Master of Primary Teaching

School of Education, Sydney Campus

Are you a graduate who would like to become a primary school teacher? This Master of Primary Teaching will allow you to teach in public, independent and Catholic schools across Australia. The program is highly flexible and will therefore suit the needs of students who have work and family commitments, with many classes taught in the evenings and on weekends.

  • Why study this degree?

    Completed over eighteen months of full-time study (2yr FTE), our Master of Primary Teaching is aimed at students who already hold a Bachelor’s degree but wish to gain the required skills and knowledge to become a primary school teacher. You are probably already aware of Notre Dame’s excellent reputation for producing job-ready graduates and this Master's program is an excellent example, with students spending a total of 14 weeks working in a classroom setting.

    We have designed this degree program so that you can combine your studies with existing work and family commitments. Most of the classes at our Broadway site are taught in the evenings or on weekends.

    Regardless of what you studied for your Bachelor’s degree, this Master's program provides a solid pedagogical grounding for your future career in teaching. Over the course of your studies, you will study subjects such as English, history, science, mathematics, technology and geography as well as learning the fundamentals of research methodology in Year Two.

    In addition, you will be required to enrol in and pay to sit the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE). Students must pass both the literacy and numeracy components of the test before they progress to Year Two of this program.

    Please note: this award is fully accredited by the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA).

  • Program summary

    Year One

    • Inclusive Education
    • Development, Learning & Engagement
    • English and Literacy Across the Curriculum
    • Mathematics and Numeracy Across the Curriculum
    • Planning for Effective Teaching
    • KLA History and Geography
    • KLA English
    • KLA Mathematics

    Year Two

    • Ethical Issues in Professional Life
    • KLA Science & Technology
    • KLA Arts
    • Mathematics Specialisation
    • Internship and Transition to Teaching
    • Authentic Assessment
    • Independent Inclusive Education Research Project
    • Research methods

    Students will complete approximately 14 weeks of professional experience in a range of settings which are embedded in the following courses:

    • Planning for Effective Teaching (approximately 4 weeks)
    • Internship and Transition to Teaching (approximately 10 weeks)

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • 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.

  • Fees

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The HECS-HELP  loan scheme assists eligible students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your HECS-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

    For further information on fee places and Government loan schemes, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees Page.

  • More information

    For more information on the Master of Primary Teaching, please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 2 8204 4404 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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