Master of Teaching (Primary Education)

VU course code: EMPE | CRICOS: 083309C | Level of study: Postgraduate
2 years full time or longer for part time
Hybrid, In person, Online Real Time, VU Online

Fee type for this course: Full fee

Footscray Nicholson, VU Online
29 July 2024
21 July 2024


Prepare for a rewarding career as a primary school teacher with the practical experience offered through a Master of Teaching (Primary Education) at Victoria University.

Refine your craft as a teacher by engaging in informed classroom discussions and undertaking practical research. This course will prepare you to teach in all areas of the primary curriculum. It includes scope to pursue specialist studies in literacy, numeracy and science.

You can study at our convenient Footscray Nicholson Campus, or complete your Master of Teaching (Primary Education) 100% online.

You will gain significant professional experience to prepare you for the real world of teaching. Through our extensive partnerships, you will undertake 60+ days of supervised teaching practice in a primary school.

Through engagement with the latest educational theory, practice and technology, you can be assured of an excellent grounding in teaching.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

For PhD applicants, we offer a related ‘Integrated PhD’ which allows you to establish relevant skills before beginning your research.

You may also be eligible for course ‘credits’, where you are granted a unit or units towards your qualification for equivalent previous study or work experience, so you can graduate sooner.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

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

  • 168 Credit points of Core studies;

  • 24 credit points of Capstone Studies;
  • EED7005 Curriculum Specialisation unit and EED7006 Engaging with the Primary Teaching Profession can only be taken towards the end of your course;
  • Students must successfully complete 65 practicum days in a primary school.

Students are required to pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) in order to be eligible to graduate from their Victorian Institute of Teaching-accredited program.

VU Online course structure

If you choose to study this course 100% online, you'll be offered additional opportunities to start your study throughout the year. The VU Online course structure is designed to support part-time study.

To find out more visit the VU Online Master of Teaching (Primary Education).

Fees & Scholarships

University fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer (including our generous scholarship program).



VU Online course fees

If you choose to study this course 100% online, you will pay full fees.

To find out more visit the VU Online Master of Teaching (Primary Education)


Postgraduate study in education is increasingly important in the advancement of a professional education career. Our Master of Teaching (Primary Education) will prepare you for a rewarding career as a primary school teacher.

You will be eligible to apply for primary-school teacher positions after you graduate from the Master of Teaching (Primary Education), register with Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), and pass the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education.

You'll also be able to pursue careers in a range of education-related industries and organisations, that could include:

  • special-education teacher
  • educational-publishing editor or writer
  • museum or gallery educator
  • tutor
  • school-holiday program or aftercare coordinator
  • education-supply liaison officer.

The number of job openings for primary school teachers is expected to be high (Jobs and Skills Australia).


Find out about average salaries and employment prospects on the government job-data site, Jobs and Skills Australia:


This course is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), which means you will be eligible for registration to teach in the whole of Australia.

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