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Masters (Coursework)

Open Universities Australia
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Duration
2 years full-time
Study Mode
Online
Graduate Satisfaction
82.40%

Masters (Coursework)

Perth
Teach in a range of settings, in Australia or around the world with this initial teaching qualification, specifically for graduates who hold a Bachelor's degree in a non-Education field relevant to primary teaching including English, Maths, The Arts, Science, Humanities Languages and Physical...
Entry Requirements
Entry requirements

Select which option best describes your path to university :

Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum English requirement
Enabling courses (in Year 12)

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • Murdoch FlexiTrack High Program in Year 12
  • TLC Learning for Tomorrow in Year 12
  • An enabling or bridging program at another Australian university
Evidence of completing Year 11 and 12 in Australia at any level (domestic applicants only), OR

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years study at TAFE or an RTO (domestic applicants only), OR

A STAT Written English score of 140 or higher, OR

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following:
  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as and Additional Dialect (EALD)
University study
Successful completion of 2 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA).
Successful completion of 2 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA).
Murdoch Institute of Technology (MIT) courses

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • Murdoch University Preparation Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject
  • MUPC (1 Trimester)
  • Foundation Studies Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject.
Does not meet English for direct entry. STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.
Enabling courses (after Year 12)

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • OnTrack Flex, OnTrack Sprint or K-Track at Murdoch University.
  • An enabling or bridging course at another Australian university.
Successful completion of the course.
Enabling courses (in Year 12)
Minimum academic requirement

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • Murdoch FlexiTrack High Program in Year 12
  • TLC Learning for Tomorrow in Year 12
  • An enabling or bridging program at another Australian university
Minimum English requirement
Evidence of completing Year 11 and 12 in Australia at any level (domestic applicants only), OR

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years study at TAFE or an RTO (domestic applicants only), OR

A STAT Written English score of 140 or higher, OR

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following:
  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as and Additional Dialect (EALD)
University study
Minimum academic requirement
Successful completion of 2 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA).
Minimum English requirement
Successful completion of 2 units at an Australian University or Open Universities Australia (OUA).
Murdoch Institute of Technology (MIT) courses
Minimum academic requirement

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • Murdoch University Preparation Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject
  • MUPC (1 Trimester)
  • Foundation Studies Course with a minimum of 50% in every subject.
Minimum English requirement
Does not meet English for direct entry. STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.
Enabling courses (after Year 12)
Minimum academic requirement

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • OnTrack Flex, OnTrack Sprint or K-Track at Murdoch University.
  • An enabling or bridging course at another Australian university.
Minimum English requirement
Successful completion of the course.
Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum English requirement
Overseas Year 12
Please refer to the information under the country of study.
Please refer to the information under the country of study.
GCE A Levels

Aggregate of 6 points from:
  • A maximum of the best three A-level subjects; OR
  • A combination of A-level and AS-level subjects

At least two A-level subjects are included in the calculation

AS-level subject attempted at A-level is not eligible to be included

A-level grades (A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1)

AS-level grades (A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5)

A Levels: C in one of the following:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Knowledge and Inquiry.

AS Level: A in one of the following:

  • English Language
  • English Literature

Knowledge and Inquiry.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
Total score of 24 or higher.

Higher level (HL): 7 or better.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).


Enabling courses (in Year 12)

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • Murdoch FlexiTrack High Program in Year 12
  • TLC Learning for Tomorrow in Year 12
  • An enabling or bridging program at another Australian university
Evidence of completing Year 11 and 12 in Australia at any level (domestic applicants only), OR
Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years study at TAFE or an RTO (domestic applicants only), OR
A STAT Written English score of 140 or higher, OR
Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following:
  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as and Additional Dialect (EALD)
Minimum Selection Rank (WA/ACT/NSW/NT/SA/TAS/VIC)
70

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following (or interstate equivalent):

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

Or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.

Or evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic applicants only).

Western Australian Universities Foundation Program (WAUFP)
CPS 54 or higher.

Does not meet English for direct entry.

STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.

VET course studied at school
Successful completion of a Certificate IV or higher.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following:

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.


Extenuating circumstances

We'll consider applications from prospective students whose education has been compromised due to genuine hardship, resulting in them falling short of entry requirements for an undergraduate course. Find out more.


Case-by-case assessment.
Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
Overall Position (OP) of 13 or lower.

