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The Master of Teaching (Primary) is an innovative site-based accelerated postgraduate initial teacher education program developed in partnership with the NSW Department of Education and local primary school networks. The program is accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), enabling graduates to teach in both government and non-government primary schools K-6 in all states of Australia and overseas.

The Master of Teaching (Primary) is a two-year equivalent accelerated primary teacher degree that can be completed in four terms full-time (1.3 years). While the program is fixed (students will overload and complete 4 courses each term), part-time study is possible.

In the first year (75% of the program) you spend at least two days a week in a local primary school community with a very high degree of linguistic and cultural diversity. The majority of classes are held in the local school community, with teachers from partner schools actively involved in co-teaching on the program. In the second year you move to a different school community to undertake a 45 day supervised professional experience placement, including an internship, complemented by two online courses to complete your program.

The program consists of core education courses, discipline-specific curriculum and pedagogy studies in the six key learning areas of the primary curriculum, and a minimum of 65 days of supervised professional experience, including a moderated standardised graduate teacher performance assessment, and an additional 60 days of practical in-class experience.

The program develops the requisite knowledge and skills to enable you to meet the Australian graduate teacher standards, including disciplinary content knowledge beyond the areas of specialisation, qualifying you as a generalist primary teacher as well as a specialist in at least one key learning area.

Subject to changing demand, specialisations offered include:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology
  • Human Society and its Environment
  • Creative Arts
  • Personal Development, Heath and Physical Education


Study Level


Typical duration

1.3 Years

Delivery Mode


Intake Period

Term 1

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Masters (Coursework)


Master of Teaching (Primary) - MTeach(Prim)

UAC Code




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Program Structure

Students must complete 96 UOC as a standalone program.

The program consists of 15 compulsory courses, including five core education courses (30 UOC), eight disciplinary-specific curriculum and pedagogy courses (48 UOC), and two professional experience placements, including an internship (18 UOC). The first year of study is normally undertaken over three terms in one calendar year with students completing 24 UOC in each term. The final 24 UOC of study is completed in the first term of the second year, enabling accelerated access to employment as a primary teacher.

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Academic Writing Skills Courses

You can take an additional 6 UOC course to develop your academic writing skills. It will not count towards the program requirements. The courses are:

- ARTS5503 Academic Writing for the Humanities (6 UOC)
- ARTS5505 Personalised English Language Enhancement (6 UOC)

Sample Programs

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Entry Requirements
Participation and Enrolment Requirements
Progression Requirements
Internships and Placements


Recognition of Achievement

Award with Excellence

Additional Information

Participation and Enrolment Requirements

For accreditation as a teacher in NSW, all teacher education students will need to meet the Participation and Enrolment Requirements set by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

For more information, see the Arts & Social Sciences website.

Further Information

Contact the UNSW Arts and Social Sciences Student Student Services for advice.

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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