Master of Teaching (Primary)

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Master of Teaching (Primary)


Commences Semester 1, 2018. External accreditation pending approval.

Program summary

Make an impact in young people’s lives.

The Master of Teaching (Primary) program qualifies graduates with non-education bachelor degrees to teach in primary schools with students in Prep to Year 6. Learn how to inspire young students and apply your existing subject knowledge in the classroom.

  • Study core courses that prepare you to teach English, maths, science, technology, arts, history, geography, health and PE
  • Learn how to motivate and encourage young students through curriculum design, teaching strategies and behaviour management
  • Complete Supervised Professional Experience in three blocks, totalling 60 days of practice teaching, with the opportunity to gain experience in rural and remote areas throughout Queensland
  • Enhance your knowledge and skills through ongoing professional development seminars and employment forums, meeting with representatives from major employers, The Queensland College of Teachers, teacher unions and international recruiters

This program replaces the Graduate Entry (Primary) program from Semester 1, 2018.

Admission requirements

Research has shown that the most effective teachers are those who have academic capability, literacy and numeracy skills, and personal characteristics (non-academic capabilities). Entry to this program requires that applicants meet academic and non-academic criteria.

Academic qualifications

You must have completed a non-education bachelor's degree (AQF Level 7) or equivalent, with a minimum GPA of 4.0 from a recognised tertiary institution. In addition, you must satisfy the discipline study requirements of eight units of study across two learning areas of the primary curriculum: the arts; English; geography; health and physical education; history; languages; maths; science; and/or technology.

Personal statement requirement

As part of your application, you will need to write a 1000-word personal statement on why you think you would make a great teacher, and why influencing the future appeals to you.

After you have submitted an application for this program, you will be contacted with further information about the written statement and how to complete your application.

More information is on the QTAC website.

Post-admission requirements

During your studies, you must complete a minimum of 60 days of Supervised Professional Experience in a school setting under the supervision of a Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) registered teacher. Find more information on Supervised Professional Experience.

You must obtain a Blue Card (or link your existing Blue Card to USC) prior to commencing Supervised Professional Experience. Applications should be submitted at least 12 weeks prior to the SPE start date. View the Blue Card Fact Sheet for further information. Blue Cards are free-of-charge for Education students when applying through the School of Education at USC.

You will also need to successfully complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students (LANTITE). For more information on this Government initiative please visit the Students First website. Further information on the test, including sample test questions and registration information, please visit the Australian Council of Educational Research website.

Career opportunities

Primary school teacher, private practice tutor, education consultant, community education centre leader, College / University tutor or lecturer, zoo education officer, education exhibition organiser, Education Policy Analyst, children’s television presenter, youth support worker, teacher of English overseas, children’s advocate leader.


Graduates are eligible for registration with the Queensland College of Teachers. *

* External accreditation pending approval.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

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Recommended study sequence

Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.

Program Requirements

In order to graduate you must:

Successfully complete 192 units as outlined in the Program Structure:

Discipline specific courses (96 units):

  • 2 x English methods courses (24.00 units)
  • 2 x Maths methods courses (24.00 units)
  • 3 x methods courses in Science, Arts, Social Sciences (36.00 units)
  • 2 x 6 unit methods courses in HPE and Technologies (12.00 units)

Professional courses (96 units):

  • 8 x specific professional courses (72.00 units)
  • 60 days of supervised professional experience in primary schools during the program of study (36.00 units)

Students will also need to successfully complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students.

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students

Apply online through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC)

Exception: Students currently enrolled in or have completed study in a USC degree program in the previous two years must apply directly to Student Administration by completing and submitting the Application for postgraduate coursework.

International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

Continuing students

Before you enrol, visit Planning your study to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

More information

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester, session and/or trimester dates.

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