Master of Teaching (Primary)

Make your move out of the company and into a rewarding career in the classroom, with a Master of Teaching (Primary).

Our course will take you through the latest technology, educational theories and practical skills needed to teach any level of primary education.

You'll get to practice what you teach. You'll gain valuable professional experience through supervised placement in a primary school. The online program works around you, so you can maintain your day job while you study.

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Swinburne (RTO 3059)
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Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.
Accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).


A Bachelor degree + English and numeracy competencies



Work placement

60 days in total

Course length
Set your own timetable & finish the course within 2 years (minimum) to 8 years (maximum)
Study mode



Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.


Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.


Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.

Reports, essays, projects & practical placement
Start date

3 start dates per year.

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Swinburne (RTO 3059)

This Swinburne University of Technology qualification is delivered by Swinburne Online.

As a Swinburne Online student you'll graduate with a nationally recognised Swinburne University qualification, and have the flexibility of studying online when it suits you.

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  • A successfully-completed undergraduate Bachelor degree.
  • English language literacy. (If you have not completed year 12 English in Australia and/or English is not your first language you might be required to demonstrate your language skills.)
  • Numeracy skills equivalent to at least VCE Mathematics Units 1 & 2.

If you can’t demonstrate the literacy or numeracy standard you will need to sit a test.

This course is only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.

What you'll learn

Student story

Among other things, you'll learn how to:

  • A broad and deep knowledge of the theories and practice of learning, teaching and pedagogy
  • Advanced and integrated knowledge of the key issues, policies and theoretical concepts impacting primary education in Australian and global contexts
  • The capacity to research, evaluate and articulate key issues, stakeholder needs and a range of perspectives in relation to primary education practice in complex scenarios or across multiple domains of knowledge
  • How to initiate, develop and manage learning programs and evaluate innovations in the context of primary education practice

Work placement

This course includes a total of 60 days of professional work placement.

The industry experience gives you invaluable real-life skills, so you graduate ready to step into a job.

Course structure

16 units


  1. Supervised professional experience 1

    This is the first of three professional experience units in the Master of Teaching (Secondary). In this unit students willundertake a 20-day professional experience in a secondary school under the supervision of an approved mentor.Students will be introduced to curriculum documents, professional standards and codes. Students will involvethemselves in the life of the school and reflect on their practice and performance in discussion with their mentor and university staff.

  2. Understanding theories of teaching, learning & development

    This unit aims to introduce students to theories of learning and development. They are introduced to the major theories of learning and explore how these relate to teaching processes. Students will be challenged to reflect upon their own belief system and how this relates to different contemporary theories and contexts of learning and its potential impact on teaching. In addition, students will explore how developmental factors impact learning.

  3. Science & technology in primary school

    This unit focuses on preparing students to teach science and technology in the primary classroom.

  4. Health & physical education in primary school

    This unit focuses on the physical, psychological and social development of children and adolescents with a view to providing a theoretical foundation for discussions of appropriate teaching methods in the early and middle years of schooling. The unit covers theories of child development, physical and motor development, catering for individual differences, perceptual development, personality, attachment and attachment behaviour, social competence and identity.

  5. Understanding Indigenous education & perspectives

    This unit focuses on contemporary and historical Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, identity, languages, histories, status, challenges, contributions and perspectives. The unit aims to enable pre-service teachers to synthesise perspectives about Indigenous education and how these can enhance Western education practices. An additional aim is to plan and develop authentic curriculum and pedagogy for teaching Indigenous children and young people, and analyse how Indigenous teaching and learning practices can benefit all children and young people. This knowledge and understanding will improve graduates’ own cultural awareness and knowledge, and contributes to graduates’ cultural competence and promotes culturally inclusive teaching practices based on sensitive and informed relationships.

  6. Arts in primary school

    In this unit, the students will develop understandings of theory and practice in arts education with a focus on dance, drama, music, media and visual arts. They will be able to demonstrate an understanding of arts education concepts to a level appropriate for teaching in the primary classroom and the ability to design and implement teaching programmes in the arts for children. This unit aims to help students gain knowledge and skills to increase their appreciation and understanding of the contribution of the arts to learning in the lives of children. It also explores ways to support and encourage children’s creativity and confidence in expressing themselves.

  7. Assessment & data

    In this unit students will consider the principles and theory of effective assessment for student learning and examine contexts in which assessments take place. They will examine a range of assessment practices and strategies and how they relate to teaching and learning in a variety of contexts and the use of data to inform planning. Students will examine key issues confronting education and education policy makers, exploring a range of influences on contemporary education policy such as the role of data, and the place of National and global organisations in the policy making process. Students will also explore feedback principles, recording and reporting practices.