Sound Achievement (4) or better in a Queensland Studies Authority approved subject of one of the following:

  • English
  • English Extension (Literature)
  • English for ESL Learners.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).


Overseas Year 12
Minimum academic requirement
Please refer to the information under the country of study.
Minimum English requirement
Please refer to the information under the country of study.
GCE A Levels
Minimum academic requirement

Aggregate of 6 points from:
  • A maximum of the best three A-level subjects; OR
  • A combination of A-level and AS-level subjects

At least two A-level subjects are included in the calculation

AS-level subject attempted at A-level is not eligible to be included

A-level grades (A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1)

AS-level grades (A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5)

Minimum English requirement

A Levels: C in one of the following:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Knowledge and Inquiry.

AS Level: A in one of the following:

  • English Language
  • English Literature

Knowledge and Inquiry.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
Minimum academic requirement
Total score of 24 or higher.
Minimum English requirement

Higher level (HL): 7 or better.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Enabling courses (in Year 12)
Minimum academic requirement

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • Murdoch FlexiTrack High Program in Year 12
  • TLC Learning for Tomorrow in Year 12
  • An enabling or bridging program at another Australian university
Minimum English requirement
Evidence of completing Year 11 and 12 in Australia at any level (domestic applicants only), OR
Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years study at TAFE or an RTO (domestic applicants only), OR
A STAT Written English score of 140 or higher, OR
Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following:
  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as and Additional Dialect (EALD)
Minimum Selection Rank (WA/ACT/NSW/NT/SA/TAS/VIC)
Minimum academic requirement
70
Minimum English requirement

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following (or interstate equivalent):

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

Or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.

Or evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic applicants only).

Western Australian Universities Foundation Program (WAUFP)
Minimum academic requirement
CPS 54 or higher.
Minimum English requirement

Does not meet English for direct entry.

STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.

VET course studied at school
Minimum academic requirement
Successful completion of a Certificate IV or higher.
Minimum English requirement

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Scaled mark of 50 or higher in one of the following:

  • English ATAR
  • Literature ATAR
  • English as an Additional Dialect (EALD) ATAR

or a STAT Written English score of 140 or higher.


Extenuating circumstances
Minimum academic requirement

We'll consider applications from prospective students whose education has been compromised due to genuine hardship, resulting in them falling short of entry requirements for an undergraduate course. Find out more.

Minimum English requirement
Case-by-case assessment.
Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)

Minimum academic requirement

Overall Position (OP) of 13 or lower.

Minimum English requirement

Sound Achievement (4) or better in a Queensland Studies Authority approved subject of one of the following:

  • English
  • English Extension (Literature)
  • English for ESL Learners.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only)

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).


Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum English requirement
Diploma or Advanced Diploma AQF level 5-6
Successful completion of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.
STAT Written English score of 140 or higher. (145 if prior to May 2010)
Certificate IV AQF level 4
Successful completion of a Certificate IV.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only), OR

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only), OR

STAT Written English score of 140 or higher (145 if prior to May 2010).

Diploma or Advanced Diploma AQF level 5-6

Minimum academic requirement

Successful completion of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

Minimum English requirement

STAT Written English score of 140 or higher. (145 if prior to May 2010)
Certificate IV AQF level 4

Minimum academic requirement

Successful completion of a Certificate IV.

Minimum English requirement

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only), OR

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only), OR

STAT Written English score of 140 or higher (145 if prior to May 2010).

Means of admission Minimum academic requirement Minimum English requirement
Mature Age Pathway (MAP)

MAP involves an interview and a portfolio submission to be assessed by the Academic Chair of the course. Admission is based on relevant work and life experience. Applicants must also meet the English Language Competency requirements for the course. Email us for more information.

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Must be met according to the respective courses standard ELC requirements, STAT Written English 140, etc.


Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
Multiple Choice score of 135 (145 if taken prior to May 2010).

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Written English Score of 140 (145 if taken prior to May 2010).


Mature Age Pathway (MAP)

Minimum academic requirement

MAP involves an interview and a portfolio submission to be assessed by the Academic Chair of the course. Admission is based on relevant work and life experience. Applicants must also meet the English Language Competency requirements for the course. Email us for more information.

Minimum English requirement

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Must be met according to the respective courses standard ELC requirements, STAT Written English 140, etc.


Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

Minimum academic requirement

Multiple Choice score of 135 (145 if taken prior to May 2010).

Minimum English requirement

Evidence of completing year 11 and 12 in Australia at any Level (Domestic Applicants Only).

Evidence of completing a minimum of 2 years of studies at TAFE or an RTO (Domestic Applicants Only).

Written English Score of 140 (145 if taken prior to May 2010).


A recognised Bachelor's degree or higher, with at least one year of full-time equivalent study relevant to one or more of the learning areas of the Primary curriculum (i.e. English, Mathematics, the Arts, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education). Entry to the course is competitive, and requires evidence of consistent and sustained high achievement (grades of credit and above) in a relevant undergraduate bachelor degree
English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which for most courses can be demonstrated by providing evidence that you have completed Year 11 and 12 in Australia at any level if you are a domestic student, or through either English proficiency tests, university preparation courses, English language courses, previous tertiary study or vocational education.

Other Requirements Enrolment is subject to restriction due to professional recognition requirements. Prior to placement in any school for Professional Experience, it is mandatory that pre-service teachers complete or obtain several forms and clearances. Information and forms regarding these mandatory requirements can be accessed via the Professional Experience website: http://www.murdoch.edu.au/School-ofEducation/Professional-Experience Completion and submission of these mandatory requirements is essential before placements can be arranged. A maximum of 25% of total Professional Experience days in the course may be taken overseas. Part-time study is available for Year One of the course. Students must be available to study full-time in Year Two.
Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you've already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

Find out more

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai and Singapore campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you've already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

Find out more

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai and Singapore campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Progress to fees and scholarships
Duration
2 years full-time
Domestic Tuition Fees
$66,000 total
International Tuition Fees
$66,000 total
Graduate Satisfaction
77.40%

Masters (Coursework)

Parkville
* Become a highly effective primary teacher * Unparalleled support during your studies and placements * Graduate extremely employable * Become eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) Learn how to become a confident primary school teacher with a combination of...
Duration
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Study Mode
In person
Graduate Satisfaction
86.00%

Masters (Coursework)

Gold Coast
The program provides professional preparation for teaching in primary school (Prep to Year 6) settings. It is designed for graduates from a non-education background wishing to teach in this context.
Entry Requirements

Applicants will need a completed Bachelor degree (or equivalent) that does not lead to teacher registration (with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale) with significant breadth of study to address the range of teaching areas expected by employers.

Applicants must also complete non-academic entry requirements to be eligible for this program.

The key learning areas include: The Arts; English; Health and Physical Education; Mathematics; Science; Humanities and Social Sciences and Technology. You can explore these key learning areas further on the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority website.

Note: Successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) is not an entry requirement for this program. However, if you have achieved a 'satisfactory' result for one or more component of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) at another institution, the 'satisfactory' result can be carried across with your program application. You are not eligible to apply for a place in the program if one or more component of LANTITE remains at 'unsatisfactory' after two test attempts for that component. Griffith University does not support reset of LANTITE test attempts.

Duration
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Study Mode
In person, Online
Domestic Tuition Fees
$22,000 per year / $44,000 total
International Tuition Fees
$30,500 per year / $61,000 total
ATAR
93
Graduate Satisfaction
82.00%

Masters (Coursework)

Parkville
* Become a highly-effective early childhood and primary teacher * Unparalleled support during your studies and placements
Duration
2 years full-time
Study Mode
In person

Masters (Coursework)

Perth
The Master of Teaching is designed for people seeking to obtain an initial teacher education qualification in order to register as a teacher in Australia and/or in a country that recognises Australian teaching qualifications.
Duration
2 years full-time
Study Mode
In person, Online
International Tuition Fees
$4,400 total
Graduate Satisfaction
82.40%

Masters (Coursework)

On-line Learning, Ballarat - Mt Helen
This postgraduate course will help you take your skills from your undergraduate degree to become a teacher. You may be looking to change your career or you've decided after finishing your undergraduate degree that teaching is what you really want to do.
Duration
2 years full-time
Study Mode
Online, In person
Graduate Satisfaction
86.10%

Graduate Certificate

Bankstown
You love working with kids. You're passionate about helping them overcome language barriers. So, they can reach their unlimited potential.
Duration
0.5 year full-time, 1 year part-time
Study Mode
In person
Graduate Satisfaction
77.80%

