Master of Teaching (Primary)

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  • Qualification:
    Master's Degree
  • Study mode:
    On Campus
  • Payment options:
    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    2 years full time; 4 years part time
  • Start date:
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  • Awarded by:
    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)
  • Location:
  • Career Outcomes:
    Primary School Teacher |

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Course Rundown

Make a confident start to your career in primary education equipped with hands-on classroom experience from this Master of Teaching (Primary) course from Edith Cowan University.

In this course, you’ll gain the skills and experience needed to flourish as a primary school educator.  Your studies cover core elements of the teaching profession, helping you link theory to practice, design an engaging curriculum and connect with your young students.

This teaching course includes an extensive program of professional practice with one of the 600 primary schools that partner with Edith Cowan University. There’s no better way to prepare for the realities of the classroom than getting hands-on experience while you learn!

You’ll have the opportunity to gain experience in diverse primary education environments including city and remote schools, public and private institutions, allowing you to work with children from diverse economic, social, ethnic and educational backgrounds.


You may be eligible to apply for a postgraduate course at ECU if you meet the following:

  • Hold a Bachelor Degree from a recognised Australian Institution (or equivalent); AND
  • Meet ECU’s English Competency requirements and any other special admission requirements for the course

In this teaching course, subjects you may study include:

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) units:

  • Personal literacy
  • Personal numeracy

Year 1 - Semester 1

  • Learners and learning
  • Language education
  • Teaching the Arts
  • Primary mathematics education
  • First Professional Practice

Year 1 - Semester 2

  • Positive learning environments
  • Teaching humanities and social sciences (Primary)
  • Technologies
  • Teaching health and physical education
  • Second Professional Practice

Year 2 - Trimester 1

  • Strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Programming and assessment in numeracy
  • Primary science education
  • Programming and assessment in literacy

Year 2 - Trimester 2

  • Third Professional Practice

Year 2 - Trimester 3

All students complete the following unit:

  • Transition to Teaching

As well as complete one of the following options:


  • Research Preparation: Methods of Research
  • Advanced Seminar


  • Internship

In consultation with the course coordinator, students may select two Graduate Certificate of Education units totalling 30 credit points.

Students may select one specialisation totalling 30 credit points.

Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!

Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

Campus Locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

Western Australia: Mount Lawley, South West (Bunbury)

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

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Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Master of Teaching (Primary) from Edith Cowan University.

Through the course, you will have gained the skills and knowledge required to begin a career as a primary school teacher in addition to completing an extensive program of professional practice with partnering schools.

Graduates of this course are eligible to register with the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA). Registration is required to practice in the profession.

Curious about where a career in teaching could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Eligible students can apply for a FEE-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Edith Cowan University also offers student loans and scholarship opportunities to eligible applicants.

FEE-HELPYou may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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