  8. Literacy across the curriculum

    Unit Learning Outcomes

    • Critically analyse the teaching of literacy across the curriculum.
    • Differentiate between formal and informal literacy learning and thinking.
    • Construct processes and experiences that develop literacy capabilities within and beyond disciplinary areas.
    • Evaluate understanding of the literacy conventions and demands associated with particular curriculum areas.
    • Design effective communication, using a range of media as appropriate, for specific educational purposes.
    • Critically reflect on personal literacy.
  9. Understanding behaviour for classroom practice

    This unit prepares pre-service teachers to understand how children and young people display different behaviours within a learning environment and how to approach and negotiate these behaviours. They are introduced to the major perspectives of understanding and supporting behaviour and explore historical and contemporary theories and how these relate to principles, policies and practices. They explore the role and practice of external agencies and professionals in supporting children, young people, teachers and families. Pre-service teachers will be challenged to reflect upon their own belief system and how this relates to different contemporary approaches and models of behaviour management.

  10. Mathematics in primary school

    This unit focuses on preparing students to teach mathematics in the primary classroom.

  11. Supervised professional experience 2

    In this unit, students undertake a professional practicum in an Australian primary school or other education agency under the supervision of a registered teacher. They develop knowledge and capability in the teaching of literacy and numeracy. Students involve themselves in the life of the school and reflect on their practice and performance in discussion with their school supervisor and university staff. They observe a variety of classes at different levels. At the discretion of their supervisor, students may engage in one-to-one coaching or small group work before taking responsibility for a full class. By the conclusion of the practicum they demonstrate the ability to take a full class in a variety of curriculum areas. In preparation for their placement in schools, students participate in tutorials focusing on the teaching of literacy and numeracy in the primary school. They observe a variety of classes at different levels. Lesson plans and other documentation contribute to the assessment for this subject.

  12. English in primary school

    In this unit students reflect on, discuss and produce educational resources focused on textual, aural, visual, digital and social literacies. Within a framework of Multi-literacies, students will reconceptualise literacy to encompass multimodal systems of symbolic representation.

  13. Supervised professional experience 3

    In this unit students undertake a professional practicum in an Australian primary school or other education agency under the supervision of a registered teacher. Students involve themselves in the life of the school and reflect on their practice and performance in discussion with their school supervisor and university staff. They observe a variety of classes at different levels and teach across the full range of the curriculum. During this practicum they have responsibility for a whole class for a minimum of five days. Lesson plans and other written documentation will contribute to the assessment for this subject. In preparation for these placement students participate in online activities and interactions focused on issues of diversity and inclusion.

  14. Humanities in primary school

    This unit focuses on preparing students to plan, teach and assess the Humanities learning areas including, History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship and Economics and Business within in the primary classroom. In this unit students will gain knowledge of the principles, practices and curriculum context of teaching Humanities and Social Sciences. Contemporary issues when teaching Humanities will also be considered. An emphasis will be placed on the use of ICT to support Humanities teaching and learning.

  15. Numeracy across the curriculum

    This unit aims to provide pre-service teachers with a range of skills and understandings related to numeracy that are now a standard component of the contemporary curriculum environment in Australian schools. By engaging in student-directed inquiry into a range of curriculum areas, pre-service teachers will develop and articulate understanding of the numeracy demands and conventions of these areas, and plan for numeracy development within their subject teaching.

  16. Teaching for diversity, equity & inclusion

    This unit focusses on an equality approach to education and explores its implications for teaching and learning. Historical perspectives on stereotypes and bias will be explored, helping to foster mutual respect in learning environments. Pre-service teachers will become aware of the responsibility that teaching professionals have and how they can advocate for social justice for children and young people including political and legislative contexts. Pre-service teachers will gain an understanding of the variety of needs and backgrounds children and young people can present in the learning environment. They will become familiar with many additional needs and cultural variations children can present with and how to address them effectively in order to support inclusive practices. They will also recognise how to create equitable learning environments that benefit teaching and learning for children and young people.

Support and delivery

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Support for students

Set your own timetable

Designed for maximum flexibility, this education course allows you to study anytime, anywhere.

There are 3 teaching periods a year and you can enrol in 1 to 4 units every period.


This Master of Teaching (Primary) is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). VIT recognition enables you to register as a teacher Australia wide. 

Payment options

There are 2 ways you can pay for this course:

1. Study now pay later – FEE-HELP

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme.

This means you don’t need to pay upfront for the course if you:

  • are an Australian citizen, OR
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa, OR
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category Visa and meet the residency requirements.

Through FEE-HELP, the Australian government pays the amount of your course to the education provider on your behalf. You’ll start paying back this loan through the tax system once your earn more than the minimum threshold (which is $54,869 for the 2016-2017 financial year).

2. Upfront payment

You can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

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