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Master of Teaching (Primary)

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Overview

This master's degree prepares you to teach all primary school subjects from kindergarten to Year 6 (K-6).

As well as learning about the policy frameworks that shape teaching in NSW, Australia and internationally, you'll 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 in addition to the compulsory coursework, which covers teaching in multilingual classrooms (TESOL) and the Primary School Key Learning Areas of:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science and technology
  • Human society and its environment (HSIE)
  • Creative and practical arts
  • Personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) 

Subject areas

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

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What you'll study

Master of Teaching (Primary) students complete 96 credit points. Full-time students enrol in 24 credit points 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 an overview of units of study for this course, please refer to the Master of Teaching (Primary) course structure.

Units of Study

Completion requirement

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 (compulsory project)

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 NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)'s Professional Teaching Standards for the Graduate Teacher.

Admission requirement

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit. Admission to candidature requires:

  • a bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; and
  • completion of the curriculum area specialisation requirements specified by the Faculty; and
  • completion of any additional qualifying courses prescribed by the Faculty.

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.

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

The requirement to complete the LANTITE applies to all students enrolled in the BEd (Primary); BEd (Health and PE); BEd (Secondary:Humanities and Social Sciences)/BA; BEd (Secondary: Maths)/BSc; BEd (Secondary: Science)/BSc; and all Master of Teaching programs except MTeach (Early Childhood).

Information about LANTITE for students commencing their studies in 2017 and beyond will be required to have successfully completed testing as follows: For the MTeach program, testing must be completed before the second year of candidature, that is, during the first year of the program.

Register to take the LANTITE.

For information about teacher-accreditation requirements in NSW, including the testing, visit the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Inherent requirements for programs in primary education

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, the Sydney School of Education and Social Work has identified inherent requirements for coursework-award courses in Primary Education. In order to successfully complete such a course, students must possess these qualities and skills (PDF).

Teaching area prerequisites 

Because primary teachers are required to teach across a range of key learning areas (KLAs) from Kindergarten to Year 6 (K–6), applicants to the Master of Teaching (Primary) must have completed university studies in at least one of these to be considered for admission to the program. The minimum requirement is: at least one year of full-time equivalent study (normally 8 units of study) that is relevant to one or more KLAs of the primary school curriculum. The KLAs are:

KLA Related areas of academic study may include

English

English with a strong core component of study of English literature, communications, creative writing, language studies (English), linguistics (may be counted for one KLA), literature studies, media studies (ie the theoretical study of media or where the product is a literary text)

Mathematics

pure or applied mathematics, statistics (one unit only may be counted, provided it was studied as a stand-alone unit), other studies of mathematics that are relevant to the central concepts, modes of enquiry and structure of the content/discipline/s

Science and Technology

agriculture, architecture (two units only may be counted), biology, biotechnology, chemistry, computing studies, design [interior, industrial, graphic, fashion, product, landscape (two units only may be counted)], engineering (chemical, mechanical, civil, electrical, environmental), food technology, geology, materials science, media production, medicine, nursing, physics, psychology (may only be counted for one KLA)

Human Society and its Environment

Aboriginal studies, anthropology, archaeology, Asia or Pacific studies, business studies, cultural studies, economic history, economics, environmental/land use studies, futures studies, geography, government and citizenship, history, industrial relations, languages (including Aboriginal languages), linguistics (may only be counted for one KLA), legal studies, psychology (may only be counted for one KLA), political science, sociology, studies of religion

Creative and Practical Arts

dance (including practical experience in choreography and performance in several dance styles and dance history/theory, drama including experiential involvement in making and performing drama), music (including singing, playing and moving, as well as listening and composing within a wide repertoire), visual arts (including art making and art history/theory)

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

physical-education studies, family studies, health studies, health promotion, human movement studies, nutrition education, sports science

 

Professional 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.

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.

Future study

The University of Sydney is Australia's premier research university, and the Sydney School of Education and Social Work is a world-class research centre in education, the humanities, human services and related fields. Several higher degrees by research are available within the School, including:

Professional development

The Sydney School 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 School. The Sydney School of Education and Social Work is a NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) endorsed provider of professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Professional Competence.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


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

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


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

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


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

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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