Masters (Coursework)

Parkville
* Become a highly effective early childhood and primary teacher * Unparalleled support during your studies and placements * Graduate extremely employable * Become eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching and the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority...
Duration
2 years full-time
Study Mode
In person
Graduate Satisfaction
86.00%

Masters (Coursework)

Sydney
Are you a graduate who would like to become a primary school teacher? This Master of Pri mary Teaching will allow you to teach in public, independent and Catholic schools across Australia.
Entry Requirements

Applicants for this program must hold a Bachelor's degree from a recognised higher education provider. Students who have English as an additional language and are admitted on the basis of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assessment, or an equivalent English language proficiency assessment, are only admitted if they have attained an overall score of 7.5 in IELTS Academic, with no score lower than 8.0 in speaking and listening, and no score lower than 7.0 in reading and writing.

Duration
2 years full-time
Study Mode
In person
Graduate Satisfaction
91.30%

Primary Teaching Courses overview

Primary teaching is dedicated to the early years of schooling. Seven to twelve year olds are given foundational skills and knowledge that will assist them for the rest of their lives. Postgraduate study offers students from varied backgrounds the chance to gain accreditation to teach primary education in Australia or overseas. It provides skills in child learning, literacy and mathematics preparation in conjunction with a host of education theory.

The field has an immense history spanning back thousands of years. The Middle Kingdom of Mentuhotep II played host to the first school in 2000 BCE. The old Sumerian saying, ‘he who would excel in the school of the scribes must rise with the dawn’ held true in these institutions; students of wealthy Egyptian merchants or temple officials worked tirelessly to learn writing. Institutions soon began teaching more than this, however. The Indian Vedic era of 1500 BCE saw the teaching of logic, mathematics and the sciences. The Zhou dynasty 500 years later taught students calligraphy.

Education systems are now specialised and cover a broad range of topics. Primary teachers expose students to a broad palette of knowledge, helping them develop into wiser adults.

Is primary teaching for me?

Primary teaching is for those with a love of learning and seeing children grow. It is a rewarding career, where your inputs and passions could very well shape the lives of future contributors to society. If you’re the kind of person who can bear this responsibility with patience, passion for the craft and a watchful eye, primary teaching could be ideal for you.

Study pathway

Postgraduate study can be taken up to master level, with graduate certificates and diplomas being available for varying needs and study commitments.

Graduate certificates provide specialised learning opportunities, with each certificate focussing on a different discipline. Western Sydney University, for instance, provides a graduate certificate in both primary mathematics and primary science education. They also take only six months of full time study to complete or a year if part time, making them ideal for rounding off an existing knowledge of education.

Graduate diplomas provide a more broad skill set, generally featuring units in contemporary teaching issues, teaching principles, global education and lesson design. They take one year of full time study to complete, or two years part time. These programs tend to require an undergraduate degree, but it can be from any discipline.

Master degrees are ideal for gaining professional accreditation as a primary teacher despite coming from an entirely different discipline. These offer the chance to learn an abundance of teaching fundamentals specific to the primary age group. Institutions like the University of Newcastle provide in-depth units on curriculum design, diverse students, advanced literacy and numeracy studies, schooling in relation to society and much more. These programs take one and a half to two years of full time study to complete, with part time study taking up to four years.

Employment options

Primary teachers can seek employment in schools all around the country, with associations like the Australian Professionals Teachers Association being available to provide mentoring, advice and networking opportunities to professionals young and old. There are even associations for specific disciplines, such as the Australian Science Teachers Association. The interconnectedness of the profession is conducive of high employment and career development opportunities.

Specialisations

There are as many specialisations of primary teaching as there are subjects, with some of the following being examples:

English teacher

Providing students with the means to read and write is one of the most vital things they will ever learn, allowing them to effectively interact with the world. These professionals help young students develop speaking confidence as well, assisting with pronunciation of words and associating sounds with letters. The Australian Association for the Teaching of English is a great resource for professional teachers and aspirants alike.

Mathematics teacher

These professionals have the important role of supervising the numeracy development of children, which could have an incredible effect on their lives. Many of the most coveted jobs of this day and age require mathematical proficiency; primary school is where passion for mathematics is either forged or falters.

The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers provides aspirants and professionals with the means to congregate and share their experiences. They host a variety of workshops and seminars for the development of its members.

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