administered by the Australian Council for Educational Research (independently of The University of Melbourne).
- The Faculty of Education requires each Teacher Candidate to satisfactorily complete the LANTITE by the end of the first calendar year of their enrolment in the Master of Teaching (Primary) to continue the course.
- Failure to satisfactorily complete the LANTITE by this progression point will result in referral to the Faculty of Education Course Academic Progress Committee and may result in exclusion from the course until the LANTITE is satisfactorily completed.
- An excluded Teacher Candidate may be granted an early exit award of a Graduate Diploma in Pedagogy* (if they have satisfactorily completed 100 credit points of the course). Alternatively, they may be withdrawn from the course if they are not able to complete the LANTITE progression requirement within the guidelines set by the LANTITE test administering body.
- LANTITE Information
* Note that the Graduate Diploma in Pedagogy (Primary) is not a qualification for registration to teach in early childhood settings.
2. COURSE ACADEMIC PROGRESS COMMITTEE
Any Teacher Candidate who does not satisfactorily complete a subject, or meet the course progression rules, will be called to attend a Course Academic Progress Committee (CAPC) meeting after results have been certified for each subject. Teacher Candidates in these categories will be invited to make an oral and/or written submission to the Committee as per the requirements of the CAPC process.
See subject list and course mode structures listed under:
Last updated: 29 November 2023