Master of Teaching (Primary Education)

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Course essentials

Gain practical experience and prepare for a rewarding career as a primary school teacher. Refine your craft as a teacher by engaging in classroom discussions and undertaking research.

This new course will be offered for the first time in 2017, pending final accreditation with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. You will also gain significant workplace experience through 60 days of supervised teaching practice in different primary schools.

These experiences occur over the course of both years with teaching blocks in each semester.

An additional 10 day teaching experience is also available for preservice teachers who undertake Primary Specialisation units as a way to extend the depth of knowledge in a selected specialist domain - numeracy, literacy or science. 

This course structure is guided by the integration of three groups of practices:

  • Epistemologies of practice: Experiences and processes of learning through social acts 
  • Pedagogies of practice: Learning environments that enable inquiry and action
  • Methodologies of practice: Investigations of meaning and understanding that unites mind, material and process.

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You will be eligible to register as a primary teacher after you graduate from the Master of Teaching (Primary Education) (pending accreditation with VIT), and pass the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education.

Graduates can also pursue careers in a range of educational related industries and organisations.

Study pathways

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Implement educational innovation and professional learning in a workplace, and be able to draw on a range of connections within professional and academic communities;  
  2. Critically analyse the changing nature of society (technological, economic, environmental and cultural) and the implications for primary education;  
  3. Understand/implement effective assessment practices for primary school teaching;  
  4. Implement and justify a range of approaches for the education of children, enabling the development of personal teaching practices which are suitable for teaching within primary education in the 21st century; in economically and culturally diverse communities;  
  5. Investigate and present patterns of cultural and political relations in which primary education services are located, with particular reference to primary education in economically and culturally diverse communities;  
  6. Exhibit an understanding of and commitment to ethical action, social responsibility and sustainability, with the commitment to an ongoing process of improvement that is in their own interests, those of young people in primary education and the communities in which they teach;  
  7. Design, formulate, and elucidate educational inquiry/research which can be applied by teachers to inform, evaluate and improve their teaching practice;  
  8. Exhibit knowledge and skills in educational leadership applicable for beginning teachers;  
  9. Critically review or cross-examine curriculum and pedagogical approaches in order to enhance the learning of all students.  

Course structure

To complete the Master of Teaching (Primary Education) students will be required to complete 192 credit points in total consisting of:

  • 192 credit points Core units
  • 0 credit points (2 units) Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) 

Additional Notes

  • Students are required to pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) in order to be eligible to graduate from the course and are also required to pass the LANTITE prior to commencement of the second full-time year of the course.
  • The Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) results will be recorded in the codes EZZ1001 LANTITE Literacy Test Result and EZZ1002 LANTITE Numeracy Test Result.
  • Students will need to monitor the VIT website for details in relation to the tests that will be considered; a link to advice and fact sheets about the test and to the external test provider. Refer to

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Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Applicants must hold an approved Bachelor degree or equivalent, from a recognised tertiary institution.
  • Other: Additionally, students commencing a Victoria University Initial Teacher Education Program after July 1, 2016 are required to pass an approved literacy and numeracy test in order to be eligible to graduate from their Victorian Institute of Teaching-accredited program. Students are also required to meet the threshold standards of an approved literacy and numeracy test prior to commencement of their second full-time year of study.

    Selection will include consideration of GPA.

    Students should note that they will be subject to a Working With Children Check (police checks) before practice placements, in accordance with Department of Education and Training policy.

How to apply for this course

Before applying:

All applicants must complete an A141 - Master of Teaching supplementary form.

Consider whether you also wish to apply for:

When you're ready:

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Direct applications due 20 July 2017.

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