Master of Teaching (Primary)

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The curriculum of the graduate-entry primary-school-teaching course is designed to prepare students for teaching all the subjects in the Primary K–6 syllabus in NSW. As well as learning about the policy frameworks that shape teaching in NSW, Australia and internationally, students attend lectures and complete assignments about issues in teaching, learning and curriculum in all school years – from Kindergarten to the Higher School Certificate. Various electives are offered to in addition to the compulsory coursework, which covers teaching in multilingual classrooms (TESOL) and the Primary School Key Learning Areas of:

* English K–6

* mathematics K–6

* creative and practical arts K–6

* human society and its environment (HSIE) K–6

* personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) K–6

* science and technology K–6.

For further information regarding the prerequisites for this course, please visit the Master of Teaching (Primary) prerequisites page.

Course outline

Study plan

<h3 class="subtitle">Year 1</h3>

Semester 1 CP
EDMT5010 Special and Inclusive Education 3
EDMT5500 Introduction to Teaching and Learning 7
EDMT5531 English 1 K-6 4
EDMT5532 Mathematics 1 K-6 4
EDMT5533 Teaching in Multicultural Classroom 2
EDMT5534 Human Society and its Environment K-6 4
Semester 2 CP
EDMT5502 Teachers and Learners: School Communities 6
EDMT5503 Professional Experiences 1 4
EDMT5530 Creative Arts K-6 4
EDMT5535 Science and Technology K-6 4
EDMT5536 Personal Development, Health & PE K-6 4
EDMTXXXX Primary Option Unit* 2
*Year 1 Primary Option Units

EDMT5001 Children's Literature K-6

EDMT5002 Classroom Issues for Koori Kids
EDMT5008 Teaching Science and Technology with Toys

<h3 class="subtitle">Year 2</h3>

Semester 1 CP
EDMT6125 Special Education: Inclusive Schools 3
EDMT6500 Schools and their Communities 5
EDMT6501 Professional Experiences 2 4
EDMT6531 English 2 K-6 4
EDMT6532 Mathematics 2 K-6 4
EDMT6533 Linkages Across the Curriculum K-6 2
EDMTXXXX Primary Option Unit** 2
**Year 2 Primary Option Unit
EDMT6007 Conversations about Factual Texts
EDMT6008 Digital Media in the Classroom
EDMT6011 Improving Literacy through the Arts
Semester 2 CP
EDMT6012 Professional Research Project 12
EDMT6018 Teaching Internship 12

Master of Teaching (Primary) students complete 96 credit points (cp). Full-time students enrol in 24cp in each semester. Students normally complete a combination of core education and curriculum and professional units of study and practicum placements. The first three full-time semesters of the Master of Teaching total 72 credit points. Once the 72 credit points have been achieved students undertake extensive work in our partner schools from the beginning of their final semester.

For more information regarding the course structure, please visit the Faculty of Education and Social Work website.

Further course information

Progression rules

Candidates must successfully complete each unit of study to meet the course requirements and graduate with a teaching qualification. Except with the permission of the Dean, a candidate must complete all unit of study requirements specified for each year, before proceeding to the next year. Candidates must complete a minimum of 72 credit points in Education before completing the Internship and the Action Research Project and Conference in the final semester of the degree.

Capstone experience

Students undertake their internship of at least 40 days (usually 45 days) in a primary school in the second semester in the second year of the program. Internship placements are approved by the Faculty, and students undertake their placements in the area in which they are enrolled and are conditionally certified to teach. During the internship, students are assigned to one or more mentor teachers, usually in a single discipline area and are responsible for teaching one or more classes for a total of between 14 and 17 lesson periods per week. The mentor teacher monitors the intern in their work in the school and, in discussion with the tertiary mentor, is responsible for writing a report on the internship that forms the basis of the assessment. Assessment is aligned with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES)'s Professional Teaching Standards for the Graduate Teacher.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The University of Sydney has an international reputation for excellence. Many of our Master of Teaching students are offered full-time employment before completing their degrees.

Course accreditation

The Master of Teaching (MTeach) is a graduate-entry professional teaching qualification to become an accredited teacher in NSW and other Australian jurisdictions. It is open to students who already have an undergraduate degree. ^Under the Institute of Teachers Act 2004 all graduates (so-called 'new scheme teachers') will need to be accredited against the standards for Professional Competence following their employment in schools.

Further study

The University of Sydney is Australia's premier research University, and the faculty is a world-class research centre in the humanities, human services and related fields. Several higher research degrees are available within the Faculty of Education and Social Work, including Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Social Work, Master of Philosophy in Education, Master of Philosophy in Social Work, and Master of Education (Research).

Other study options

The Faculty of Education and Social Work offers a wealth of experience and expertise in the development and delivery of professional development activities. Please visit our webpage to find out about the range of consultancy and customized programs, conferences, colloquial and symposia, and professional learning courses offered by the faculty. The Faculty of Education and Social Work is a Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) endorsed provider of professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Professional Competence.


Admission requirements

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit. Admission to Master of Teaching candidature requires:(a) a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; and (b) completion of the curriculum area specialization requirements specified by the faculty; and (c) completion of any additional qualifying courses prescribed by the faculty. (3) English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who in the opinion of the faculty have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. Applications open on 29 August 2014 at 10AM. All applications, including supplementary documentation, must be uploaded and completed by Friday, 31 October 2014 at 4:00 PM. Only completed applications will be assessed. Complete applications received after this time will only be considered if spots are still available. No guarantees will be given for applications received after 31 October.

This program has annual Semester 1 intake only. Applicants are advised to download the supplementary application forms before commencing their online application.

For more information about the application process, please visit the MTeach applications page in the Faculty of Education and Social Work website.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University. or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent). Applicants are advised to download the supplementary application forms before commencing their online application.

For more information about the application process, please visit the MTeach applications page in the Faculty of Education and Social Work website.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee not available for Master of Teaching (Primary).

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee not available for Master of Teaching (Primary).

Additional incidental fees

Additional incidental fees not available for Master of Teaching (Primary).

Potential for inaccuracy

Potential for inaccuracy not available for Master of Teaching (Primary).

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.